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20th October 2020: HANNAH ARKELL’S SPONSORED RUN

Following the commitment Hannah Arkell made in the JSP Service about how Jesus challenges us to stand beside the poor and marginalised, Hannah wants you to know that she has completed her 50 mile run challenge for local food banks.

Hannah would like you all (if you are able) to donate an extra tin to the harvest festival.  If you are unable to shop Hannah would be more than happy to get your tin when she does her final shop for her challenge for the harvest festival this week.

16th October 2020: Wesleys Cafe and Community Hub

Church Leaders and Staff representatives met with Rev Phil Drake on 15th October 2020 to review what the new Tier 2 rules mean for the Church and Wesleys

Meeting for Sunday worship: can continue unchanged.

Wesleys Café: Can continue to welcome all customers. People must sit sat separate tables unless they are :

  • with someone from their household (or bubble);
  • with a carer;
  • taking part in a Church-meeting;
  • in a Church-registered Support Group (at present the only such group currently is the “Binswell Folders”).

Groups using of our premises: All current groups using our premises can continue, providing they follow all Covid-Safe requirements very strictly.  Any other groups wishing to consider using our premises should contact Kate Bell, Lettings and Community Liaison Officer, or have a chat with her in Wesleys café.

 

13th October 2020: BNC Circuit NEWS

NEWS from Rev Mark Watson

I would like to let you all know that I have been successful in being appointed to a new full-time post of Interim Priest in Charge in the Diocese of Leeds in the Leeds Episcopal Area in the Parish of East Ardsley.  This has not been an easy decision to take and I have very much enjoyed my opportunity to minister in the Windhill parish and beyond , as well as to offer support to the Bradford North Methodist Circuit.  I have deeply appreciated collegiality with the Ministers in the Circuit and have very much enjoyed opportunities to lead occasional services across the Circuit.  I’ll be in post here until the end of 2020, with a view to being licenced in the new post in January 2021.

You will all remain in my prayers.

8th October 2020: BLT Update

BLT, this morning, agreed to add additional time to when donations of tinned and packet foods can be brought to the Church during the Harvest weekend (23rd to 25th October)

Donated food for distribution to families and individuals in need via Windhill Advice Centre can now be brought to Church on

  • Friday 10:00am – 14:00pm; and/or

  • Saturday 10:00am – 12:00noon; and/or

  • Sunday 9:30am – 11:30am (Morning Service)

We hope that the inclusion of the Saturday morning drop-off slot will make it easier for some to bring donations along

6th October 2020: Action For Children – Christmas Fayre 2020

The Action For Children Group would like to confirm that the Christmas Fayre planned for November is cancelled due to Covid-19

A collection box will be in Church on Sunday 15th November 2020 and donations to Action For Children will be very much appreciated.  Alternatively, donations can be made direct to the charity, through their website.  Details of all the valuable work undertaken locally and nationwide are available on .

Action For Children hope that supporters all over the country will take part in their own individual fundraising projects, where safe and in line with Government guidelines.

The Committee would like to thank everyone who supports this charity and hopes that they will be generous with their donations and imaginative with their fundraising!

Many thanks.

5th October 2020 Advance Notice

Our HARVEST FESTIVAL Service of Thankfulness for our abundant harvest will take place on Sunday 25th October and will be led by Rev Christine Crabtree

As usual, over that weekend, we will be inviting you to contribute tinned and / or packet foods for us to take to Windhill Community Centre for distribution to families and individuals in need.  The need is even greater than usual this year with increased un-employment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

Please start putting some tins and / or packets aside for this appeal

We will let you know when and how to bring these food donations to the Church in due course

26th September 2020: UPDATED RAMS

BMC Risk Assessment 1: Re-opening the premises for all activities Rev 23/09/20

BMC Risk Assessment 2: Re-opening the Sanctuary for worship Rev 23/09/20

BMC Risk Assessment 3: Re-opening Wesleys Cafe Rev 23/09/20

24th September 2020: UPDATE FROM THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Wesleys Café continues to provide its cheery cups of coffee and lovely lunches.  A big thank you to all the volunteers and staff who are making this possible from Monday to Friday (10:00am – 14:00pm)

The latest guidance from the government now requires that everyone wears a face covering (unless you have an exemption) when coming into and moving around our premises, for the café and for church services.  With Covid-19 cases once again on the rise, we all need to take great care to keep at least 2 metres from other people and to wash and sanitise our hands frequently

Sunday morning gathering for worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary continues to attract a congregation of between 30 and 40.  Improved arrangements have been put in place for some people to watch the virtual service in Wesleys Café area (using the large TV screen that used to be in Room 1) if an “overflow” is needed.  Thanks to Roger and Elliot for their work on the technology to make this possible.  Thanks to the Stewards and Volunteers for making it possible for those of us who wish to do so, to continue to gather together on Sunday mornings.  Many people continue to share in our worship on-line at home as we re-visit the Jesus-Shaped People programme.  The Minsters and Lay Pastors who arrange the on-line worship are already planning for this to continue until at least next Easter.

