After more than a year of Covid lockdown, our social events programme resumed with a Bridge Day which raised £760 for church funds. Competitive bridge is hard work and our new kitchen was put to good use for the supply of refreshments. Many thanks to the organisers and participants. Our next event is the Craft Fair, previewed below, on October 2.
Good news: Our Craft Fair is back after Covid forced its cancellation last year. The doors to St Lucius' will be open from 10.30am - 4pm on Saturday, October 2 – so make a note in your diary.
Those who remember our 2019 event – many of whom expressed their delight at its quality – will know what to expect: an array of crafts for sale and high-class refreshments.
Illuminated bottles, hand-made cards, landscape photographs, decorations, etchings, ceramics, jewellery and lace were among the items on display at our last event. Home-made preserves, chutneys, biscuits and cakes only added to the day's appeal.
Our 2021 Craft Fair promises to be just as varied – and we looking forward to meeting you. The £2 entry fee includes tea or coffee, children free.
We send our congratulations to Cassandra Swinden and Josh Hillaby, a former pupil at Farnley First School, who were married at St Lucius' in August by the Rev Jessica Malay. We hope the love, joy and strong sense of support which characterised the service will follow them in their married life.
Jets of water, powder and foam from a battery of extinguishers were aimed by fire-fighters at a grass bank in the churchyard. Fortunately there were no flames to douse.
Fifteen people from the parish and community were taking part in a practical demonstration of fire extinguishers. The event was led by Sam Wilkinson of Mirfield-based Samson Fire.
Cath Ball, Dot Greenwood, Brian Mallinson and Richard Wood were among those who practised the correct use of different types of extinguisher during this valuable fire safety training session.
We thank Fireman Sam for so generously sharing his time and expertise.
The year five leavers with the Rev Felicity Cowling-Green, left, and assistant head teacher, Mr Mosley, right.
Pupils from Farnley Tyas CE First School came to church today to say goodbye to the year five leavers and to two teachers, Mrs Kitchen and Mrs Townsend.
The celebration of the end of the school year was also the first time the whole school has been together in a while.
The year fives, who are in their final week, tied some gift tags to the bush in the picture. They had written on them all the gifts they’ve grown in that they want to continue to grow in as they move to their next school.
Some flames were lit to remind us of the way God has always shown up in history to be with God’s people.
God sent Moses a burning bush, the Israelites a pillar of fire in the desert and in the picture can be seen the Easter candle, the reminder that in Jesus we have a fire that never goes out. He is with us even as we go through big life changes.
Songs were sung, the year fives acted a drama about a school reunion when they are old and looking back at the pandemic, the year fours prayed for the leavers, and the leavers received books and will receive a Bible.
The leavers and those remaining at Farnley school finished by blessing one another.
By the Rev Felicity Cowling-Green
We have been giving a good deal of thought about how to manage our worship now that legal restrictions have been lifted. We want to recognise the positive news around lifting of certain restrictions, whilst prioritising the safety and care for those who remain vulnerable to the virus.
In the same way that we pray each day for those who are sick in body, mind or spirit, we will do our best to safeguard the same. Our churches have done incredibly well at remaining safe, thanks to those who have led them through the pandemic, and we want to continue to keep everybody safe.
The Bishop of London who chairs the Covid Recovery Group has continued to urge caution, and we are aware of the continuing rising rates of Covid and the risk this still poses to many. We are particularly mindful of those who may be feeling uncertain or anxious. For these reasons, we will continually review the following decisions over the coming weeks.
What will change:
Would you know how to tackle a fire in your home or elsewhere? Could you correctly operate a fire extinguisher?
If you are in any doubt, a training session at St Lucius' Church should help.
Fire safety consultant Sam Wilkinson, of Mirfield-based Samson Fire, will demonstrate the various types of fire extinguisher and their correct usage.
He will also show how to use a fire blanket in the event of a kitchen blaze.
This free session, to which everyone is invited, will be held in the churchyard on Thursday, August 12 at 6.30pm. We look forward to seeing you.
It was good to welcome the Rev Sam Cowling-Green to St Lucius’ as celebrant at Holy Communion for the first time.
His sermon, which explored the weight of past burdens and the benefits of looking forward, deftly incorporated England's victory over Ukraine in the UEFA European Championship.
It was also a pleasure to welcome back some members of the congregation who have been separated from us by lockdown for more than a year.
Among them was Jean Lawson, who has served the church with great loyalty in a number of capacities over many years. She remains a member of our DCC.
One of our Lockdown Choir members, Jill Mitchell, was also back for the first time in six weeks following an operation, though in the congregation rather than the stalls for the moment. We offer her our best wishes for a continued recovery.
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.
UPDATE: Having finished painting the church railings in tropical heat on July 17, the team enjoyed a celebratory beer at the Golden Cock.
Thanks to all helped and particularly to Chris who provided all the weft. However, the gates at the east end of church remain to be painted, so please watch this space!
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.