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Pastoral Letter from the Bishops

Last week we received the following letter from the Bishops of our Diocese addressing the situation as we move beyond Coronavirus Restrictions.

To all churches and parishes in the Diocese of Leeds

As you know, the government lifted pandemic restrictions from 19 July. Whilst welcomed by many, this has also caused apprehension for many others. Emergence was always going to prove challenging as responsibility would shift from edict to local choice.

It is evident from communication I and my colleagues are getting that there is anxiety around about our current uncertainties and where responsibility lies for elements of responding to the relaxation of these pandemic restrictions. This focuses particularly where there is a dispute between those who wish to “go back to normal now” and those who are more cautious amid the ongoing risks and uncertainties ahead.

Responsibility for decisions about local arrangements will fall on the incumbent and PCC. We urge you to move slowly, step by step, being careful to love your neighbour and seek to protect the vulnerable. In particular, we urge that you continue to receive Communion as we have done for the last eighteen months while we monitor change and public health risk. It is not clear that we are on an ever-rising trajectory to ‘freedom’; people on all sides of the political divides are worried about further restrictions or lockdowns in the autumn and winter, and that will be harder to manage than taking it slowly now.

In his letter to the church in Philippi Paul urges his readers to “look not only to your own interests, but to the interests of others” (2:4). This means possibly sacrificing our own ‘rights’ on the altar of other people’s needs.

Please consider also the particular pressures upon clergy and lay leaders at this time as they seek to do what is right and (pastorally) best for all. Uncertainty is always difficult to navigate; we need to hold together as we do it.

Your bishops and their colleagues pray for you. Your archdeacons and area deans are ready to support you in your decision making. But, in all things be patient, kind and generous as we seek to be faithful to Christ and to one another in the months ahead.

In Christ who set our pattern.

The bishops of Leeds, Kirkstall, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Ripon and Bradford

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Sunday 25th July 2021 – Heroes of the Old Testament – MOSES

This Sunday we continue  with our “Heroes of the Old Testament” (When God calls ordinary People) series at St Philip’s Church at 11am.

This week it is Moses – a story we all know very well.

The service will be livestreamed as usual – also prayer will be at 10am before the service in the church – you can also join on Zoom with those praying at the church.  Both at the usual link:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

It’s not too late to vote for our songs in the next few weeks, but it ends today – Song Voting

We will be singing – but no other changes will be made to our Risk Assessment for Coronavirus.  Please remember that wearing a mask hardly protects you from infection.  But if you’re infectious it really helps you not to be spreading it to other.  So wearing a mask really is a visible sign that you ‘Love your Neighbour’.  See below for a very clear graphic that we’ll be trying to stick to at least for the coming weeks.

 

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Singing!

This Sunday we will Sing!  But this will be the only concession we will make to the removal of restrictions.  All other things we do to restrict the spread of COVID-19 will be kept in place.  We hope to slowly remove them one by one.  This is indeed frustrating, but we want to be good neighbours to everyone – including those who are vulnerable and anxious.
We have a poll that will help us choose the songs for the next few weeks.   You can choose only three of the following Hymns and Songs.  Polls close on Saturday!

10,000 Reasons

In Christ Alone

What a Beautiful Name it is

Waymaker

Raise a Hallelujah

How Great is our God

Amazing Grace

How Great Thou Art

King of Kings Majesty

Great is Thy Faithfulness

My Jesus, My Saviour

Build your Kingdom Here

There is a Redeemer

And Can it Be

Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer

Goodness of God (All my life you have been faithful)

O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven

The Lords my Shepherd (I will trust)

That’s all the Songs!  Now click here to cast your three votes only!
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Sunday 18th July 2021 – Heroes of the Old Testament – Joseph

This Sunday we continue  with our series at St Philip’s Church at 11am.

