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All Church services have been suspended until further notice you are invited to join with us by clicking the links on this page.



VICAR VACANCY - 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

Being on your own is not easy! Being with someone else is not always easy! Sometimes there are things we need to confidentially share, but where do we go? Whilst this time of lockdown continues I will make myself available in the afternoons 2 till 4 to take any phone calls. (And at any time for emergencies)

If you have spiritual need - please call.

If you are alone and would like some company -please call.

If you would just like to hear another voice – please call.

I don’t have many answers but who knows together we might be able to make things a little better.

Revd. Stephen 716053


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 or Julia 

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 

Other groups: Beer & Banter, Mothers Union, Pantomime Society, Rucksack Club, Parent & Toddlers

 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 - we usually make a claim to HMRC for tax on our giving. Would it possible for those with the numbered brown gift aid envelopes to let me have your contributions for the past 11 weeks(or to the 28th June) either by cheque made out to St. John (Rastrick) PCC or cash with your number marked on the back to my address 7 Oaks Green Mount, Rastrick, Brighouse. HD6 3LS – and if anyone can make a contribution in lieu of collections this would be much appreciated – everything is treated strictly confidentially. If anyone has Lent Appeal money this can be sent also marked for Lent Appeal – there is a letter box at the back of the house if you wish to deliver by hand – this will help with our finances which have suffered during the lockdown Many Thanks Cherry Fancourt - Treasurer 

PANTOMIME UPDATE PANTO GOERS we have to announce, that even though you're allowed out of your house, we think social distance will be around for some time, the result is to cancel our beloved pantomime. We're sad, awww (No! it's sadder than that), but Covid is a bit of a.....(BAT!!...what else did you think we meant). So we've decided to pause our usual show and do lots on line, reminisce, you know. So please watch this space and don't be so glum, we've got lots planned for you, why not join in the fun? Details of what's going on will be found on our Facebook page at "St John's Pantomime Rastrick" or you can contact our Secretary, Graham Readshaw on 07949 082402

A MESSAGE FROM LOUISE AT 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! 

Safeguarging Poilicy 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


God of Mission who alone brings growth to your Church,
Send your Holy Spirit to give vision to our planning,
Wisdom to our actions, And power to our witness.
Help our Church to grow in numbers,
In spiritual commitment to you,

And in service to our local community,
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen































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