Light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer

Light a candle of hope: A national call to prayer

We are sending you this special edition of CTe-News to inform you of a National Day of Prayer & Action being called for this Sunday, 22nd March.

The full statement is available below, and can be viewed online at

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Presidents of CTE are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer & Action on Sunday 22nd March.

They write….

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.

There are already stories being told of wonderful acts of kindness across neighbourhoods. Alongside your prayers, take the opportunity to telephone or email someone who is isolated, buy some additional food for your local foodbank, or offer to deliver shopping for an elderly neighbour. We may not be able to touch physically, but we can make connections in so many other ways.

In the meantime, do please attend to all the government health advice that will be issued, and look out for resources from your specific church governing bodies. At least for those of us in the global North, we do seem to be in unusual times, and wisdom and flexibility about worship gatherings are a key part of our Christian discipleship during this period.

We note that this call to prayer and action comes on Mothering Sunday: a time of thankfulness, remembering especially mothers who have served us, often in very costly ways. It is also a very mixed day for many. For some the remembrance is painful, and for others Mothering Sunday is a reminder of disappointment or loss. In many ways, this period under the shadow of the coronavirus will be prompting similarly diverse reactions and so it seems especially appropriate that the call to prayer is made this Sunday. At this time of uncertainty join in with the National Day of Prayer and Action, lighting a candle of hope.

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you” 1 Peter 5:7

Presidents of Churches Together in England

Archbishop Justin Welby, The Archbishop of Canterbury
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
Revd Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator
Archbishop Angaelos of London, CTE President for the Orthodox Churches
Pastor Agu Irukwu, CTE Pentecostal President

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Shipley Christmas Services 2019

Shipley Baptist (New Kirkgate BD18 3QY)

15th December 10.45: All age Christmas service led

by our Junior Church.

24th December Christmas Eve communion 11.30 pm
25th December 10.30 am to 11.15am Christmas Day


St Margaret’s Frizinghall (Shipley Fields Rd Frizinghall BD18 2DH)

15th December at 3pm Christmas Celebrations.


Christian Life Centre (4 Manor Lane BD18 3EA)

15th December 10.30am Family Service with Christingle
15th December 7.30pm Christmas Service, worship & testimonies
25th December 10.30am Christmas Day Celebration


Northcliffe Church LEP (Hall Royd BD18 3ED)

8th December 10.30 am Nativity Service presented by the Brownies, Guides and Rangers
15th December 4pm Candlelit Carol Service with Hall Royd Band
22nd December 10.30 am Advent service


Saltaire Methodist church (Saltaire Road BD18 3HJ)

22nd December 10.30 a.m.  The Junior Church, the Celebration Choir and Members of Hall Royd Band present the Christmas story followed by Coffee and Mince Pies

24th December at 4p.m.   Family carol service Come and sing all the well-known Carols followed by Hot Drinks and Biscuits.


City Valley Church (Titus Salt School, Shipley, BD17 5RH)

7th December 7.30pm An evening of carol singing

15th & 22nd December Advent Services 10.30am at Titus Salt School.

(Church Street Windhill BD18 2NR)
11th December 5:30 pm Blue Christmas Service
Midnight Communion Service on Christmas Eve
24th December 11:30 pm Midnight Communion Service
25th December10:00 am Christmas Day Celebration Communion

Saltaire URC
(Victoria Road Saltaire BD18 3LF)
December 22 6:30 pm Candlelight Carol Service

St Paul’s Church Shipley (Kirkgate BD18 3EH)

1st December 6pm Advent Service of Light An inspiring candle-lit service to prepare for Christmas
8th December 9:45am & 11:30am Christingle Services
14th December 2-4pm    Messy Christmas for Families With crafts, music, Christmas story and food
15th December 3pm Junior Choir Christmas Concert
16th December 9:30am Toddler Christmas Party and Nativity
22nd December 11:30am Christmas Praise Party
22nd December 6pm Christmas Carol Service
24th December 4pm Crib Service
24th December 11:30pm Midnight Christmas Service
25th December 9:45am   Christmas day Celebration Service


St Peter’s (Moorhead Lane BD18 4JH)

