We are trying something new

Rev. Oli Preston, Rector of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury pictured above, writes: Speaking to a group of local churches, Archdeacon Andy Jolley recently asked: “Who in your local community is currently missing from your church congregation?  And what could you do to connect with them?”

This has been the key motive for thinking about trying something new.  Looking at our churches, we are currently not connecting well with people Under the age of 65 in general.  That means most of our local community are not currently connecting with Christian faith and church family. 

We have Good News!  Being welcomed by the love of God, held in the hope and peace of Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit to shine in the world.  We know the goodness, joy and comfort of being part of a caring community as we journey together.  How can we help other people to find and connect with the goodness we have found?

From Sunday 8th September our pattern of Sunday services will be changing.  We realise that this may be disruptive and difficult.  Lets be gentle and patient with one another, sharing what is hard and seeing if we can help one another out.  As a family of churches there will still be a traditional service at 9:30am (Haworth) and 11am (Cross Roads) every Sunday. 

Many people will feel a special connection to the church building and congregation that they are used to – please remember that at each of these churches we have regular midweek Holy Communion services too.  If you have questions or concerns please ask – hopefully we can find answers together.  And please be praying!

This will be a Lighthouse experiment.  We are going to try this new pattern for six months, reviewing after three months (and as we go).  If it doesn’t seem to be working we will try something else.

What will Lighthouse be like?  (Try it and see!)

Shorter, simpler, more informal, more lively: The aim is for Lighthouse services to be no more than 45minutes.  This will be a more informal time, with discussion and activities as well as singing, Bible readings and prayer.

Not just for children: Lighthouse will aim to be child- and family-friendly, but will be a space for anyone of any age to explore and grow in faith.

Holy Communion once a month: We will celebrate Holy Communion together on the first Sunday of each month – in a more informal style.

Different music: Lighthouse services will use the projector and screen for song/hymn words, and will include a wider variety of musical styles – traditional hymns, lively worship songs, music to sing with and listen to.

New regular service times (from Sunday 8th September)

St. Gabriel’s, Stanbury

9:30am every Sunday

Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion on 2nd and 4th week

Breakfast Church on 1st Sunday each month (an informal time with food, conversation, reading the papers and the Bible)

St. James’s, Cross Roads

11am every Sunday

Holy Communion 1st and 3rd week each month

Wednesdays at 9:30am (Holy Communion)

St Michael’s, Haworth

9:30 and 11am every Sunday

9:30am – Traditional Communion – quiet and formal

11am – Lighthouse – new shorter, more movement and participation

Thursdays

12noon – Holy Communion in the Bronte chapel

8pm – Quiet Space (Compline) – a short, reflective, mindful prayer space at the end of the day using an ancient service

Loving God, You are calling us to be a family of churches with healthy roots so that we can have fruitful lives. 

Fill us with your Holy Spirit, walk with us Lord Jesus, hold us in Your love Father – so that with You, and in You and through You we can be

A table in the wilderness, A light on the hill,

Open doors and a warm welcome.  Amen.

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Double fun at Haworth Church this weekend.

This coming Saturday and Sunday, July 20th and 21st we are offering a fun-packed weekend at Haworth Parish Church. Everybody is welcome to join us, free of charge. The events are:-

Saturday 20th

10-12noon:  Garden Angels – community gardening in the Haworth churchyard, all ages and abilities welcome, really good fun!

2-4pm:  Scratch Choir (practice, performance Sunday 2:30pm)

Sunday 21st

2:30-4pm:  A Celebration of Church Music – bell ringing, songs of praise, folk psalms, scratch choir performance…

All free.  No tickets or booking needed, just come along!  

Come and join us. You know it’ll be fun!

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Coat of Hopes arrives in Haworth

The Coat of Hopes is in St Michael and All Angels, Haworth until Wednesday morning when it will start its pilgrimage journey on to Sheffield and Lincoln and all welcome to come and see it, wear it and to join one of the repair workshops. And why not come for our ‘Evening with The Coat’ and it’s makers (Tuesday 7:30pm). What a privilege to host this wonderful piece of community artwork.

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Coat of hopes is coming to Haworth

The Coat represents peoples’ hopes focusing on the climate and ecological crisis.  It is adorned with patches sewn on by people to represent their hopes for the earth and future.

You can look up the story here: www.coatofhopes.co.uk

The coat will arrive on Saturday, June 29th and will rest mostly in Haworth Parish Church until the morning of July 3rd when it sets off for Hebden Bridge to continue it’s journey. We will be having some mending sessions in the church which anyone can attend and help with.

Saturday 29th June

9am – set off from Bradford Cathedral to arrive in Haworth mid afternoon. Everyone is welcome to join the walk

7pm – Prayers and Reflection service at St Michael and All Angels Church

Sunday 30th June

The Coat will be around the village from 12pm

Repair Workshop at the Church 2.30 – 4pm

Monday 1st July

Repair Workshop at the Church 2.30 – 4pm

Tuesday 2nd July

The coat will be at Liz Waddington’s yoga class 9.30 – 10.30am

Repair Workshop at the Church 11 – 12.30pm

An evening with the Coat and its makers 7:30-9pm

Wednesday 3rd July

The coat will be leaving Haworth Church in the morning, time TBA. You are more than welcome to join the walk to Hebden Bridge.

The Coat’s arrival in Haworth has been thanks to a collaboration between Rev. Oli Preston, the Rector of Haworth & Cross Roads, and Anna Scott, a locally-based textiles artist (Bronte Upholstery).

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Christian Aid prayer space at St Michael’s

Great to be hosting a churches together prayer space as part of Christian Aid week. Pop in to pause, light a candle, put a grain on the map, or use some of the suggested prayers anytime this week (open 10am-4pm every day) as we #pray together for an end to #poverty

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Our new Churchwardens!