It is called “Heroes of the Old Testament” (When God calls ordinary People).  This week it is Joseph – a story we all know very well. Genesis 45:16-28

The service will be livestreamed as usual – also prayer will be at 10am before the service in the church – you can also join on Zoom with those praying at the church.  Both at the usual link:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Please pray for the Whitby Trip on Monday – 2 coach loads are going from Manningham and Girlington with friends from our community outreach.  Pray especially that we arrive and leave with the same numbers of people on both Buses!

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Sunday 11th July 2021 – Heroes of the Old Testament – Sarah

This Sunday we continue  with our new series at St Philip’s Church at 11am.

It is called “Heroes of the Old Testament” (When God calls ordinary People).  This week it is Sarah – Gen 18. 1-15

The service will be livestreamed as usual – also prayer will be at 10am before the service in the church – you can also join on Zoom with those praying at the church.  Both at the usual link:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

 

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Sunday 4th July 2021 – Heroes of the Old Testament (When God calls ordinary People)

This Sunday we begin a new series at St Philip’s Church at 11am.  It is called “Heroes of the Old Testament” (When God calls ordinary People).  Over the next few months we will look at the well known stories of Noah, Sarah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Gideon, Daniel, Esther, David and Ruth.

This week we start with Noah. The service will be livestreamed as usual – also prayer will be at 10am before the service in the church – you can also join on Zoom with those praying at the church.  Both at the usual link:  https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Notices

Please continue to pray for the advert and interview process.  We hope to be able to fill the vacant post of associate vicar as soon as possible. The Job advert is available here – please share it widely!

NHS Big Tea Party

5th July is the 73rd birthday of the NHS! People across the UK will be hosting tea parties to honour this and to raise money for NHS Charities.

On Wednesday 7th July after the 10.30am Communion service at St Barnabas you are invited to one such tea party to raise a cuppa to our beloved and brilliant NHS.

 

 

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Sunday 26th June 2021 – God’s Grace

This Sunday we are back at St Philip’s Church – 10am for prayer which is also on Zoom

Then 11am for our main Communion Service which will also be livestreamed.

https://linktr.ee/ParishofGHM

Our theme this week is God’s Grace – looking at Luke 14: 12-24 – the Parable of the Great Banquet

Notices

For those of you who prayed for Charlene’s wedding – our PCSO in Heaton – here are some pictures of the wedding which was finally able to go ahead!

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Come and Work with us!

Please pray with us for the right person to come and work with us here in the Parish of Girlington, Heaton and Manningham.  The Job advert is available here – please share it widely!

It was Sue’s last day working with us yesterday.  What a privilege to have breakfast with Church Leaders from around the city to pray with her and her husband Ian as they move to South East Asia working with CMS

If you missed our Baptisms last week there is a page with links and a recap here

Please pray for Clare and Chris – we head into a time of increased pressure without Sue, we’ll miss her terribly.

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Sunday 20th June 2021 – Baptism Service and Farewell to Sue

The weather forecast for Sunday has meant a few changes need to be made to our plans.

We have a Baptism service at St Paul’s Church – Manningham starting at 11am.  It will be inside and we will do our best to cope with COVID regulations.  So please bring your mask and sorry but after promising that we’d sing it will not be possible this time.  We are not fully setup for streaming but we can certainly send a live feed of the proceedings online so if you cannot make it please lookout for notifications from YouTube.

We will also be saying a very fond farewell to Rev Sue Jennings, our Associate Vicar.  She has been central to our leadership in the Parish for many years now and it will be very hard to say goodbye.

We will attempt to have some sort of event afterwards it may not be what it should be!  Please bear with us, and please remember that you really do need to follow instructions when asked to stay in your seat and keep your mask on.

As a way for you all to contribute to the Baptism can you please bring a thermos flask with boiling water in it. During the service we will all pour our hot water contributions into the full size baptismal pool – bringing something from our own homes as a contribution.  It will also make the whole experience more pleasant for our baptism candidates.

10am Prayer meeting at St Paul’s –  St Paul’s Rd, Bradford BD8 7LS

11am Baptism and Communion service