Thanks to Ashley for continuing to host the Zoom coffee mornings at 10:45am

17th September 2020: BLT Update

BLT met on 17th September on Zoom and reviewed how things are going with gathered Sunday Worship /  Wesleys Café and the limited number of groups which have started re-opening on our premises

Overall – all is well and the new arrangements are working effectively.  Minor “tweeks” to the way things are being run will take place, to ensure that we follow all current Government and Methodist Connexion guidance

17th September 2020: Heritage Open Days

Every day will see Bradford Cathedral launching a video on their website, YouTube channel and Facebook page, in their new series called ‘Hidden Nature Close-Up’.  These will cover a wide range of subjects and will see Bradford Cathedral’s Director of Education and Visitors, Maggie Myers, revealing where you can find snakes; Ilkley’s famous ‘Cow and Calf’ rocks; and even a Green Man within the building.

Alongside these daily videos there will be special ones exploring William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement; William Scoresby, Arctic explorer and later Vicar of Bradford Parish Church, now the cathedral; and the designs of Louisa Pesel.

Click HERE for more information and to watch the videos please

17th September 2020: Racial Justice Service – Watch Back

On Sunday 13th September the Cathedrals of the Diocese of Leeds released a programme of perspectives, prayers, music and Bible readings on the theme of racial justice, and you can now watch it back until the end of February 2021.

It draws together material that has been significant in this summer of protest, including Joshua Luke Smith’s rap on racism and the great West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding’s interview on Sky.

Clikc HERE for more information

17th September 2020: EcoExtravaganza

Following the first EcoExtravaganza, held in Autumn 2019 as part of the Bradford Cathedral’s centenary year, we’re excited to announce that this year’s follow-up has expanded into a 4-day online festival that will cover a range of live events, pre-recorded videos and a special Harvest Festival service that will explore the question ‘What on Earth are we going to do?’ about the environmental issues of the day.

The four-day online festival will run from Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th September 2020 and will feature a keynote event each day as well as pre-recorded videos scheduled up across the weekend which can be watched live or later via the cathedral’s website, social media channels or YouTube.

Click HERE for more information and see the line-up

17th September 2020: Wesleys Flying HIGH

Wesleys Cafe has passed with flying colours an un-announced check of our Covid-safety measures by a Bradford Council Environmental Health Officer yesterday

Why not come and check us out for yourselves.

We look forward to welcoming you any weekday between 10:00am and 14:00pm

10th September 2020 Baildon Liaison Partnership Meeting

Peter Jackson attended the above meeting on behalf of BMC as stand-in for Chris Flecknoe

The Ward Officer (Marcia) said that there is now a Local Authority dedicated team who are working on virus hot-spots in Bradford with information and doorstep meetings to give advice as required.

As yet there have been no evictions of property tenants following the end of the rental property eviction protection scheme, but it is anticipated that incidences of Homelessness may increase.

The Bradford District Credit Union is providing interest free loans for the ” Newly poor” – information is on their website

Councillors Points

Quad bikes and dirt bikes around Hardaker Lane Problems have reduced lately but it has been agreed to fit gates to try to stop this activity.  The Town Council will contribute 1/3rd of the total cost (£1500.00) although this may reduce as gates could be “in stock” with Bradford Council

There are teenage problems in the Jenny Lane area ranging from groups gathering just for something to do, to more serious issues of phone stealing and some violence

The 1-way pavement system is virtually being ignored – a Saturday awareness project by Councillors is being planned.