It was the Parish of Haworth with Stanbury’s Annual Meeting in St Michael and All Angels on Thursday evening we elected two new Churchwardens, Jonathan Newton (pictured left) and Susan Clements.

They are stepping into post following the long-serving Peter Breed who retired at the meeting after serving the Church for ten years. He was thanked by the Rector Oli Preston and together with his wife Hilary received a presentation to mark the appreciation of the congregation.

Rev Oli also thanked Jonathan and Susan for stepping forward to take up the challenge as Churchwarden and they will be officially sworn in nest month.

At the same time Chris Tordoff retired after 17 years service on the Parochial Church Council (PCC) as a representative for St Gabriel’s at Stanbury.

Chris was replaced on the PCC by one of two new members Lesley O’Brien, a long-standing member of the Stanbury congregation. The other new recruit was Philip Turner. Marilyn Prince and Sue Burnett were re-elected.

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Church Steps up-dated!

An improved version of the safety features on the Church steps from Main Street to the north side path were introduced on Thursday. Health & Safety Officer John Huxley and friend of the church John Penman filled three half barrels with the plants from the existing planters and undertook a tidy up around the steps. The southern section of the steps has been temporarily closed for safety reasons. Due to damage to the stones and their fixings.

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Church steps on Main Street

Many people will have noticed that we have closed off a section of the church steps in Main Street. This is because that part of the staircase has been deemed to be unsafe.

The public right of way which is 1.5 metres wide on the southern section of the steps is therefore not available but walkers can still use the remaining section of the steps.

If you look at the picture above you will see that some of the stones are very worn and dropping while we are concerned at the deterioration of the pointing in not only that section but across the whole staircase.

The matter is being addressed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC) and we have already had some initial discussions with Bradford Metropolitan District Council and Haworth with Stanbury Community Council about the problem.

As ever it’s a matter of funding. We have already received an architect’s report on the structure and the PCC is examining what grant-funding streams may be available while, at the same time maintaining the thoroughfare up and down the steps available to pedestrians.

John Huxley, the Church’s Health & Safety Officer, said: “We are doing our best to expedite matters as soon as we can and we are trying to keep residents and visitors safe at the same time.”

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Haworth School in the picture

The clergy and congregation at Haworth Parish Church started their Holy Week and Easter celebrations in grand style on Sunday when the much loved church was adorned by paintings from the pupils of Haworth Primary School.

The children illustrated their view of Easter in paintings and the results of their efforts were displayed i all round church.

Rev Oli Preston, the Rector of Haworth and Cross Roads, said: “Good work Haworth School. Your paintings are fantastic and our congregation simply loved your pictures.”

Looking at some of the best examples is Rev. Oli and his smile tells just how much he loved what the children had done.

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Our Holy Week and Easter programme 2024

Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury

Holy Week and Easter 2024

Sunday 24th (Palm Sunday)

Morning services as normal

2:30-4pm Holy Week Walk #1 (from St Michael’s, Haworth – details below)

Monday 25th

10am-1:30pm Stations of the Cross at St James’s, Cross Roads (BD22 9EB). Church open for private prayer and reflection. Group prayer time 1:30pm.

Tuesday 26th

1-4pm Soul Craft – creative retreat afternoon at St Gabriel’s (details below)

Wednesday 27th

9:30-11am Holy Communion with Easter themed ‘Big Questions’ conversation, at St James’s, Cross Roads.

Thursday 28th (Maundy Thursday)

12noon Holy Communion at St Michael’s, Haworth

6pm Supper with Jesus: a simple meal (soup and bread) with Holy Communion, at St James’s – free tickets available from Oli/Malcolm/Rosanne

8pm Compline with vigil

Friday 29th (Good Friday)

9:30-11:30am Easter craft morning at St James’s, Cross Roads

1pm An hour at the Cross: quiet, reflective service at St Michael’s, Haworth

2:30pm Holy Week Walk #2

Sunday 31st (Easter Sunday) – Hallelujah, Christ is Risen!

6:30am Sunrise celebration on the church steps (Haworth Main Street) Morning services as normal

2:30pm Holy Week Walk #3

Walking together with Jesus

Holy Week Walks

Meeting at the top of the church steps (onto Haworth Main Street), we will share a short prayer and reflection moment then walk up to Penistone trig point together. At the top we will pause again to reflect on part of the Easter story, before walking back down together.

You will need to wear appropriate footwear plus coat if cold/wet, hat if sunny (hopefully!). No age restriction, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We don’t expect this to be a challenging walk, but please be aware that there are some muddy sections and difficult terrain.

2:30-4pm, leaving from and returning to the church steps (Haworth Main Street, BD22 8DR), on Sunday 24th, Friday 29th and Sunday 31st March.

Soul Craft

Drawing, writing, walking, praying, painting, reading, knitting, crafting, running, colouring… Whatever you like to do, bring it.

We will frame our time with a simple Bible reflection, and invite you to use St. Gabriel’s as a base for creativity and exploring the beautiful surroundings for the afternoon – with tables set up inside for getting creative, and plenty of space to relax and explore in, out and around. Refreshments provided.

Suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tuesday 26th, 1-4pm, St Gabriel’s, Stanbury, (Main Street, BD22 0HB). No charge.

Easter Craft Morning

A free arts and craft morning to celebrate Easter together. Cutting, sticking, colouring, painting, making. Drop in for Easter fun! Refreshments provided. No charge (donations welcome).

Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Friday 29th, 9:30-11:30am, St James’s, Cross Roads, (Albion Street, BD22 9EB).

Haworth Church

Contact Rev. Oli Preston via this web site’s contact form.

St James’ Church Cross Roads

Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads with Stanbury www.haworthchurch.co.uk

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Bradford Cathedral Girls Choir sing at Haworth

The Choir of Bradford Cathedral holds regular ‘Safari Evensongs’, where they head to local churches to sing.

And on Sunday, February 25th at 3.30pm, the Girls Choir will head to St Michael and All Angel’s on Church Street, Haworth in the first of these services for 2024.

