Our worship provision from now into October

Our latest plan (below in full) ends our Monday evening worship but announces Sunday worship at 11.00 a.m. on 6th September, 20th September and 4th October.

We continue to be open for tourists 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Bank Holiday Monday and on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Our temporary plan for worship at St Gabriel’s, St James’ and St Michael’s during September and early October 2020

1.  We will provide a fresh Sunday Worship video each week in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church, as we have been doing for many months for several hundred different people

This is accessible from the front page of our churches’ websites by a single click, and the audio of the most recent service is accessible by a normal rate phone call 01535 286387.  Our on-line ‘Breathing Space’ prayer group continues and our Brontë Virtual Church blog continues a bit, but not on-line mid-week reflection or young people ‘Active Zone’.

2.  We will provide a Communion Service for small congregations prayerfully and Covid-safely in each church each week as we have been doing for several weeks for fifty-five different people, although we will no longer do so on a Monday evening when few have been coming.

Sundays               3.30 pm          St Gabriel’s, Stanbury        

Wednesdays       10.30 am           St James’, Cross Roads  

Fridays              12.30 pm           St Michael’s, Haworth  

3.  We will explore for six weeks providing a Sunday morning service, Covid-safely and with at least some music – and learn how best to run each of three types of service, how well these go, how many wish to come, and what we can then develop next as (we hope) restrictions are gradually lifted.

  6 Sept     11.00 am   St Michael’s       Morning Worship

13 Sept       9.30 am   St James’          Communion

20 Sept     11.00 am   St Michael’s       All Age Michaelmas celebration

27 Sept       9.30 am   St James’          Morning Worship

  4 Oct      11.00 am   St Michael’s       Communion *

11 Oct         9.30 am   St James’          All Age Harvest celebration

We would like to have included St Gabriel’s, but the maximum Covid-safe capacity there is only fifteen people, and Communion is being celebrated there each Sunday afternoon at present.  Perhaps a shift back to 9.30 am services with music will become possible there soon.

Our All Age celebrations will obviously have to be much less interactive than in the past, but we will see what we can manage.

 *  On 4 October, the Revd Anthony Bennett will be presiding at Communion for the first time (his ordination as priest will be live-streamed from Bradford Cathedral at 4.00 pm the previous day).  

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Online services for July and August 2020

During the Coronavirus pandemic we are providing various services and reflections online. We are also adding regular material to our Bronte Virtual Church blog. Please visit our blog for the latest updates.

Sunday Service – 30th August 2020

Our inclusive Sunday Worship from churches across the Worth Valley.
This week we are considering the importance of names, the theology of Martin Buber and the need to ‘encounter’ rather than just ‘experience.’ All welcome of course.
Tell a friend that they can listen to the audio by phoning 01535 286387 (calls charged at local rates and typically included within your call package).

Midweek Reflection – 26th August 2020

This week Rev Anthony Bennett reflects on the readings from Matthew’s Gospel for last Sunday and this coming Sunday, building on the theme of our most recent Sunday Worship Video, produced with our friends from West Lane Baptist Church. If you haven’t seen that video it can be viewed directly below on this page.
If you need anything or just would like to speak to someone please do give any of us a ring:
Rev Julie Roberts 01535 645102
Rev Peter Mullins 01535 648464
Rev Anthony Bennett 01535 279624

Sunday Service – 23rd August 2020

Our inclusive Sunday Worship from churches across the Worth Valley.
At 10:30am on Sunday 16th August , watch the Sunday Service together with our friends from West Lane Baptist Church at a Watch Party on their Facebook Page.

Midweek Reflection – 19th August 2020

This week’s Midweek Reflection is brought to you by Rev Julie Roberts.
To speak to someone please do give any of us a ring:
Rev Julie Roberts 01535 645102
Rev Peter Mullins 01535 648464
Rev Anthony Bennett 01535 279624

Sunday Service – 16th August 2020

Our inclusive Sunday Worship from churches across the Worth Valley.

Midweek Reflection – 12th August 2020

For our Midweek Reflection this week, Rev Peter Mullins takes us through the life of St Peter with the aid of the stain glass windows in St Michael’s Church, Haworth.

Sunday Service – 9th August 2020

Our inclusive Sunday Worship from churches across the Worth Valley.
At 10:30am on Sunday 9th August , watch the Sunday Service together with our friends from West Lane Baptist Church at a Watch Party on their Facebook Page.

