Following a review of all the guidance and recommendations issued by the Diocese and Government on opening Churches for private prayer and worship during the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Bartholomew`s Church Council has reluctantly had to take the decision not to open the church at this moment in time.
We are all looking forward to when we can open St Bart’s with our new Priest in Charge, the Rev Stephen Southgate, as our leader.
St John’s, Rishworth is recommencing services from Sunday 5th July and every Sunday thereafter at 9.30am. All Covid safety recommendations are in place. Initially it is anticipated that all services will be non-Eucharistic (Family Services / Morning Prayer) due to the shortage of available clergy. However, there is a Benefice Holy Communion service on Sunday 19th July at 10.00am at St John’s.
In case of an emergency contact William Burchill, Churchwarden on 824042 or email email@example.com
A number of national online resources can be found on (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online) including weekly streamed services and daily audio and prayers.
We are sending out our weekly news sheet with the week’s bible readings, thoughts, prayers and notices, as a way to keep in touch with everybody. If you would like to receive a copy please email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also email Julie for any Wedding or Christening enquiries.
A note from our soon to be Parish Priest, Rev Stephen Southgate:-
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 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.
Denise Sotnyk is our Safeguarding Officer and can be contacted on 01422 822854 The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors are :- Jenny Leccardi 07872 005189 and Narinder Lyon 07872 005309
St Bart’s is also a drop off point for food items for the homeless and Halifax Food Bank
Patterns and advice available for items for Calderdale Royal’s Neonatal Department – hats & blankets in red, amber and green. Call in to our Community Cafe on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 1.30 – 3.30pm.
Come along and get involved!
Click to visit the Pilgrimages and Retreats link
Click to visit the Diocese new Renewal and Reform programme
Click to visit St.John’s Church, Rishworth website