St John the Divine Rastrick
There will be no services at St Johns during lockdown 2 and the church will be closed until restrictions are lifted. We thank God that we have been able to worship in church for the last three months but recognise that the restrictions are in place to keep us safe. Please do share together with our online service in your own home
If you would like to get in touch or have things you would like us to pray about then please complete this short form. We will acknowledge reciept and get back to you with any information you need.
FOR ALL ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS contact the Church Wardens David Marshall (718182) or Hilary Cartwright (537399)
A Vacancy Prayer for St. Johns and St, Matthews
Heavenly Father, we are Christ’s body, and your Holy Spirit is the head of the Church. We commit to work together in harmony as two sister churches, seeking to understand and to listen to one another.
Guide us through this interregnum so that we take wise decisions, make inspired plans and grow, both in numbers and as Your disciples. We commit to walking alongside You as we seek a new priest, One whom You have equipped to lead us at this time in our history, One whom we are able to bless in return. through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
Keeping in Touch
Under the present restrictions the following groups will be suspended until further notice
Wednesday Nighters, Community Lunches, Lent Lunches, Parent and Toddlers, Knit and Natter, Community Cinema and the Reminiscent Cinema.
Normal Sunday Services 7.45am and 11.00am, Weekday service - Friday at 7:30am
HOME GROUPS - Study, Prayer, Reflection, Fellowship and Support Various groups are meeting currently using Zoom if you would like to join in contact Alan 077560355591
Friday Morning Prayers @ 7.30am - we continue to meet using Zoom for a short service including the daily readings,and specific prayer requests - all welcome to join contact Alan 07756035591
Safeguarging Policy St Johns is committed to the safeguarding of Young People and Vulnerable Adults. The Parochial Church Council has based its policy on the Church of England's policies and best practice on Safeguarding. The policy is updated annually and can be found here.
MARA – HOW CAN WE HELP IN DIFFICULT TIMES? The news from Melina, at the Safe House in Mugumu, suggests that Covid-19 has not yet taken a serious toll in Mara. This is very good news although from her email, it seems we're right to pray that the church and community will know God’s continuing protection. Also that they will act with wisdom. The Safe House provides a haven for 36 girls whose local school is closed at present. Melina explains that to educate the girls, they would have to hire teachers. As a substitute they could access programmes on TV if they could buy a satellite decoder. But they haven’t any funds other than for basic necessities. Oriel (Tel 719352) will be very pleased to forward any contributions towards this important work that is funded by the Leeds Diocese. Donations from tax payers can be Gift Aided.
GIVING AND GIFT AID CLAIMS - during the pandemic the church is grateful for your donations can be made by directly to our bank account or by cheque (click here for details) If you are able to gift aid your donation that would be much welcomed.
A MESSAGE FROM FOCUS4HOPE Focus4Hope remain very busy with a packed schedule of deliveries. Besides tinned food, the main need is now for hygiene products . You can leave these in the bin by the back door of Town Hall Dental. Thank you! Monetary donations are very, very welcome. [She explained that Brighouse Foodbank and Focus4Hope are different organisations although they pool resources. One primarily serves the homeless and unemployed, the other primarily serves the elderly and disabled. Louise is very grateful for the toiletries - she still needs as many as she can get!
PRAYER FOR OUR CHURCH
And in service to our local community,