Midweek Reflection – 5th August 2020

Join Rev Anthony Bennett for morning prayer on Wednesday 5th August at 8:00 am. To follow the service, use the Daily Prayer app (please select the ‘contemporary’ option) or visit this web page: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer/morning-prayer-contemporary-wednesday-5-august-2020. You can also watch the service at any time later in the day. For further information on the Breathing Space group mentioned at the end of the video please either ring Anthony on 01535 279624 or email anthony.bennett@leeds.anglican.org

Sunday Service – 2nd August 2020

The feeding of the 5000, ornitheology and a mystery guest… Our inclusive Sunday Worship from churches across the Worth Valley. There isn’t a Watch Party on Sunday 2nd August as our friends from West Lane Baptist Church are watching the service live in their building.

Midweek Reflection – 29th July 2020

This week our Rector, Rev Peter Mullins, gives us some fascinating insights into the Olney hymnbook, focusing on the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’, which is played and sung for us by some of the group that bring us our inclusive Sunday Worship service videos.

Sunday Service – 26th July 2020

The kingdom of Heaven.
The pearl of great price.
The hidden treasure.
Join our inclusive service from churches across the Worth Valley.
At 10:30am on Sunday 26th July , watch the Sunday Service together with our friends from West Lane Baptist Church at a Watch Party on their Facebook Page.

Midweek Reflection – 22nd July 2020

This week Rev Julie Roberts reflects on the importance of holding on to our old Christian traditions. She explains just how precious the Lord’s Prayer and Nicene Creed are.

Sunday Service – 19th July 2020

Our inclusive Sunday Service from churches across the Worth Valley.

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First steps towards welcoming tourists again

Open for tourists

Our new temporary provision for August beginning on 16th August

Sundays (16th, 23rd and 30th August) 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Wednesdays (19th and 26th August) 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Bank Holiday Monday (31st August) 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.

We are really sorry we can’t staff more than this yet; provision for September onwards will be announced in due course.

Open for prayer

Our temporary provision for August continues

Mondays (10th, 17th, 24th August)

7.00 p.m.             Open for half hour for people to pray

7.30 p.m.             Half hour simple safe Communion service

Fridays (14th, 21st, 28th August)

12.00 noon          Open for half hour for people to pray

12.30 p.m.           Half hour simple safe Communion service

Provision for September onwards will be announced in due course.

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Our revised plan – 4 August 2020

Our plan for resuming worship

at St Gabriel’s, St James’ and St Michael’s

at 4th August (a revised version of the plan announced on 7th July)

During August, we will continue to do four things:

1.  We will provide a fresh Sunday Worship video each week in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church

This is accessible from the front page of our churches’ websites by a single click, and the audio of the most recent service is accessible by a normal rate phone call 01535 286387.  There are also some mid-week reflection videos, a ‘Breathing Space’ on-line prayer group, an on-line ‘Active Zone’ for young people, and our Brontë Virtual Church blog.

2.  We will continue to provide set times when the churches are open briefly for private prayer (but not the first hour of the previous opening times when people did not come) and then to celebrate Communion for small congregations prayerfully and safely (which fifty different people have attended in the first three weeks of operation):

Sun – 3.00 pm open – 3.30 pm Communion – St Gabriel’s, Stanbury

Mon – 7.00 pm open – 7.30 pm Communion – St Michael’s, Haworth

Wed – 10.00 am open – 10.30 am Communion – St James’, Cross Roads

Fri – 12.00 noon open – 12.30 pm Communion – St Michael’s, Haworth

3.  We will continue to plan towards opening St Michael’s for tourists

We are very sorry not to be open for this yet, but we simply can’t revert to leaving the church open and unattended.  A plan for safe stewarded opening times was almost in place before the Bradford area lockdown renewal – we are now working on a new more modest plan.

4.  We will work hard at listening to a whole range of people so that a fresh plan in September meets the needs of as many as possible.  Is there anything you’d like to say to us about any of this?

At least half our previously most regular attenders have not yet come to worship at our new prayer and Communion times, a majority because they are cautious about any social gathering.  And these times don’t meet the needs of our previously more occasional attenders, nor of those who used to come to Toddler Praise, to the children’s Friday Church, or to our All Age Worship.   A major re-launch of attractive Sunday worship looks much more problematic than it did even three weeks ago – but not offering anything at all on a Sunday once September begins doesn’t feel right either so we are now likely to plan a more modest temporary Sunday programme for September.   

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Bradford lock-down renewal

Our 12.30 small safe Communion service went ahead at St Michael’s yesterday (Friday) and our 3.30 one will go ahead at St Gabriel’s tomorrow (Sunday); we were already holding these services as Covid19-secure as we could (masks, socially distanced, care in the administration of bread), and we will take additional care for minimal social interaction as we continue.

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