• The Anglican Parish Church of St Aidan, Skelmanthorpe welcomes you.


     

     

     

     

    Revd Kate Currie

    Priest-in-Charge Skelmanthorpe & Associate Priest High Hoyland, Scissett & Clayton West

    revkcurrie@icloud.com

    07949850460 

    Revd Mrs Evelyne Barrow

    Associate Priest High Hoyland, Scissett, Clayton West & Skelmanthorpe

    revebarrow@gmail.com
    07814 236051 

    Revd Dr Sarah Farrimond

    Rector of High Hoyland, Scissett & Clayton West

    revsarahfarrimond@yahoo.co.uk  

    01484 900025

     

    • To follow or print an order of service please select the banner SERVICES and follow the link to Holy Communion or Morning Prayer. To request an invitation to the services on Zoom please email Revd Kate Currie.

     

    Dear Friends,

    I hope that this continues for find you all safe and well.

    Services will continue to be relayed from within St Aidan’s church each Sunday at 10.00. This will either be on Zoom or by Revd Mrs Evelyne Barrow's link https://www.pscp.tv/revebarrow 

    Tuesday morning mid-week services are also being relayed by Zoom but sometimes this will be by using Revd Dr Sarah Farrimond’s link farrimondsarah — Search 

    Church is open each Wednesday afternoon between 2.00 & 3.00pm for private individual prayer mindful of physical distancing and public health guidelines. Someone will be there to give you a warm welcome but there will be no hand shaking or loud talking, just time for quiet prayer.

    Here are the details of services and the links for the rest of July. This information is also available on the church website-  www.staidanschurch-skelmanthorpe.org.uk

     

    Sunday 12th 10.00 Holy Communion

    Revd Kate Currie

    Zoom

     

    Tuesday 14th 9.15 Holy Communion 

    Revd Dr Sarah Farrimond

    farrimondsarah — Search 

     

    Wednesday 15th July 2 - 3pm Individual private prayer

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    Sunday 19th 10.00 Holy Communion 

    Revd Mrs Evelyne Barrow

     https://www.pscp.tv/revebarrow 

     

    Tuesday 21st 9.15 Holy Communion 

    Revd Dr Sarah Farrimond

    farrimondsarah — Search

     

    Wednesday 22nd July 2 - 3pm Individual private prayer

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    Sunday 26th 10.00 Holy Communion

    Revd Mrs Evelyne Barrow

    https://www.pscp.tv/revebarrow

     

    Tuesday 28th 9.15 Holy Communion

    Revd Kate Currie

    Zoom

     

    Wednesday 29th July 2 - 3pm Individual private prayer

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    Every blessing,

    Kate

     

    Letter from Rt Revd Nick Baines - Bishop of Leeds

    Friday 10 July 2020

    To all parishes in the Diocese of Leeds

     

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

    We are living through challenging and extraordinary times. The church, committed to the real world and the communities in which we are set, has continued to worship and serve despite the restrictions. Given the nature of the virus, it will be some time before we emerge into something resembling ‘normality’. We have to be clear and honest about that.

    Thank you for both the remarkable ways you have continued to be the church … in the world … even if the buildings had to be closed for a long time. I want to say one or two things to encourage you, building on material you might have seen on the diocesan website or had passed to you from letters I have written to the clergy.

    Inhabiting the Scriptures

    Lockdown and our attempts to innovate ways of worshipping together have been experienced by many as a sort of ‘exile’. In the Old Testament prophets (such as Isaiah) we see people exiled to a strange land where nothing is familiar. All that shaped their life and worship had been stripped away. They lamented the loss of their familiar life (and what this said about God and them); they tried to come to terms with the present realities; and they then began to look forward to shaping a different future.

    This time in our life enables us to re-read the biblical experience afresh – so much of the Bible was written by and for people whose normality was uncertainty and fragility. This also accords with the daily experience of most Christians around the world, including those in our link dioceses in Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania and Pakistan. Let’s not waste the opportunity to learn anew how to live with uncertainty, aware of our own limitations and fragility.

    Being the church

    The Church of England has a unique vocation in and for England: we are committed to particular places. We are called to pray for those in our parishes, to be the answer to our prayers when appropriate, to love and serve those in need, to care for the sick and to support those who mourn, and reach out with the good news of God’s grace. We have been doing all this – and will continue to do so into the future. We know we are not always strong, but God is and we trust in him … whatever comes our way.

