APCM Videos – Recap of 2020 – Forward to 2021 and beyond

Thanks to the many of you who attended our APCM on 30th May 2021.  It came around quickly this time since our last one was in November 2020.

As well as the formal meeting and administration there was a video recap of the year, a parable and some group discussion about our vision for the future.  For those of you who couldn’t attend or if you want to attend again…..!

You can watch the recap of 2020 here:

You can hear the Parable of the Two Luncheon Clubs and the meaning explained on this video:

Community Pantry

The Community Pantry is at St Philip’s church on Tuesday afternoons between 12 and 1pm.

​By joining the scheme, your £5 will stretch further, getting you 16 items of mainly fresh food. £1 of this can be put into a savings account with Credit Union.

How does this work?

Each week there will also be a changing selection of fridge items (perhaps milk, eggs, cheese, meat items etc) and a good stock of cupboard staples

The cost is £5 each time you visit, you don’t need any referral – just turn up.

For your £5 you will then be able to choose what you would like. The choice will change each week but there will always be a selection of fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items.

We will also save £1 of each payment in your own credit union account if you would like. We can help you open an account so don’t worry. This is then your account and your savings – to which you can add more or withdraw it as you need.

You will need bring your own bags and register a few basic details with us.

You can Save through credit union too!

For further provision on other days please see – https://bradfordfoodbanks.org.uk

We are part of Wellsprings Together


Actual example of what you got for £5 in Jan 2021

Where our food comes from

We receive food from Storehouse. They have partners who donate food that is ‘unwanted’, which could be because they have over-ordered / over-produced, or because the food is nearing or past its best before date. All of the food is safe and of excellent quality, merely surplus to somebody else’s requirements.

Their food partners include supermarkets, wholesalers, local markets and other local traders.

Since Storehouse started, they have intercepted over 600 tonnes of food that would have otherwise gone to landfill!

Time:  12-1pm – every Tuesday

Cost:   £5

For more information call: 07434627013

Where:  St Philips Church, Thorn Street, Girlington, BD8 9QW

24 Advent Angels

This year we will produce 24 readings about angels as a countdown to Christmas.  If you are already subscribed to our YouTube Channel you will get notifications of each new video daily.  If you aren’t subscribed and you’d like to be click here.

Although in the Bible Angels generally appear when you least expect it, our angels will be appearing in your phone or inbox at 8am sharp each morning of Advent.

We will be working through the past 3-4000 years of recorded history and hearing stories of Angels and what messages they brought to God’s people.

Some have not managed to get the YouTube notifications working for them – if you are logged in you can go to https://www.youtube.com/feed/channels and you’ll see a list of all your channels – it’s alphabetical so we’ll be near the bottom.

You will see something like this image below – clicking on the bell gives you options to increase your notifications – if you don’t want to miss anything click ‘All’!

Please contact us if you need more information.


Hope Restored – A Journey of Hope for All Souls Day

This season has left many of us with a sense of loss and mourning, we wanted to make some space and ask ourselves:
How we make sense of what we have lost?
How can we seek hope for ourselves and those around us?
“Come and think about loss, to name it, to remember well and move to a more hopeful and peaceful understanding.”
On 1st November 2020 we hosted a Journey of Hope.
There were 5 stations taking us through a journey of grief ending with a chance to celebrate loved ones more publicly and leave with a renewed sense of hope.
  • Shock and Numbness
  • Yearning and Searching
  • Disorientation and Despair
  • Reorientation and Recovery
  • The Journey Home
Thanks to all those who made it a meaningful occasion.

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Corona Creativity

During Coronavirus Lockdown in 2020 many in our churches crocheted hearts and flowers to leave around the Parish with contact details as a visible sign that we are praying for all those who live here. Can you see yours? (Click to see them larger!) #Pray4BD

Giving during Coronavirus

People have been asking how we fund the Church during Coronavirus – and the answer is the same as always. By the generous giving of its members!

Have a look at our Donations Page if you can help us financially in any way.

Praying for the Parish

In July we plan to leave ” Heart Prayer Bombs” around the Parish. If you find one please take a photo and tweet or gram it with the tag #pray4BD. Please share your photo and tag widely if appropriate. There will be a phone number for more private prayer requests.

Meeting Points

St Barnabas Wednesday 1st July at 2pm
St Paul’s Wednesday 1st July at 1.30pm
St Philip’s Thursday 2nd July, at 7pm
St Martin’s Tuesday 7th July at 2pm

New Urban Pioneer Minster Licensed Today

Today Bishop Toby licensed Clare Leighton to our Parish. The event took place in Lister Park as a prophetic act to say this appointment is for outside the walls of our church. Please pray for Clare as she settles into her new life here with us in Bradford.

Clare’s Licensing
Not looking very Urban!!

Allotments on Ashwell Road

Update regarding the allotments owned by the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham, which includes St Barnabas Church.

 The Parochial Church Council met on 3rd November 2019 and debated the many representations from both allotment tenants and the general public that both opposed and supported the sale of this land.  After much deliberation the PCC decided to proceed with the sale The 12 allotments have therefore now been sold in their existing form, with no change of use within that transaction and without affecting the rights of the current allotment holders.

These allotments are not the Bradford Council Allotments on Heaton Hill – they are a smaller area between Ashwell Road and Wilmer Drive – behind St Barnabas Church.

The Parish believes that everyone has a responsibility to respect God’s creation at this time of ecological crisis. The Parish is committed to caring for God’s earth in many ways including a Green Energy Survey on our buildings and providing green space in all our Church yards for the community.

The Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham continues to focus its energy, efforts and resources on its prime charitable objectives. Every pound made from sale of the land will be re-invested in the ongoing work and projects that the churches undertake to benefit all the people of the parish whatever their background, faith or ethnicity.