Notices 24th Feb 2019

Inner Bradford Deanery – Wednesday 27th February
St Wilfrid’s Church Hall, Lidget Green
This year we will see the launch of a new city centre Resource Church in the heart of Bradford, funded by the Church of England Strategic Investment Board. This is part of a strategy to support and grow mission in urban centres across the UK.
The new Resource Church, to be known as “Fountains Church”, will be led by Rev Linda Maslen (from Saturday Gathering in Halifax), and the assistant leader will be Rev Nathanael Poole, who is currently finishing his curacy at St John’s Great Horton. Linda and Nathanael will be attending the meeting on 27th February to share some of their thoughts about Fountains Church, and to take part in a discussion of any questions you might have.

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: notices@bradfordwest.church

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

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

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.’