Residual food bank stock is still at St Johns – this isnt a problem, but should there be an increase in demand a system to operate distribution is needed.  Marcia is going to speak to Link staff

The Post Office situation: Councillors have looked at empty shops in Westgate but these are unsuitable.  The Post Office say that anyone taking this on will have to pay the cost of installation (£15,000) and there is no interest

Hale

Their work through Bradford Youth Council continues to be very successful.  During lockdown, they have used a range of methods to maintain contact with isolated people and phone calls have been a positive source of contact.  They are looking to start group activities soon.  The Menshed project is going well and they would like to speak to us to see if there is any way they could help with our building project.  I have agreed to meet James (?) to look at this.

St Johns live stream their 9:00am Service and have 45 people at the 11:00am service.  It is planned to open rooms for rent from October 5th.

St Hugh’s have a stock of food parcels and these could be used to fill a gap if the residual food parcel stock is sent to other fond banks in Bradford.

Town Council

There is no information about Remembrance Sunday as yet.  There will be a low key Christmas lights switch on but no Baildon at Christmas this year.

There are Vacancies for a Deputy Clerk to the Town Council and a Responsible Financial Officer

NEWS 8th September 2020

PLASTIC MILK BOTTLE TOPS NO LONGER BEING COLLECTED
We are no longer collecting plastic milk bottle tops in the Church Recycling area.  These can be left on the plastic milk bottles and placed in your own recycling bin.   Dennis Brown wishes to thank all those who supported this project.
Many thanks to Dennis Brown for all his hard work for this project.

GOOD NEWS 7th September 2020

KATE BELL, our Lettings & Community Liaison Officer re-started working for us TODAY.

Kate will normally be working in Wesleys Café area on weekdays from 10:00am – 12noon (except Thursdays).

Kate’s work for us this autumn has been funded from the ABCD Health Grants to help us to re-establish opportunities for social contact on our premises and to support the re-opening of Wesleys Café.

NEWS 27th August 2020

The following puiblications have been approved by BLT to go out to members, friends and the wider community for information for the re-opening of the Sanctuary for gather Worship AND Wesleys Cafe

Publication for both the Sanctuary and Wesleys Cafe

Publication for the Sanctuary

Publication for Wesleys Cafe

25th August 2020 Report from the Treasury Team

  • Gary Picken is now the Principal Treasurer and he submitted a summary of the most recent accounts;

  • In broad terms income from room lettings and from Wesleys Catering are down by a total of about £7,000.00 compared with last year, although donations from the congregation have remained steady (many thanks to all those who have switched to standing orders and for all the one-off donations);

  • Expenses are down by approx. £6000.00;

  • We have no record of external charitable donations because there has been no donation mechanism via the church for GiFOs. People have been making their own donations direct;

  • In September, our GiFO charity will be the Jesus-Shaped People organisation which has done so much for our church over the last six years in returning us to our Christian roots. In October, it will be the Methodist Overseas charity “All We Can”;

  • Our revenue account ends the period, at about £53k, slightly down on the same time last year.  We expect a more serious decrease during the autumn, as we resume more responsibility for salaries;

  • There may be a slight boost with a cash donation from Government in January;

  • The balance in the BIG Fund is healthy, at about £96k, with some contingencies built in for expenses that we hope not to have to meet. Within that amount the budget for the present works is £56k and many hours of skilled work are being donated by members of the church, especially in design, project management, electrical and plumbing services. We are fortunate to be served in this way;

  • The method that we have chosen to partition our finances, to ensure fairness and financial security, will leave us tight for the interest payment on our loan in December unless HFT recommence work in the Upper Fold;

  • Kate Bell will be temporarily re-employed for around eight hours per week from 7 September, using the ABCD grant funding;

  • We reviewed the church bank accounts and decided not to make any changes;

  • John Anderson has obtained a £500.00 grant from the Shipley Area Committee;

Mervyn Flecknoe, Treasury convenor August 2020

NEWS OF THE PLANS TO REOPEN OUR CHURCH PREMISES FOR GATHERED SUNDAY WORSHIP AND WESLEYS CAFÉ 

After much detailed preparatory work and the presentation of Risk Assessments, the Church Council on 20th August 2020 approved recommendations from the Leadership Team (BLT) as follows

THE CHURCH AND WESLEYS

That:

  • the Sanctuary, and Wesleys premises should be prepared (deep cleaned, sanitised, tidied etc) for reopening during late August / early September;

  • the Sanctuary should reopen for Sunday worship on an initial limited trial basis as from 6 September (giving the opportunity for some members and friends to gather, if they wish, to watch the on-line worship together in the Sanctuary);

  • Wesleys café will reopen on weekdays with revised, socially-distanced arrangements, initially from 10.00 – 14.00, starting Monday 7 September;

  • other user groups and community groups which hire rooms within our main premises should be reintroduced gradually as from 21 September on the basis of each returning group having completed a satisfactory Risk Assessment specific to their activity;

  • that work with children will not be recommenced in the immediate future although families with children will continue to be welcomed at worship and in the Cafe.