Revd Oli Preston, Rector of Haworth and Cross Roads, says: “We are very excited to welcome Bradford Cathedral Girls’ Choir to St Michael and All Angels’, Haworth Parish Church. As ‘The Bronte Church’ we have many people come to connect with the cultural heritage here, so it is wonderful to host Safari Evensong as another cultural highlight for our visitors and locals to engage with.

“Evensong is one of the jewels of the Anglican tradition – a spacious, beautiful, peaceful space to encounter the presence of God. We have memories of having a choir here, and would love to explore opportunities for regularly gathering people for choral singing here again. And all are welcome to come and hear to the girls sing” 

Anthony Gray, Assistant Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, says: “’We are delighted to be continuing our long running series of ‘Safari Evensongs’ into 2024. The girl choristers are hugely looking forward to visiting Haworth at the end of February, singing music by Philip Moore, Ed Jones and Thomas Ebdon.

“Our Safari Evensong events are both a great opportunity to showcase our fabulous choir in parishes around our Diocese, as well as being a brilliant learning opportunity for our young singers, who I know will love being part of this service in Haworth.”

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Good ‘Friends’ of Church

The Friends of the Brontes’ Church, Haworth Church’s support organisation, showed a profit of £15,000 on their trading during 2023. This takes the total raised since they came into existence in 2012 of £97,000.

Peter Breed, the chairman of the Friends as well as being Churchwarden at Haworth Parish Church, was able to report the healthy figures at the recent Friends of the Brontes’ Church Annual General Meeting in the Old School Room, Church Street Haworth.

He said: “We were able to return such good figures in spite of having to absorb some of increased costs. ” At the same time he paid tribute to the volunteers who had given so much of their time that the Friends shop within church was open so many times during 2023.

The existing Committee of the Friends was- re-elected en bloc to serve again in 2024.

Peter Breed – Chairman of the Friends of the Brontes’ Church.

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Double signing for the Benefice!

The Church of England’s Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads welcomed both a new member to its clergy team and a new Prayer Champion in a special service at Haworth Church today (Sunday). Rev. Malcolm Young was licensed as an Associate Priest by the Bishop of Bradford Toby Howorth while Diane Wilson was commissioned as the Prayer Champion. Pictured (left to right): Bishop Howorth, Rev. Malcolm Young, the Rector of Haworth & Cross Roads Oli Preston and Dine Wilson. Besides the congregation members from Haworth Church, the ceremony attracted support from congregations at Cross Roads, Ingrow St John’s and Stanbury.

Smiling Christianity. Pictured above: the Bishop of Bradford Toby Howorth, Rev. Malcolm Young, Diane Wilson and the Rector of Haworth & Cross Roads, Rev. Oli Preston.

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Church opening and closing times for Christmas, New Year and January.

Haworth Parish Church will be closing after Morning Service on Christmas Day and will not re-open until Wednesday, December 27th at 10.00am. Normal daily opening and closing hours (10.00am – 4.00pm) will operate until New Years Day (1st January 2024) but during January 2024 there will be limited opening Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (10.00am until 4.00pm).

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Haworth Brass Band in concert

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Find some quiet in the run-up to Christmas with us.

Christmas is time of great joy for all, especially Christians. In the run up to Christmas Day St Michael and All Angels in Haworth are offering a programme of quiet and worship – see below. And all are welcome to join us as we find time to pray.

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Temporary Church closure

St Michael and All Angel’s Church will be closed from 08:00hrs until 14:00hrs on Monday, September 25th. This closure is to enable a film company to undertake some filming for a production.

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Quilt exhibition opened in Haworth Church

Haworth Parish Church launched the latest exhibition of the Yorkshire ‘Speak Their Name Memorial Quilt’ on Wednesday evening.

The four gigantic panels on which every square is created by somebody who has lost a loved one to suicide, was launched on Wednesday evening when many representatives of the Worth Valley community, including the Member of Parliament for Keighley and Ilkley, Robbie Moore were among the invited guests.

Haworth Church is the latest venue for the exhibition as it tours Yorkshire. It has previously been seen at York, Beverley and Hull Minsters as well as Bradford, Ripon, and Wakefield Cathedrals, and once it leaves Haworth it is due to be seen at Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club, Yarndale in Skipton, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

One of the Directors of the group is Haworth-based Anna Scott and she said: “We’re delighted to have the exhibition in Haworth Church.

“The Quilt project started last year, and we’ve been exhibiting them since October 2022. It’s an on-going project for us as we’re now collecting squares to put on our next panel.

“We were fortunate to secure funding for the project from the National Lottery and, as well as exhibiting the Quilt, we’re staging workshops all across Yorkshire.”

The four existing panels are now hanging in Haworth Church and will be there for most of August.

Rev. Oli Preston, the Rector at Haworth Church, said: “Suicide affects so many people and we’re really pleased to have ‘Speaking Their Name Memorial Quilt Yorkshire’ exhibition in our Church.

“As part of the exhibition stay in Haworth, we’ll be holding regular ‘Tea and Chat’ sessions and details of when they are to be held can be found by visiting our web site .

“We shall also be holding a special evening to view the panels and consider suicide prevention on Sunday, August 13th from 7.00pm until 8.30pm. Part of the evening will include a memorial service for anyone who has been bereaved, impacted, touched, or affected by suicide. It will bring people together and give them time to reflect.”

Haworth Church is open every day from 10.00am until 4.00pm and admission to the exhibition is free.

Three members of the exhibition organising team before two of their quits in Haworth Church. Pictured (left to right): Anna Scott, Karen Sykes, and Jane McKalroy.
Robbie Moore, Keighley and Ilkley’s Member of Parliament with our Rector Rev Oli Preston.
Councillor Rebecca Poulsen (left) with Robbie Moore MP and Councillor Russell Brown.
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‘Speak Their Name’ Exhibition

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Rev. Oli licenced as new Rector

The Rev. Oliver Preston was licenced as the new Rector for the United Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads by the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Nick Baines, in a special service at Haworth Church on Friday evening.

