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Challenging and extraordinary times

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.

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Letter from Bishop Nick Baines

As part of the Clergy team for the Diocese of Leeds, I regularly receive supportive words from our Bishops and their teams. As we are slowly emerging from the physical restrictions that coronavirus started, I thought you might also find this extract from Bishop Nick Baines’ latest letter encouraging for you too: …from Bishop Nick Baines Dear Brothers and Sisters[…]

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Faith is my oxygen

Every Wednesday we have a reflection from a member of the congregation. I was delighted to receive an email from Emma Price (Em) who grew up in Marsden and attended both St Bartholomew’s and St James Churches. Em sent an encouraging email for us and hopes that you may remember her as she remembers you all in her prayers… …by[…]

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Faith and inner peace

It is wonderful when people share their stories of faith, because it often helps us gain confidence in our own experience of God, and faith, and such like. This week we have a reflection on faith and school life from Elaine Bradley, whom many of those living in Slaithwaite will know… …from Elaine Bradley To introduce myself for those who[…]

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God at work

There are so many businesses based in Marsden, Slaithwaite and the surrounding countryside, all trying to work out how to operate while this pandemic sweeps through our lives. I spoke to a business owner who is torn apart by the conflicting desire to help their employees financially by working and staying open, while equally wanting to stay at home /[…]

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Northumbria Retreat

It is lovely for our church website to have many voices, representing the many people who worship together from Marsden and Slaithwaite with East Scammonden. Today we have some art and a reflection from Ali Baxter. This was written during Lent on a retreat at Nether Springs, the home of the Northumbria Community. Ali has offered her own artwork, and[…]

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Kirklees Community Response (Covid19)

Kirklees Council have opened a new dedicated helpline as part of their Covic-19 Community Response. The Council are working alongside our citizens and local organisations to make sure that together we can all support our neighbours and communities over the coming weeks. They are working especially closely with local voluntary sector organisations through our partners at Volunteering Kirklees (part of[…]

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A letter to our community

To the people of Marsden, Slaithwaite and the surrounding communities: Peace be with you. I’m the new Vicar of St Bartholomew’s, St James and Shred and I pray for everyone in our towns and villages every single day. I try to picture in my mind, aspects of our community; our schools and homes, our businesses and the places we play,[…]

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