The pupils at Haworth Primary School brought some brilliant art work with them to their service in St Michael’s on the last day of term and asked if we would display it. Here are two sets of The Stations of the Cross and, in each case, also close ups of Station IV: Jesus meets his mother on the way to his crucifixion. They seem a really special thing to have in church through Holy Week. Thank you!
Our Lent prayers for the places where members of our three congregations are during the week continues. We have had a few days praying for those who read (including Story Time at a local library and a monthly Book Group at the Old White Lion in Haworth). We have now run out of shared concerns and, for the first part of this week, we are praying for those who work out their Christian discipleship in a concern shared by few in the immediate Christian community around them (from supporting Amnesty International to involvement with the Welcome Place Cafe at Keighley Shared Church). Our Lent Groups meet for the last time on Wednesday 10th April at 10.15 a.m. at St James’ repeated at 7.30 p.m. at 78 Prince Street.
Haworth Parish Church has received a significant boost to its campaign to restore the electricity wiring and to modernise its lighting system with a grant of £2,925 from Allchurches Trust
Just two years after completing a £600,000 restoration of its Victorian roof and spending more than £60,000 on a new central heating system, the Church was stunned to discover that the electrical system needed to be replaced.
The grant will also help light up hidden features of St Michael’s, Haworth. Poor-lighting and accumulated grim have made spectacular nineteenth century murals difficult to see in this well-loved and heavily visited church.
Now the shock of discovering that the whole building needs rewiring has led the congregation to develop a plan to enhance the building.
“We are re-imagining the interior of the church,” said the Rector, the Revd Peter Mullins, “and, if we can pull off the re-wiring and re-lighting programme then redecorate, it’ll look better than it ever has done.”
During the last nine years £750,000 has been raised and spent to repair the church’s roofs and ensure both full access and proper toilet facilities for the disabled.
The Allchurches Trust has now made this grant towards the new essential interior work.
“We are hugely grateful to them for this significant contribution,” said Mr Mullins, “and to people like our Churchwarden Peter Breed and Treasurer Averil Kenyon have worked hard to ensure all the finances and permissions are in place to undertake the work later this year.
“The Trust previously backed our roof restoration project and, without their generous support, it would be very difficult for us to undertake these major works.
“This latest work is part of our Five Year Plan to restore the church and make it fit to continue in its service to the community for the next 100 years.”
Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and gave a record £16.9 million to churches, charities and communities in 2018. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.
Paul Playford, grants officer at Allchurches Trust, said: “This gem of a church in Haworth is of significant historical interest, having a special place in the hearts of literature lovers, as well as its local community.
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to add to our previous support by helping to fund this vital electrical work, which will ensure that the church can remain a safe and welcoming place for people coming to visit and to worship.”
The Church community has been working since 2010 to restore the Church which is situated on Church Street, Haworth, and once the wiring and lighting work have been completed, several other projects are still to be undertaken, including the restoration the wall paintings.
Our Lent prayers for each other in our three congregations moves on, for the first half of this week, to creativity. At least a quarter of those who told us about what they do mentioned answers art and craft, and at least another quarter mentioned music. Knitting and singing were mentioned most. There was an artist, a painter, a photographer and a wood worker. Artwork, crocheting, DIY, sewing and visiting galleries, museums and theatre were among things also mentioned. Groups included amateur operatic, community choir and community orchestra. Instruments included brass, harmonica, mandolin, piano and ukulele. A small Lent group will be reflecting on faith opened up by art and music at 10.15 a.m. on Wednesday 3 April at St James’.