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Sunday 28 March 2021
Palm Sunday

This week:
Sunday 10.30 am:  Online Morning Worship
Sunday 28th March YouTube video

We pray for Susan Robinson and those in her pastoral group: Sue Bailey, Jackie & Richard Burrows, Helen, Tim, Thomas & Samuel Newman, Colin & Barbara Newman and Andy Miller.
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

Holy Week  As we're not having extra services or events such as Maundy Thursday communion or Good Friday's walk of witness, we're sending out a daily reflection (rather like the midweek reflections we did during the first lockdown).  You will receive an email reflection from one of the Trustees on each day in Holy Week.  

Also, in Palm Sunday's online service, there's a demonstration of how to make a paper cross.  You are invited to make the cross, then each day in Holy Week you can write a few words on each section.  There is also a verse to read as context, which could be used with a lighted tealight / candle for 5 minutes reflection.  

Here are the words and the passage:

Monday - Mary anoints Jesus.  Mark 14:1-10

Tuesday - Jesus predicts Peter's denial  Matthew 26:31-35

Wednesday - Jesus is betrayed   Luke 22:1-6

Thursday - Jesus is arrested  Luke 22:47-53

Friday - "It is finished".  John 18:28-19:37

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
Church in the Garden Request: Appeal for Cardboard & Underlay.
Please can you keep any large cardboard sheets/boxes particularly the sort you may have had on delivery of a new TV, BBQ, etc.  Carpet underlay also needed.  Both can be used for the suppression of weeds.  Bark mulch is then laid on top  - old fashioned but it works!   Thank you Jeanette
Once again Ecclesiastical Insurance is offering to donate £130 to a church for every new home insurance policy which is taken out with them.  This time the offer runs to 31 December 2021.  If anyone is interested in obtaining a quotation the website is or phone 0345 777 3322 and use the promotion code Trust130.
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.  We collected a 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.  Many thanks, Margaret Long 
Episode 4 of The Eldwick Church In The Community Podcast is now available.  Featuring an interview with our own Margaret Hartley about Probus, who meet at our church (in non-Covid times).  Also, that tricky quiz and general chit chat. 

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
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
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

Contact the Church office on
or telephone 01274 442015


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