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Welcome to the Parish of Baildon

Welcome to the Church of England in Baildon. We have three churches, St John’s Parish Church, St James’ Church and St Hugh’s. Our Churches are a witness to God’s love in this community as we meet together for prayer and worship every Sunday and serve this community in all sorts of ways. You will find a warm welcome at any of our churches and we are always here for you.

Christenings and Weddings

If you would like to arrange a Christening or Wedding, please contact Reverend Sandra Benham, tel: 01274 589005

St John’s is situated in the heart of Baildon centre. We welcome you to join us at any of our church services, social groups and regular fund raising events. ‘more

St James’ known locally as ‘the little white church’ for its picturesque chocolate-box appeal is popular for Weddings and Christenings. Situated in the Charlestown area of Baildon ‘more

St Hugh’s church and Community Centre serves the lower Baildon community. Offering church services, social groups, food bank, community involvement and children’s services. ‘more

April 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • The Eucharist (BCP) - St James'
  • Julian Meeting
  • Lent Course
  • Lent Lunch
  • Lent Course
  • End of School Term Service
  • Ladies Fellowship Coffee Morning
  • Holy Communion (BCP) - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Family Worship - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
  • Guided Prayer Walk
  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Guided Prayer Walk
  • Rainbows
  • Vestry Hour
  • Stations of the Cross
  • The Eucharist (BCP) - St James'
  • Guided Prayer Walk
  • Guided Prayer Walk
  • Maundy Thursday Service
  • Children's Activity Breakfast
  • Open Church - Good Friday Pilgrimage
  • Walk of Witness
  • Good Friday Lunch
  • Good Friday Lunch
  • Last Hour at the Cross
  • Holy Communion (BCP) - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Luncheon Club
  • Rainbows
  • Vestry Hour
  • The Eucharist (BCP) - St James'
  • Holy Communion (BCP) - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Rainbows
  • Vestry Hour
  • The Eucharist (BCP) - St James'
  • Holy Communion (BCP) - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Luncheon Club
  • Rainbows
  • Vestry Hour
  • The Eucharist (BCP) - St James'

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4 days ago

Good morning everybody!

Sunday 29th March 2020 - Passion Sunday

To worship together this morning please follow the link below to our communion service.


Rob and Katie have also recorded a few songs that you might like to listen to as part of your worship, see below.

Music that you might like to listen to before or after the service:


A song for young children to sing along to:



4 days ago

Just in case you can't wait...

We have recorded some music for tomorrow's worship and here's a little sample, just in case you can't wait...


Don't forget the clocks go forward and tomorrow's worship will be made available just before 10am, Sunday 29th March 2020.


5 days ago

Spread the word...

On Sunday 29th March, you and your families will be able to watch and participate in a communion service for Passion Sunday led by Canon Sandra.

Shortly before 10am, we will post a link to our YouTube channel where you will be able to stream the service.

To find our channel just search 'The Parish of Baildon' in YouTube - there are already a couple of videos available if you want to try it out.

Please spread the word by sharing this post and messaging/calling those who don't have Facebook.

5 days ago
St Hugh's Centre

Food Bank during Coronavirus restrictions:
St Hugh's Food Bank is still operating. We now have a contactless system of collecting parcels from a box outside St Hugh's main door. If you need help, just give us a call on 07421 328187 to arrange a time to collect a parcel. We have limited supplies but we will do our best to help everyone who needs it. No referrals or vouchers necessary.

6 days ago

Are you feeling that it would be helpful to join with others for prayer and to get a bit of structure into our days? I am organising, through Zoom web conferencing, a wonderful way that we can come together, see each other every weekday at 9am (starting Monday 30th March) and say Morning Prayer together but in our own homes. How does this work I hear you asking? If you would like to join us, just send me an email asking to join and I will send you an invitation via email to join the Zoom group. You will get a link which will take you through the installation of Zoom (it’s really easy) and then you can join us, see us and hear us! Your device will need a camera on it and also in order to join in you may find it helpful to have either another device with Morning Prayer downloaded or the actual book. Please reply to sandrabenham@btinternet.com

1 week ago

PRAY TOGETHER Today, Wed 25 March at 11am.
I encourage everybody to join this wave of prayer - Rev Sandra Benham:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has given his backing to a call from the Pope for Christians across the world to join in saying the Lord’s Prayer as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Archbishop Justin said: “When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray he taught them the words that we know as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. This prayer gives us words to pray even when we don’t know how or what to pray.

“I will be joining with Pope Francis and with Christians all round the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 11am, commending the world into God’s merciful care at this difficult time.”

