Following the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
Reverend Karen has asked us to pass on the following information following the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
A reflection on his life by Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, which includes a link to a short video, may be read here.
A reflection by the Archbishop of Canterbury, may be read here.
A reflection by the Archbishop of York, may be read here
While physical books of condolence are not possible at this time, the Church of England has an online book of condolence, plus prayers and other resources, which can be accessed here.
A prayer taken from the reflection by Bishop Nick:
Lord God who has made us in your image, we thank you for the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, for his life and all he has given to his people.
We commend him to you in his death and pray for the Queen and the Royal Family as they grieve and mourn.
We commend him to your love and mercy in sure and certain hope of the resurrection ‘til life eternal and we pray this in the name of Jesus.
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With great regret, we have to announce that St Paul's church will not be able to hold any services during the current lockdown.
Online worship, on Facebook and our YouTube channel will continue, as will our worship phone line.
We believe this is the only responsible course at the moment to protect our congregation, the general public, and the NHS, as well as the volunteers who have helped with services and private prayer.
We will post any future changes as the situation develops.
When we are able ro resume, it will probably be with the same conditions as in previous lockdowns:
It will not be possible for us to offer the familiar ‘choral Eucharist’ service at present. However we will be able to offer a service that brings us together in worship with Holy Communion.
We do appreciate that some people are not able to return to public worship at this time. We wish to support you in any way that we can, as such we will continue to offer online and phoneline worship for the foreseable future.
To help keep us all safe we will have people available who will guide us into and around church. Hand gel will be provided, 2m Social distancing is in place, you will be required to leave a name and phone number for track and trace – this information will be destroyed after 21 days. Due to social distancing measures numbers at Eucharist services are restricted and places will need to be booked in advance, to do this please ring 01274 682968
We are encouraging the wearing of face masks in church to help keep one another safe, Please do keep an eye out for updates as further government guidance becomes available.
Use of Church buildings update
As you may be aware the government has announced that churches may look to open for particular circumstances (i.e. private prayer and funerals).
This is providing the transmission rate of the virus continues to remain static or fall, and a risk assessment takes place to determine what measures are necessary to maintain the hygiene and physical distance requirements. This Risk Assessment must be approved by the PCC, who with the Vicar make the decision as to when to re-open the Church Building.
It also necessitates that we are able to carry out the essential checks and risk assessments on the building to ensure that it is safe for people to access. Also that we have the people available to be able to ensure the above checks and risk assessments are complied with.
Whilst the Government are announcing something new almost every day we, as a PCC, will be taking our lead from the Church of England advice and more directly the information for emergence coming from the leadership of our Diocese (The Anglican Diocese of Leeds).
The current situation is that we do not envisage our building being compliant for some time yet, we will keep you posted and let you know if this changes.
The safety and well-being of our church family members and the members of our community must come first and we will not open our church until we are confident we can comply with all regulations and make it as safe as we possibly can.
Please continue to pray for our church, our communities and our country at this time.
Rev’d Karen and the members of the PCC.
There is a notice relating to the reservation of a grave plot available to read here
About our Church
Church is closed until further notice - there are no services.
While our church building may be closed, we are still an active worshipping community. There are a variety of ways in which you can join us in this worship and we hope you will take part in some of our services.
Where to find us
We have begun a new phone line which you can ring at any time to listen to a service. The number to call is 01274 505150. This is a local number and you will be charged accordingly; if you have free calls to local numbers this will be a free call. Between 12 midnight and 1pm you will find Reverend Karen reading her parish magazine article; from 1pm until 6pm you can hear Sunday’s Gospel reading and sermon; between 6pm and 9pm Monday to Friday, the phone line will play our Psalm at 6 service; then from 9pm until midnight you will be able to hear our Compline, or Night Prayer, service. Please note, there is a slight pause between the greeting and the service beginning.
Additionally, during the period of Thy Kingdom Come, between Ascension and Pentecost you will also be able to hear Reverend Karen reading Morning Prayer between 7am and 10am.
Our website www.stpaulsbirkenshaw.org has a host of information and links to all our services, audio and video, plus resources for worship at home.
On our YouTube channel, Watch and Pray https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxZJ_4dFXIiEyCaJOg1Gkhw you can find all our video content, past and present. Please click on subscribe and press the bell symbol to be notified when new videos are released.
Please also look at our Facebook page, St. Paul’s Church https://www.facebook.com/stpaulsbirkenshaw/ where you will find our videos, links to our audio recording of Compline and other bits and pieces.
What we’re doing
We offer our video Psalm at 6 each weekday at around 6pm.
Our audio recording of Compline is available every day from 8pm.
Our video Sunday service is online from around 10am each Sunday.
St Mary’s also host a service of Prayer During the Day on Zoom at 12 noon each Sunday. Please get in touch with St Mary’s if you would like to be notified of the Meeting ID and Password for this.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we look forward to seeing you soon digitally, and, further in the future, physically.
If you would like to say Morning Prayer at home, there are materials to download in the Home Worship Materials tab, and there is a service on the St Mary's web site: St Mary's Morning Prayer
Click here for this month's Prayer Diary
In more normal times:
St Paul's is an Anglican church in the Diocese of Leeds We are a friendly parish and we can assure you of a warm welcome.
There is always something going on at St Paul's. We try to make our worship accessible, understandable and relevant to life in the 21st Century.
We are committed to being at the heart of our local community and throughout the week various groups meet in our building, our Church Life pages have full details.
Families and young people are always welcome and well catered for at our services, see our Children and Young People pages for more information.
We are also always happy to have a chat with you about Baptisms (Christenings), Confirmation, Weddings or Funerals.
We look forward to welcoming you to our churches.
St Pauls Church Birkenshaw is committed to the protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults and ensuring the wellbeing of all who attend the Church. If you have any concerns please contact our PCC appointed Safeguarding Officer Nick Wright email@example.com. Our Policy Statement and Whos Who re Safeguarding at St Pauls Church can be located in the Safeguarding Folder.
Up to date information regarding Safeguarding can be found at Diocesan Safeguarding Information . For advice on Safeguarding issues please telephone 0113 353 0257 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocesan Safeguarding Team contacts are:
Jenny Leccardi 07872 005189
Narinder Lyon 07872 005309
Carla Darbyshire 07399 809732
National Helpline Numbers
Childline 0800 1111
NSPCC 0808 500 800
Samaritans 08457 909090
Kirklees Social Services
Childrens 01484 456848
Adult 01484 414933
Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 200 0247