News Sheet






STEWARD’S WELCOME:                                                                                 


HYMN:                           SoF 1419                      Light of the World…




HYMN:                           H&P 232                       Tell me the old, old story…

THE OFFERTORY AND DEDICATION with the assistance of the young people:


Lord Jesus, bless our church.  Bless those who leave and those who stay.  Help us to love you more each day…Amen


BIBLE READING:                                              Matthew chapter 6 verses 5 – 15                   (N.T. page 9)

SKETCH:                                                              ‘GOD REPLIES’

HYMN:                           StF 762                         Our Father, who art in heaven…


HYMN:                           StF 526                         Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy…

BIBLE READING:                                              Galatians chapter 6 verses 1 – 10                 (N.T. page 238)



HYMN:                           SoF 665                        Be free in the love of God…

           followed by    SoF 111                         For I’m building a people of power…


Organist Mr David Whiteley


6.00 P.M.











WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S – We give a very warm welcome to everyone and especially to anyone who may be visiting or worshipping with us for the first time today. We look forward to a good time of Worship and Praise at our Service this morning which is being led by church friends who attended the Church Week-end in Grange last month.  The Service will be based around ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, we look forward to what they have to share with us this morning. Refreshments will be served in the Coffee Lounge after morning service and we do hope that you will stay as we share in this time of fellowship together.  This evening at 6.00 p.m. David and Margaret Whiteley will be leading the Praise Service and tonight we welcome Mr Jonathan Whitaker to be our Preacher and we look forward to what he has to share with us.  Please do come along and join in the singing, you will be very welcome.


A MEETING FOR PRAYER is held every Sunday morning from 10.00 a.m. – 10.20 a.m. in the Quiet Room and we invite all to join us as we bring our concerns and prayers for our Church, other people and ourselves to the Lord – please do come and share in this special time of “Talking with God.”    

Who is there like you, God of mercy and grace who loves us as you do?

Who knows and understands our actions as you do?

Who hears the thoughts and words  of our heart as you do?

Who knows our joys and sorrows and shares them as you do?

Who feels the pain we endure and comforts us as you do?

Who hears as we confess our sins and forgives as you do?

Who takes a broken heart and makes it whole as you do?

Who finds a life that’s lost and welcomes it home as you do?

Who is there like you, God of mercy and grace who loves us as you do?

(Prayer taken from a Faith and Worship Resource by John Birch)



CHRISTIAN AID WEEK  2019 (May 12th – 18th) - Our band of collectors has been depleted over the last few years and we have only been able to cover a small number of roads, delivering and collecting envelopes door to door.  We hope that you will still want to donate to the vital work of Christian Aid and envelopes will be available in the pews during May.  Please use them for your contribution and then place them in the collection plate or pass them to Lesley Wood ……don’t forget to Gift Aid, if you can, as that will increase your gift at no extra cost to you. Thank You.



CHURCH FLOWERS – Stella would like some help please with delivering the church flowers and would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to do this.  This will be on a ‘Rota’ system and not a weekly happening.  If you are a pastoral visitor and know that there is a need for flowers for one of your pastoral group then please do have a word with either Stella or Leah.  The flowers can be collected after morning worship if this makes it easier.  Receiving the church flowers is always a good thing as they bring so much pleasure and joy to the recipients.


MONDAY KITCHEN will friends please note that the Monday Kitchen will be CLOSED tomorrow and the following Monday which is the Spring Bank Holiday.  Since Margaret has been unwell we have had wonderful offers of help and we would like to offer our grateful thanks to everyone for their love and great support at this time.  Monday Kitchen will be OPEN as usual on Monday 3rd of June.  Monday Kitchen is a lovely time of fun and fellowship and sharing around the table together, perhaps a few more people may like to join us on 3rd June 2019 – 11.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.


LADIES CLUB – this coming Wednesday the Ladies are going to Bankfield Museum for a visit and if anyone would like a lift to Bankfield please meet in the church car park. at 1.00 p.m.


THE MONDAY EVENING FELLOWSHIP GROUP will meet again tomorrow evening - 20th May 2019. They will be studying Colossians. All meetings start at 7.30pm at the home of Susan and John.


THE GREEN PARK FELLOWSHIP GROUP will be meeting again on Thursday’s May 23rd,, June 13th and 11th July 2019 – all meetings start at 7.30 pm. at the home of Sue & Mike.  The Group will be continuing their study on the Book of Acts.


