Here you will find a pastoral letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu. This is their joint text regarding the Church of England’s approach to the forthcoming General Election and well worth a read in these times of great change.
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Do take a look at this wonderful presentation we received from Thornhill Academy as a thank you for the recent visit. We had a lovely time together and the pupils taught us a lot about Ramadan then asked us about our faith. They then enjoyed having a look around church
A lovely video including footage of a recent tour of our stained glass and church amongst other beautiful windows.
Please click here, the link takes you to the vimeo website
APCM reports are available in the Annual Report section to read now as well as this letter from Rev Sue about the APCM 2017 and the future at Thornhill
Godparents and Godchildren of all ages
are invited to join us at Thornhill Church
on Sunday 30th April at 1.30pm
to celebrate together
The lifelong commitment of Godparents is very precious to families.
Whether you are a new Godparent or have been on the journey for several years,Godparents Sunday is a perfect day to
Thank God for special people in our lives, young and old
Get together with Godparents and Godchildren
Remember the amazing journey of faith we share
Pray for one another
This invitation is for everyone, especially for families whose children were baptised in the last year.
Please make sure your Godparents know the date and time and we look forward to celebrating together
For more information phone Sheila 464242 or Helen 461831
Don't forget the FILM NIGHT at Whitley Community Centre on Friday 28th
April 7pm. Fun for all the family with refreshments available, admission free
but donations gratefully received.
Find out more from the poster
JANUARY KIDNEY RESEARCH £200
MARCH WINGS FOR LIFE £100
GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND £100
WATER AID £150
TIME FOR A CUPPA
Well done to all the volunteers and to those who enjoy their food
Summer openings on Sunday afternoons will be starting from May - if you can spare an hour to volunteer to be in the church to greet visitors, do mention it-our openings are entirely dependent on having the volunteer staff available
Our Heritage Guide Coordinator has recently resigned from the post due to work commitments and we must say a big Thank You for all the work he did training the volunteer guides for open days - would you be interested in taking over the role?
Do put yourself forward as a volunteer or to help lead the team, ask in church anytime or see website for contact information and get in touch
St Peter's Singers visit Thornhill.
On Passion Sunday Simon Lindley and The St Peter's Singers came from Leeds to St Michael and All Angels for an evening of music for Passiontide. Their singing of sacred music was breathtakingly beautiful and transported us to a place and time of Jesus' last earthly days and his suffering. Simon Lindley explained some of the history of the various pieces of music from Palestrina to George Malcolm. And of course, when the audience were invited to join in for the final hymn, 'when I survey the wonderous cross', we sang our hearts out too.
Our grateful thanks to Simon and the choir for such a rich and enjoyable evening. See our Facebook page for photos of the event
Why not listen to some of the beautiful performance - simply click on the links belowMorley Nolo mortem peccatoris:
If you would like to here them sing they will be
celebrating the 275th anniversary of Handel's Messiah on Good Friday at 7.00 pm
in Leeds Minster. Book Tickets through email@example.com
or on the door on the night
A lovely Spring day (Photo by Brian Pearson, March 2017)
We are well into the new year; sunshine, daffodils and early flowers as well as the itch for the big Spring Clean as we welcome the new life of this season
The churchyard is full of colour and it's a good time to come and see all the spring blooms while they are at their best.
As I walk round the churchyard, there are still many of the Christmas wreaths on loved ones graves-why not come along and take them away, replacing them with some beautiful seasonal flowers as we prepare the church and ourselves for the great Christian festival of Easter
May God bless you with the joy and refreshing newness of Spring
Our Party hits the headlines...
The pancake party on Sunday 26th February was a great success- a wonderful time was had by all. A special Thank You and Well done to the Worship Band who got the whole congregation singing along.
Chris took some great photos and one has made it all the way to the Church Urban Fund blog pages, click here to read more about parties all across the UK which fundraised to support the CUFs work in alleviating hunger throughout Great Britain
An invitation from Mrs M Shaw...
As a member of Thornhill Mother's Union, I visit New Hall Prison and as a consequence met the Chaplain Lesley Greenwood-Haigh who has agreed to give a talk to Dewsbury Rotary Club on Monday 13th March. Could you announce this to members of the congregation, especially as MU are interested in New Hall. The cost is £10 which includes a 2 course meal and commences at 6.30 for 6.45
Marilyn S Shaw
Water of Life:Our Faith and a Changing Climate
One day conference at the University of Huddersfield on 9th March asks "Are you worried about how much the world is changing?All around us we see threats from changes in society and the environment. This conference is intended to support people of faith and the wider community to look to the future with hope"
Find out more here
What is Spiritual Direction?
Since Rev Sue announced she would be leaving us at the end of May, she has been asked by several people just what spiritual direction is. She has written an interesting piece here explaining more, do have a read
Kirklees College Community Learning are bringing new courses to the community centre at Thornhill Lees. Click here for more information - enrolment and launch event is on Thursday 16th February 9am-12noon
cheque presented for £2000 was from the Provincial Grand Master’s fund for the
Province of Yorkshire, West Riding and was acquired for the kitchen
re-furbishment by St John’s Lodge, Dewsbury, presented by Keith Shaw, Charity
Steward for St John’s Lodge. This is the final piece of the jigsaw to allow the refurbishment to go ahead . Many thanks to the Masons for this generous gift, from everyone at the church and Angels Cafe
from L to R Eileen Gaunt volunteer Angels Cafe, Keith Shaw; Diane Goodwin and Susan Lane - Churchwardens; Rev Sue Clarke Rector; Linda Davis Angels Cafe.
Well loved Rector to Leave
It was announced at the services yesterday that the Rev Susan Clarke, Rector of Thornhill and Vicar of Whitley will leave her post in May this year. She is not moving to another Parish but is going to focus on spirituality.
In due course the process to find a successor will be put in place. The Parishes wish her well in her future calling.
Let there be Music Vacancies - please look at the Music Page for information about these jobs.
Closing date for applications 11th February
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Christmas Card project. Over £110 was donated to the UK Sepsis Trust thanks to your generosity
Penny Hartley, one of our congregation is busy encouraging others to consider becoming a donor. Read her story published recently in the Dewsbury Reporter. Thornhill Parish Church joins her and other Christians encouraging people to consider organ, tissue or blood donation. Here are the links to allow you to register: