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Sunday 17th December 2023 – Third Sunday in Advent – John the Baptist

This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent – not long till Christmas!

Our Scripture reading will be from John 1.6-8, 19-28

To see the live stream of the service click here. We usually start streaming at 10.25

There are a LOT of notices this week – sorry.  But there are nice pictures too as you scroll through!

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Christmas Services and Activities

We’re part of the way through Advent this is what we’re up to around the Parish

Carol singers needed!! Next week on Wednesday 20th December – 10.30am at St Barnabas Heaton we will have a  Communion and Carols Service – we’ll sing extra carols in our service – and Ian our organist will join us for requests afterwards too!

In the evening we meet at 5.30pm – Bradford Royal Infirmary For Carol Singing around the wards – this is a lovely opportunity to bless those who are in hospital at Christmas time.

Schools at Christmas

In the past 3 weeks our team have done 10 assemblies to a total of about 3200 children in our Parish.  We’ve had 5 church visits from school children of about 160 children in total.  You can some of the schools’ posts on social media here, here and here.

Community Christmas Celebrations

Lots happened already this week – more to come next week.  Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen.

Bubble Church

We are starting Bubble Church in January at St Martin’s Heaton.  This is a new style of service aimed at young children and their families.  Please pray for this new venture and let us know if you feel you can volunteer to help with it.  All the details are on our Bubble Church page.

Giving

Christmas time is all about giving and receiving. We know many of you like to give to our church but can we remind you about the 3 best ways.

1 Parish Giving Scheme – if you pay taxes and give regularly this is the best way – it takes all the admin away from us and works really well.  This organisation is so good it was just bought by the Church of England! Joining the Parish Giving Scheme makes it all so much easier for us – and easier for you too!  Basically you give to them – they claim the tax and give us a bigger gift than you gave! 25% more!

2 Using the Card reader at the back of church.  If it is not working you can give by Card and include Giftaid here.

3 Cash in the collection – we like this!  But it is the hardest way for us to process and claim the tax back.  But if you need to give that way – bless you and thank you!

United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Will be at Bradford Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 21st January.
The theme for this service is: “Be-Longing:  Praying for Unity amidst Injustice” and is an attempt to explore how Christian Unity might contribute to the promotion of justice across all levels of society, particularly this year, the 30th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, concentrating on racial justice.

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Sunday 17th December 2023 – Third Sunday in Advent – John the Baptist

This Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent – not long till Christmas!

Our Scripture reading will be from John 1.6-8, 19-28

To see the live stream of the service click here. We usually start streaming at 10.25

There are a LOT of notices this week – sorry.  But there are nice pictures too as you scroll through!

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Christmas Services and Activities

We’re part of the way through Advent this is what we’re up to around the Parish

Carol singers needed!! Next week on Wednesday 20th December – 10.30am at St Barnabas Heaton we will have a  Communion and Carols Service – we’ll sing extra carols in our service – and Ian our organist will join us for requests afterwards too!

In the evening we meet at 5.30pm – Bradford Royal Infirmary For Carol Singing around the wards – this is a lovely opportunity to bless those who are in hospital at Christmas time.

Schools at Christmas

In the past 3 weeks our team have done 10 assemblies to a total of about 3200 children in our Parish.  We’ve had 5 church visits from school children of about 160 children in total.  You can some of the schools’ posts on social media here, here and here.

Community Christmas Celebrations

Lots happened already this week – more to come next week.  Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen.

Bubble Church

We are starting Bubble Church in January at St Martin’s Heaton.  This is a new style of service aimed at young children and their families.  Please pray for this new venture and let us know if you feel you can volunteer to help with it.  All the details are on our Bubble Church page.

Giving

Christmas time is all about giving and receiving. We know many of you like to give to our church but can we remind you about the 3 best ways.

1 Parish Giving Scheme – if you pay taxes and give regularly this is the best way – it takes all the admin away from us and works really well.  This organisation is so good it was just bought by the Church of England! Joining the Parish Giving Scheme makes it all so much easier for us – and easier for you too!  Basically you give to them – they claim the tax and give us a bigger gift than you gave! 25% more!

2 Using the Card reader at the back of church.  If it is not working you can give by Card and include Giftaid here.

3 Cash in the collection – we like this!  But it is the hardest way for us to process and claim the tax back.  But if you need to give that way – bless you and thank you!

United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Will be at Bradford Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 21st January.
The theme for this service is: “Be-Longing:  Praying for Unity amidst Injustice” and is an attempt to explore how Christian Unity might contribute to the promotion of justice across all levels of society, particularly this year, the 30th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, concentrating on racial justice.