    Emergence

    We don’t know what the future church might look like in every place, but we do have a role in shaping it. There will be things we need to let go of and new ways of being that are being discovered or yet to be discovered. We will emerge at different paces over the coming months and care needs to be taken over how and when we open our buildings and hold onto the new forms we have learned recently. Church House is providing detailed and digested guidance at every step, but your archdeacon and area bishop are there to be consulted for any support as we move forward.

    Encouragement and challenge

    I mainly want to thank and encourage you. We will face big questions – nationally as well as in our diocese – about finance and buildings, threats and opportunities. But, as a diocese we are confident and well set up to face these. Indeed, we have been doing just

    this since our creation in April 2014; so, this isn’t a new challenge. You can be confident that we will deal with the challenges of the months ahead with confidence in God, confidence in the Gospel, confidence in our clergy and lay leaders, confidence in our unique vocation as a church to worship and serve God together.

     

    So, be encouraged. Use the resources available to you in the diocese and parish. Pray simply and hopefully, knowing that God is never surprised.

    And please be assured of the prayers of your bishops and archdeacons, the deans and area deans, our lay staff at Church House and all who are committed to you. May God bless you in all you are and do. I look forward to the time when we can be together again, physically and in person.

     

    In Christ.

    Rt Revd Nick Baines

    Bishop of Leeds

     

    Safeguarding

    We take this issue really seriously and our policies, approved by the Diocese and the Church of England, are designed to underpin this. 

    St Aidan's Safeguarding Officer: Gill Millman tel.  01484 862683 or 07519 272210

    Diocese Safeguarding: Jenny Leccardi Tel: 07872005189 or Narrinder Lyon Tel: 07872005309

    Any concerns about the safety of a child, or Adult, should be refered to Kirklees Safeguarding Team.

    Child daytime 01484 456848 Out of hours  01484 414933

    Adult daytime  01484 221000  Out of hours 01484 414933


    Mr Trevor Langley (Churchwarden)

    Email: trevor_langley@hotmail.co.uk   Telephone 01484 864249

    Mrs Carole Senior (Churchwarden)

    Email: csenior46@yahoo.co.uk   Telephone 07949 613231

    Leeds Diocesan Environmental Policy passed by Diocesan Synod 16.03.2019  has been adopted at our church.

    Church of England, Safeguarding Policy Statement, Promoting a Safer Church, House of Bishops, 2017 has been adopted at our church, contact details are given below.


     


    We are part of the Deanery of Kirkburton and Almondbury, in the Huddersfield Episcopal Area (The Rt Revd Dr Jonathan Gibbs, Bishop of Huddersfield), in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds (The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds).

    We are only a small middle-of-the-road village Church. There's nothing grand or special about us, but we would love to see you if you would like to visit us.  We usually meet at 10.00am. On the first Sunday of the month we have 10.00 am Traditional Holy Communion service (based upon the 1662 Book of Common Prayer) followed at 11.00am with Contemporary Informal worship. You might wish to know that the altar-bread used in our Church is gluten-free

    If you belong to another Faith (or have no faith) you are welcome to join us as an observer, with no obligation.
     
    We are delighted to proclaim that God loves you, no matter who you are or what you have done. God's love for you and every creature is utter, total and never, never ceases.

    The Parish of St Aidan is pleased to have links with Skelmanthorpe Methodist Church on Pilling Lane, thus we are part of CTiSk (Churches Together in Skelmanthorpe)

    CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

    Let us pray together

    Each Sunday at 11 am we are going to ring our church bell for about 10 minues.

    Together with the members of our own congregation and those from the Methodist Church the prayer bell will remind us to quietly pray in our own homes for the world, our nation, our village community and for those known to us personally who are in difficulty at this testing time; and also to give thanks for those who work for the good of us all.

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested that it may be helpful to use the words from Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd - the only important point is that we pray as a community and it doesn't matter which words we use.

    We therefore invite you to join with us, so that we can flood our village with a wave of Christian prayer

     The Charity Shop, Messy Church, Mums and Toddlers, Junior Singing and Drama, Coffee mornings and Mothers Union are suspended until the Corona virus epidemic restrictions are lifted

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    Our Mission Statement.....

    We exist to worship God in holiness and adoration.

    We proclaim that God totally and utterly loves every creature in the universe, no matter whom or what they are, both in this life and in the life to come.

    We intend that this fact should be proclaimed by compassionate action: for, and with, the neighbour in our community; for our neighbour in distant places; and for all the other creatures we share this planet with.

    We want to help and share in the delight, and the struggle, of local folk in their pilgrimage/journey of life - to enable and encourage people to cope and to try and live life to the full.

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