A team of volunteer painters is combating the rust and restoring the shine to our church railings and gates.
Good progress was made in two sessions last week, but many metal bars remain to be glossed and willing hands are still needed to wield the bushes.
Organiser Chris Thompson says: 'We had a successful morning on Saturday with a good turnout and just under half the railings painted, following just Helen, me and Sue on Thursday.
'Having canvassed the volunteers, I suggest we designate Saturday mornings for painting. The next session will be on June 26, and each Saturday afterwards until the work is finished.
'Start at 10 am. Brushes, paint and turps will be provided but please bring your own gloves and wear old clothing.'
Many thanks to those who have helped so far – and we look forward to meeting future volunteers.
We look forward to welcoming the Rev Felicity Cowling-Green to St Lucius', following her licensing as Team Rector of Almondbury with Farnley Tyas.
In her first service with us, she will celebrate Holy Communion at 11am on Sunday, June 6, and again on June 27.
We also look forward to welcoming her husband, the Rev Samuel Cowling-Green, in coming weeks.
On June 13 and 20, Holy Communion will be celebrated by the Rev Jessica Malay, who has been a tower of strength during the interregnum and to whom we offer our grateful thanks.
Felicity was licensed as Rector at All Hallows' in a ceremony conducted by Bishop Jonathan and the Rev Anne Dawtry, Archdeacon of Halifax on May 26. In the video below, made by the Diocese of Liverpool, she talks eloquently about her call to the ministry and her journey towards ordination.
The installation of our new kitchen – with hob, oven, fridge and rapid water heater – is nearing completion. And the improvement on its old, cramped and gloomy predecessor cannot be overstated.
Meanwhile a row of much-needed storage cupboards has been built on the south west wall.
When four pews were removed to maximise space at the back of church, it was suggested that the seat-backs could be recycled to create the cupboard doors.
And here they are, their limed-oak panels harmonising effortlessly with the surroundings. Lewis, an apprentice at Roebuck and Holmes, fitted this handsome piece of joinery.
To have come so far in the face of a pandemic is remarkable, but it could not have been done without the sterling efforts of our congregation and the generosity of all those who contributed to our appeal.
Our aim has been to make this lovely place more accessible to the whole community and we look forward to welcoming you to a variety of events as restrictions are relaxed and some degree of normality returns.
The end is in sight. Last August, an excavator began digging foundations for the toilet extension in the first phase of our development.
Yesterday joiners from Roebuck and Holmes were fitting the new limed-oak kitchen screen and preparing the wall to the right of the church entrance to receive a large oak cupboard.
Kitchen appliances and cupboards are due to be fitted next month and, all being well, our popular Community Café should be back in action before too long.
It is heartening that this project will have been completed within twelve months, as it will offer a new flexibility to St Lucius' Church to the benefit of the whole community.
Once again, we thank everyone who has contributed in any way to this project. Miracles really can happen.
Work on the kitchen, focus of the second phase of our development scheme, began on Monday of this week with the removal of the pine screen and old cupboards.
Hard to imagine that this area once housed a kitchen, albeit a cramped one, and a toilet. By Friday, joiners from Roebuck and Holmes had almost completed the framework which will support the roof of the kitchen.
There is activity outside church tomorrow, March 27. Volunteers are invited to help with tidying the churchyard from 10am until noon. Tools will be provided and the forecast is for some sunshine.
Many thanks in advance to all those who have expressed an interest in joining us. Covid safety measures will be in place.
Following lockdown in January, we are pleased to announce that St Lucius' will reopen for services in April.
A short reflective service for Holy Week will be held at 7pm on Maundy Thursday, April 1. On Easter Sunday, Holy Communion will be celebrated by the Rev Jenny Barnes at 10.30am.
Congregational singing is still not permitted under the regulations, but one singer is allowed to take part in the liturgy. So we are delighted that the soprano Claire Helm, who sang so beautifully at Christmas, will join us on Easter Day.
Besides Easter hymns old and new, she will sing a new setting of the Easter Exsultet which begins:
Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing. Around God’s throne exult in harmony.
We rejoice that we can be together again as we welcome everyone to our services. Please remember to wear a face covering as Covid prevention measures remain in place
The annual church meeting for St Lucius', Farnley Tyas, will be held online by Zoom on Wednesday, March 17 at 7pm and will include the election of Churchwardens.
To join the meeting, please click on this meeting link at the appropriate time and enter the Meeting ID and password if requested.
Meeting ID: 889 0602 4493
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The Rev Felicity Cowling-Green has been appointed Team Rector of Almondbury with Farnley Tyas. She will be licensed by The Bishop of Huddersfield on Wednesday, May 26 at 7.30pm at All Hallows'.
Felicity writes: 'I'm absolutely delighted to be joining you in May, and am very excited about the opportunity to minister in Almondbury with Farnley Tyas.
'Thank you for your prayers and for all the work that went into the discernment process to find a new Rector. In reading your profile, I was struck by your keenness to engage with the communities around you, as well as with the local schools. This was confirmed during my visit to the parish.
'I have a personal connection with the area; my grandfather (and great-grandfather) used to have a milk round in the area, and my parents were married at All Hallows Church. It has been a joy, therefore, to begin to get a better sense of the parish and church-life over these past few weeks. I am greatly looking forward to joining the church family and working with you all as we discern where God is leading us in this next chapter of the parish's life.
'I am very grateful to you all for carrying the churches through the vacancy during an incredibly challenging period. From what I've heard both from the Bishop and yourselves, you've handled this difficult period exceptionally well. I want to express my particular thanks to the Wardens, the PCC and and to Jessica for their role in enabling the life and ministry of the churches to continue to flourish.
'My husband Sam and I very much look forward to meeting you all in person (or on Zoom) over a cup of tea after my licensing in May.'
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.