Re-opening of Churches for Public Worship
We are pleased to announce that St Peter’s church will once again be open for worship this Sunday, 12 July at our usual time of 10.00am and St Luke’s at 3:30pm. Following recent guidelines and advice from the Government and the Diocese of Leeds, the necessary risk assessments have been undertaken and we are now able to meet together once again. Our services will, for the foreseeable future, be somewhat different to previously. There will be hand sanitiser available on entry, seating marked out in the pews to ensure suitable social distancing is maintained, no singing of hymns or sharing the peace, and no refreshments shared at the end of the service among some of the changes made. We will have Welcomers on hand as you enter to explain and guide you through these changes.
Our doors have been closed for a long time while we have been doing our part in reducing non-essential journeys and social gatherings in order to keep our congregation and community safe. We now very much look forward to opening our doors again and welcoming you all back in to share God’s Word and Love with each other, and trust you understand the need to introduce these measures to continue to keep everyone safe and well.
In May 2013 the Ryburn Benefice was born and consists of the St. Mary’s Church, Cottonstones, St. Luke’s Church, Norland and St. Peter’s Church, Sowerby. The Benefice works together to bring Christ’s love to the parishes of Norland and Sowerby.
The Ryburn Benefice is in the Calder Valley Deanery, which is part of The Archdeaconry of Halifax, in the Episcopal area of Huddersfield, within the Diocese of Leeds (visit the Diocese website here).
Our Vicar is Revd Jeanette Roberts, and she came to join us in November 2012. She is assisted by Associate Minister Revd Ian Sparks.
‘The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Ryburn Benefice activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Church, that is our priority.’
Please see individual Churches for contact details of their Safeguarding officers. we follow the Diocesans Safeguarding Policy.