Thornhill Parish Church

Serving the local community

lCUF Pancake logo

Come along to Thornhill Church at 4pm on Sunday 26th February for the Big Pancake Party, a special service which will involve the making (and eating!) of pancakes, a pancake tossing contest, songs and prayer 

All donations raised at the service will go to the Church Urban Fund to help the many in this country who are going hungry. Find out more about the Church Urban Fund at their website or Facebook page, click here to see the poster for the eventAre you looking for a change of direction?


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 Presentation

Cheque Presentation 

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

Logo for UK Sepsis Trust


Visit 12/12

We were very happy to welcome a visit from children and parents at Thornhill Community Academy on 12th December. They had a good look around and had many questions for the Education Team volunteers about the building, it's history and what Christmas means to us all.
We all had a great time together and we look forward to meeting up again in the future

Organ donation logo   ....    Do You?

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:  



At 96 , one of our oldest members Peggy Nowell is moving to pastures new today . She is moving nearer to her daughter Norma in Knaresborough and into sheltered accommodation in a newly built property. Peggy has been a great advocate of the rights of tenants in Thornhill for many years. Rarely did she miss a service at church and was a feisty programme seller at concerts too. 
Thank to all who have helped her with transport over the last 20 years or so.
God Bless Peggy

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