THE FOLD

The Church Council noted that Baildon Village PreSchool has already recommenced using the Lower Fold, and that, in the continued absence of Home Farm Trust (our main tenants in the Upper Fold) it is possible that a limited number of suitable and risk assessed lettings groups may be able to use the Upper Fold on a temporary basis if agreed and risk-assessed by the Leadership Team.

All the above arrangements will be kept under regular review and we will conform to changing Government, Local, and Methodist Connexional Guidance. This may require changes to these arrangements at short notice during the coming months.

Watch out for further details about reopening arrangements in next week’s weekly email, on the websites, Facebook pages, and monthly “What’s On” e-news.

Chris Flecknoe, Chair of BLT.

NEWS FROM THE BiG TEAM ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF BUILDING WORKS

This report was presented to Church Council on 20th August 2020

The toilet works are being progressed by Gerry Jones at present as many people are away until September. The proposal is that, when Geoff Ward gets back, he can do more plastering to the remaining walls and then, once Gary Picken has done the wiring in the ceilings, Geoff can complete the plaster to the ceilings. This will enable the first fix plumbing to start in both toilet areas. First coats of decoration to the ceiling and walls will then need to be started and arrangements made for vinyl flooring to be laid. The wc pans, vanity units etc. can then be fitted on top of the vinyl. Following this, the second fix plumbing and electrics can be done prior to fitting the cubicle partitions. We propose to then follow with the disabled WC and the cleaner’s cupboard works in a similar way. Harry Leighton has now ordered the plumbing fittings and I have arranged for sanitary fittings and cubicles to be delivered in the next two weeks so that all will be on site and ready to fit in early September. I have also requested samples of proposed flooring to be delivered to my home so that suitable colours and finish can be chosen. It is proposed that the old cleaner’s sink be temporarily plumbed into the existing disabled WC as a stop gap measure until the new works are complete. I have also been chasing about when the new windows and external door can be done but these will have to fit in with when we can arrange the supply of the windows. There is no ‘fixed in stone’ timescale for these works but we are looking for a longstop finish by Christmas. This is because we are depending on the works being done by Chris, the builder, as an evening and weekend job, as a favour to the Church, and also by volunteers from the Church. As noted, there are several other non-specialist items which could be done by volunteers, e.g. decorations etc. to save further costs. The existing toilets will remain in use until the new ones are fully finished. I am still on budget for the work and some savings will arise as some of the volunteers have offered their services at no cost to the Church.

Gerry Jones, Project Manager for the BiG Team

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

www.cornerstoneskipton.co.uk

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.

Chris Flecknoe

3/7/20: Fairtrade Article
30/6/2020: Pastoral Letter from Rev Nick

26th June 2020 Summary update from the Leadership Team (BLT)

All members were present:

Rev Nick Blundell
Peter Jackson
Allen Pollard
John Sykes
Janet Binks
Rachel James
Chris Flecknoe

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

  1. Re-opening of building checks particularly with a view to ensuring safety for builders who will soon be coming on to our premises.

  2. Risk assessment of re-opening for adult worship and return of groups using our premises

  3. Ideas and risk assessment for re-opening Adventurers, See&Know, and Creche provision

  4. Ideas and risk assessment for re-opening café provision

  5. 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
e-Mail

THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2020

UPDATE FROM BAILDON COVID-19 LIAISON GROUP

Our Church was represented at the latest meeting on Zoom by Chris Flecknoe.

Key updates:

  • 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

Pastoral Letter 8th June 2020

Friends,

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

A Statement from The Chairs of the London Methodist District

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.

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

Click HERE for Family McCarthy doing The Potato Song

It was even re-tweeted on 19th April by Matt Lucas who wrote the song, and is in the T&A – check THIS out

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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.
But,
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,
Sing.

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

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25/3/20 UPDATE

Click HERE for Baildon Community Link NEWS

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 www.methodist.org.uk and also from the URC at devotions.urc.org.uk

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
BAILDON METHODIST CHURCH AND WESLEYS: NOTICE OF CLOSURE OF THE PREMISES
(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 help@baildonmethodists.org 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