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New Church Service starting in January 2024 – St Martin’s Heaton

 

Please excuse the mid week notice.  Just so it doesn’t get lost in the Christmas notices – we wanted to let you know that we are starting Bubble Church in January at St Martin’s Heaton.  This is a new style of service aimed at young children and their families.  Please pray for this new venture and let us know if you feel you can volunteer to help with it.  All the details are on our Bubble Church page.

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Sunday 10th December 2023 – Second Sunday in Advent – Breakfast Church

This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent – we will have Breakfast Church at St Paul’s Manningham at 10.30am

Our Scripture reading will be from Mark 1:1-8

To see the live stream of the service click here. We don’t usually livestream Breakfast Church – but we’re going to try a no frills version this Sunday – starting about 11am.  After we’ve had our Breakfast we’ll go live.  This is really an opportunity for those who haven’t been before to see how it is an unthreatening introduction to church.

Notices

Bonfire and Carols – tomorrow night!

Saturday 9th of December at 5pm we will be having a bonfire again at St Barnabas Village Hall

We could really do with a lot of help to prepare this event and serving on the night.  You can help by sharing the event on Facebook.

We’ll be using an online carol sheet – you practice now and sing from your phone at the event.

Christmas Services and Activities

Here are our services and what we’re up to around the Parish

Gift Aid forms

If you’re a UK taxpayer we can claim 25% back on all your giving to the church.  But we need a form from you.  We’re renewing all of these in 2024 – so if you pay tax and you give to the church could you please fill this form in?

United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Will be at Bradford Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 21st January.
The theme for this service is: “Be-Longing:  Praying for Unity amidst Injustice” and is an attempt to explore how Christian Unity might contribute to the promotion of justice across all levels of society, particularly this year, the 30th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, concentrating on racial justice.

 

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

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Sunday 3rd December 2023 – First Sunday in Advent

Welcome to the new Church year.  This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent – we will begin to prepare for Christmas in our readings, singing and preaching.

Our Scripture reading will be from Mark 13.24-37

To see the live stream of the service click here. We usually start streaming at 10.25

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Bonfire and Carols

Saturday 9th of December at 5pm we will be having a bonfire again at St Barnabas Village Hall

We could really do with a lot of help to prepare this event and serving on the night.  You can help by sharing the event on Facebook.

Christmas Services and Activities

Here are our services and what we’re up to around the Parish

Churches Together Advent Service – Thursday 7th December 2023 – 7pm 

The Girlington, Heaton & Manningham Council of Churches (GHMCC) are holding their Advent Service at First Martyrs’ Church, Heights Lane, Heaton, BD9 6HZ.

United Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Will be at Bradford Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 21st January.
The theme for this service is: “Be-Longing:  Praying for Unity amidst Injustice” and is an attempt to explore how Christian Unity might contribute to the promotion of justice across all levels of society, particularly this year, the 30th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, concentrating on racial justice.

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Sunday 24th November 2023 – Christ the King – Baptisms

This week we are baptising new members of the Church at 10:30am at St Paul’s Church .  We will be having a Bring and Share lunch afterwards.  So please bring lunch with you with a bit more to share with others!  Also we usually bring a flask of boiling water if possible as our contribution to the water of baptism.  This gives us all a sense of involvement – and it also makes it warmer for the candidates! (Click here to remind yourself what we do with our flasks!)

Also – to refresh your memory – here is a video and photos from last year.

Our Scripture reading will be from Matthew 25.31-46

To see the live stream of the service click here. We usually start streaming at 10.25

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Operations Manager

As a Parish we have funding for 3 new posts.  2 Part Time Mission Apprentices and 1 Operations Manager.  We still haven’t appointed these key roles.  Currently your clergy are dealing with the administration and the management of the buildings etc, but we could pay someone else to do that.  Can you pray and fast with us for this?  We are choosing Wednesdays.  Fast in any way you want to that will remind you to pray.  TV, food, coffee – it is up to you.  We are praying that these posts will be filled by the end of the year!

Worship and Prayer Night – 26 November 6pm – Life Church

To start Advent together in Unity there will be a worship and praise event at Life Church – 6pm on 26 November at 6pm.

Terry Henry – Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral

Terry is well known to most of our Parish – he is being made a Lay Canon of the Cathedral during Evensong on 26th November at 3.30pm

Mother Goose Pantomime

This well loved local production is back again this year. Held at First Martyrs Church Hall, Heights Lane, BD9 6HZ

Wednesday 29th November – Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December – 7.30pm
Adults £5.00 – Children £2.00
Bar / Refreshments

Remembrance Service in Heaton Graveyard

It was good to pause with members of Heaton Community and 60 children from Heaton St Barnabas to remember those from the area who lost their lives in the 2 World Wars.  Peace must be treasured more than ever!  Photos available here.

