The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew Rastrick


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

We are sad to announce that our Vicar, Revd Canon Marion is leaving St Matthew's and our sister church St John's in March. She will be taking up a new appointment at St Mary's Embsay on Monday 30th March.
Canon Marion's last service at St Matthew's will be held on Sunday 8th March at 9:15 a.m. Marion. There will also be a joint Benefice service led my 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.

  Bishop Nick

The Rt Revd Nick Baines, Bishop  of Leeds: recently wrote about the Brexit Debate in Westminster.   Read Bishop Nick's blog


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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.

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December 2019 Newsletter.    Christmas Card 2019


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


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.