CLOSURE OF CORNERSTONE BOOKSHOP
It is with great sadness that the trustees of Cornerstone Book Shop announce that it will cease trading at the end of September. Over the last years it has become increasing difficult to break even as a business and the COVID19 crisis has forced us to make the difficult decision to close. The shop will remain open until the end of September with the aim of selling as much stock as possible in order to end well as a charity. A key priority will be to be able to honour our commitments to each of the staff in terms of redundancy payments. Please continue to support Cornerstone during this time in the following ways.
Visit the shop which will be open on Monday Fridays and Saturday from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Order books or resources by phone on 01756 793673 or e-Mail
Please pray for the staff: for Gill, Jacqueline and Anne at this uncertain and challenging time for them
Offering practical help and support to support the paid staff over the next weeks.
Pray for Gods wisdom about the possibility of something new arising which would enable Christian books and resources to continue to be available in the Skipton area. (Could you be a part of this?)
Thank God for all the good work that has taken place through Cornerstone over many years.
Peter Thomas, Andrew Webb, Phil Burns, Janet Denton, Jim Hope (Cornerstone Trustees)
Cornerstone Christian Books and Resources
17 Newmarket Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2HX
Tel: 01756 793673
BAILDON COVID-19 LIAISON GROUP
UPDATE FROM ZOOM MEETING HELD ON 16 July 2020
This meeting was attended by Chris Flecknoe representing the Methodist Church. These meetings are called and chaired by Bradford Council’s Ward Officer for Baildon. The other participants are the District Ward Councillors, representatives from the Town Council and the Churches.
The following information was shared:
The Bradford Council 01274 431000 number should continue to be used for anyone needing assistance with food or for help for vulnerable people.
A walk-through Covid 19 Testing Centre is now operating in Centenary Square, but it is necessary to ring to make an appointment.
The Shipley Library is already open and operates on a Click and Collect basis. It is anticipated that Baildon Library will re-open on this same basis in mid-August.
There is a lot of concern about news of the closure of Martin’s newsagents in October, as this houses the Post Office in the centre of Baildon. It is to be hoped that Martin’s will be able to sell the business including the PO as a going concern but we shall have to see how things develop.
The need locally for food shopping and delivery through the Neighbourhood Support System has declined now to just 5 local people and thanks were offered to the volunteers from Baildon Methodist Church who recently came forward to offer to assist people unable to get out to do their own shopping. A store of tinned and dried food is being held at St John’s Church should the need for food assistance increase as unemployment increases during the autumn.
It is anticipated that Baildon’s Public Toilets will be reopening tomorrow, from 10:30am – 4:30pm each day. They will be cleaned each morning and appropriate signage and sanitising equipment has been put in place.
St John’s Church PCC has now decided:
To open the church for personal prayer on Wednesdays commencing next Wednesday;
To recommence Public Sunday worship in mid-August, along with continued on-line worship. A booking system will be in operation for attendance at the church services.
To open the church hall for coffee and social gathering on Tuesday mornings in the near future (date not given).
Sarah Baxter of St Hugh’s Church Community Centre is hoping to plan some outdoor activities for children in Roberts Park during the summer holidays.
I informed the other participants of the plans to install new toilets at Wesleys and about our continuing risk assessment work and planning towards re-opening some of our activities from September onwards.
26th June 2020 Summary update from the Leadership Team (BLT)
All members were present:
Rev Nick Blundell
Prior to the meeting, members of BLT had familiarised themselves with the current advice and guidance about what would need to be done before re-opening, from both the Methodist Connexion and from the United Reformed Church. Additional guidance is expected following the Methodist Conference which is currently meeting.
