During the weekend of Baildon at Christmas (Sunday 1st December) we are planning to organise, as in previous years, the Christmas market at St John’s on both Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st. We are planning to have stalls in the Hall, refreshments and the Wreath Festival in St John’s Church on both days.  In order that we can now plan this event we are holding a meeting on Sunday 8th September at 12 noon at St John’s Church Hall.  If you would like to be involved in this event in any way, either with the Wreath Festival, refreshments, with the stalls in either staffing them or you have an idea for a new stall please do come along to this very important meeting.  As you know this weekend is both a major fundraising event for the Parish and also a wonderful time when the community comes together so it is important that we plan well ahead of time.  I am delighted to say that Charlotte Scholar has kindly agreed to manage this event for us.  If you have any queries please do speak to Charlotte, Sandra or Ruth.


Join us for an illustrated talk by Roy Lorrain-Smith about his journey with drawing. Entry is free and the talk takes place at St James’ Church on Friday 6th September 2019 at 7.30pm. Refreshments are available and any donations will be given to the Baildon Imagination Library.


Once again we will be running this valuable scheme which recognises that during the school summer holidays, many parents/carers struggle to feed children who are eligible for free school meals in term time. Last summer we supplied 180 lunches to local children solely from donations received by our church congregations and other local organisations. There will be open collection sessions between 9.30am and 11.30am on Mondays at St James’ Church and on Wednesdays at The St Hugh’s Centre from 29th July until 28th August (no session 26th August for Bank Holiday). Parents/carers can call in for a free lunch supplies pack which will contain about 3 days’ worth of provisions. Please spread the word to anyone who you think would benefit from this scheme. Again we are depending on donations of food items and, if you are able to help with this, please pick up a leaflet from church with a list of suggested donations. Donations can be left in the collections boxes in the following locations: St John’s Church Hall (outside the hall main door), St James’ Church (collection box in the entranceway), St Hugh’s Church (please add to the food bank box in the entrance).


This month our parish will be supporting the Mission to Seafarers which provides help and support to the 1.5 million crewmen and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat. Men and women at sea can be affected by any number of problems: money worries, mental health issues and loneliness, as well as piracy, shipwreck and abandonment. The charity provides practical, emotional and spiritual support. We all rely on these workers for the food and goods which we take for granted in our shops. To raise funds we will have collecting buckets in St John’s and St Hugh’s Churches, and a Coffee Morning at St James’ Church on Saturday 20th July from 10am to 11.30am. Please try to support the parish’s fund raising efforts for Mission to Seafarers in whatever way you can.


As a Parish we put on events so that we meet socially and also fundraise for the Church.  The Social/Fundraising Committee are looking for new members to bring some new ideas and energy to this important part of parish life.  We are holding a meeting on Monday 8th July at St John’s Hall, Cranmer Room at 7.30pm for everyone who would like to see the social and fundraising life of the parish grow.  If you have ideas but don’t know how to run them, then come along and share your idea.  If you have never been on a committee before, this maybe the one for you!  It is for all ages and experience.


Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 21st July at 4pm in St John’s Church Hall. Messy Church is a time for families to come and explore what Christians believe through craft, activities and worship. This month our them will be ‘The Good Samaritan’.


Join us for Family Worship at St John’s Church on Sunday 7th July at 10am. This is all-age worship with activities and hymns which we hold on the first Sunday of every month. This month we are exploring and celebrating baptism.


Churches Together in Baildon are organising a Safari Supper Friday 5th July at 6.00pm starting at the Moravian Church. Tickets are £8.00 for a two course meal, £4.00 for under 12s and £20 for families. Tickets are available from Denise Hopker, Caroline Skelton and Carolyn Gomersal.  It promises to be a great evening so please come along.  This year we are raising funds for Missional Generation, the CTiB charity of the year, and Ben Jones will be talking about the ways in which they seek to inspire young people on their faith journey through modern technology.   We need your help in the following ways:-
As the Parish will be hosting the dessert and coffee part of the meal, we need some desserts for 50 people!  We have an offer of cheese and biscuits so anything else will be gratefully received.
Help set up the hall late afternoon on Friday
Buy a ticket and come along!
If you can help with setting up or providing a dessert, please contact Carolyn Gomersal on 01274 587857 or email her at This is our event, as we are all members of Churches Together in Baildon, so do come along and support the event and charity.


Come along to our annual Strawberry Cream Tea with Silent Auction on Saturday 6th July at 2.00pm at St James’ Church. Tickets are £4.50 and available from Diane Robinson. Funds raised will go to Parish funds. Do you have any items you could donate for our silent auction – toiletries, chocolates, wine/spirits, unwanted gifts? If so, please contact Diane on 01274 587712.


CHARITY CONCERT in support of Bradford Refugee Forum – Come and enjoy an evening of music from singer/songwriter John Froud and daughter Cath at St John’s Parish Church on Wednesday, 24th July at 7.30pm. Donations are invited which will go to Bradford Refugee Forum.