THE SEEKER’S BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP GROUP – will meet again on the first Monday in JUNE 2019 at the home of Vivienne and Enid starting at 7.30 p.m.  More details about the group from Margaret Caulfield (01422 363686).  


YW’s – on Tuesday 4th June 2019 YW’s are going to Ravenscliffe@Spring Hall for a visit and are asked to meet in the Ravenscliffe School Car Park at 7.00 p.m.  Please note change of time for meeting…Thank you.


MRS MARGARET BURTON – please remember in your prayers our Senior Steward Margaret Burton who had major surgery at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary recently and is now slowly recovering there.  We send Margaret and her family our love, thoughts and prayers, as well as our good wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see her back with us very soon. 


DR JOHN HARGREAVES – John was taken into Calderdale Royal Hospital last Thursday following a stroke and we ask your prayers for him, Susan and their family at this difficult time and the challenging times ahead.  Please do keep them all in your thoughts.  We send our love and good wishes to them all.


JO COX FAMILY PICNIC IN THE PARK - THE GREAT GET TOGETHER –  please do have a word with either Hazel(Bowerman0 or Margaret(Barnes) if you would like to know further details about this event.


HALIFAX FOOD AND SUPPORT DROP IN CENTRE – Christine writes ‘For your information  the shortages  this week are Shower Gel, Washing powder, Washing up liquid, biscuits, chocolate bars, tinned meats and fish, tinned pies, tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding, meat paste, coffee, sugar, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet rolls, large mugs, bath towels, double fitted sheets, double quilts and covers, tea-towels and mens’ socks. Volunteers - Some volunteers come occasionally, some every week, all are vital. When we have a low number of volunteers it means we do not have time to sit and listen to our guests. This is an extremely important aspect of the Drop In. Many people who come to us have very difficult and chaotic lives, often because of broken relationships or lack of work. They frequently look to volunteers for a listening ear and for advice as to where they can get help, especially those who normally feel isolated or trapped in poverty or addiction. We do have a specialist support worker on hand each week and a prayer team for those who feel they need this support. However, people just to sit with guests, mostly to listen and occasionally to encourage are absolutely vital. If you think you would be able to help in this way we would very much love to hear from you. Just come along any Thursday or Saturday before 9.30 if possible and speak to a member of the management team.  Volunteers are needed at the Drop In between 8.30am – 12.15pm every Thursday and Saturday morning at the Ebenezer Centre. These are also the opening times for deliveries’.


CLIFFE FESTIVAL AT CLIFF COLLEGE - it had been intended thet the Circuit would organise a coach to  Cliff Festival on 25 May.  However, for a variety of reasons, that is not going to be possible, but we would encourage you to support the event if you are able to and broadcast the event widely.  The details can be viewed on the Cliff College website -  Tickets can be purchased from reception when you arrive at Cliff College – day tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for concessions.


CART – will friends please note that during May you are invited to bring things from the ‘anytime’ list but particularly NAPPIES, PLASTERS and SANITARY GOODS will be very welcome by the families involved in the CART project.  A very big thank you to all our supporters!


OPEN TO GOD – during the month of MAY the Open to God meetings are being held at ILLINGWORTH MOOR CHURCH and this week will be led by Mrs Julie Taylor.  All meetings begin at 10.00 a.m. and last for approximately half an hour followed by tea, coffee and biscuits – ALL WELCOME at the Open to God meetings.


PENTECOST CELEBRATION - BOOK THE DATE NOW! – on Sunday 9th June 2019 from 4.00 p.m. until 7.00 p.m. there will be an Ecumenical Pentecost Celebration in the Piece Hall with lots of things happening, lots of singing and Messy Church crafts for children.  – PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION ON THE NOTICE BOARD.  Stewards are urgently required as without them the event may not be able to go ahead.  Please let either the Circuit office or the Rev Paul Welch know as soon as possible if anybody can help with this.


BACON BUTTIES – BOOKS & BAKES at Heath United Reformed Church on Saturday 25th May 2019 from 10.00 a.m. – 12 noon.  This is in support of Christian Aid – ALL WELCOME to join in this event.


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – please book the following dates now!