The service was attended by many leading members of the the Worth Valley and Church of England Community as well as visitors from Christ Church, Bridlington where Rev, Preston had previously worked as an assistant priest.

The Rev. Preston, (pictured left) known as ‘Oli’ will be taking his first services as Rector in the Benefice on Sunday.

Rev. Oliver Preston (left) with the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Rev. Nick Baines after his licencing service.
The clergy prepare for the licencing service.
Rev Oli with David Pearson Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire
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New Rector for Joint Benefice to be licenced

The Rev. Oliver Preston (pictured) will be licenced as the new Rector for the Church of England’s United Benefice of Haworth and Cross Roads in a service at Haworth Parish Church next Friday evening.

Oliver will step into the incumbency that has been vacant since the Rev. Peter Mullins retired in September 2022.

It will be the 35-year-old Oliver’s first Parish appointment and he moves into the Haworth and Cross Road parishes after serving as an Associate Minister (Pioneer) at Christ Church, Bridlington.

Oli Preston was born and grew up in Scarborough. He said: “I still love the coast but I’m looking forward to exploring and loving a new landscape here in the moors and valleys surrounding the Worth Valley.

He is married to Joanne, they have two children – Betty (9) and Cayden (5) and Oli added: “As a parent of young children I’m particularly interested in helping other young families to find a home in church.

“Sometimes church gatherings can be really stressful as a parent – often our children just aren’t designed to be still and quiet!”. 

One of Oli and Joanne’s projects in Bridlington was the establishment of a new church and community called ‘Branches: church in a garden’ that usually met outside, in more informal ways, usually with food.  

The new Rector of Haworth and Cross Roads loves to share good food, good company, and good beer.  He enjoys being part of the community and fun that can grow around live music as well as writing and performing poetry and music in an alternative /indie folk style.  

Growing up going to church, Oli first trained as a youth and community worker, before making a conscious decision to follow a ministry within the Church of England. He is inspired by the life and words of Jesus finding deep meaning and hope in his Christian faith.  This inspires him to care passionately about people, community and for creation. 

He is an activist for climate and ecological care, among other justice issues. He added: “The Bible word for peace is ‘shalom’ – it means wholeness and wellness in every part, and is also about our relationships: with ourselves, one another, the world around us, and with God. 

“Peace means right-ness and goodness in all these areas – that is what I long for and want to help people find.”

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Farwell Rev. Anthony

Last Sunday in St Michael and All Angels, Haworth was the last service to be conducted in the United Benefice of Haworth & Cross Roads by the Rev. Anthony Bennett before leaving to take up a new posting as a vicar to the Mid Esk Parishes in North Yorkshire.

The congregations from Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury came together at Haworth to share Anthony’s last service in the Worth Valley and to present him with ‘going away’ gifts.

Peter Breed, the Haworth Churchwarden, gave a short address in which he noted that the occasion was ‘bitter – sweet’ for the three Churches in the Benefice. Bitter as we are losing Anthony after four years with us as a curate and sweet as we shared his joy at his first appointment as a vicar.

The occasion was also special because a Coronation Statement from King Charles III was delivered to the congregations by Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Gill Arnold JPDL.

Pictured is Rev Anthony with the Deputy Lieutenant, his fellow Worth Valley Anglican clergy, the Churchwarden and other Church officials.

Pictured left to right: Peter Handley, Rev. Anthony Bennett, Deputy Lieutenant Gill Arnold JPDL, Rev. Peter Wilson, Churchwarden Peter Breed, Rosanne Anderson.

The final moments of Rev. Anthony’s last service at Haworth. Pictured left to right: Peter Handley, Rev Anthony, Rev. Peter Wilson and Rosanne Anderson.

Our happy clergy team at Anthony’s last service. Pictured left to right): Peter Handley, Rev. Anthony Bennett, Rev. Peter Wilson and Rosanne Anderson.

Pictured left to right: Deputy Churchwarden (Stanbury) Chris Tordoff, Churchwarden Peter Breed, Rev. Anthony and Organist Colin Horsley.

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A Special Service of Music and Prayers on the Eve of the Coronation

Join us in Haworth Church on Friday evening at 7 pm as we look forward to the Coronation. We will sing some of King Charles’s favourite hymns, and we will be joined by The Yorkshire Harpist, Fiona Katie Widdop, who will be playing various pieces for us, including one very rare ‘Gypsy harp music of Wales’ tune, which King Charles heard her play several years ago when he was Prince of Wales. There will be refreshments afterwards. All welcome. No need to book.

For further details please follow this link:

https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/6886/service-and-events/events/943520/

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April and May 2023

Details of all our services for April and May 2023 are on our pew sheet (see link below), including our special services for Holy Week, Easter and the Coronation.

Link to Pew Sheet: https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:80d11cba-3a30-3fee-aa46-be1c443c6dd1

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Lent Group 8th March Cancelled


Please note that tonight’s Lent group (8th March) has been cancelled due to the snow and risk of freezing and icy conditions in Stanbury.
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March 2023

Our news and details of all our services through March can be found in this month’s Pew Sheet:
https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/track?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:10ca5b9b-c479-3a9a-9af5-ba626b103fc5

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February 2023

Check out details of our worship services in February plus our news and contact information:

https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:46c2c3e1-d8c2-3331-8862-a801466a8c50

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Church Friends make a profit!

The Church’s support organisation, the Friends of the Brontës’ Church, recently reported that it made a profit of £12,700 during 2022. The money was generated by sales from the Friends’ retail stand and from the church’s static religious book and souvenir stand.

Peter Breed, the chairman of the Friends, said: “We’re delighted that our efforts have yielded such a positive result and we shall now be consulting with the Parochial Church Council to see how we may best support any of the projects that will be undertaken during 2023.”

