last few weeks, almost exactly fifty members of our three congregations (perhaps
a third of the adults who we might expect to see at worship on anything like a
regular basis) have provided a note about where they spend their time in the
community, at leisure, at work or volunteering.
The answers have now been brought together in a leaflet which will be available
on Sunday (3rd March). It asks
us all to pray through Lent for each other’s working out of Christian
discipleship in those places, with the Bible Study opportunities to which a few
will come each Lent this year simply promising to pick up something relevant
Wednesday (6th March) there will be an opportunity to begin
Lent sharing in a simple Communion and reflection either at St James’, Cross
Roads at 9.30 a.m. or at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury at 7.30 p.m.
Our annual ‘pulpit swap’ isn’t going to work out as we had
planned on Sunday (24th February).
Father Dennis from Our Lady’s Catholic Church has broken his leg and is
off work so won’t be preaching at St Michael’s on Sunday. We wish him a speedy recovery! Our own Peter Wilson (who was already going
to take the service) will be doing so instead.
But our own Rector (Peter Mullins) will be preaching at the 10.30
service at West Lane Baptist Church and Joe Smith (from West Lane Baptist
Church) will be preaching at the 10.30 Mass at Our Lady’s. Meanwhile, the picture comes from our All Age
Worship last Sunday which included creating a Fairtrain – both a special train
on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and sale of Zaytoun fairy traded
olive oil will be features of our worship at St Michael’s on the next two
Sundays will be local ways of marking Fair Trade Fortnight.
We are part of a Fair Trade Village and we have now registered
as a Fair Trade Church.
We will be celebrating this at our next All Age Worship at
11.00 a.m. on Sunday 17th February.
And on the following two Sundays (24th February and 3rd March), which fall in Fair Trade Fortnight, a stall will have some Zaytoun fairly traded produce from Palestine, including organic olive oil, will be on sale after the service to mark Fair Trade Fortnight.
And we are looking out for news of the return of the village’s Fair Trade train on Saturday 2nd March.
The magic of the Nativity story returned to Main Street again last weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday Haworth’s ‘Churches Together’ walk attracted crowds and re-introduced the Christian message of Christ’s birth in the final run up to the annual celebrations. Superbly narrated by Rev. Chris Upton the story unfolded as Mary sitting on one of two donkeys followed Joseph up Main Street looking for ‘some room at an inn’. And as usual they were out of luck. Our Rector Rev. Peter Mullins led the procession with an impressive version of the star that rose in the east.