We rejoice that St Lucius' will reopen on Sunday after a nine-month closure for Covid and for the work involved in the construction of our extension.
Friends from All Hallows', Almondbury, will join us at 11am for Holy Communion, celebrated by the Archdeacon of Halifax. Hymns and a short anthem will be sung by Claire Helm, a soprano from Honley.
Everyone is welcome to the service where distancing measures will be in place and the wearing of masks is requested. The heating will be on, but warm clothing is advised because of the need to keep the building well ventilated.
Thanks go to the members of the congregation and the community who cleaned the church so thoroughly after the upheaval caused by the building work. Similarly we are grateful to those who set up and decorated the Christmas tree.
To the delight of our resident campanologist, Rachel, the church bells will ring out with renewed vigour to call worshippers to Sunday's service. They have been refurbished and fitted with an improved ringing system.
After this long interval, it will be a blessing to be together again on December 20 in our much-loved village church.
Work on the first phase of our development is nearing completion and St Lucius' will reopen for services on Sunday, December 20.
Holy Communion at 11am that day will be celebrated by the Archdeacon of Halifax, the Ven Dr Anne Dawtry, left. Although congregations are not allowed to sing, we are delighted that hymns and a motet will be sung by Claire Helm, a soprano from Honley.
The celebrant at Holy Communion on Christmas Day will be our good friend, the Rev Jenny Barnes from Honley. A small choir has been formed to provide carols and this service will start at 10am.
Social distancing measures will be in place for both services and we request that members of the congregation wear an appropriate face covering. It is a great joy that our church is open again and we look forward to meeting you at our services.
The Annual Church Meeting for St Lucius' Church, Farnley Tyas, will be held online by Zoom on
Wednesday, November 18 at 2pm.
It will include the election of Churchwardens as detailed below. To join the meeting, please click on the meeting link at the appropriate time and enter the Meeting ID and password if requested.
This meeting may be attended by:
1. All persons whose names are entered on the church electoral roll of the parish
2. All persons resident in the parish whose names are entered on a register of local government electors by reason of such residence.
In this notice, 'parish' means an ecclesiastical parish.
St Lucius Annual Church Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 820 1967 6606
We are delighted that our application to the One Community Foundation Kirklees Match-It Fund has been successful. The award is worth up to £10,000.
It means the Huddersfield-based charity will match-fund, pound-for-pound, any money we raise online up to that sum from now to January 31, 2021.
Please be assured that the online system we use to accept donations – givealittle – is secure and used by many churches and charities.
We still need to raise a significant sum to complete the development work inside church to make the building of greater use to the community.
We are grateful to our industrious team of fund-raisers at St Lucius' and to the Community Foundation Kirklees for their generosity.
And we thank you all in advance for helping us in our project.
We are now seeing swift progress on the extension. Roof trusses are in place, masons have completed the carved moulding and the new stone blocks are being laid with traditional lime mortar.
Meanwhile a time capsule has been buried under the new site of the font. It contains a weekly letter by Jessica, the FTCG Autumn newsletter – with information on the church development – a prayer book mark from the Mothers Union and a new £5 note.
It is hoped that the work will be completed by mid-December to allow us to prepare for Christmas services. Further details about these will be published here and on our Facebook page.
Yorkshire stone to clad the extension arrived this morning and the first courses will be laid this afternoon. Aptly enough, the hand-tooled blocks were hewn in a quarry near Holmfirth.
They may stand in contrast to the church's predominantly dark exterior, but the choice was deliberate. The church is built from sandstone which became blackened over the years by domestic and industrial soot.
Inspection of some parts of the exterior walls – and any part of the exposed interior walls – reveals the golden stones that preceded the sooty deposits.
As the large hole below indicates, work has also stated on breaking through the back wall to create an entrance to the extension. It is now anticipated that the first phase of the project will be finished by mid-December.
As ever, donations towards the second phase of our appeal, the provision of a kitchen, are particularly welcomed. Details of how to contribute are contained on our contact page.
Masons are beginning to dress the stone for the walls of our extension in preparation for delivery to the site in the next week or so.
By the start of October, the roof should be in place and by the end of November the first phase of the project should be complete.
This would not have been possible without the generosity of grant bodies and individual donors. We thank them all and it gives us pleasure to name them here:
The Rochester Bridge Trust, A private donor, Garfield Weston Foundation, Allchurches Trust, Bishop’s Development Fund, Kirkburton Parish Council, supporters of Church fundraising events, Farnley Tyas Community Group, Farnley WI, supporters of the Community Café, Friends of Farnley school, other individuals.