During the last ten years the Friends have raised £80,000 and have contributed to a number of improvements and projects within St Michael and All Angel’s including a contributing towards the purchase of a new central heating system; the church redecoration, provision of votive candles (pictured) and a new lighting installation.

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Our Telephone Number

Please note that we now just have one phone number for all enquiries: 07891183682

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Happy New Year!

Details of all our services, news and church contact information can be viewed in our January 2023 Pew Sheet at this link:

https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:3c176cb6-9fda-35f7-b612-d84881dbfd6d

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Closure of north passage during January.

The Main Street entrance to the north passage which will be closed temporarily on Health & Safety grounds

We have today agreed with Brian Cowling, the owner/ developer of 121 Main Street that the passageway between Main Street and Church Street (between 121 Main Street and the north wall of the Church) will be temporarily closed for public access for much of January 2023 on Health and Safety grounds.

This closure is necessary to enable scaffolding to be erected within the passageway to enable the repair and restoration of the roof at 121 Main Street.

Following an on-site meeting with Mr Cowling, we have agreed that it would be unsafe for the general public to be squeezing passed any scaffolding during the progress of the project.

Currently the date we have for the start of the works is Saturday, January 7th. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of January but, as has been pointed out, this projected date is very much weather dependent. We shall, of course, confirm the arrangements as soon as we have any more information.

We apologise for any inconvenience but hope that because the work is being scheduled for January that this will reduce any impact on the community and the visitors to Haworth. Mr Cowling has agreed to isolate the passage and place signage advising people to use a diversion via Church Street.

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Temporary midweek Church closure announced

Haworth Parish Church will be closed to the general public on weekdays for throughout January and part of February.

As from 3rd January 2023 until Monday, 13th February 2023 the Church will be closed Monday to Friday but it will be open as usual on Saturdays and Sundays.

It has been noticed that the number of visitors to the church drops dramatically during these months so in order to contain power costs as well reduce the number of occasions when volunteers will be required, the church will only be open a weekends through both months.

A spokesperson for the Church said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause and we hope that people will understand the reasoning behind our decision.

“Our weekend services together with booked events such as weddings and funerals will not be affected by this temporary situation.”

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Our Plans for Advent and Christmas | December 2022

Please note that our Holy Communion service at St Michael’s on Christmas Eve will be starting at 23:30, not at 23:00 as previously advertised in error, but the church will be open for a time of quiet reflection from 23:00. Apologies for any inconvenience.

We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year.

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Advent All Age Worship – Follow the Star

Join us on Sunday (4th December) at St Michael’s in Haworth as we think and pray about what points us towards Jesus (in our lives, in our Churches, in the Bible) as we ‘Follow the Star’ on an exciting journey through Advent towards Christmas.

All welcome, young and young-at-heart alike!

Free refreshments afterwards.

Why not join us?

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Exploring Faith Further

Would you like to explore your Christian faith further?
Have you thought about being baptised or confirmed?
Do you have questions about faith and God that you’d like to talk about?
If so, please get in touch with The Reverend Anthony Bennett
Ring 01535 279624 or email anthony.bennett@leeds.anglican.org

We can talk together,
or you could be part of a new group?
You could come along to our first meeting of Exploring Faith Further?

Exploring Faith Further
Tuesday 6th December
7 – 8.30 pm at St James’ Church Hall
(off Albion Street, Cross Roads)
Refreshments provided
This will be a gentle conversation to get us going.
We’ll be setting up further meetings, so please bring your diary, and please let Anthony know if you can come. 

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Remembrance

Our plans for Sunday 13th November are as follows:

  St. Gabriel’s, Stanbury

09:30Morning Worship for Remembrance
11:50Memorial Service at Stanbury Cemetery

  St. James’, Cross Roads

09:30All Age Worship for Remembrance
10:50Memorial Service in Cross Roads Park

  St. Michael’s, Haworth

09:30Morning Worship for Remembrance
10:50Memorial Service at the Village War Memorial
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Our Benefice Pew Sheet: October 2022 (printed copies will be available in our churches from Sunday 2 October)

–Services at St. Gabriel’s, Stanbury

Sunday 2 October 09:30 Morning Worship

Sunday 9 October 09:30 Holy Communion

Sunday 16 October 09:30 Morning Worship – Harvest Festival

Sunday 23 October 09:30 Holy Communion

Monday 24 October 19:00 Breathing Space (contemplative prayer)

Sunday 30 October 09:30 Morning Worship

Sunday 6 November 09:30 Morning Worship

–Services at St. James’, Cross Roads

Sunday 2 October 09:30 Holy Communion

Wednesday 5 October 09:30 Holy Communion (also live streamed)

Sunday 9 October 09:30 All Age Worship – Harvest Festival

Tuesday 11 October 10:30 Breathing Space (contemplative prayer)

Wednesday 12 October 09:30 Holy Communion (also live streamed)

Sunday 16 October 09:30 Holy Communion

Wednesday 19 October 09:30 Holy Communion (also live streamed)

Sunday 23 October 09:30 Morning Worship

Wednesday 26 October 09:30 Holy Communion (also live streamed)

Sunday 30 October 09:30 Holy Communion

Wednesday 2 November 09:30 Holy Communion (not live streamed this week)

Sunday 6 November 09:30 Holy Communion

–Services at St. Michael’s, Haworth

Sunday 2 October 11:00 Morning Worship

Sunday 9 October 11:00 Holy Communion

Sunday 16 October 11:00 Morning Worship – Harvest Festival

Sunday 23 October 11:00 Holy Communion

Sunday 30 October 11:00 Morning Worship and 16:00 Special Service for Bereaved Families

Sunday 6 November 11:00 All Age Worship – God in Creation

Live streamed services on Wednesdays can be viewed on our Facebook pages:

Haworth Church

St James’ Church Cross Roads

–Worth Valley Foodbank (WVFB) will be the recipient for donations again this year for our Harvest Festivals (9 October in Cross Roads; 16 October in Stanbury and Haworth). Based at West Lane Baptist Church, WVFB has been operating for two and a half years. Its dedicated group of 15 volunteers ensure that anyone in need of food supplies can easily access them by walking into WVFB on a Tuesday between 13:00 and 15:00 or by requesting a delivery. Requests can be made by phone or through their Facebook page (details below). WVFB gives out emergency bags of essential foods and toiletries intended to last for 3 days. They always need pasta sauces, UHT milk, cereals, soup, meat products like corned beef and tinned pies, tinned fish, tinned veg and fruit, rice pudding, biscuits, instant foods, tea, coffee, and all toiletries, especially shampoo and toothpaste.

