St John the Divine Rastrick
The Church is open for 11 am Sunday Services - All are welcome to attend - covid safety rules are in place click here for more details
The Church of England has opened an online condolence book following the announcement from Buckingham Palace of the death of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. if you would like to leave a message click here for the link where there are also statements from our Archbishops
Morning Prayer for the 2nd Sunday of Easter is at 11 am - All Welcome. For those unable to attend church or at that time click here for the online service.
Morning Prayer is said usually each day Tuesday to Saturday live on Facebook at 8.30am Click Here for the link
Coffee with the Vicar
You are invited to an online Zoom coffee morning from 10.30am to 11.30am each Saturday morning. An opportunity for
us to get to know each other better and share news over a cup of coffee. All will be warmly welcome. To join the Saturday coffee morning Zoom Meeting click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7605517792 (password: together)
Starting week commencing 12th April you are invited to join a zoom meeting where we will be exploring the last words of Jesus on earth in the period between his resurrection and ascension.
The four sessions will include Jesus’s interaction with Mary Magdalene, with Thomas & Peter, the disciples on the road to Emmaus, the instructions of Jesus and the commissioning of His disciples. We imagine how those who encountered Jesus would feel and how their response impacted the world and our lives today.
Meetings are as follows click the day link to join the meeting:
Friday Morning Prayers @ 7.30 am - 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
Safeguarding 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 taxpayers 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 remains 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,