Terrorist Attack in Manchester
After a harmonious PCC at St Bartholomew’s last night, in which we celebrated the goodwill and energy of people in the church and in the village and all that is happening to welcome, support and value the community, I heard the news this morning of what has happened in Manchester.
My daughter was at the Arena just a few weeks ago, and many of you may have been to concerts there full of excitement and enthusiasm, looking forward to a great night out.
What are the family and friends of the injured and the dead feeling this morning? What they will go through over the days, weeks and years ahead?
An Old Testament prophet – Ezekiel – found himself amongst people who had lost their homes, their family and friends. Their lives and the lives of those they loved had been destroyed by war. Ezekiel said nothing for seven days. He sat with the people, overwhelmed, and shared their bewilderment.
I pray for the families and friends still waiting for news about their loved ones, and for all those who have been given news they never wanted to hear. I pray for the emergency services, police and medical professionals working to help people to safety and nurse others back to health. I pray for us all.
Revd Chris Ball
St Bartholomew’s is a Church of England church in the village of Ripponden, West Yorkshire, on the edge of the Pennines, and boasts both beautiful scenery and a vibrant community.
The church’s worship is traditional, middle of the road Anglican, with regular services on Sundays and Wednesdays, using both Common Worship for the main Sunday morning service and the midweek said Communion. The Book of Common Prayer is used for Holy Communion two Sundays a month plus Evensong on the first Sunday of the month.
It is a large, beautiful Church, comfortably able to seat 300 people.
The church has a wide range of groups for every age. We have a varied social calendar including, amongst other things, musical concerts , the annual Christmas Craft Fair, the annual duck race and garden party and stalls at the Rush-bearing Festival. You can see full details of groups and events on our web site.
The church is also a popular venue for Christenings and Weddings.
Wherever you are in the world, we hope you enjoy your visit and find the information and news about our faith, work and village life in Ripponden useful.
We will be ensuring that news and events are updated so keep checking the site. If you can help with fundraising donations then this is where you will find detail.
We have recently added some stunning images of our stained glass windows to the gallery, which we hope you will enjoy viewing.
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