  1. 13th July 2019         - Melody Belles Singers with afternoon Tea
  2. 17th August 2019     - Vivienne & Enid invite you to their Strawberry Tea
  3. 15th September 2019 – Heritage Week-End – Light Lunches will be available


CIRCUIT COMMUNICATIONS – we have received various communications from the Circuit Office and all the details are on the Notice Board or available from the Circuit Website please do take time to read them –

  1. Events to be held at Mount Zion during the coming months
  2. An Evening with Graham Kendrick at Boston Spa on 28th June 2019 – More information on the Poster on the Circuit Website.
  3. Steward’s needed for the Pentecost Praise Event at the Piece Hall on 9th June 2019
  4. Methodist Women in Britain – West Yorkshire District ‘Summer Supper’ at St Andrew’s Methodist Church, MIRFIELD on Friday 5th July 2019.
  5. 2019 Autumn Encounters with The Iona Community.


DISTRICT SYNOD – Patricia Astwood our Senior Circuit Stewards writes ‘Thank you to everyone that helped at Synod last Saturday. You were brilliant.  I didn't get chance to speak to everyone that came, sorry, but to everyone that baked, iced, found boilers, communion ware, collection bags, manned stalls, washed up, ran the creche, gave out registration packs and generally helped to make everything run far smoother than I ever believed possible, I really am grateful. Rev Chris Hawke, Synod Secretary, rang me to pass on her greetings and thanks to you all as well’….Blessings… Patricia Astwood  Senior Circuit Steward  Calderdale Circuit.






GO TO THE NOTICE BOARD – the one in the Coffee Bar Corridor and have a look at the ideas for a completely new church – St Andrew’s intends to raise a million pounds so we can have a modern warm and dry building.


The drawings show three options that are expected to cost a million pounds – but the church will soon have to decide which scheme to proceed with. The plans you will see are initial ideas at present – there is a lot more detail to be developed.


Please look and see what you think and make a comment (with your reasons) on the sheet provided – so, not just “I like this one” or “I don’t like that one” – but please tell us WHY you think one is better than the others, or WHAT IT IS THAT APPEALS TO YOU or MAKES ONE MORE PRACTICAL OR SUITABLE.


Please don’t just copy what someone else says – everyone’s views are important.


Last day for adding comments is SUNDAY 8th JUNE.


There is no programme yet for which group would occupy which room – that will be worked out later.  A million pounds only goes so far – we aim to get the best value in building terms – and then make the best use we can of the rooms available.



Monday 20th May 2019                     9.00 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.   The Toddler Group will meet.                     

                                                                                           NO MONDAY KITCHEN TODAY.

Tuesday 21st  May 2019                   10.00 a.m. – 12 noon       The Crafts & Coffee Club will

                                                                                           meet in the Coffee Bar.

Wednesday 22nd May 2019                1.00 for 1.30 p.m.         The Ladies Club are having a visit to

                                                                                          Bankfield Museum – Ladies if you need

                                                                                          a lift please meet in the church car park

                                                                                          at 1.00 p.m.

Thursday 23rd May 2019          6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.           Rainbows/Brownies/Cubs/Beavers/Scouts

Sunday 26th  May 2019                   10.00 a.m. – 10.20 a.m.    Prayer Meeting in the Quiet Room –

                                                                                          open to all.

                   10.30 a.m                        Morning Worship led by Val Heward.

                    6.00 p.m.                       Evening Worship with Holy Communion

                                                        led by the Rev Francis Neil.


Today we join with other members of the Calderdale Circuit as collectively we pray for the Church Family at Brighouse Central Methodist Church and for the ministry of the Rev Mark Cheetham.


During your prayer-time this week please pray for:

The Rev Terry Keen our Minister and Mrs Stella Christie our Pastoral Lay Worker.

Ms Val Heward and the Rev Francis Neil as they prepare to lead our Worship next Sunday at 10.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. respectively.

Please do pray that God will continue to lead us as we move forward again with plans for the future of His Church in this place and for all who are involved in leading this process forward in the months ahead.  Pray that following preparation of different schemes for a new church the Lord will lead us into making the right choices and that we can go forward with a clearer view of what will be our final decision and that our hopes and dreams for the future will  come to fruition within the next couple of years.  Please support members of the Church Development Team through your constant  prayers.

Our Circuit Ministers and Local Preachers as they prepare to lead worship in the various Churches around the Circuit week by week. .

All members of the St Andrew’s Church Family who need our prayers at this time for whatever reason, the Lord knows what that reason is, we remember those who are not well, those who may be going into hospital or recovering at home after being in hospital and for those who are awaiting tests/test results and also for others who have family members or friends unwell at this time and for any who are mourning the loss of someone dear to them.  We pray especially for Margaret Burton and her family and for John Hargreaves, Susan and their family as both Margaret and John  are in hospital at this time.  May the peace and love of God surround and support all our friends today and during the coming weeks as they face whatever lies ahead.

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