For coming Events at St Matthew's in 2021  see our Facebook Page (or consult the Calendar)  

Latest News: 
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

14 February 2021

Lent Course 2021 Broken


News from St Matthew's :

We are now on Facebook

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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.


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Go direct to Diocesan E-News Issue  25 November 2021 ,  for the latest Diocesan News

Here is a link to Diocesan ENews Plus     which started on the 6th September 2021 and will be published on the first Monday of every month. you can subscribe, if you wish by clicking on the button in ENews+

ENews Plus 1 November 2021 :    New Archdeacon of Halifax appointed
The Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, is pleased to announce that the Revd (William) Bill Braviner (pictured), currently serving as Incumbent of Stockton-on-Tees St Peter and Elton St John in the Diocese of Durham, has been appointed as Archdeacon of Halifax in the Diocese of Leeds. An installation date will be announced soon.

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 2021 - Issue 40 You will also find a Special October E-News relating to COP26 on this link.

A later edition is available by subscribing to Gods Green Fingers


Methodist News

Yorkshire West  Methodist District Autumn Newsletter 2021

Yorkshire West Methodist District Latest News

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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    

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.

We were sad to announce that our Vicar, Revd Canon Marion was leaving St Matthew's and our sister church St John's in March 2020 . She took up a new appointment at St Mary's Embsay on Monday 30th March.
Canon Marion's last service at St Matthew's was be held on Sunday 8th March at 9:15 a.m.  There was also be a joint Benefice service led by Canon Marion at St John's at 10:00 a.m on Sunday 15th March , followed by a faith lunch.

Revd Canon Marion

In the stunning surroundings of Ripon Cathedral our Vicar Revd Marion - now Revd Canon Marion - was one of 6 canons who were installed by Dean John, during a wonderful choral evensong on Sunday 15th September 2019. This is a great honour from Bishop Nick for Canon Marion and for our parishes.  

Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019
Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

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Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019

Ripon Cathedral 15 September 2019


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.