News 17th Feb 2019

Ash Wednesday

Our Easter services will be publicised soon.  In the meantime please note our Ash Wednesday Service will be on 6th March at St Paul’s Church at 6.30pm

Electoral Roll

Please fill in the form if you’re a member of our Churches – or want to be!

Youth Resources

We are trying to get together all the resources we have for Assemblies and Sunday School and Youth Work.  If you have any at home that you’re willing to share can you please email:

The Week Ahead

Mothers’ Union meets in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 19th February at 2.30 p.m, following Holy Communion at 2 p.m.   The speaker is Roger Hallam and his talk is entitled “Laughter from Lancashire”.  Roger does not charge a fee but welcomes donations large or small towards the work of The Yorkshire Cancer Support Group at Daisy Hill. All welcome.

Further Ahead

The Women’s World Day of Prayer Service

will be at 2pm on Friday 1st March at Little Lane Church followed by refreshments.

This is usually a very refreshing service, for men as well as women!

This year it is prepared by the Christian women of Slovenia.

New Wine 27 July – 3 August 2019

Many of us are booked into the first week of New Wine in Peterborough: it will be great to have a real mix of folk from churches across Girlington, Manningham, and Heaton worshipping alongside each other and getting to know each other.

It would be great to camp alongside each other and get to know each other.

Training Opportunities in our Episcopal Area

Lay Eucharistic Ministry – Saturday February 23rd (9.30am – 12pm) Bradford Cathedral, Stott Hill, Bradford BD1 4EH.

For those with permission to assist with communion.

Pastoral Conversations [Level 1] – Wednesday March 13th – (2.00-4.00pm) St. Andrew’s Parish Rooms, Kirkgate, Kildwick. BD20 9BB.

A 2 hour introduction to Pastoral Care

Discipleship to Discovery Course – Saturday March 23rd (10am- 4pm) – Holy Trinity Idle. Holy Trinity Parish Church, Town Lane, Idle, Bradford BD10 8NS

An opportunity to reflect on your gifts and what you do best in the body of Christ. Please bring a packed lunch.

Leading A Nurture Group – Saturday April 6th – (9.30am – 4pm) – St. John’s Bowling, Neville Road (Off Wakefield Road). Bradford BD4 8TU Training on what makes a good small group leader, what helps us grow, practicalities and group dynamics. Bring a packed Lunch.

Premises Co-Ordinator Required

The new Parish of Girlington, Heaton & Manningham requires a Property Co-ordinator to manage lettings at its four worship centres and an adjacent village hall. These five buildings have space which can be hired for community use. The role includes organising bookings, setting up rooms and opening and closing the various venues as required.

The applicant must have a friendly disposition, and have excellent time management skills as well as access to transport to travel between buildings.

Hours will be flexible dependent on room bookings (possibly in the order of 5 -12 hours per week) and will include unsociable hours.

Pay will be  £8.75 – £10 per hour dependent on experience and all expenses will be met.

For further information; contact us by email, comment in the box below or write to this address:    

  • Applications to
  • 38 Heaton Grove,
  • Heaton,
  • Bradford
  • BD9 4DZ


Closing date HAS BEEN EXTENDED: 5pm 15th March 2019

Parish News Nov 4th 2018

Parish meeting preparing for INN churches:  Monday November 5th @ St Paul’s at 7.30pm.

1914-1918: 1st World War Centenary

Service of Remembrance –

Come and join us on Friday, 9th November at Heaton Cemetery at 10.40 a.m

The Lord Mayor of Bradford will be attending and we shall be burying a`time capsule`.  Refreshments in the Paprika Lounge afterwards

Evening of Wartime Memories

At St Barnabas Church on Saturday 10th November at 7.00pm.
It will be a fantastic evening with songs led by Christine Gilliver, displays and memorabilia and a Wartime supper.
Tickets are £5  (you can pay on the door).  Please come and bring your friends.

Further Ahead

Prayers for Peace on 11th November 2018 7pm.

Khidmat Centre, Spencer Road, Bradford BD7 2EU More details from Heather 01274 497670

GHMCC at Haworth Road Methodists 7.30pm – November 12th

 U:Nite Sleepover Fri 16th/Sat 17 Nov

with Games & Pizza + Hard Questions, Big Topics at St John’s

Gt Horton. (8pm Fri to 9:30am Sat, cost £2)

Parish Forum 18th November at noon

Following a Bring and Share Lunch St Barnabas Village Hall

This is a new event where we meet together to discuss the vision and direction of our Parish and Mission.  Please make every effort to come.