Worship and learning: We reviewed the on-line worship and written materials which are being distributed. Both are being well-received. Our Ministers and Lay Pastors are meeting regularly (Zoom) to plan the future schedule and they anticipate on-line worship continuing at least until Christmas (and maybe on-going). During September and October we shall be re-visiting the Jesus Shaped People programme and this will be shared across the Circuit. We are very grateful to everyone who has contributed to preparing our on-line worship and for Ashley for stitching it all together. Some additional mid-week prayer materials are to be circulated soon. We continue to consider how best to keep in touch with children in our Adventurers (Junior Church). A closed Facebook page has been set up by Ros Crosland and Rachel James is considering possible use of on-line material for young people from an organisation called Urban Saints which the Circuit Youth Worker, Laura Tunnacliffe, recommends. We are glad to know that some of our Cell Groups are finding that Zoom works well for their discussions and sharing.
Communications and Pastoral Care: We believe that the network of telephone, e-Mail and postal communications to contacts is working well and holding our community together and are glad to hear reports of some garden get-togethers. If you are aware of gaps in our communications or pastoral care, please let us know! We know that some people are very keen to be able to return to Church and Wesleys as soon as possible, whilst others remain very wary of meeting up with other people. BLT is beginning to consider and formulate some possible ways in which we might be able to “dip our toes into the water” once re-opening becomes a real possibility. Watch this space! Meanwhile Kate Bell (Lettings and Community Liaison Officer) is currently carrying out a small telephone survey of the leaders of groups that met on our premises and some of our members, to help us identify what we need to do to help people to feel more confident to return to face to face activity for worship, Wesleys Café, or other activities.
Building issues: Work on the new toilets is due to start on 11th July and take several weeks. Some of the work is going to be done by Church volunteers. Work on Terry’s flat is to commence on 24th August and is expected to be completed in about a week. We have learnt about a new sanitising system called “Purozone” and have recommended to the BiG Team that the installation of this is given serious consideration. Thank-you to all who have contributed to both the BiG Fund and increased their giving to our normal running costs at this time when our income from Church collections and lettings has effectively dried up. We are making arrangements for checks and risk assessments using Methodist Church templates to be carried out as follows
CHECK OR RISK ASSESSMENT
Re-opening of building checks particularly with a view to ensuring safety for builders who will soon be coming on to our premises.
Risk assessment of re-opening for adult worship and return of groups using our premises
Ideas and risk assessment for re-opening Adventurers, See&Know, and Creche provision
Ideas and risk assessment for re-opening café provision
Risk assessment in relation to our employees.
Good news: Baildon Village Pre-School resumed meeting in the Lower Fold in June and all is going well. They are extending their opening to include Thursdays, from next week and plan to open for full weeks with extended hours from September.
BLT will meet next on Friday 17th July at 9:00am via Zoom. If you have any ideas or thoughts about how our vision for the future of Church and our Community Hub may grow and develop in new directions in the future, please speak to any member of BLT or e-Mail
Cornerstone Christian Books and Resources, Skipton
After much prayer and thought, we are delighted to be able to tell you that Cornerstone will be open again in a limited way at the end of this week!
This Friday 26th and Monday 29th June we will be open from 10am till 3pm for the collection of Bible reading notes and other orders. We’re not yet in a position to open fully for you to browse, but if there is something particular you are interested in that we have in stock we will be happy to find it for you.
If we normally keep reading notes for you, the good news is that they’ve just arrived and we will be reserving your copies for you to collect. If you would prefer us to post them to you then we can do that too. We will be trying to contact you all this week to confirm which option would suit you best.
If you would like to reply to this email to make sure your order is ready then please do. And if you would like us to help you with anything else please just ask.
We’re in the process of making adjustments to the shop layout in order that we may open safely very soon. We hope to be open from Monday 6th July for 3 days a week – Monday, Thursday and Friday for the time being. Further updates will be forthcoming as we reassess the position. For your information, Skipton market is currently on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
If you are coming to collect orders this Friday or next Monday, please come to the back door, where we will have a collection table set up.
