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Sunday 10 October 2021
The nineteenth Sunday after Trinity

10.30 am:  Morning Worship

Sunday 10 October YouTube video

We pray for Jenny Dunn and her pastoral group: Thelma Widdowson, Julie Rollinson, Shirley Haigh, Jenny & Tony Reavill and Sandra & David Brown Snr.   
We ask God's healing for Mollie Brumfitt, Helen Collins, Alice Hill, Steve and Sherryl Jandrell, Kate Lomas, the Marsden family, Stephen & Pamela Matthews, Edna Morrell, Anne Samuel, Marylyn Whelan & Dennis Yeadon. 
Prayer requests can be submitted via email to the church office at

Sunday services  From now until Advent, our theme is Hard Questions with Hard Answers.  

On Sunday 10th October, we’ll look at A question of life choices.  Reading: Mark 10: 17-31.  Please pray for our speaker, Mr Michael Webster.  

Church in the Garden
Thank you for the many messages of how lovely it is to see the garden taking shape. There has even been some harvesting of beetroot, chard and runner beans from the raised beds.

We have been successful in gaining a grant of £2,000 to move us through the next stage.  This will include constructing a level sandstone pathway around the perimeter of the garden; taking out the difficult digging problems we are having by removing the builder’s rubble from the sun ray bed areas; developing the children’s area with a cross shaped willow tunnel & digging out holes and a trench for the late Autumn arrival of four trees and a hedgerow. This stage will give the whole garden structure, and we hope by Winter it will look even more like a garden for people to start to explore, sit in or at least walk around.

There will be an irrigation system so we can harvest as much rain water as possible. The sensory border is now planted up and ready to mature into next year.

However, once this stage is completed, we will have very little money left. We are therefore asking for support as follows:
  • We want to get lots of spring bulbs into the garden to create a lovely display. If you can donate a few bulbs please can you leave them in the bulb box in the entrance areas.
  • We are hoping to put up a few bird boxes and a couple of bat boxes purchased from expert organisations.  These cost £25 to £30 each so you can donate specifically towards these.    
  • If you want to donate a monetary gift that would be great and help keep this project moving.
Most of all we want to say thank you to all your encouraging comments, your gardening hours spent in the plot, donations of plants, plant pots, money, water butts, etc, as well as your prayers and your all-round support.  It is very much appreciated.
Julie on behalf of the team
The Wolfenden family has posted an update on Ben's GoFundMe page - see below.  For context, pre-pandemic, the family lived in Eldwick and attended Messy Church.  They moved to Switzerland for the chance of a second lung transplant for Ben. 

"Hi everyone,
We wanted to send a message to you all, to our friends and the generous people who have supported Ben's journey so far. The money raised ensured our journey here, where Ben has been receiving incredible medical support. We feel that if Ben were to have stayed in the UK and not been given this opportunity, the story would have ended many months ago. But the last 6 months has seen real ups and downs in Ben's health. He is now on non invasive ventilation full time, and fed through the stomach in addition to meals. We have been waiting to hear if another lung transplant is possible. Ben has shown incredible strength throughout all of this, fighting for his family, fighting to be here.

For now, we send our continued love and thanks to the hundreds of people who stepped up to support our young family. We are and will forever be grateful to you. Ben has seen Max turn 7 and Ivy turn 4, both things we didn't think would ever happen.

All our love, Daisy, Ben, and the children x
The Pastoral Visitors are meeting on Monday 1st November at 2.00 pm in the Link.  

We need an additional 2 pastoral visitors.  If you are interested and want to know more, please get in touch with Margaret Hartley.  
We are celebrating Harvest at Messy Church on Saturday 16 October from 3.30 pm - 5.30 pm.   Messy Church is for everyone!  Each session starts with craft activities followed by a game, a story, songs, and a prayer.  We finish by having a simple meal together.

On Sunday 17 October, there will be NO 10.30 am Morning Worship, however there will be a 9.15 am service of Holy Communion.  
Big shout out to the Church Craft Group!  The group chooses a Charity each year for whom they raise funds.  The last one was the Pamela Sunter Centre for Down Syndrome, located in Bingley.  Wendy from the Centre has been invited to the group on Wednesday 20 October at 2.00 pm to accept the money raised - which is over £400. 
The Meaningful Chocolate Advent Calendar  
Last call for the Real Advent Calendar, which isn't for sale in supermarkets.  Please contact Sharron Arnold on before Friday 15 October.  
Thanks to additional gifts from the congregation, we have been able to donate a total of £390 to Rock House.

We have sent £400 to Holme Wood for their foodbank.  This is the donations given in the last three months and we are very grateful to everyone who has given.

The mission committee agreed the following donations at a recent meeting:  £300 to the Penny Appeal to support Afghan refugees and £250 to the Gala Committee as a contribution from the money which we raised from selling refreshments at the Gala.  Thanks to everyone whose hard work on the day made this possible.
New Appointments
The Methodist Circuit has confirmed that Rev Terry Keen has been allocated to the Eldwick Church.  He will work with our church as part of his duties in the Airedale Circuit.  We look forward to meeting him when he comes to preach towards the end of October.

The Leeds Diocese has announced that Rev Brian Greenfield, currently serving as Assistant Curate at Sutton, Cowling and Lothersdale, will become Priest in Change of St Paul’s Shipley, Priest in charge of Christchurch, Windhill, and Minister of the Eldwick Church.   This is a shared post and Rev Brian will work the equivalent of 2 days a week in our church.  His Licensing Service will take place on 20 November, and we look forward to welcoming him.

Rev Brian has sent this message:  

Dear friends.  I am so excited to be appointed to this post and to join with you alongside my Methodist and other colleagues, in all that God is doing in Eldwick, Shipley and Windhill.

Although our three sons have all now flown the nest, Ruth and I will be bringing our friendly collie Rosie with us and she, like us, is very much looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you. We are hoping to move into our new home in Shipley in good time for my licencing in November, and to begin ministry with you as we approach Advent, and celebrate together the coming of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, this Christmas.  Grace & Peace. Brian.

House groups  We have restarted our house groups, which meet fortnightly in each other’s homes.  These have been much missed and we are so pleased to be going ahead at last.  We are starting with a course about prayer, which will take us up to Christmas.

If you are thinking of joining, please be aware that you don’t need to know loads about the bible! You don’t actually have to say anything at all – but we hope you will.  The groups are very informal and friendly and are a really good way of getting to know people a little better.  I
f you would like to join a group, you still can.  We have two groups with spaces, who are meeting on Tuesday afternoons & Thursday evenings.  Please contact Anne or Alan Brown for more information. 

The Prayer Tree has been changed to the Autumn season.  Please feel free to write prayers of thanks or petition on a card from the box and peg it on the tree.  Judy Ash.
Bingley United Reform Church is holding a Coffee morning supporting Christians Against Poverty on Saturday 9 October from 10.00 am - 12.00 noon.  Bring & buy cake stall, books, bric-a-brac etc.  All welcome. 

Contact the Church office at
or telephone 01274 442015


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