In some emergencies, WVFB gives out vouchers for food purchases and vouchers to the families of local schoolchildren in need. Any monetary donations are used for these vouchers and for buying any extra food supplies that WVFB may need. Please encourage anyone who needs help from WVFB to contact them:

Phone: 07704 586030 Send a Facebook Message: Worth Valley Food Bank

–St. James Ladies Group, Friday 7 October at 14:00 in St. James’ Church Hall. Admission £2: “Preserving your Memories – music from the ’60s by Malcolm Johnson.” Malcolm has visited the group before and is an excellent speaker. For further information, please phone Kathleen Stevens on 01535 644231.

–Opportunities to explore faith continue to be developed. Our Little Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month, 18:30 to 20:30, at St Gabriel’s to share a meal, friendship, discussion, and prayer. Do speak to Anthony Bennett if you would like to come along. Also, we plan to run a series of informal discussions for anyone interested in Exploring Faith Further, including the option to prepare for confirmation at a special service in the Spring. Again, please speak to Anthony.

–Place of Welcome Drop-In continues at St. James’ every Monday, 10:00 to 12:00, for refreshments and conversation in a warm place.

Toddler Praise is at St. James’ each Tuesday in term time from 14:00 to 15:00, with refreshments and children’s play afterwards in the Church Hall.

–Churches Together Children’s Holiday Club returns on 24/25/26 October, 10:00-12:00 at St. James: “The wonder of Creation!” Text/Phone 07917 165178 for info.

–Contact one of our ministers:

Anthony Bennett, Curate – 01535 279624; anthony.bennett@leeds.anglican.org

Peter Wilson, Retired Assistant Priest – 01535 644981

Peter Handley and Rosanne Anderson, Licenced Lay Ministers – 01535 607432

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Commemoration Service for the Late Her Majesty the Queen

We would like to extend invitations to a special commemoration service for the Late Her Majesty the Queen at 6 pm on Sunday 18th September.

The service will be held in St Michael and All Angels Church and is for the villages of Haworth, Stanbury and Cross Roads with Lees. The service will be one of many similar services taking place at the same time across the country, as we prepare for the Late Queen’s funeral on Monday 19th September.

We will sing hymns, pray together, read the Bible, and there will be time and space to reflect on our Late Queen’s life together.

All are welcome.

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Proclaiming the King

Our churches remain open today (Saturday) and our King and country prayed for at services tomorrow morning (9.30 at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury and 11.00 at St Michael’s, Haworth). The King will be proclaimed in London today and then around the country tomorrow and for local parishes this will be at 4 o’clock and in our case on the steps outside St Michael’s with the church bells being rung straight away afterwards. In due course a special service will be held close to (but not on the day of) the late Queen’s funeral.

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The death of the Queen

St Michael’s bells will be rung muffled for an hour in the middle of tomorrow (Friday 7 September). We have a funeral in church at 12.00 noon, so our ringing is likely to begin after mourners have left, thus a little later than the noon ringing in many other churches. The church is open each day, and other plans to celebrate and mourn our late Queen will be made known as soon as we can do so. God save the King.

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Our plans for September

Each Sunday at 11.00 a.m.

Sunday 4 September – Morning Worship

Sunday 11 September – Holy Communion 

Sunday 18 September – All Age Worship with Baptism

Sunday 25 September – Holy Communion

Sunday 2 October – Morning Worship  

Holy Communion is live streamed our churches’ Facebook pages each Wednesday at 9.30 a.m. from our sister church St James’, Cross Roads .

How can we explore the implications of faith well with our communities?   An open conversation called ‘Faith in the future?’ is planned for 7.00 to 8.30 p.m. on Sunday 4 September September at the Old School Room when three local Ministers (Chris Upton, Peter Mullins and Ned Shallow, Baptist, Anglican and Methodist) will be kicking off.

Can we be ready to support people when the projected cost of living crisis hits people this autumn and winter?  An open meeting called ‘Eating and heating’ is planned for 7.00 to 8.30 p.m. on Thursday 8 September at West Lane Baptist Church to share ideas and concern and to think about possible ways forward.

Breathing space (shared silence, reflection and meditation) is at St James’ each second Tuesday (including 13 September) at 10.30 a.m. and at St Gabriel’s each fourth Monday at 7.00 p.m. (including 26 September).   The contact is the Revd Anthony Bennett (279624).

A final farewell service for our Rector, the Revd Peter Mullinsis planned for 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 14 September at St Michael’s followed by a reception in the Old School Room.

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Ukraine and a ‘Flag Sunday’ service

The Ukrainian flag is coming down from the church tower.  It has been blown to bits in the few months it has been up there.  We’ll be celebrating it at our 11.00 a.m. All Age Worship on Sunday (24 July) and blessing the new and robust St George’s flag which will be going up in its place next week.  Do come and join us.

Our August 11.00 am. Sunday services will then continue:

 31 July – Holy Communion

7 August – Morning Worship

14 August – Holy Communion 

21 August – Morning Worship

28 August – Holy Communion

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Our recent Sunday worship videos

20th June

13th June

Apologies but we’ve had some problems embedding our videos here for you to watch directly. To view this video please click on this link:
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6th June

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30th May

23rd May

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16th May

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9th May

2nd May

25th April

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Our Sunday Worship videos

Our videos are released at 5 am on Sunday mornings each week. Any links below that say ‘Video Unavailable’ won’t work until the video is released.

