The Vicar writes … July 2018

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Latest Accessibility News

LATEST ACCESSIBILITY NEWS!

We are in the process of raising funds for a better ramp and improved toilet facilities in St Mary’s Church, which will make life much easier for parents with push chairs and small children, as well as those with sight and mobility problems. The ramp will make it possible for everyone to enter through the same door safely. Improved access to the toilet and baby-changing facilities will give everyone the dignity they deserve.

Here is the latest news on the Church Ramp Appeal (December 2017) …

A BIG THANK YOU to those who have already contributed to the Church Ramp Appeal since it was launched in June. We have now received £12,755 to add to the £8,842 committed by the PCC’s Capital Projects Fund. When we add in the amount we shall receive back from the Government under the Gift Aid Scheme, and a small amount of interest, we have effectively reached £24,615. However we still have some way to go to reach the £35,000 that the project is estimated to cost.

We are applying to various funding bodies for grants, and will still welcome any contributions from members of the public. Cheques (made payable to Riddlesden PCC Reserve Account) can be sent c/o The Vicarage, St Mary’s Road, Riddlesden BD20 5PA

We are pleased to announce that work on the accessibility ramp and disabled toilet is due to start the week beginning 8th January 2018, and should be completed by Easter.

For further information please get in touch with the Vicar, Canon Tony Walker, by email at tonywalker153@outlook.com or by phone on 01535 665084.

Vicar’s Letter (November)

The Vicar writes …

Dear Friends

 

“History is bunk!” said Henry Ford, the founder of the car company that bears his name, in 1921.  That’s a bold and oft-quoted statement.  But it backs up what Henry Ford had said more carefully a few years earlier in 1916.  “History is more or less bunk.  It’s tradition.  We don’t want tradition.  We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker’s dam is the history we made today.”

So in this month of November, this month of Remembering, we ask ourselves
“What’s the point of Remembering?  What’s the point of History?”

On All Saints Day (1 November) we remember all the saints, known and unknown.  As the New Testament refers to all true believers as saints, this day gives us the opportunities to remember and honour all Christians both past and present.  But it also reminds us that we today are called to be “saints”, holy people, men, women and children through whom the light of Jesus Christ shines.

Guy Fawkes’ Night (5 November) originates from the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, a failed conspiracy by a group of English Catholics to assassinate the Protestant King James I of England and replace him with a Catholic head of state.  After Guy Fawkes hadf been caught guarding a cache of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords, the public were encouraged to celebrate the king’s survival with bonfires. 5 November was kept as a day of thanksgiving when everyone was expected to attend church and a new form of service was added to the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer, for use on that date.

For many people perhaps the most significant and poignant remembering takes place on 11 and 12 November, Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday.

Last year I was invited to speak to the 1403 (Retford) Squadron Air Cadets about the meaning of Remembrance.  I reminded the 35 young people that Remembrance Sunday commemorates not only the dead of the two World Wars but all those who have died in conflict since then.  I did my research and discovered that since the end of the Second World War 7,149 British military people have died on active service outside England, Wales and Scotland.  Last year (2016) was the first year since 1968 without a British soldier, sailor or airman being killed on operations; and 1968 was the only other year that has happened since the end of the Second World War.  Sadly 2017 was only two days old when a 22 year old soldier serving with 2nd Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment was killed at a military base in Iraq.  I have often wondered how many of those deaths might have been avoided if our political and military rulers had learned the lessons of history.

The last day of November is St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s official national day and since 2006 an official bank holiday.  To start with this may seem to be of interest only to Scots.  But according to John’s Gospel Andrew was the first Christian evangelist.  On the very day when he first met Jesus, he went at once to his brother Simon Peter and told him “We have found the Messiah, the Christ”.  And then Andrew took his brother to Jesus.  The rest, as they say, is history!  That’s how the Church began!

Of course we Christians don’t want to live in the past.  But by being mindful of the past, and learning from the inspiration and example of those who have gone before us, we can both grow in our own faith and also introduce others to Jesus.

With best wishes

Tony Walker

 

Latest Accessibility News!

LATEST ACCESSIBILITY NEWS!

We are in the process of raising funds for a better ramp and improved toilet facilities in St Mary’s Church, which will make life much easier for parents with push chairs and small children, as well as those with sight and mobility problems. The ramp will make it possible for everyone to enter through the same door safely. Improved access to the toilet and baby-changing facilities will give everyone the dignity they deserve.

Here is the latest news on the Church Ramp Appeal (December 2017) …

A BIG THANK YOU to those who have already contributed to the Church Ramp Appeal since it was launched in June. We have now received £12,755 to add to the £8,842 committed by the PCC’s Capital Projects Fund. When we add in the amount we shall receive back from the Government under the Gift Aid Scheme, and a small amount of interest, we have effectively reached £24,615. However we still have some way to go to reach the £35,000 that the project is estimated to cost.

We are applying to various funding bodies for grants, and will still welcome any contributions from members of the public. Cheques (made payable to Riddlesden PCC Reserve Account) can be sent c/o The Vicarage, St Mary’s Road, Riddlesden BD20 5PA

We are pleased to announce that work on the accessibility ramp and disabled toilet is due to start the week beginning 8th January 2018, and should be completed by Easter.

For further information please get in touch with the Vicar, Canon Tony Walker, by email at tonywalker153@outlook.com or by phone on 01535 665084.

The Access Ramp

Bishop Toby was here today to dedicate the new Access Ramp and Door.  The work to do this, along with the Toilet to make that easily accessible for everyone, has been made possible by the generosity of members of the congregation, supplemented by grants from some charitable trusts – the Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation, The Allchurches Trust, the Sir George Martin Trust, and the Beamsley Trust (which is administered by the Trustees of the Craven Trust).

We are very grateful to all who have helped in any way with the fundraising.

The work was carried out by Enoch Harrison and Son Ltd from Cononley, supervised by Mike and Sheila Overton, our architects.  We are grateful to all who have worked on the building over the last five months; and also to members of the congregation who have done such a splended job of cleaning up the church and tidying the churchyard.

Thank you!

Baptism and Confirmation

This morning,  of Bev and Katie were both baptised and confirmed by Bishop Toby, and at the end of the service, he also dedicated the new Access Ramp and Door.

A gloriously sunny morning, with so much to celebrate!

Light in Communities

On Friday, Rev Jenny led a “Light in Communities” group at Riddlesden.  People, books, places and quotes that had been important to us from our different cultures and backgrounds were shared, while hands were kept busy with Light Work!