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St. Michael & All Angels Parish Church
Last updated: 11/04/2020
haworth village
Church Street Haworth West Yorkshire BD22 8DR
Contact: Revd Peter Mullins

Tel. 01535 648464
Email: rector@haworthchurch.co.uk


About St. Michael & All Angels Parish Church
See brontevirtualchurch.blogspot.com as one part of our main worship at the moment.

See https://www.facebook.com/haworthparishchurch/?ref=br_rs each Sunday at 10.30 for a service prepared with our neighbours at West Lane Baptist Church (and available for playing again anytime thereafter). Audio of whichever is the most recent of these weekly on-line Sunday morning services can now be heard on 01535 286387 (charged at local call rates).


19th March (updating the statement we put out on social media only a few days ago)

At the parish churches in Cross Roads, Haworth and Stanbury:

We will all continue to pray for the sick and for carers. Yes, and for the stir crazy at home and those placed in really difficult financial positions by all this.

We will minimize possibilities of infection at services. No, we have had to cancel all services altogether [rest of sentence now out of date: although we are in touch with those exploring whether anything is possible beyond keeping St Michael’s open through the day as usual].

We will seek to be aware of those who usually attend worship and begin to build a system to be in touch by phone. Working at this: we’ve identified 135 households and a number of people who will keep the contacts, but an initial problem on which we are working is that we have fewer phone numbers than we realised.

Will try to make some prayer and reflection resources available. Yes, we’ve set up brontevirtualchurch.blogspot.com website, and some YouTube possibilities are now being explored.

We would welcome any information about church members or neighbours who find themselves stuck on their own or upset so that we can try to offer the right practical or spiritual support to anybody. Yes, and we are grateful to know just how much of this is going on in the three villages already.

We will continue to organise regular and special events. No, we have had to cancel all events, although we are in touch with those planning possible safe walking possibilities.



17th March (announcement)

We are just digesting the news that the Archbishops have this afternoon written to ask that all Church of England public worship be suspended for the immediate future.

The central part of their letter reads:

"As the challenge of the coronavirus grips the world, and as the Government asks every individual and every organisation to rethink its life, we are now asking the Church of England in all its parishes, chaplaincies and ministries to serve all people in a new way. Public worship will have to stop for a season. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop. Far from it. We need to look at new ways of serving."

We have already been doing some reflecting about being a creative Christian community if unable to meet for worship, and we are due to receive guidance on a range of issues from our own Bishop in the next day or two, so hope to say some positive things in the next few days.

As a first step, we’d placed some initial material (which we had printed last Sunday for those who were not at church) on a new experimental website at https://brontevirtualchurch.blogspot.com/



14th March (our previous position)

At the parish churches in Cross Roads, Haworth and Stanbury:

we will all continue to pray for the sick and for carers, and will do so whether we are among those happy to be together in church, among those more cautious at home, or among those self isolating;

we will heed national advice to minimize possibilities of infection at services (cleaning surfaces, having paper towels by our basins, washing our hands, not sharing a handshake at the Peace, not passing the collection plate from person to person, not sharing wine at Communion, not sharing refreshments after services);

we will seek to be aware of those who usually attend worship but are not with us, and begin to build a system to be in touch by phone and to try to make some prayer and reflection resources available to them;

we would welcome any information about church members or neighbours who find themselves stuck on their own or upset so that we can try to offer the right practical or spiritual support to anybody;

and, unless national advice changes or people stay away, we will continue to organise regular and special events (from weekly Friday Church to special Holy Week drama),;

although at the moment (following their advice) we have stopped going into Care Homes, and the church’s tour guides have suspended their work for a while as well.


Our old introductory material:

St Michael's serves:

a lively regular congregation (which now meets for worship at 11.00 a.m. each Sunday);

the whole of the village in almost any way villagers request (the largest recent congregations have been for a funeral and a school performance);

thousands of tourists (who, among other things, leave thousands of requests for prayer each year).

The Revd Peter Mullins has been Rector since June 2017 and can respond to enquiries on 01535 648464 or rector@haworthchurch.co.uk directly or by signposting on to someone else.

News
http://www.haworthchurch.co.uk/news can be more up-to-date than this page, but "Whats On" should get updated below.


Whats On
All Age Worship is next at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 29th March.

Our next really major event (shared with our two neighbouring parishes of Oakworth and Oxenhope) is the Riding Lights Theatre Company coming to Christ Church, Oakworth on the Tuesday of Holy Week (7th April) to put on their nationally acclaimed 'The Narrow Road' at 7.00 for 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10 from ticketsource.co.uk/christ-church-oakworth.

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