Sunday Worship Video for Low Sunday, 11th April:

Sunday Worship Video for Easter Day, 4th April:

Sunday Worship Video for Holy Week, beginning 28th March:

Sunday Worship Video for 21st March: the week starting the 5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday Worship Video for Mothering Sunday, 14th March: continuing into Lent

Sunday Worship Video for 7th February:

Sunday Worship Video for 28th February:

Sunday Worship Video for 21st February:

Sunday Worship Video for 14th February:

Sunday Worship Video for 7th February:

Sunday Worship Video for 31st January:

Sunday Worship Video for 24th January:

Sunday Worship Video for 17th January:

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Online Services for Christmas

Our Christmas Online Service (available from midday on Christmas Eve):


Our video for the Second Sunday of Christmas (available from 9 am on Sunday 3rd January):

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Joy and sorrow: Christmas Communion and Deborah Mullins

Here again are the Christmas Communion times, each designed to be Covid-safe with masks (please) and careful distancing.

An on-line ‘Christmas Midnight Service’ video will be available here from Christmas Eve (our weekly Sunday on-line service released a few days early this week).

3.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve at St James’, Cross Roads

11.30 p.m. (‘Midnight’) on Christmas Eve at St Michael’s, Haworth

9.30 a.m. on Christmas Day at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury (space limited so best to tell 645102 that you are coming)

11.00 a.m. on Christmas Day at St Michael’s, Haworth

10.30 a.m. on Wednesday 30 December at St James’, Cross Roads

The heavy news is that Deborah Mullins died at her home at Haworth Rectory on Sunday morning at the end of a year’s illness.  Her funeral will be in two parts.  There is a strict legal limit of thirty people on the number who can attend and the immediate family will take half these places. 

But a few friends can be accommodated at one or other of the services, and a representative sample of those who might otherwise have come would be really very welcome, so do e-mail rector@haworthchurch.co.uk if you’d like to find out whether there is room. 

The Bishop of Bradford will receive her coffin into St Michael’s late afternoon on Tuesday 29 December, conduct the first half of a simple funeral service, allowing her then to rest overnight there. 

She will travel on to Brocklands Woodland Burial site the following morning (Wednesday 30 December) and the remaining part of the simple funeral service and burial will take place there; we hope soon to make it widely know at what time the hearse will leave St Michael’s (now fixed for 10.10) and at what time it will pass St James’ (now fixed for 10.20) that day; the regular mid-week Communion at St James’ follows at 10.30.

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Christmas plans

We are able to hold a few services provided people wear masks, sit well apart (we have available seats marked out), and don’t hang around to chat or socialise afterwards.

But we don’t plan to have a Carol Service (we can’t sing in church at the moment) or a Crib Service at St Gabriel’s (capacity is small and we are meant to leave the building unused for a period between services).

  1. Self directed for those with a smartphone

Not quite a Nativity Walk up Main Street, Haworth is being provided by eight posters, each with a bit of the Christmas story and a QR code link to a carol.  Stopping places on the way are Haworth Physiotherapy, The Old Registry, Tap & Tonic, The Fleece, The Cloth Store, The Hawthorn, The Black Bull and Haworth Steam Brewery.  Visit all or just one!

2. We still provide a fresh Sunday Worship video each week

A virtual Christingle Service (has been available from Sunday 13 December):

A virtual Nativity Walk (has been available from Saturday 19 December):

A virtual Midnight Communion available from Christmas Eve

Accessible from the front page of our churches’ websites and Facebook pages by a single click, and with audio of the most recent service is accessible by a normal rate phone call 01535 286387, all in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church.

3. Sunday 20 December (Sunday before Christmas)

Family Service with Christingles suitable for all ages, at our normal Sunday service times of 9.30 a.m. at St James’, Cross Roads 11.00 a.m. at St Michael’s, Haworth and 3.30 p.m. at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury (but let us know on 01535 648464 if you are coming to St Gabriel’s as space is limited there).

4. Thursday 24 and Friday 25 December (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Christmas Communion spread across a variety of times

  3.00 p.m. on Christmas Eve at St James’, Cross Roads

11.30 p.m. on Christmas Eve at St Michael’s, Haworth

  9.30 a.m. on Christmas Day at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury

11.00 a.m. on Christmas Day at St Michael’s, Haworth.

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Plans change again for going into Tier 3

Our plans for December 2020, now that we’re in Tier 3 again

1.  We will still 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.   

Here is our Christingle one for the Third Sunday of Advent (it will be available to view after 10.30 am on Sunday 13th December):


And here is the one for the Second Sunday of Advent:


2.  We will now also provide an actual Sunday Service in each church each week Covid-safely; people sit well apart and leave without socialising.

  9.30 am           St James’, Cross Roads       ) the same service

11.00 pm           St Michael’s, Haworth         ) will be repeated

  3.30 pm          St Gabriel’s, Stanbury         ) three times

  6 December     Reflective Morning Worship for the start of Advent

13 December      Holy Communion as a personal Christmas preparation

20 December      All Age mini-celebration with Christingle elements

                        (space limited at St Gabriel’s so let us know to ‘book’)

27 December      Reflective Morning Worship for Christmas week

  3 January         Holy Communion as dedication for the New Year

3.  We again provide an actual simple mid-week Holy Communion each week; people sit well apart and leave without socialising.  

 10.30 am          St James’, Cross Roads each Wednesday

(but no longer an extra Friday lunchtime service at St Michael’s)

4.  We will work hard at planning and then announcing as good a pattern of Christmas services as we can manage.

These will be announced on our websites, Facebook and church doors as soon as we can.  There are also eight Christmas posters with carol QR codes going up both in Main Street, Haworth and central Cross Roads,

5.  We will still hold our annual meetings for both parishes very briefly after one of our morning Communion services; people sit well apart and leave without socialising.  Papers will be available in advance for all who request them even if they will not attend – any comments will be reported to what we expect will be small number attending the half-hour meetings.

