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THANK YOU

A big thank you to the many helpers, supporters and those who donated to last Saturday’s Chocolate Coffee morning held on a very wet and windy day at St James’. We collected £405 for The Children’s Society, a very worthy charity.

 

TOOLS FOR SELF RELIANCE

Churches Together in Baildon is holding a Coffee Morning to raise money for TFSR at Wesley’s, Newton Way on Saturday 13th April from 10am to 11.30am. DIY and gardening tools are on sale, plus some wooden planters. Refreshments £2. Cake/produce stall. All welcome.

LENT LUNCHES

Join us for Lent Lunches in St John’s Church Hall at 12 noon every Thursday in Lent. You are warmly welcomed to come and enjoy pie and peas, sandwiches and soup at reasonable prices. Proceeds go to the Church Urban Fund.

HANDMADE CARDS

HAND-CRAFTED GREETINGS CARDS are on display every Sunday in St John’s Church Hall after the 10.00am service. Elaine Bower thanks everyone who has supported her and so far has rasied £7,500. Cards from general stock cost £1.50 and all the proceeds go to church funds. Special orders for anniversaries etc are welcomed.

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.

ASH WEDNESDAY

There will be a Service of Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes at St John’s Church on Wednesday, 6th March at 7.30pm. Ash Wednesday marks the start of our spiritual journey into Lent and is an important Christian festival. Everyone is very welcome.

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.

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.

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.

INSTALLATION at Wakefield Cathedral

I would to thank those who offer their congratulations to me on my invitation by the Bishop of Leeds to become an Honorary Canon of Wakefield Cathedral which is a recognition of service to the Diocese. I have had some questions as to why Wakefield Cathedral, not Bradford. This is a recognition that we are now in the Diocese of Leeds with three Cathedrals, Ripon, Wakefield and Bradford.  Bishop Nick is trying to break down the boundaries of the previous Dioceses and reinforcing the young Diocese of Leeds. I think it is a great opportunity to see another part of the Diocese which I am not so familiar with and to serve the Diocese in this way. The service is on Sunday 24th February at 3.30pm. I am aware that some people may want lifts to the Cathedral and some may be able to offer lifts or arrange to go by train. I have a put lists in all of the Churches for both those wanting lifts and those able to offer them. If you would prefer to go by train I understand that Sheila Matthews is aiming to do this and is happy for others to go with her. I hope we can arrange for as many people to go as possible, it will be great to see some familiar faces. After the service the Cathedral is putting on light refreshments.