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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Pre-Coronation Service with civic leaders

Robbie Moore MP, Cllr Rebecca Poulsen, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire David Pearson and Rev. Anthony Bennett

Haworth Parish Church staged a Pre-Coronation service on Friday evening. The service was led by the Rev. Anthony Bennett supported by Deacon Rob Dearden from West Lane Baptist Church and Mrl Shallow from the Methodist Church. Included in the congregation were David Pearson a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Keighley & Ilkley MP Robbie Moore and newly-re-elected Worth Valley Councillor Rebecca Poulsen. The music was provided by Worth Valley harpist Fiona Katie Widdop and organist Colin Horsley.

Pictured (left to right): Haworth Parish Churchwarden Peter Breed, Rev. Anthony Bennett, Deacon Rob Dearden and Rev. Nel Shallow.
Harpist Fioa Katie Widdop.
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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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