        Cross Roads parish      11.10 a.m. Wednesday 17 Dec at St James’

        Haworth parish           11.45 a.m. Sunday 13 Dec at St Michael’s

6.  We are really sorry that we are not allowed to keep St Michael’s open for tourists while in Tier 3; we are hugely grateful to the Friends’ of the Brontë Church and our own team of Church Tour Guides who enabled us to do so on many days when we were in Tier 2.

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Advent possibilities

Just before you read about our plans, our on-line worship for Advent Sunday, 29th November, can be viewed below (but, sorry, it won’t be available until after 9:30 am Sunday morning):

For those who would like to share in a Sunday evening ‘course’ for the four Sundays in Advent, we do plan to do this as usual in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church, and will do so by Zoom.  It will be 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. each Sunday (beginning 29th November).  Just ask Anthony Bennett (Anthony.Bennett@leeds.anglican.org or 01535 279264) for the link.  Thoughts will spin off from four words much at the front of many minds at the moment: distance; safe; trust; normal.  Meanwhile, we’ll say more about any public worship plans for December and even Carol Service plans once the nature of new Government restrictions are fully announced and explained.

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Going into lockdown

It seems that we have to cancel all our plans for public worship for a month.  Of course, our weekly on-line Sunday worship will continue, and this is our latest video for Sunday 22nd November (sorry but it won’t be available until after 9:30 am Sunday morning):

This is last week’s service for Sunday 15th November:

The week before, we released a special Remembrance Service, which is still available for you to watch:

We will also be open for private prayer in each church for an hour each week with people sitting well apart and people leave without socialising with others.

Sundays               3.00 pm          St Gabriel’s, Stanbury        

Wednesdays       10.00 am           St James’, Cross Roads  

                          (but not on 11th November when there is a funeral)

Fridays              12.00 noon         St Michael’s, Haworth  

We have spare capacity and willingness as churches to support others and join with West Lane Baptist Church (the base of the Worth Valley Food Bank) in saying this widely.

Do feel free to contact us at rector@haworthchurch.co.uk or directly:

The Revd Anthony Bennett   279624     

The Revd Peter Mullins        648464

The Revd Julie Roberts        645102

The Revd Peter Wilson        644981

We also know just how many are praying for others and looking out for others as usual even when confined mainly to our homes.

But, please, do let us know if you think additional provision might meet people’s needs better.

Meanwhile the Archbishops have issued a letter last week:

Dear Friends,

These are deeply challenging and difficult times for us all.  When we are surrounded by fear and suffering, it can be hard to feel hopeful.  This coming winter feels like it will be longer and darker than usual.

There is a story in the Bible where Jesus and his disciples are caught in a storm. The disciples are understandably terrified as the wind and waves threaten to overpower them.  ‘Why are you so afraid?’, Jesus asks.  This year, we too have been caught in a storm which often feels overwhelming.  And yet we can look to Jesus, in the boat with us, who calms the storm and comforts us in our fear.

We are writing to share our belief that whoever you are, and whatever you happen to believe, you are loved by God.  Beyond measure.  We also want you to know that we are praying for you, particularly asking that Christ’s love will comfort us, calm our fears, and lead our nation and our world through this terrible pandemic.  Starting this week, we have asked every church to pray each day at 6pm.  We invite you to join with us.  You’ll be able to find simple resources on the Church of England website and social media channels.

There are three other responses that we want to encourage everyone to consider –

First, let’s be calm.  By only buying what we need and not hoarding, or by reaching out to our neighbours as we did during the first lockdown, we can be stronger together in ways that are impossible if we go it alone.  When things go wrong – as they always will with such complex challenges – let us look for good and right ways forward together.

Secondly, let’s be courageous.  There are many reasons to be fearful at the moment, but the story of Christ calming the waves calls us to give our fears to Jesus and have faith in Him.  The British willingness just to get on with things is one of our very best characteristics – let us not be paralysed by fear.  We will all need each other’s courage in the months to come.

Thirdly, let’s be compassionate.  So many of us are holding so much pain – our own and the pain of those we love.  We will need to be gentle, kind and patient with each other.  In the first wave we showed we are a nation of compassion and kindness.  Let’s dig deep and keep that love for our neighbours strong in this second time of struggle.

Even though there is much darkness around us, there are also many points of light in the weeks ahead.

This Sunday is Remembrance Day.  As we remember the courage and sacrifice of those who gave everything for this nation in war, we are also reminded of the possibility for hope after destruction, of new life after suffering.  In the coming weeks, there are great religious ceremonies.  For Hindus, Sikhs and Jains there is Diwali, the festival of light.  Sikhs will celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak.  The Jewish community will observe Hanukkah.  Many Muslim communities have just celebrated Eid-e-Milad, the anniversary of the birth of Muhammad.

Soon it will be Christmas.  At his birth Jesus was also called Emmanuel.  It’s a word that appears in lots of carols.  It means ‘God is with us’.  And this is the message of Christmas: in Jesus, God is with us, sharing our darkness and our struggles, bringing comfort and joy.   It is the source of our hope. As the Bible says: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5)  Let us shine in the darkness of this winter.

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Our Sunday on-line services for October and November

We will continue to release a fresh on-line half-hour Sunday Worship video each week in partnership with West Lane Baptist Church.

>>Our Sunday Worship Video can be viewed at this link from 25 October onwards.         

>>Our Sunday Worship Video can be viewed at this link from 1 November onwards.         

Our Weekly Worship Video for 18 October can be viewed at this link:

Our Weekly Worship Video for 11 October can be viewed at this link:

Our Weekly Worship Video for 4 October can be viewed at this link:

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