Churches Together Advent Service – Thursday 7th December 2023 – 7pm 

The Girlington, Heaton & Manningham Council of Churches (GHMCC) are holding their Advent Service at First Martyrs’ Church, Heights Lane, Heaton, BD9 6HZ.

Giving

There are many in our parish who regularly give to the church through a Direct Debit to our bank account. If you do – firstly thank you so much for your generosity! It would be a great help though if you transferred across to using the Parish Giving Scheme. As charity rules, tax claims etc become more complicated it is increasingly becoming a big task to claim back the 20% we can get on top of your gift. Joining the Parish Giving Scheme makes it all so much easier for us – and easier for you too! Please speak to Zarine if you want to know more about it – or click the links!

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Sunday 19th November 2023 – Follow me: Rich Young Ruler

Matthew 19:24 Bible quote

This week we are gathering together at 10:30am at St Paul’s Church for our Parish Communion service

We are still looking at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in 2023

Our Scripture reading will be from Matthew 19. 16-30

To see the live stream of the service click here.

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Baptisms

As a parish we are looking forward to celebrating baptisms on 26th November!  Next Week. Please make sure to attend as we celebrate new members of the Church family.  We will be having a Bring and Share lunch afterwards.  So please bring lunch with you with a bit more to share with others!  Also we usually bring a flask of boiling water if possible as our contribution to the water of baptism.  This gives us all a sense of involvement – and it also makes it warmer for the candidates! (Click here to remind yourself what we do!)

Operations Manager

As a Parish we have funding for 3 new posts.  2 Part Time Mission Apprentices and 1 Operations Manager.  We still haven’t appointed these key roles.  Currently your clergy are dealing with the administration and the management of the buildings etc, but we could pay someone else to do that.  Can you pray and fast with us for this?  We are choosing Wednesdays.  Fast in any way you want to that will remind you to pray.  TV, food, coffee – it is up to you.  We are praying that these posts will be filled by the end of the year!

Remembrance Service in Heaton Graveyard

Sorry – the links didn’t work last week. Trying again!!  It was good to pause with members of Heaton Community and 60 children from Heaton St Barnabas to remember those from the area who lost their lives in the 2 World Wars.  Peace must be treasured more than ever!  Photos available here.

Worship and Prayer Night – 26 November 6pm – Life Church

To start Advent together in Unity there will be a worship and praise event at Life Church – 6pm on 26 November at 6pm.

Terry Henry – Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral

Terry is well known to most of our Parish – he is being made a Lay Canon of the Cathedral during Evensong on 26th November at 3.30pm

Mother Goose Pantomime

This well loved local production is back again this year. Held at First Martyrs Church Hall, Heights Lane, BD9 6HZ

Wednesday 29th November – Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December – 7.30pm
Adults £5.00 – Children £2.00
Bar / Refreshments

Churches Together Advent Service – Thursday 7th December 2023 – 7pm 

The Girlington, Heaton & Manningham Council of Churches (GHMCC) are holding their Advent Service at First Martyrs’ Church, Heights Lane, Heaton, BD9 6HZ.

Giving

There are many in our parish who regularly give to the church through a Direct Debit to our bank account. If you do – firstly thank you so much for your generosity! It would be a great help though if you transferred across to using the Parish Giving Scheme. As charity rules, tax claims etc become more complicated it is increasingly becoming a big task to claim back the 20% we can get on top of your gift. Joining the Parish Giving Scheme makes it all so much easier for us – and easier for you too! Please speak to Zarine if you want to know more about it – or click the links!

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Sunday 12th November 2023 – Breakfast Church – Fruit of the Spirit – Goodness

 

This week we are gathering together at 10:30am at St Paul’s Church for Breakfast church

We have a few more Fruit of the Spirit to cover – and this week it is Goodness.  Our Scripture reading will be from John 10.1-18

We don’t livestream this service – sorry!

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Remembrance Service in Heaton Graveyard

It was good to pause with members of Heaton Community and 60 children from Heaton St Barnabas to remember those from the area who lost their lives in the 2 World Wars.  Peace must be treasured more than ever!  Photos available here.

Baptisms

As a parish we are looking forward to celebrating baptisms on 26th November! Please make sure to attend as we celebrate new members of the Church family.  We will be having a Bring and Share lunch afterwards.  So please bring lunch with you with a bit more to share with others!

Operations Manager

As a Parish we have funding for 3 new posts.  2 Part Time Mission Apprentices and 1 Operations Manager.  We still haven’t appointed these key roles.  Currently your clergy are dealing with the administration and the management of the buildings etc, but we could pay someone else to do that.  Can you pray and fast with us for this?  We are choosing Wednesdays.  Fast in any way you want to that will remind you to pray.  TV, food, coffee – it is up to you.  We are praying that these posts will be filled by the end of the year!

