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Coronavirus NEWS 2020-05-28T16:53:25+01:00


Chris Flecknoe again represented Baildon Methodist Church at the “Baildon Covid-19” Zoom meeting, chaired by the Baildon Ward Officer of Bradford Council.

The key information from this meeting is as follows:

  • Bradford Council will soon be winding down the use of the Broadway Centre as a giant foodbank as shops and stores will soon be re-opening;

  • Everyone who has or is continuing to receive food aid from the Broadway Centre is going to be contacted to assess whether they have an ongoing need for food assistance;

  • People needing assistance – with food or any other issues – should continue to seek help by telephoning the Bradford Council 01274 431000 number;

  • Once the Broadway central food distribution is closed, it is likely that anyone new needing food assistance will be referred to a food bank within the area that they live.

  • The current situation in Baildon seems very stable in that most people have managed to make arrangements for themselves; with a relatively small number of people regularly receiving food parcels.

  • Very few new requests for food assistance are being received from Baildon residents at present, but there is a concern that the needs might increase if more people are made redundant at the end of the furlough scheme

  • Baildon Covid-19 group members are aware that there is likely to be a very quick and positive response from Baildon Churches should the need for food donations suddenly increase again.

  • Because of the low need in Baildon at present, considerable quantities of the food that was stored at St John’s Church has now been transferred to food banks where the need is greater in other parts of Bradford via the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank (to which the donated food at Wesleys used to go) and Inn Churches.

  • Some stocks are continuing to be held at St John’s, and donations of tinned and packet food are still welcome, and can be left in one of the boxes outside the three C. of E. churches.

  • The lobby at Baildon Community Link is no longer being used to received food donations.

  • Contact has been made with all the 184 “shielded” people within the Shipley area to check they are OK.

This fortnightly meeting is a most useful way of the churches, Baildon Town Council, the District Council officers and Councillors and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator to keep in touch and work together.  The group will meet again on 10 June.


A message from Chris Flecknoe

Yesterday we attended the a Zoom meeting called and chaired by the Bradford Council’s Ward Officer for Baildon, Marcia Churley.  These meetings will continue to take place fortnightly and we’re pleased Chris was able to represent Baildon Methodist Church and Wesleys.  The meeting is also attended by Rev Sandra Benham & Sarah Baxter from the C of E Churches, reps from Baildon Town Council, the District Councillors, and the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.


The central, Bradford Council, food distribution hub in the Broadway Centre is now distributing in the region of 1,500 parcels a week.  The process is working well.
Following delays in the government ‘voucher scheme’, the Broadway Centre is now also distributing ‘Free School Meal’ £15.00 packs to eligible families.  This has been really well received by families and schools alike.

Apart from a small number of people who have continued to need ongoing assistance with food parcels, most housebound people have now made arrangements for food to be delivered.  Morrisons Supermarket special service for vulnerable people has come in for particular praise.  Vulnerable and housebound people can ring 0345 611 6111 to place an order for delivery the following day.

People of Baildon have been very generous in donating food. There is now considerably more food accumulated in the hall at St John’s Church than is likely to be needed in Baildon and so it has been decided that some of this will now get transferred to the Broadway Centre for use in other parts of Bradford where the need for food parcels is greater.  Donations of food can continue to be left in the lobby at Baildon Community Link between 10:00am and 4:00pm Mondays thru Thursdays or place in one of the boxes at the door of the 3 C of E Churches.  No food will go to waste: what is not needed in Baildon will be used to help people in other parts of Bradford.

Anyone that we know who is in need of food, emotional or physical support should ring Bradford Council 01274 431000.  Calls to this number are now averaging 300 per day.

Bradford Council staff have paid visits to all the people who were initially sent a letter that they should stay at home and shield themselves for 12 weeks because of underlying health conditions.  A further group of people have received such letters more recently.  Bradford Council are planning to make contact with each of these people in the coming week just to check they are OK.

Cllr Debbie Davies has started a jigsaw exchange scheme.  If you have any jigsaws that you do not want, these can be left in the Baildon Link lobby.  If you want to receive a jigsaw through the scheme, contact Cllr Debbie Davies.


The on- going ‘tally’ of Covid related calls to the Police continue to increase and Police have now had over 4,600 calls and have issued just short of 2,000 warnings.  There are continuing concerns about an increase in domestic violence across the District.

