Our new Curate-to-be

The Diocese of Leeds’s Facebook page introduces Anthony Bennett.

Having moved up to West Yorkshire 20 years ago, I now live in Oxenhope with my wife Sam and two daughters, Amy and Zoe. I met Sam 30 years ago when we were both students at Sheffield University.

I studied Natural Environmental Science and went on to further study at Cranfield University before starting work in the water industry designing and commissioning systems to treat water for various industries.

After Zoe was born in 2000, I started to work for myself, doing some water consultancy work and writing for magazines and journals about environmental issues.

I also became a school governor and then served as chair of governors in two Church of England schools within Bradford.

It was during that work that I first heard the calling to ordained ministry. I started explorations in 2014 after a profound spiritual experience climbing Kilimanjaro. I had got altitude sickness, but a good friend helped me to the summit and got me down off the mountain safely, exclaiming that I had ‘important work to do in the Church!”

Having completed two years of the diocese’s foundation course in theology, ministry and mission, I was recommended for ordination training and started at St Mellitus College in 2017, where I have been studying their full-time contextualised course.

The course has combined academic study at Liverpool Cathedral each week, alongside a long-term placement in the Parish of Keighley. I am very much looking forward to taking up my role as Assistant Curate in the parishes of Haworth and Cross Roads-cum-Lees, following my ordination as deacon in June.

Please pray for Anthony and all those being ordained over the next six weeks. Our deacons will be ordained at Wakefield Cathedral on 29 June.

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What is happening in June

Saturday 8th June

11.30 – Annual Brontë Society Service, at St Michael’s, Haworth; open to all; our thanks to them for the new sign at the foot of the church steps.

Monday 10th June

Work begins on of replastering small areas damaged by damp in the past, at St Michael’s, Haworth; almost no disruption anticipated to the use of the church.

Saturday 15th June

9.30 – Odd Jobs Working Party, at St Michael’s, Haworth; help very welcome!

Tuesday 18th June

11.00 – Second meeting of the new Bible Study for our parishes, at St James’, Cross Roads.

Wednesday 19th June

End of the one month public notice period as we apply for permission to rewire and introduce a new lighting scheme at St Michael’s, Haworth.

Friday 21st June

6.30 – Meal cooked by the Youth Group raising money for Manorlands Hospice, at St James’, Cross Roads; tickets from Julie Roberts on 645102.

Saturday 29th June

3.00 – Ordination (including Anthony Bennett, to be Curate in our parishes) at Wakefield Cathedral – there may be some spare tickets, so do ask.

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Thy Kingdom Come

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Major project ready to go

Public notices went up yesterday announcing our intention to rewire St Michael’s.  We would hope to have the resulting ‘faculty’ (sort of ‘ecclesiastical planning permission’, essential especially for historic church buildings) in place for work to begin in the middle of August.  Permission is already in place for some preparatory replastering in June of small areas where damp had got in before the major reroofing project a few years ago.  The rewiring will include a major upgrade of our lighting design (people will be astonished when they see how brightly the almost-invisible Victorian murals will show up).  Redecoration consequential on all this should then follow in 2020.  About £6000 of grants are in place (mainly through the hard work of Churchwarden and Treasurer) and further donations are eagerly solicited (there is a donate button on this website!) but most of the funding will have to come from the two building funds which the church itself and the Friends of the Bronte Church have been squirreling away.  The Friends and others were as busy as ever over the 40s Weekend bringing in £1000 or so from their regular stall and from serving refreshments.  It has been an extraordinary few days – a good number of 40s Weekend attenders joined us for a memorable special service on Sunday whilst Churches Together’s Pop Up Shop on Main Street raised around £2400 for Christian Aid.

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40s Weekend

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