Christian Aid Week reminder

Just a reminder that our Virtual Pub Quiz, raising funds for Christian Aid, take place tonight from 7:45pm. If you want to join us, it is suggested you visit the following link before 7:45pm for an explanation of how you can get involved:

If you wont be joining us for the quiz, I would urge you to still consider if you are able to donate to the work of Christian Aid here:
Normally many of you would have spent the week volunteering, donating or buying from the Christian Aid shop, last year we raised over £2000 from the shop alone. For obvious reasons that cant happen this year, but please think about donating if you can.

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Lots on Facebook this week

Today’s thirty minute Sunday Worship video, produced jointly with West Lane Baptist Church, will remain available to view Update: Now embedded above on this page!.   

Last week’s mid-week reflection video (twelve minutes on last Sunday’s theme of the Good Shepherd) is still available to view; a new mid-week reflection (it may be a form of Evening Prayer this week) should be available to view from Wednesday.

The weekly ‘Breathing Space’ (reflective prayer) group ‘meets’ as usual on Friday at 3.00 p.m.  Later that day, we also plan a Churches Together quiz on You Tube at 7.45 p.m. – for you to tackle as an individual or for you to create a competition in your household, via Zoom or in some other way.

The quiz is because our annual Churches Together Pop-Up Shop (which raised £2000 for Christian Aid last year) isn’t going to happen this year – but please do visit our churches’ Christian Aid Week Just Giving page to donate directly, and encourage others to do so to.

And on Saturday we might hope that the on-line Celebration of Animals in Creation event recently pulled from our schedule, but now impeccably copyright compliant, may be available to view as well, to complete a full week.

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VE Day Bank Holiday

Thoughts and prayers for the 75th anniversary of VE Day are newly on our page.

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A repeat of our message about care of our neighbours

Clearly most support of the isolated and vulnerable is being done by good neighbours looking out for each other – and those church members who are able to do so are most effective simply mucking in and doing that.

We do have a small number of church members who have offered to respond to needs not being met by immediate neighbours.  They have only been deployed a small number of times so far.  So do ask via or 01535 648464 if you have or spot a need.

Those at West Lane Baptist Church in particular (with others) are developing and staffing the Worth Valley Food Bank.  This may be moving to a referral system (rather than an open drop-in at set times) so if you know of anyone who needs a referral to access this, again ask via the e-mail or phone contacts on the last paragraphs.  Donation points include a bin at the Spar near the Railway Station and in the porch at St James, Cross Roads. 

Those organising the local Government-resourced ‘hub’ for volunteers are grateful for all that good neighbours and churches are doing so that it is not swamped itself, but those who want to ask for help or to volunteer are encouraged to leave a message at 01274 431000.

Also, at the best of times we were already commending Keighley Pathways as an impressive resource (with a listening ear and with access to expertise in specialist areas), and its latest information focuses on its phone number (01535 608631) available 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on weekdays.

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Fresh nesting

The call of rooks high up in trees in St Michael’s churchyard has long been a background noise to worship there, always particularly noticed when the clergy were praying Matins in the otherwise quiet early morning.  Here is the nest which has appeared this week on the statue of St Michael high up on the east front of the church, along with the substantial debris below dropped during the messy building process.

Anthony Bennett, our Curate, has been putting up a fresh mid-week reflective piece on our churches’ Facebook pages ( and for a few weeks now, complementing the weekly Sunday worship which we share with our partners at West Lane Baptist Church in particular.  Today, for the first time, he simply shares praying Matins for today.  On Saturday at 2.00 p.m. he will also be sharing the on-line version of the celebration of creation which would have been happening at St Gabriel’s. 

Julie Roberts, our Associate Priest, now offers individual conversations and prayers with any who use Zoom; she is on 645102.  And the Archbishop of Canterbury has launched a free phone line (0800 804 8044) called Daily Hope where there are options to hear hymns and share prayers.   

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