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, come along to our weekly Vestry Hour on Tuesdays from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at St John’s Church Hall on Hallcliffe, Baildon. You don’t need an appointment and a member of the clergy will be there to advise and help you book your special occasion. You can also arrange the reading of your banns at this session if you live in the parish and are getting married elsewhere.

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

March 2019

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  • 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'
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  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Vestry Hour
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  • The Eucharist (BCP) - St James'
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  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
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  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Vestry Hour
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  • Holy Communion (BCP) - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
  • MESSY CHURCH
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  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Vestry Hour
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  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
  • Holy Communion - St John's
  • Holy Communion - St James'
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  • The Eucharist (CW) - St Hugh's
  • Vestry Hour
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  • Holy Communion - St Hugh's
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1 month ago

PANCAKE PARTY - Do you enjoy a party? If so, join us for a party with fun and pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, 5th March at 6.00pm at St James’ Church. All ages welcome.

1 month ago

THIS SUNDAY: The Second Sunday before Lent
8.30am Holy Communion at St John’s Church
9.00am Holy Communion at St Hugh’s Church
10.00am Holy Communion at St John’s Church
10.30am Holy Communion at St James’ Church
3.30pm Rev Sandra’s Installation at Wakefield Cathedral

1 month ago

THIS SUNDAY: The Third Sunday before Lent
8.30am Holy Communion at St John’s Church
9.00am Holy Communion at St Hugh’s Church
10.00am Holy Communion at St John’s Church
10.30am Holy Communion at St James’ Church
4.00pm Messy Church at St John’s Church Hall

1 month ago

FUNDS RAISED - Thank you to everyone who donated to our January Charity of the Month - The Samaritans. We raised £43.48 from church bucket collections and £135.90 at our coffee morning at St James’. So, in total, we sent £179.38 towards the vital work of The Samaritans.

1 month ago

EVENSONG - On Sunday 3rd March at 6.00pm there will be a Choral Evensong at St John’s Church. Our Choir have been rehearsing as part of their RSCM training in preparation for singing with other church choirs at the Cathedral. It will be a great opportunity to hear the results of their hard work - and to join in - in our own Parish Church. Do try to join us for what promises to be a very enjoyable service.

1 month ago

GET ONLINE - A free 8 week course is available at The St Hugh’s Centre to over 55s who would like to learn how to get online, find information, communicate with family or friends, access services, do some shopping and more. Working on tablets, you will learn everything from how to switch it on to how to send an email and keep safe online. You can bring your own tablet or borrow one for no charge. The course starts on 25th February and continues on following Mondays from 2pm to 3.30pm. To book a place please call Sarah Baxter on 07421 328187.

1 month ago

REMINISCENCE AFTERNOON - On the third Tuesday of every month we hold a Reminiscence afternoon at The St Hugh’s Centre from 2pm to 4pm. We enjoy a presentation, quizzes, sharing memories and refreshments. This is a very friendly afternoon with a variety of age groups. We usually reminisce about the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The next meeting is on Tuesday 19th February. We will be looking at a bit of music history then discussing ‘The Music that Shaped Us’. You are very welcome to bring along your thoughts and memories about music from your youth, songs which changed your life or perhaps just music that you love. Sessions cost £2. Everyone welcome!

1 month ago

ST HUGH’S FOODBANK - Thank you very much to everyone who continues to donate to St Hugh’s foodbank. It appears the difficulties faced by people on Universal Credit are increasing and the number of claimants has risen sharply over the past two months. We had four claimants this week and we normally have three to four per month! We are short of: toilet rolls, coffee, tinned meat, stew, fish, potatoes, vegetables, boxes of cereal, shower gel, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste. We’ve got lots of baked beans, soup and teabags at the moment thanks. Collection boxes are available at the back of each of our churches.

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LENT STUDY – Our study this year is based around the great film ‘The Kings Speech’. To remind ourselves of the film and to come together with people who are interested in the study, we will be showing the film on Sunday 3rd March at 12.45pm in St John’s Church Hall. After the service at St John’s, the Hall will be open for people to bring a packed lunch and St Hugh’s and St James’ are welcome to join. We will provide tea and coffee. The film is 2 hours in length. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday 6th March and we hope this will give us a timely introduction to Lent.

1 month ago

GOD AND BREXIT - Revd Professor Ken Medhurst is leading an exciting 3 week course entitled ‘God and Brexit’ in St James’ Church on 4th, 11th and 18th February 2019. The course starts at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7.00pm.
Ken writes: BREXIT – NOT AGAIN! The course seeks to break free from angry and divisive debates. Rather it invites us thoughtfully to contemplate the current crisis through the eyes of Christian faith. Can the Bible and Christian teaching shed light on the deep-seated issues at stake? The course covers these topics -
Week 1: Why should Christians be concerned by Brexit? What guidance can the Bible and Christian teaching offer?
Week 2: What is Brexit all about? What deep-seated issues are at stake? What is the spiritual significance of these issues? A Christian response – prophets and prophecy.
Week 3: Where do we go from here? What are the Church and Christians called to do in the face of crises and change? A Christian vision for our nation’s future.
It is a great privilege for the parish to have Ken share with us on this important subject as the country experiences massive turmoil in light of the events this week. I recommend this course to you.

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Weekly Worship
SUNDAY SERVICES
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.MESSY CHURCH
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.
TUESDAY SERVICES
9:30am – Said Eucharist – St Hugh’s
WEDNESDAY SERVICES
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