Worship and Prayer Night – 26 November 6pm – Life Church

To start Advent together in Unity there will be a worship and praise event at Life Church – 6pm on 26 November at 6pm.

Terry Henry – Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral

Terry is well known to most of our Parish – he is being made a Lay Canon of the Cathedral during Evensong on 26th November at 3.30pm

Mother Goose Pantomime

This well loved local production is back again this year. Held at First Martyrs Church Hall, Heights Lane, BD9 6HZ

Wednesday 29th November – Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December – 7.30pm
Adults £5.00 – Children £2.00
Bar / Refreshments

Churches Together Advent Service – Thursday 7th December 2023 – 7pm 

The Girlington, Heaton & Manningham Council of Churches (GHMCC) are holding their Advent Service at First Martyrs’ Church, Heights Lane, Heaton, BD9 6HZ.

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Sunday 5th November 2023 – Follow Me – Deny yourself, take up your cross – Communion Service

 

This week we are gathering together at 10:30am at St Paul’s Church for our Parish Communion service

We are still looking at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in 2023

Our Scripture reading will be from Matthew 16. 13-28

To see the live stream of the service click here.

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Baptisms

As a parish we are looking forward to celebrating baptisms towards the end of November! If you haven’t been baptised before and would like to talk about what that means and looks like, chat to one of the leaders after the service.

Worship and Prayer Night – 26 November 6pm – Life Church

To start Advent together in Unity there will be a worship and praise event at Life Church – 6pm on 26 November at 6pm.

Terry Henry – Lay Canon of Bradford Cathedral

Terry is well known to most of our Parish – he is being made a Lay Canon of the Cathedral during Evensong on 26th November at 3.30pm

Mother Goose Pantomime

This well loved local production is back again this year. Held at First Martyrs Church Hall, Heights Lane, BD9 6HZ

Wednesday 29th November – Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December – 7.30pm
Adults £5.00 – Children £2.00
Bar / Refreshments

Churches Together Advent Service – Thursday 7th December 2023 – 7pm 

The Girlington, Heaton & Manningham Council of Churches (GHMCC) are holding their Advent Service at First Martyrs’ Church, Heights Lane, Heaton, BD9 6HZ.

Giving

There are many in our parish who regularly give to the church through a Direct Debit to our bank account. If you do – firstly thank you so much for your generosity! It would be a great help though if you transferred across to using the Parish Giving Scheme. As charity rules, tax claims etc become more complicated it is increasingly becoming a big task to claim back the 20% we can get on top of your gift. Joining the Parish Giving Scheme makes it all so much easier for us – and easier for you too! Please speak to Zarine if you want to know more about it – or click the links!

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Sunday 29th October 2023 – Follow Me: Take Up your Cross – All Age Communion

This week we are gathering together at 10:30am at St Paul’s Church for our Parish Communion service

We are continuing our new sermon series called ‘Follow Me’ as we focus on what it means to follow Jesus with our whole lives. This will be the focus at both our weekly Communion services, so whether you join us on a Sunday at St Paul’s or a Wednesday at St Barnabas, we’ll be thinking about discipleship and following Jesus, together.

Our Scripture reading will be from Matthew 10. 32-42

To see the live stream of the service click here.

Notices

(To get notices on this page please email notices@bradfordwest.church – we can’t promise to put all on – but will do our best!)

Light Party – 31st October

We are having a Light Party at St Paul’s Church on 31st October 4.30-6pm.  There will be nibbles, music and games.  Please come dressed up brightly!  This is for our younger children with a Parent –  Current Year 5 School age and lower only please!

Follow Me Follow On

What did Jesus mean by ‘Follow me’ and how can we do that in 2023? To aid us in our thinking we will start a new zoom discussion group. It is every Tuesday at 5pm. You can find our Zoom link here it will be no more than 45 mins. Come with questions and thoughts from the Sunday sermon!!

Baptisms

As a parish we are looking forward to celebrating baptisms towards the end of November! If you haven’t been baptised before and would like to talk about what that means and looks like, chat to one of the leaders after the service.

Giving

There are many in our parish who regularly give to the church through a Direct Debit to our bank account. If you do – firstly thank you so much for your generosity! It would be a great help though if you transferred across to using the Parish Giving Scheme. As charity rules, tax claims etc become more complicated it is increasingly becoming a big task to claim back the 20% we can get on top of your gift. Joining the Parish Giving Scheme makes it all so much easier for us – and easier for you too! Please speak to Zarine if you want to know more about it – or click the links!