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Sunday 21 March 2021
The Fifth Sunday of Lent 

This week:
Sunday 10.30 am:  Online Morning Worship
Sunday 21st March YouTube video

We pray for Elizabeth Ricketts and those in her pastoral group: Jane Thrower, Margaret Tetley, Birgit, Thomas & George Carey and Hilary Webb.
We ask God's healing for Henry Brown, Mollie Brumfitt, Kate Lomas, the Marsden family, Stephen & Pamela Matthews, Anne Samuel, Jane Thrower, Joe Tyler & Marylyn Whelan.
Prayer requests can be submitted via email to the church office at

Getting back to Church  The Trustees have made the provisional decision to invite the congregation back into Church, in two groups as before, from 25th April.  They will review the situation at their April meeting, after which those who were attending previously will be contacted. 

If you were not attending and wish to start, or were attending and wish not to resume, please contact the office.        
The Church in the Garden Update
There is a small team working on this project, the aim of which is
To create a Garden which shall remain a place of safety and peace as well as a place in which to be thankful and celebrate God’s awesome creation.  It must remain a place suitable for all ages and abilities to share and enjoy.
Everyone was invited to vote on their preference for either an allotment type garden or a landscaped type garden. 25 church members replied, with a split of opinions 50/50; so we have explored a blend of the 2 ideas.  We have an artist’s impression (produced by John Muggleston’s brother). 
We hope to develop the area into 3 zones (thirds)
  • The area nearest Winston Grange will house 4 long split level raised beds for flowers & vegetables
  • The central area is a gravelled labyrinth with seating.
  • The remaining area is shrubs and small trees with a bordering hedgerow.
Other features will include a bird feeding station, hedgehog homes, bat boxes and nest boxes, a wormery, a log bug hotel, small child friendly nature trail, sensory planted bed, flowers and shrubs to attract butterflies, bees, etc, etc. 
This will all take time and funds. So far, a fence has been erected to define the southern edge of the garden between the garden and the vicarage & the area has been strimmed to see what lies beneath.  The next stage is to build a privacy fence on the east boundary and plant up with climbers etc.  We'll then install the raised beds and get them ready for planting up by summer time, with the gravelled area and landscaped tree area following.
We can only progress as funds are available; several grants and funds have been applied for. At present, we are waiting for one of them to come good to allow us to move on.  

If you want to discuss any aspect of the project please do get in touch.  Thank you. Julie Smith
Recruiting a new Minister:  the trustees felt that there is not likely to be much movement in the job market until we are further out of lockdown. Ministers will be reluctant to “let down” their current churches by moving at this difficult time (as was demonstrated by the lack of candidates applying during the last round of recruiting).

 Therefore, although we are very keen to recruit someone to The Eldwick Church, we have made the decision to wait a little longer before re-advertising the post. Please continue to pray that God will provide the right person for our church.

Emma's bench is now installed on Gilstead Moor.  It's on the top path, not far from the snicket accessing the moor from Grange Road.  
The Taylor family want to say thank you again to everyone who donated to her fund.  
Action for Children  A big thank you to our box holders, all of whom willingly agreed to donate by cheque this year to save me having to handle a lot of cash during the Covid pandemic.
We collected an excellent total of £504 which has now been sent off to Action for Children which has had to work even harder than usual recently because of all the extra problems suffered by families due to Covid.
If anyone else would like to have a box please give me a ring.  You don't need to give a lot - every little helps.  Many thanks, Margaret Long 
Episode 3 of The Eldwick Church In The Community Podcast is now available.  It features an interview with Daniel Lomas, head teacher at Eldwick Primary School, with insights into what life has been like for the past year.  On the return of all year groups last week, "It was a real positive... you could detect the relief from families!" 

Listen on Anchor
Listen On Spotify
Listen On Apple Podcasts
Listen on Google Podcasts
Listen On Castbox  
A vote of thanks goes to Ann Barker for the hard work she has done as our DBS officer.   Anne is now standing down and we are looking for someone who could take over the role.
If you are able to help, or want more information about what this entails, just contact Jackie Burrows. 
Church Snooker Table, cues and snooker balls for sale.  Reasonable donation requested or if you know of a charity group who would be able to make good use this, please do get in touch with Julie Smith 07591 430501
Circuit & District News
The Airedale Circuit March Newsletter is available HERE
The Yorkshire West Methodist District Spring Newsletter is available HERE
Laptops for schools  Do you have an old laptop (under 7 yrs) that you could donate to help local students?  Though schools have returned, there is still a need for laptops to help with catchup work and home learning. 

Bingley Community Partnership, a group of local volunteering organisations of which The Eldwick Church is part & local IT company Nevis have agreed to a scheme to clean up and restore used machines which can then be passed onto Bingley schools.  Laptops need to have all charging and power cables and must be bagged or boxed so they can be quarantined before work takes place.  No Apple tech please; these are too difficult to restore. 

Drop off at Five Rise Locks Cafe Tuesday -Saturday  10am - 4pm or All Saints Bingley, Monday 10 - 11am, Thursday 11.30 - 1.00 pm, Sunday 2-3pm. Thank you
Safeguarding Training
Eileen Jowett hopes to run safeguarding training in person at TEC when circumstances allow.  In the meantime, if you prefer to get ahead or do this remotely, you can complete your Foundation / refresher training on Zoom.  Dates are:

Thursday 25th March 6.30pm – 9.30pm.   Book by 19th March.
Tuesday 13th April 6.30pm – 9.30 pm.  Book by 7th April. 


to book, with your name, church and choice of date.  Information and pre training reading will be emailed to you prior to the date.  

If you are unsure whether you need this training , please get in touch with our Safeguarding Officer, Jackie Burrows.

Friday Night Bible Takeaway continues at 7.00 pm each week.    
Link here: 
Zoom Friday Night Bible Takeaway
Meeting ID: 726 4581 5521
Passcode: yByxT7

.Zoom Café continues on Tuesday mornings 10am - 11am.  
Join Zoom Cafe
Meeting ID: 827 8163 8533
Passcode: cafe
March is Free Wills Month
Making a will can typically cost over £150, however, March is “Free Wills Month” where you have the opportunity to make your will for free and support your favourite charities by making a gift.
We are privileged if we can leave a mark of our passing, to be remembered by those people and causes we’ve cared for in life.  A gift in your will to your church is one of the most valuable and lasting ways you can continue to support its mission and ministry. We pray that as you plan to distribute your estate, you will feel encouraged to remember your church family and we invite you to consider how a gift in your will could help the Church meet the needs of future generations.

Go to to book an appointment to make your free will in March.
A retired clergyman and close friend of Alan & Anne Brown takes guided trips to the Holy Land.  He is planning one for May 8th- 19th 2022 and still has spaces. If you are interested, he can send a brochure.  Get in touch with Anne or Alan and who will forward your details to him.

Contact the Church office on
or telephone 01274 442015


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