A line from Psalm 118: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good

A Psalm for Palm Sunday

Taking Holy Communion this evening, Psalm 118 seems remarkably upbeat for a Church unable to physically meet, and yet as we gathered in heart and mind to take communion, and as I thought about all the homes and businesses, the countryside and the schools – the places we work and play; this beautiful place in which we live and dream…[…]

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A photograph of part of Rublev's Trinity

Sunday Worship during lockdown

The question I’ve been struggling with for over a week is, “How can we worship publically, when the church buildings are closed and gathering physically will put people’s lives at risk?” This coronavirus pandemic is changing the face of the country we live in, and challenging how we remain both ‘together’ and ‘public’. After writing to everyone on the electoral[…]

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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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