We finally began limited opening for tourists yesterday (22 June) and today (23 June). The Friends’ of the Bronte Church will now be stewarding some opening times: 12.00 noon – 3.30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays (but not 27 June; they’ll be beginning Sunday opening the following week 4 July). Our thanks to them!
We have Communion (at 9.30 at St Gabriel’s and 11.00 at St Michael’s) this Sunday (27 June) and Morning Worship (same times) next Sunday (4 July). We are still at the mask wearing, sitting well apart and not singing stage of release from lockdown, but it seems to work.
Gyles Bradreth was in and around the church a while ago (and while he was here he recorded a greeting which we included in one of our Sunday Worship videos) and the resulting Bronte related TV programme is now due for broadcast on Tuesday 29 June at 9.00 p.m. on Channel 5.
Our Parochial Church Council finally meets for the first time in ages on the following day (Wednesday 30 June) and will try to think widely about what the next stages in our parish life should be
The weekly on-line video Sunday Worship themselves have come to an end – a combination of increasing work post-lockdown and clergy holidays through July and August means we simply won’t be able to do this well. But West Lane Baptist Church and St Mary’s, Oxenhope are among churches live streaming their Sunday worship on their Facebook pages, and those who sample these might feed back to us, please, if something like this might be useful from us as well.
Refugee Week begins today, so our prayers are with all those displaced around the world. Deborah Mullins was involved in organising Bradford’s Refugee Week exhibitions in previous years and this year’s organisers have asked particularly that her work be displayed is a small gallery in a shop at 58 Kirkgate in the City Centre open on Monday 14 June 4.00-7.00, Tuesday 15 June 11.00-3.00 and Saturday 19 June 11.00-3.00.
St Michael’s worship next Sunday (20 June) is All Age Worship. The theme is the boy David’s harp and we’ve just had an offer of a real harpist to come and play. You could draw, make, bake or somehow create something harp shaped to bring along to show us. You could reply with a suggestion about music which has calmed one of you (on a baby’s mobile or at any later point in your lives) – we might play a few clips as we think about the story of David’s playing music to calm agitated King Saul.
Latest news.Our next big step forward is that the Friends’ of the Bronte Church have announced that they can again steward some opening time for the church: 12.00 noon – 3.30 p.m. on Tuesdays (beginning 22 June), Wednesdays (beginning 23 June) and Sundays (not 27 June, but beginning the following week 4 July). Our thanks to them!
Our weekly on-line video Sunday Worship may have to cease after this Sunday. Each takes a couple of days to create and edit, and the three of us who have been doing this no longer have lots of spare time isolating at home, and we also find one or other of us is likely to be on holiday in any week in July and August. But we are looking at what we can manage.
The expected delay in final lockdown release after that means that we will continue with masks, social distancing and so on as our regular services continue, remaining deeply sad we can’t sing and that we can’t simply leave St Michael’s open and unattended during the day. Our Parochial Church Council meets for the first time in ages at the end of the month (Wednesday 30 June) and we do hope to make positive plans then.
A pile of rainbow coloured paper chain put together in individual pews this morning in our first All Age Worship in many months – a chain connecting to the ascended Lord on his rainbow throne in the window above, circles of virtual hugging, connections with those supporting and supported by Christian Aid (the Just Giving page complementing the scarecrow event in the village passed £1000 today).
We are newly decorated inside. We are so pleased with the result. All welcome for a Spring Clean on the morning of Saturday 1 May literally to polish this off.
We are meeting for worship again at 11.00 each Sunday (with care about things like sitting apart and masks unless exempt). Our service on Sunday 16 May will be All Age Worship for Christian Aid Week – scroll down or look at https://www.facebook.com/haworthscarecrows/ to see how we are tackling Christian Aid Week (10-16 May) this year .
We are not yet open again for tourists. We are really sorry. We have looked carefully at how we might manage this in Stage 3 (provisionally 17 May-20 June) but can’t see how to staff this safely. We have hopes for 21 June onwards.
We continue to provide an on-line service each week in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church. Scroll down to find the most recent.
We plan our Annual Parochial Church Meeting for Monday 24 May at 7.30 in St Michael’s. We elect Churchwardens and some new Church Council, see the accounts for 2020, and focus a bit on what sort of churches we plan to be as Covid restrictions relax.