12th December 2.30 to 3.15 Interactive carol service – Dementia Friendly
22nd December, 4pm Carol Service
24th December 4pm Crib Service, 11.30pm Mid-Night Holy Communion
25th December 10.30am Christmas Celebration


Salvation Army (Rhodes Place BD17 7DL)

15th Dec 5pm Carol Service
22nd Dec 5pm Carols by Candlelight
25th Dec 10.30am – Christmas Day Family Worship


St Walburga’s (81 Kirkgate BD18 3LR)

14th December 4.00pm Advent Candlelit Service

18th December 6.30pm  Schools Carol Service St Walburga’s and St Anthony’s primary school

24th December 9.10am Christmas Eve Mass at St Walburga’s, 5.45pm Vigil Mass of Christmas, 12 midnight             Midnight Mass

25th December 9.15am   Mass of Christmas


Matthew 1 v 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.


Cuppacare Needs Help

Please click the link to download the poster.

Cuppacare Volunteer advert August 2019

We need 2 people
Once a week on a Friday morning for 3 hours
(either 8.00am to 11.30am or 11.00am to 2.00pm)
➢ A fit person to support Edna – The Team leader
➢ First Shift – Set up the Kitchen – Prepare Food
➢ Second Shift – Close kitchen down, ensure hall is tidy and tables put by, locking up
If you feel you could help in any of the above roles please contact Euan on 0758 3855530 or email or pop in on a Friday to talk to Edna
‘Our main aim is to provide a safe place of cheer, especially for those on their own and maybe a bit nervous, can come along and be able to have a chat, a coffee or something to eat, at a nominal price and browse the cards and books.
Cuppacare is held weekly in Shipley Baptist Church and reopens 13th September

Bradford and District Befriending Network

Bradford and District Befriending Network have a new website listing all the Befriending organisations in the Bradford and District area. You can find a befriender or volunteer to be a befriender.


SCT AGM 2019


Northcliffe Church Sunday 20th January 2019 6:30pm

The Service will involve

Songs and Hymns
Short Reports and Updates from SCT Projects and Partners
Homily – Fr Keiron Walker

Refreshments – Pay as you feel!




Dawn Easter Services

There are a few dawn Easter services happening around Shipley
7.00am at the Chevin Cross outside Otley
6.00am at the Cow and Calf Ilkley.


If you know of any others please let us know.



Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week 2017 will be from 14 to 21 May. There will be the House to house collection,  “the Big Brekkie” and a Street Collection in Shipley Market Square Saturday 20 May.   Volunteers will be wanted for these.

The Christian Aid Week Service and Commissioning of Volunteers is on Sunday 14 May at 14.00 hours,  at the Bandstand in Roberts Park with John Froud and guests. Come from church with a picnic lunch and join in the service.

Lent 2017

In 2017, Lent is 1st  March (Ash Wed) to 15th April (Easter Saturday). The ecumenical Lent groups have proved popular in the past.   This year SCT will again run Lent Groups from w/c 6th March and using the Keswick Book “The whole of life for Christ”.  There are several groups at various times/venues and these have been put up in Churches. If you haven’t signed up and want to, contact the group leader.

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Pray For Shipley Dates 2017

Please add these to your diary and come along and join us in prayer. Please check back to this website for venues closer to the time of the meeting.
Wednesday 25th January 7.30pm
Thursday 16th February 7.30pm
Tuesday 21st March 7.30pm
Wednesday 26th April 7.30pm
Thursday 25th May 7.30pm
Tuesday 27th June 12 noon
Wednesday 26th July 7.30pm
Thursday 21st September 12 noon
Tuesday 17th October 7.30pm
Wednesday 22nd November 7.30pm
Thursday 21st December 7.30pm

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Vigil at The Canteen!

Vigil at The Canteen! June 17th/18th  An exciting adventure in prayer!

Join us any time from 8.00 p.m Friday 17th to 8.00 a.m Saturday 18th to pray for BELIEVE IN SHIPLEY and persecuted Christians across the world. Music, information from brothers and sisters cross the world, dvd clips, fellowship, refreshments, prayer and meditation. Everyone welcome for an hour or two- or if you’re brave enough to manage the whole night- join us for breakfast at 7.00 a.m.  Ring Kathy Tedd 07751303210 or Duncan Milwain 07966788270.