There have been very low levels of crime in Baildon since the start of the lockdown.  Some drug dealing has been reported and there was some unfortunate damage to a couple of greens on the golf course from quad bikes.

Several of the Council car parks, plus the parking alongside Bracken Hall Green / Shipley Glen are being reopened following the recent government relaxation of some aspects of the lockdown.

How the Virus Stole Easter

by Kristi Bothur

Match Funding Offer

A generous Church Member has offered to match fund donations to the BiG Fund made during April and May up to a magnificent total of £5,000.00!  If we can raise the other £5,000.00 to match this generous offer and all giving was gift aided the Church would benefit by a fantastic total of £12,500.00!

Donations can be accepted either for reducing the Methodist Chapel Aid loan OR for further refurbishment work in Wesleys.

Donors can specify which of these their donation is to support.

We do appreciate that everyone has already been asked what extra they can give to Church to cover its reduced income during the Covid19 closure.  This match funding offer was just too generous to miss.

Payments can be made direct to the Church bank account numbered 33980812 at Barclays, Shipley; Sortcode 20-11-88 using reference “Match” and your name please.

Please help to reach the match funding offer to help the Church meet its expenses in covering loan interest and help provide new toilets for future growth

John Sykes 6 April 2020

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How the Virus Stole Easter, by Kristi Bothur

Twas late in ‘19 when the virus began
Bringing chaos and fear to all people, each land.

People were sick, hospitals full,
Doctors overwhelmed, no one in school.

As winter gave way to the promise of spring,
The virus raged on, touching peasant and king.

People hid in their homes from the enemy unseen.
They YouTubed and Zoomed, social-distanced, and cleaned.

April approached and churches were closed.
“There won’t be an Easter,” the world supposed.

“There won’t be church services, and egg hunts are out.
No reason for new dresses when we can’t go about.”

Holy Week started, as bleak as the rest.
The world was focused on masks and on tests.

“Easter can’t happen this year,” it proclaimed.
“Online and at home, it just won’t be the same.”

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the days came and went.
The virus pressed on; it just would not relent.

The world woke Sunday and nothing had changed.
The virus still menaced, the people, estranged.

“Pooh pooh to the saints,” the world was grumbling.
“They’re finding out now that no Easter is coming.

“They’re just waking up! We know just what they’ll do!
Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,
And then all the saints will all cry boo-hoo.

“That noise,” said the world, “will be something to hear.”
So it paused and the world put a hand to its ear.

And it did hear a sound coming through all the skies.
It started down low, then it started to rise.

But the sound wasn’t depressed.
Why, this sound was triumphant!
It couldn’t be so!
But it grew with abundance!

The world stared around, popping its eyes.
Then it shook! What it saw was a shocking surprise!

Every saint in every nation, the tall and the small,
Was celebrating Jesus in spite of it all!

It hadn’t stopped Easter from coming! It came!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the world with its life quite stuck in quarantine
Stood puzzling and puzzling.
“Just how can it be?”

“It came without bonnets, it came without bunnies,
It came without egg hunts, cantatas, or money.”

Then the world thought of something it hadn’t before.
“Maybe Easter,” it thought, “doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Easter, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

And what happened then?
Well….the story’s not done.
What will YOU do?
Will you share with that one
Or two or more people needing hope in this night?
Will you share the source of your life in this fight?

The churches are empty – but so is the tomb,
And Jesus is victor over death, doom, and gloom.

So this year at Easter, let this be our prayer,
As the virus still rages all around, everywhere.

May the world see hope when it looks at God’s people.
May the world see the church is not a building or steeple.
May the world find Faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection,
May the world find Joy in a time of dejection.
May 2020 be known as the year of survival,
But not only that –
Let it start a revival.

What colour strides or tiptoes through this week
whether in plain sight or corner of the eye?
I watch, as if without the soundtrack,
the hues that contrast with the pure blue sky.
The greens of fresh-cut palms begin the story
waved high by crowd decked out in party clothes
but soon royal gold and empire’s purple
stake their claim as order is imposed .
In upper room the bread is brown as broken
and wine is red as blood yet to be spilled
while silver pieces glint their urgent warning –
the deal is done, the painter will be killed.

