For coming Events at St Matthew's in 2023  see our Facebook Page (or consult the Calendar)  

Latest News: 
15th January 2023
Songs of Praise 22 Jan 2023

11th December 2022

Christingle Poster Dec 2022

Yorkshire Christmas

6th November 2022
Christmas Fayre 2022

2nd July 2022
Pet Blessing Service

7th February 2022

 Rastrick Group of Churches Lent Course  2022
based on the Film 'The Greatest Showman' showing  Thursday 24th February at St John's Church Hall . Refreshments from 7.15pm. inc. popcorn. Film begins at 7.30pm

 Wednesdays on Zoom.   9th 16th, 23rd 30th & 6th April @ 7.30pm

 Thursdays @ St Johns,   3rd, 10th 17th, 24th & 31st March @ 7.30pm

 Fridays @ St Matthews 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th March &1st April @ 2pm

 More information call Rev. Michelle 01484- 710538. Or email:

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25 November 2021
For information about Advent 2021 Home groups looking at The Meaning of Waiting see our Courses and Events page 

For information about Christmas Services at St Matthews go to our Christmas Events page

25th July 2021
Easing of Covid Restrictions at St Matthew's - a letter from the Vicar 

14 May 2021
Pentecost Praise Flyer

24 February 2021
We are very pleased to welcome  the new VicarRevd Michelle Petch of Rastrick :
The Revd Michelle Petch is  Vicar of St Matthew, Rastrick (LEP) and St John Rastrick in the Huddersfield Episcopal Area.

Michelle was licensed on the 23rd February 2021 at 7:30pm by the Bishop of Huddersfield. The service was  held on line via Zoom. A recording of the service can be seen and heard on this link Please note that. the link will remain live for only 6 days from the 24th February 2021.

A welcoming service for Michelle will be held when COVID restrictions are eased and it is safe to do so.

18 February 2021

The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd Kerry Tankard, Chair of Yorkshire West Methodist District as Honorary Ecumenical Canon of Bradford Cathedral'
Diocesan Enews 18 February 2021


News from St Matthew's :

We are now on Facebook

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Follower Cover Mar2015

Our monthly Magazine -'The Follower"

Unfortunately we are not able to produce 'The Follower' at present.


Ecumenical News

Sadly, the West Yorkshire Ecumenical Council has been disbanded as from the 31st December 2016. Meetings of Senior Church leaders and Ecumenical Officers will in the future be convened under the title of 'West Yorkshire Churches Together". Watch this space for developments.

West Yorkshire Churches Together website.


Leeds  Diocesan News 

Diocesan News January 2017

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Go direct to Diocesan E-News Issue  19 January   2023 ,  for the latest Diocesan News 

Here is a link to Diocesan ENews Plus     for the 9th January  2023 supplement. this is the link to the Diocesan ENews Plus     for the 9th January  2023   It is published on the first Monday of every month and aimed primarily at Clergy, Churchwardens, Treasurers and PCC Secretaries.

Collation and Installation  of the Revd Bill Braviner

 Sunday 27th February 2022

The Ven Bill Braviner has been installed as the new Archdeacon for Halifax. At a service presided over by the Bishop of Leeds, Archdeacon Bill made his Declaration of Assent and swore oaths of allegiance before a congregation of family, friends and clergy at Wakefield Cathedral. Read more here

Watch a short video with a message from Bill Braviner

Bishop Nick BainesMusings of a Restless Bishop is the name of Bishop Nick's blog

Follow the musings of a restless Bishop here

Bishop Nicholas Baines' Letter to the Laity 10 July 2020 

Environment News

Diocesan Environment e-news November 2022 - Issue 46 

A later edition is available by subscribing to Gods Green Fingers


Methodist News

Calderdale Methodist Circuit News

Yorkshire West Methodist District Latest News

Yorkshire West  Methodist District Winter Newsletter 2022

Follow Yorkshire West District on Twitter

The Methodist Church E-News


From Testimony Faith Homes, Eldoret, Kenya - John Green's blog   Daryl, Esther and John Green

and the Testimony Faith Homes    

Christmas Greetings from John and Esther

September 2022 Update Page 1.        September 2022 Update Page 2

Jan-April 2022 update and  Family News March 2022

May 2021 update and Message 'If it had not been the Lord who was on our side..'

Christmas Card 2020 from Testimony Faith Homes

November 2020 Update and November 2020 Thanks

October 2020 Update

July 2020 update. and John's 80th Birthday Newsletter June 2020

January 2020 Update and January 2020 Thanks 

December 2019 Newsletter.    Christmas Card 2019


The Church of England newspaper - The Church Times

The Church of England Newspaper

The Methodist Church Newspaper - The Methodist Recorder  (not available on-line) except on Twitter


Read Archdeacon Anne's article on the February 2020 Flooding in Calderdale.


On the 31st August 2019, we held our Annual AwayDay.
For the first time we held the AwayDay at 'The Space', Field Lane with St John's Church, Rastrick.
AwayDay at 'The Space'

The Theme of the AwayDay was 'Growing with Challenge'. We took time out to build on the 'Cake and Conversation' afternoons held at the Vicarages during August. The question which we faced was 'How do we adapt our patterns of worship within the Benefice of Rastrick, to meet the needs of  the community whilst retaining all the elements that we value, and all in a sustainable way ?'

As an introduction to the activities, John Hearson  (St John's) and Richard Kay (St Matthew's) shared their Experiences of Worship :
John's Adventures in Worship 
Richard's Worship Experiences

 We all went home feeling that the day had been a great success, and the food we had brought went further than we expected!


Bishop Nick Baines

25 Bishops including Bishop Nick Baines write open letter calling for reconciliation in the light of events at Westminster  surrounding Brexit and exchanges in parliament


A Father's Love 1Watch the Video 'A Fathers Love' as part of  'Thy Kingdom Come'


Download the Conference Business Digest - A Report for local churches about the business of the 2018 Methodist Conference. You can also download the Readers Guide to Mission and Ministry in Covenant. The guide summarises the proposals that have been welcomed by the Church of England's General Synod in February 2018. Conference directed further work be undertaken on the proposals for bringing the Methodist Church and the Church of England into closer communion with one another.




Miriam Knowles CMSFrom CMS Neema Crafts, Tanzania   -    Miriam Knowles' blog and

Miriam's Newsletter January  2017

Miriam's Link Letter No 9 January 2017

Miriam's Newsletter September 2017

Miriam'sLink letter No 10 September 2017

Miriam's Newsletter October 2018

Miriam's Newsletter No. 13 February 2019

Miriam's Final Newsletter November 2019

Miriam's Link Letter No 14 December 2019



Letter from Secretary of Methodist Conference 
of 7 July 2016 Resolution following Referendum on EU Membership

The August Edition of the Diocesan News contains a letter from all the Diocesan Bishops on the subject of Reconcilation following the EU Referendum.