Pastoral Conversations Level 1

Monday 19th November 2018 7.15pm – 9pm

St. James’, Kirklands Lane Baildon Shipley BD17 6NN

The evening is aimed at helping people to feel more confident about pastoral visiting and will include; some basic theology around pastoral care, basic theory on conducting a good pastoral conversation, and some practical pointers around visiting and setting up a team.

DIY Day at St Martins

On Wednesday 21st November we are planning a DIY/clean up day in the church and hall.

It would be much appreciated if as many of you as possible could join us to do those little jobs that we sometimes can’t find time to do (fixing a lock – tightening a screw etc)

For the next couple of weeks there will be a notice left out for people to fill in what they feel needs doing.

Bacon butties at 10.00am start time and for those who are willing to stay a little longer – soup and sandwich lunch.

Please do join us if you can. (Many hands etc)

Bradford Episcopal Area Forum (BEAF) meeting is taking place on Wednesday 28th November at St John’s Great Horton at 7.30pm with refreshments from 7.  All Welcome

INN churches @ St Paul’s from December 3rd to 10th : we will be hosting up to 12 homeless men (mostly) for an evening meal and then overnight followed by breakfast.

The meeting will include more details, a chance to sign up to help and essential training.  Your help would be much appreciated.

Further details from Joanna

Advent Discipleship Group For all parish members at St Paul’s at

12 noon  December 5th

The Cottage Road cinema in Headingley will be showing the inspiring Christian film I CAN ONLY IMAGINE (PG)

Thursday 6th December at 8.15pm

Parish News 14 October 2018

A Missional Community

This weekend marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of St Paul’s. Two farsi speaking members of the congregation will move into the vicarage. Together with others they will form the beginning of a praying together, learning together, and reaching out into the community together community.
Please pray for them.
The community NEEDS: – a kingsize bed frame
– two single beds and matresses
– a fridge and freezer
If you are able to provide any of these, or know someone who can please let Sue, Michelle, or Chris know. Thank you. We will inform you of any other needs as they arise.

The Week Ahead

St. Barnabas Mothers Union invites you to a FREE CONCERT by a local Ukelele band at 2.30pm, on Tuesday, 16th October in the Village Hall. Please come and join us it promises to be a fun afternoon.
Tea and cakes will be served.

PCC Meeting 7pm 18th October at St Paul’s

Beetle Drive – 20th October at St Barnabas Church. 5pm onwards.
‘Last Night of the Proms’ to celebrate the winners.
Tickets £5 – Children free (with Adults!)

This Month

Christmas Preparation – already!
At 3.30pm (after school) on Friday 26th October various members of St Paul’s plus friends will be packing shoeboxes at the church. We support Blythswood as we can send a bigger variety of items and to a wider variety of age groups. Boxes are mainly delivered to the poorer parts of Eastern Europe. Any offers of help/support would be appreciated. Blythswood News would give you far more information about the group through whom we send our boxes. Further details from Joanna

Further Ahead

Parish meeting preparing for INN churches: Tuesday November 6th @ St Paul’s at 7.30pm. The meeting will include more details about hosting the homeless at St Paul’s, a chance to sign up to help and essential training. Your help would be much appreciated.

Parish Forum 18th November at noon
Following a Bring and Share Lunch St Barnabas Village Hall
This is a new event where we meet together to discuss the vision and direction of our Parish and Mission. Please make every effort to come.

God’s Grace is for all

Today’s message was very clear. God’s grace sustains us, through Jesus Christ.
And our closing hymn, All Things Bright and Beautiful, reminds us of all the good things he has made for us.
And, like the woman in Mark’s Gospel, all we have to do is ask. Even if (ESPECIALLY if) the way ahead seems difficult and dark.

Mark 7:26b “She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.”

“Some do not believe”

Jesus said, “It is the spirit that gives you life, the flesh is useless” [John 6:63]

We are made of flesh and bone, of course, but is that all? Is there anything else? What brings everything together? Who wrote the rule book on which our frail bodies depend?

Some would believe that random cosmic particles brought us together as molecules which self-replicated and formed into ever more complex structures. If that is what they believe, then who are we to argue?

But Jesus says very clearly here that only through the spirit can we find true life. Eventually all flesh will fail. Without a confident faith in the spirit sent from God the Father, we might as well turn round and go home now.

And some of his disciples did this. They’d heard enough and were ready to turn their backs on him.

[John 6:67-69] So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’

Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’

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