They take him from the darkened olive grove
the yellow night-light softening its shade
and by the reds and orange of the fire
three times denial is firmly brusquely made
the trial is black with lies and malice
his back is scourged until red-raw
a purple robe is laid upon him
he carries wood fresh-hewn for what’s in store.
I see him laid onto the timber he has carried
and leaden nails, dull grey, ensure that he is stilled
as he is lifted into the blue heavens
his blood is red as wine as it is spilled.
For the last hours the colours blur and blend
the sky turns black as hope comes to its end

My brother-in-law is Vicar at St Giles, Bramhope.  At this time of year he likes to carve a candle for Easter and this is the video which has been taken of this year’s effort

Paslm 139 Mediation by Rev Christine

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

From Richard Hendrick (Brother Richard) in Ireland
March 13th 2020

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25/3/20 UPDATE

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25th March 2020

Updated Info

The Community Worker for the CofE Churches is still working and they tell us that the three CofE Churches in Baildon will all have a box outside their doors for food donations, from today and will also do their best to provide food parcels when needed.

It is anticipated that there will be a big increase in demand for food parcels and we are all asked to donate some food and toiletries into these boxes.

For the BRADFORD Council CV page click HERE who provide Community Support for people in need during the Coronavirus outbreak and also how to offer to volunteer.  This is the number for anyone to use if they live alone and have no-one to help them out. 01274 431000.

We’ve already referred someone who lives in Baildon on their own and has no family or friends, to the Coronavirus helpline number today.  We were asked to help this person via the Church’s help e-Mail.

19th March 2020

Daily Prayer and Weekly Services

Our love and prayers come out to all of you at this incredibly difficult time. Already pastoral groups are increasing their support for one another and working out how to help those who are most alone or vulnerable because of this pandemic; thank you for all the good ideas you are sharing and for the ways in which you are (metaphorically) embracing one another.

As our normal pattern of worship has been interrupted, we are looking at ways to help us keep that sense of togetherness in prayer and worship. There are services online, and you can find them via and also from the URC at

Of course there is the issue of those who are not online, and perhaps those with computers would be willing to print services and take them round to those who cannot access them any other way?

Attached is a PDF of the daily Morning prayer from the Methodist Worship Book, and it may help our sense of cohesion if we get into a pattern of prayer which we know others are praying too. This would only need to be printed once, and can be used throughout the time when we will not be able to meet together. For those of you with Worship Books, you will find it there.

Also attached is a Service for Sunday, with Prayers and a Reflection on the Old Testament reading.

We hope you find these useful.

We hold you all in prayer and will be meeting this afternoon (Wednesday) to work our a way forward.

God bless
Nick, Christine and Phil

19th March 2020
(The Fold remains open for current user groups at present)

In line with Government and Methodist Church guidance and for the protection of the health and wellbeing of our community during the Covid-19 virus epidemic, we have decided today that the premises and all activities at Baildon Methodist Church and Wesleys will close as from the end of today, Wednesday 18 March 2020.  We are of course very sad about this decision.

This means that there will be no Sunday services or any weekday activities on the premises until further notice.  Please share this information by telephone with anyone who you know who will not receive this message electronically.

If you need to contact a Minister, please ring 0845 6060820.

If you have an enquiry, we are setting up an email at and this should be live from 8:00am on Thursday 19 March and somebody will get back to you.

Perhaps you would like us to arrange for a friendly volunteer to ring you from time to time, if you are on your own.
If you would like someone to pray with you over the phone, this can be arranged.
We will do our best to link you to practical assistance with shopping or prescriptions.

We are working closely with Baildon Community Link, who are co-ordinating offers of help and seeking to meet needs as they arise.  To contact Baildon Community Link directly, ring 01274 588681.

Donations of food for people in need of food assistance can be left in the porch at Baildon Community Link, the Age UK shop on Westgate, or at the Co-op.

We look forward to being able to send out much better news before too long and to bring our Church family and Wesleys community back together, face to face, once again.  Until then, please follow Government advice about protecting your health and that of others and keep up contacts and friendships by using the phone, emails, and social media.

The Leadership Team, Baildon Methodist Church

Click HERE for Sunday 22nd March 2020 [Mothering Sunday] Service