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    Rev'd Karen and St Paul's PCC are pleased to announce that St Paul’s Church, Birkenshaw will be opening for Private Prayer on

    2nd, 4th and 5th Sunday’s of each month

    10.00am till 11.30 am, beginning the 2nd of August.

    We will have Sunday Morning Eucharist on 

    August - Sunday 16th at 11.00am

    September - Sunday 20th at 11.00am

    October - Sunday’s 4th and 18th at 11.00am

    November - Sunday’s 1st and 15th at 11.00am


    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 an important notice relating to the extension of the area used for the interment of cremated remains Click here and another formal notice relating to the transfer of some items from St Luke's East Bierley Click 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.


    Dates for your Diary

    Sunday 31st May 2020 3pm Pentecost Service at St Pauls Church (or in the Church grounds weather permitting)



    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 nicholash_wright@hotmail.co.uk. 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 safeguarding@leeds.anglican.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

    Domestic Violence Helpline 0800 200 0247https://www.leeds.anglican.org/sites/default/files/smalllogo400.jpg




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