In the meantime, we would ask that you hold us in your prayers. Along with many other small businesses we are finding it particularly difficult to make ends meet at the moment. We are currently trying to work out how we can best serve the local Christian community in the future, but it’s not yet clear how that is going to happen. What is clear is that we will not be able to continue at all without you, and so we thank you for all your support in the past and ask that you pray, read, and encourage others to do the same so that we may find a way forward in our ministry.
We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Gill and the Cornerstone Team
Cornerstone Christian Books and Resources
17 Newmarket Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 2HX
Tel: 01756 793673
THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2020
UPDATE FROM BAILDON COVID-19 LIAISON GROUP
Our Church was represented at the latest meeting on Zoom by Chris Flecknoe.
The need for food parcels across Baildon has fallen. St Hugh’s, which runs a regular food bank, reports that demand for food parcels has returned to normal levels;
Donations of food continue to be welcomed and can be left in the large boxes outside each of the Anglican Churches. A supply of food is being stored in St John’s Church Hall. There is concern that the need for food might rise again if there is a second spike of infection and further lockdown were to be needed;
Morrisons have indicated that they intend to continue their excellent priority service for vulnerable customers which arranges for food orders to be telephoned through and delivered the next day;
There have been concerns about quad bikes accessing and driving recklessly on Hardaker Lane and Prod Lane. A socially distanced site meeting has been held by representatives of the Council, Police and Neighbourhood Watch. A combination of warning signs (which would allow police to seize bikes who continue to use these tracks) and some physical barriers are being considered; but the needs of a wide range of users would have to be taken into account including those with wheelchairs, prams, etc,…
With the loosening of lockdown, some increase in antisocial behaviour has been reported and Bradford Council Youth Service will be visiting some of the known hotspots to engage with young people involved;
The Town Council is working to re-open the public toilets in the very near future;
Bradford Council have created a temporary walkway for pedestrians on Hall Cliffe to provide for social distancing for pedestrians. This has necessitated a temporary one-way arrangement for vehicles. There is concern about the potential impact of the one-way system for traffic on funerals and weddings at St John’s. Comments, in favour or against, are invited by Baildon Town Council and these will be collated and passed to Bradford Council. Comments should be made by e-Mail
The Town Council is hoping to re-open Baildon Library before long and a new maintenance person is being appointed from 12th July to help keep Baildon tidy;
Neither the CofE or the Methodist Church intend to open in the near future for private prayer or worship and will continue with on-line worship provision
Statement from BLT
Baildon Methodist Church is carefully considering all health and safety implications involved in the future re-opening of our buildings, and has no plans to open the church for private prayer in the near future
Action for Children Sunday is on 12th July 2020
Every year, Methodists and some other Church denominations celebrate Action for Children Sunday on the second Sunday in July. NCH staff always look forward to this celebration because it gives them an opportunity to meet and thank their longstanding, faithful supporters.
This year, they expect things to be different due to the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown. Churches have had to replace physical meetings with online worship. Some are not even able to host online services. They understand that and would like to assure you that it is ok if we can’t mark Action for Children Sunday. Please pray for them on that day and mark it on a later date.
Their worship resources were ready before the lockdown and they’d like to share them with you by clicking on the following LINK. There is a booklet with a service outline, a prayer bookmark and a link to a video about Lyle, one of the children their work has helped to support.
They have boosted their online resources to support children and families which brings together a wide range of topics categorised by subject matter and by children’s ages (i.e. 0 to 5 years, 5 to 12 years and 13 years and above). They also offer free and confidential live chat with parenting coaches.
For more information contact Karis Kolawole, Head of Faith Partnerships
UPDATE FROM BAILDON-COVID-19 GROUP 27/5/20
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.
UPDATE FROM BAILDON-COVID-19 GROUP
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.
FOOD ASSISTANCE AND OTHER EMOTIONAL AND PRACTICAL HELP
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.
COMMUNITY SAFETY, RE-OPENING OF CAR PARKS
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.
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
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.
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.
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