Prayers of peace for Ukraine

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The church buildings have been open for private prayer this week: for those who need to / want to pray about the situation in Ukraine. Please follow this link for a joint letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York.

There are some practical steps we can take as Christians. We pray for those in Ukraine who suffer grievously, for all who take decisions around the world, and for the people and leaders of Russia too:

  • Sunday, 27 February, is a day of prayer for peace.
  • Tuesday 1 March at 6pm (GMT) to pray with the Diocese in Europe for the chaplaincy in Kyiv and the churches that serve Ukraine.
  • Participate with the wider church in Pope Francis’s call to make Ash Wednesday, 2 March, a day of prayer and fasting for peace.

Our Church Services this Sunday (26th Feb)
St Bartholomew’s, 9:15am. Holy Communion
Shred Church 10am: Sunday School
St James, 11:15am. Holy Communion


Wednesdays in Lent at St James
9:30am Morning Prayer
11:30am Faith Lunch
12:30pm Lent Course with Graeme

Wednesdays at home at 7pm: Lent Course via Zoom with Carol (link to be sent out next week)

Thursdays in Lent at St Bartholomew’s
9:30am Morning Prayer
11:30 Cafe Connect
2pm Lent Course with Graeme.

The Lent course is identical whether at St James, St Bartholomew’s or via Zoom at home… come to whichever suits you best. The theme is all about getting to know God better through the Bible.

You and all whom you love are in my prayers.

Graeme Holdsworth
Interim Vicar of Marsden and Slaithwaite with East Scammonden