Lent disciples

Things are ready for the beginning of Lent.

Over the 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 each week.

On Ash 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.

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Sunday’s themes

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.

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Sweep away injustice

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.

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The Gifts of the Wise

We now have some plans for our ‘All Age Worship’ Sundays at St Michael’s for the first part of 2019:

6th January – ‘The Gifts of the Wise’ – celebrating the feast of the Epiphany

17th February – marking being a Fair Trade Church ahead of the beginning of Fair Trade Fortnight

24th March – a Family Communion in the middle of Lent

28th April – the Baptism of Jay Mansfield on the Sunday after Easter.

So everyone would be very welcome as usual next Sunday at 11.00 a.m. when we will have a large number of parcels in the pews to unwrap…

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Nativity walk success

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.

Joseph leads the search for accommodation
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