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On Sunday 21st June we are holding a ‘Festival of Refugee Week’. Join us on our YouTube channel for the service at 10am. The theme of our worship will be people seeking refuge and asylum. This is one of the ways in which we are marking Refugee Week which starts on 15th June.

If you would like to find out more, join activities and events online, or get involved, the links below will get you started.

Refugee Week 2020 https://refugeeweek.org.uk

A Zephaniah Trust resource for schools, families, adults, and communities to explore asylum and refugee issues https://zephaniahtrust.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/refugee-week-resource-pack-2020.pdf

BIASAN – portraits and stories http://www.saltaireinspired.org.uk/biasan-humanising

Giving asylum seekers the right to work – join the campaign to lift the ban www.refugee-action.org.uk/lift-the-ban

You will be aware that recently the Government has said that churches can now open for individual private prayer and also that funerals can now take place in church. The Parochial Parish Council of Baildon (the governing body of this Parish) are considering these developments at the present time and are aware that much work needs to be completed before either of these can happen safely. At the centre of all our thinking, planning and praying is the safety of the community of Baildon.

We are therefore working to put everything in place that we can to ensure the safety of all those entering our buildings for whatever purpose. Until we have done that, sadly, our buildings will need to remain closed.

Although the church buildings are closed, the church community is very much open and alive. There is much on this website and on our Facebook page to help worship, study and prayer. Please do have a look, there is something for every age!

Here are the first prayer reflections in two series created in line drawing and word by Roy Lorain-Smith. They are based on Baildon and the surrounding area. In this time of isolation we can ponder and pray using our imagination and Roy’s art to take us to the locations around Baildon, or visit them if we are able to while taking our daily exercise. Click on the links below:

Ponder Place 1
Ponder Place 2
Ponder Place 3
Ponder Place 4
Ponder Place 5
Ponder Place 6
St Hugh’s Prayer Walk
St James’s Prayer Walk
St John’s Prayer Walk

Virtual Coffee
After Sunday Service we are all accustomed to meeting for a coffee, a chat and a catch up. We still do this but, instead of pouring into the church hall, lounge or meeting room, we now meet in a virtual environment of Zoom! Zoom allows us to meet online; we can see and hear each other in real time. Why not make yourself a cuppa so you’re ready? We meet at 11.00am each Sunday after service. Just email Reverend Sandra at sandrabenham@btinternet.com and she will send you an invitation and a link. Don’t worry if you’re not tech savvy; it’s very user-friendly and all you need is a device with a camera which is connected to the internet.

These are challenging times for anyone’s wellbeing. We are all struggling with the feelings of disconnect and isolation. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of ourselves and find ways to be positive. You might following links useful.

Dealing with Loneliness and Isolation: Five top tips

13 daily Reflections – supporting our mental health

In these uncertain times we often look for words of wisdom and thoughtfulness. Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, writes a blog which is regularly updated. Find it here.

Malcolm Guite is an English poet, singer-songwriter, Anglican priest, and academic. He’s written several books and regularly speaks on radio. You can find his blog here.

We have carefully selected children and young people’s resources available each week through our ‘Children’s Worship’ button on our homepage. There you’ll find colouring sheets, activity sheets, and a resources suitable for older children and young adults.

Check our our YouTube channel for our own parish Children’s Worship. You’ll find the link to our YouTube channel on our homepage.

The Church of England also offers Prayers with Children. Find it here.

You can also download free, weekly, faith resources for all ages:
Illustrated Ministry

Music is an important part of our worship and while we can’t meet in church to enjoy singing and listening to service music, you might find the following links useful:

BBC Radio 4 Daily Service page

RSCM Hymn for the day and Sunday Self-Service

Here are links to helpful resources which you can use at home for prayer and study:

Ponder Places and Prayer Walks

Time to Pray app – which is available for free

Midday prayer – in text and audio forms

A service of daily prayer – Anglican cycle of daily morning, midday, evening and compline prayers

Prayers & Intercessions:

Personal Prayers
Prayers about the outbreak
Daily Morning Prayer in the Parish
Pathways to God – resources for use in self isolation offered by the Jesuits
Bible Study, Prayer & Talks offered by the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity (LICC)

During the COVID-19 crisis we have moved our worship online. Click on the links to join us:

Our website

Our FaceBook page

Our YouTube channel

Wild Worship Field Guide
This guide is a way of making the most of our daily walk outside or our view out of the window. Here the things of nature can prompt our worship leading us into deeper wonder and joy. Connecting with God through his creation, might encourage us to take better care of the world.

BSL signed services for the deaf