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

1 week ago
Reflection and Prayers from Revd Ruth Yeoman

Our final reflection of the day from Revd Ruth. We hope you all find this helpful as we go into the week ahead.

Every blessing!


22.03.20 This is a reflection and prayers from Revd Ruth Yeoman, Associate Priest of The Parish of Baildon

1 week ago
Reflection and Prayers from Canon Sandra Benham

Today we have created our first online video which can be found using the link below.

We will be uploading more from time to time and these can be found by searching for ‘The Parish of Baildon’ YouTube channel.

Why not have a listen today?


22.03.20 This is a reflection and prayers from Canon Sandra Benham, Vicar of The Parish of Baildon.

1 week ago

As a community of faith we will in the coming weeks and months be offering Baildon numerous ways to remain connected together and also opportunities to worship and pray together. Sunday 22nd March has been designated as a National Day for Prayer and Action and we will be opening St John’s Church from 2.00pm – 4.00pm for private prayer and reflection in this difficult time. At 3.00pm and 4.00pm on Sunday the Church bell will ring to indicate that the clergy team will be offering reflection and prayers at these times. Everyone is welcome to come and use the sacred space at St John’s during these times. We would however urge you to follow national guidance on physical distancing (keeping 2 metres apart) from one another and using the hand sanitiser on entry and exit. In addition to this people are being encouraged at 7.00pm to put a lighted candle (either battery or real) in their window as a visible symbol of the light of life Jesus Christ, in whose life there is hope, the hope we have in these dark and difficult times.

As this will be Mothering Sunday at the entrance to the church there will be some buckets of daffodils. Everyone is very welcome to take a bunch home with them either for Mums or to give away to neighbours.

2 weeks ago

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended. Therefore it is with deep regret and sadness that I have to announce that there will be no worship in St Hugh’s, St James’s or St John’s Baildon from Sunday 15th March until further notice. We live now in very uncertain and unsettling times and my thoughts and prayers are with all the community of Baildon and beyond as we work out a different way of being community. Please do keep in contact through the Facebook page and website and we will put resources on these in the coming weeks. It is vital that we remain connected to each other and pray for each other now more than ever before as we work out how to be church in a very way different way.
Rev Canon Sandra Benham
Vicar of Baildon

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Weekly Worship
8:30am – Said Eucharist – St John’s
9:00am – Sung Eucharist – St Hugh’s
10:00am – Sung Eucharist – St John’s
10:30am – Sung Eucharist – St James’
St John’s 10.00am Sunday worship follows this pattern:
1st Sunday in the month – Family Worship (non-Eucharistic). ¾ of a hour of child-friendly worship including song, activities and prayers.
2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays – Sung Eucharist
5th Sunday – Joint Worship. The whole Parish worships together at either St John’s, St James’ or St Hugh’s on a rotational basis.
4:00pm – 3rd Sunday of the month at St John’s Church Hall: Messy Church – child-focussed activities including crafts, songs, lots of sticking and gluing, learning about a particular story in the Bible and all finished with a light tea. Children of all ages are very welcome.
9:30am – Said Eucharist – St Hugh’s
10:00am – Said Eucharist – St James’

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Rev Sandra Benham, Vicar of Baildon
Sandra’s role is to lead, with others both lay and ordained, the community of faith in Baildon and to be public face of the Church. This includes leading worship in our three Churches, being a presence in the wider community through work with schools, community organisations and other institutions as well as having a civic responsibility in the town.

Rev Sandra Benham
Rev Sandra BenhamVicar of Baildon

John’s role is to offer support to the Vicar and the other clergy, to protect the fabric and inventory of the three Churches and to be welcoming to all who wish to worship in the parish.

John Guest
John GuestChurchwarden of The Parish of Baildon

Sarah offers administrative support to our churches and runs the parish office. She also works as our Parish Community Development Worker which involves setting up groups, bringing in community support and funding to benefit the wider Baildon community.

Sarah Baxter
Sarah BaxterParish Administrator and Community Development Worker

Rev Ruth Yeoman, Associate Priest, working half-time

‘Ruth works as a member of the ministry team across the whole parish. She engages particularly with children and young families, including ministry to local schools, and will be exploring new informal and creative styles of worship.’

Rev Ruth Yeoman
Rev Ruth YeomanAssociate Priest

Sheila’s role is to represent parishioners and support the Vicar and other clergy in the running of the parish. She looks after the churches and everything in them.

Sheila Matthews
Sheila MatthewsChurchwarden of The Parish of Baildon