Our next Messy Church is on Sunday 18th October at 4pm. We really hope we will be able to meet physically in St John’s Church Hall; if so, booking will be required. If we are not able to meet in person then we will meet virtually via Zoom. We will let you know in plenty of time via your Messy Church update email.

Saturday 17th October 9am – 12.30pm (come when you can for as long as you want to). Please bring your own tools (we will be unable to share equipment): hand forks, trowels, dandelion removal tools, secateurs / loppers, edging shears, bags for putting the waste into (some bags will also be available on the day). We would be very grateful if people would be able to take the bags they have filled to the Household Waste Recycling Centre for disposal at the end of the work party. For more information please contact Rachel Abbey on 07900 470609 or email:

In the Consistory Court of the Diocese of Leeds
Church of Baildon: St John the Evangelist In the parish of Baildon

NOTICE IS GIVEN that we are applying to the Consistory Court of the diocese for permission to carry out the following:

To rebuild dry stone walling in the closed graveyard including three feet of further walling in danger of collapsing and to replace the store area roof (wood structure and corrugated plastic roof, bolted to adjoining sheds) in the adjoining garden.

Copies of the relevant plans and documents may be examined at the parish office by appointment.

Contact may be made via the parish website , by email to or by telephoning the parish administrator on 01274 594941 .

Reverend Canon Sandra Benham, Vicar
Sheila Matthews and Ian Ibbotson, Churchwardens

If you wish to object to any of the works or proposals you should send a letter stating the grounds of your objection to The Diocesan Registrar at

Lupton Fawcett LLP
Yorkshire House
East Parade
Leeds LS1 5BD

or send an email to

Your letter or email should reach the registrar not later than 07/11/20. A letter of objection must include your name and address and state whether you live in the parish and/or your name is entered on the church electoral roll of the parish or any other basis on which you have an interest in the matter.

Please join us for an online meeting this Tuesday 8th Sept at 19:30 for an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas for how we can adapt our Wreath Festival for this year. Contact Charlotte Scoular for zoom details: 07746 702090 or email Thank you

We are delighted to say that the popular event on Tuesdays 10.00am – 11.30am is now restarting in St John’s Church Hall.  We restart on Tuesday 18th August. Please remember that you will need to wear a mask as you enter the building and are shown to your seat but after that you can remove the mask.  Please note that places will currently be more limited than before in line with guidance.


Our parish has a long history of supporting the Diocese of Sudan. This August there is a special appeal by the Diocese of Leeds to help this country which is facing health and economic crises. Michael Skelton is carrying out a sponsored litter pick in Baildon to raise vital funds for the appeal. He is aiming to collect 50 sacks of litter! Could you sponsor him 20p per sack, amounting to a donation of £10? To sponsor Michael, call him on 01274 582224 or email

Unfortunately we have had to put Tuesday morning coffee at St John’s on hold for the time being. With new restrictions announced late last night (30/07/2020) we cannot presently accommodate this activity. We will let you know as soon as we can resume our coffee morning via phone calls, FaceBook and our parish website.

We are really happy to be able to open St John’s Church for Sunday Service from 16th August 2020. There will be a service at 9am and another at 11am every Sunday from this date going forward.

In order to keep everyone safe and to follow the Church’s and Government’s guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19, we can only admit a very limited number of visitors. We are only using pews where it is possible for people to practice 2 metre social distancing and it is necessary for you to book a seat before the service. We are offering 2 sizes of pew: 1-2 people or 3-4 people (or up to 5 if young children are in your party). You can only share a pew with someone from your own household or who is in your support bubble. Face coverings must be worn unless you have a recognised reason not to. Children under 11 are not required to wear a face covering.

To book, call the Parish Office on 01274 594941. You may need to leave a message. We will ring you back to confirm your booking after 3pm on the Thursday before the Sunday service you wish to book. Alternatively send your request to and we will reply by email. The cut off point for booking for the following Sunday’s services is 3pm on Thursdays. This allows us time to re-allocate any available pews to parties of different sizes.

Visitors will need to observe the measures we now have in place in church such as the one-way system and hand sanitising but this will all be explained to you when you arrive. We will offer Communion in an adapted form to comply with safety guidance.

Dear all

I hope once again that you are keeping safe and well. In the lines of a very old song ‘Times they are a-changing!’ For the past few months we have all been in total lockdown, all knowing what we need to do and, mostly, abiding by the guidelines. Now however, ‘times are a-changing’ and much more of the responsibility is being placed on us to know what feels safe for us as we begin to venture out. This can be quite an anxious time for some and I believe that we must all take this at our pace and not feel pushed into doing something or going somewhere we do not feel comfortable or safe.

You will be aware from the Government of two new announcements regarding churches. Firstly that, as from tomorrow, we are allowed to open for individual private prayer and secondly from Monday we are allowed to open for funerals. We were fortunate that on Monday 8th June we had a PCC meeting. At that meeting Council gave a hesitant agreement to look at what we need to do for us to consider opening St John’s. A lot of work needs to be done and at the centre of our thinking, planning and praying is to keep the community of Baildon safe.

One of the questions in this planning is whether we could have enough volunteers to staff an opening. We would need at least two people on at all times who will be trained and Ruth or myself will always be on call. Appropriate PPE will be provided. At the moment we are only considering opening one day a week from 10.00am – 2.00pm to determine the need and volunteers would only work for 2 hours.

I am now asking if you would consider volunteering if, after careful consideration and with all the planning in place, we decide to open St John’s. When considering this request your personal situation must come before anything else. If you are vulnerable or in an age bracket that until now has been self-isolation I completely understand that you may not feel able to volunteer even if in your heart of hearts you would love to.

In order that we consider this in a timely manner I would be grateful for your responses to me by 5.00pm Wednesday 17th June.

There will be a notice on our website and Facebook regarding the up to date situation on opening and if people ask you then please do point them to this.

Keep safe and God bless


You will find all the information you need about this exciting position plus details on how to apply by following the links below:


Application form

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