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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Services

Christmas Eve
11.00 am Cafe Style Worship in Wesleys, Baildon Methodist Church;4.00 pm Christingle at St Andrew's Methodist Church;4.00 pm Family Carol Service at Saltaire Methodist Church;7.30 pm Nine Lessons & Carol Service at Bolton Methodist Church;7.30 pm Carol Service at Thackley Methodist Church11.30 pm Christmas Eve Communion at Baildon Methodist Church;11.30 pm Christmas Communion at Christchurch LEP;11.30 pm Christmas Eve Communion at St Andrew's Methodist Church.Christmas Day
Allerton Methodist Church - 10.30 amBaildon Methodist Church - 10.00 amBolton Methodist Church - 10.00 amCalverley Methodist Church - 10.00 amChristchurch LEP - 10.00 am at Wrose Methodist ChurchCrag Road Methodist Church - 10.00 am at Wrose Methodist ChurchEccleshill Methodist Church - 10.30 amHarecroft Methodist Church - 9.30 am at Wilsden Methodist ChurchHaworth Road Methodist Church - 11.00 amLittle Lane LEP - 10.30 amNorthcliffe LEP - 10.30 amSaltaire Methodist Church - 10.30 amSandy Lan…

Touchstone Curry Night - Postponed

We regret that the Curry Night has had to be postponed.
Touchstone invites you to its first ever Curry Night!

Cornerstone (Formerly Great Horton Methodist Church, Great Horton Road , Bradford)

7.00 pm - 9.00 pm Tuesday 13 Dec 2011
An informal evening of Asian music and food.  Hear about Touchstone’s planned move to new premises in the former MacRory’s BarFeaturing the Top 10 Curry Hits and a Bradford Quiz.A celebration of Bradford regaining the title ‘Curry Capital of Britain' Tickets: £7.50

(Tickets available from Touchstone, or Bradford South Circuit Office)

Advent Service - Circuit NWiB (Network)

Circuit - Methodist Women in Britain (Network) Advent Service at Eccleshill Methodist Church.

2.30 pm Friday 25 November 2011.  Address by Rev Alistair Newton.

Tea and mince pies, bring and buy stall.

Everyone welcome.

2012 Disciple being launched by Bradford South

Bradford South are launching 2012 DISCIPLE. You may already know of it.

This is a 34 week course, with personal study and DVD group sessions aimed at ' becoming disciples thro bible study'.
There will be a taster open evening on 9 Novemebr 7.30pm at Cutler Heights Methodist Church, Cutler Heights Lane, Bradford BD4 9JP
If you are interested or want to know more, do come along - or be in touch with Rev Chris Hawke

Eldwick & Gilstead Male Voice Choir

At Wrose Methodist on Saturday 29 October 2011 at 6.30 pm.  Tickets £5 including pie & peas supper.

Methodist Women in Britain

Incorporating Women's Network and the British Unit of the World Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women.

West Yorkshire Distrist Fellowship Day Wednesday 19 October 2011
"Telling Another Story"
A day of story telling and Bible study with Rev Dr Roger Walton, Chair of the District.
Silsden Methodist Church, Wesley Place, Silsden, BD20 0BN
10.00 am coffee and 10.30 am start close around 3.15 pm
All women are very welcome to spend the day with our new Chair and learn more about the new organisation MWiB.

Bring a packed lunch, drinks will be provided.

There are 3 car parks in Wesley Place, off Kirkgate in Silsden centre:

Turn right at the RC church and park next to the Methodist church for the disabled.Just off Kirkgate a pay and display council car park.Turn left at the RC church on to an unsurfaced car park.
for a map see

Called to the Big Society?

At leeds Church Institute (near the railway station) 20 New Market Street, Leeds LS1 6DG
9.30 am to 4.00 pm Friday 4 November 2011
Chair:  Bishop of Hull, Richard Frith

Dr Patrick Riordan SJ - Lecture in Political Philosophy at Heythrop College has written widely on the common good.Prof Peter Wells - Director of the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University - has written recently on regional disparities in the Big Society for Yorkshire and the Humber.Speaker for the Government or from the Centre for Social Justice to offer an explanation of the government's perspective on The Big Society (to be confirmed)
With contributions from Christian projects across Yorkshire and the Humber that illustrate Christian mission in the context of a Big Society.

A regional event to consider what the Big Society is from a government perspective, how that fits with a Christian theology of the Common Good, and what sort of regional and local inequalities …

National Inter Faith Week

You are invited to join in the celebration of The National Inter Faith Week on 26 November 2011 at Haworth Road Methodist Church from 4.30-6.30 pm.  The event includes listening to the Jewish faith traditions with the guest speaker:

Mr Rudi Leavor The President of Bradford Synagogue
There will be an opportunity to look at the Jewish artefacts as well.


WelcomeInterfaith Prayers for Peacepoem by Gerard Benson - Poet LaureateRudi Leavor (Guest Speaker) + question timeNote of thanksQuiz and Meal
For confirmation and other details please ring Awais Mughal, Faith to Faith work, Touchstone Centre

Note:  donation will be collected to support the work of Bradford Synagogue.


By Care:  Follow the 6144 out of Bradford Centre. When you come to the traffic lights at the Toller Lane Junction with 6269 keep left on 6144.  Howarth Road Methodist Church is on the right side immediately before the turn off to Heights Lane on the left.  There is a big car park in front of the churc…

The Link - Ian's message

Dear Friends

In Jesus' Sermon on the Mount he says, 'In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets'. For so many people this is both common sense and a common courtesy. Yet surely it is more than that. It is a practical way of showing that we care and respect each other as being part of God's family. Jesus calls us to a generous and ethical living. This call to care, is a call that he gives to all, not just a few.

In 'Encircled in Care' it illustrates this. When a young person helps find an older woman's favourite cushion for her comfort during worship, this is an act of caring. When that same woman sits with the distressed mum in the church lounge and holds her hand as she sobs, this is an act of caring. When those involved in working with children and vulnerable adults apply for a CRB check, this is an act of caring. When the property committee take steps to make sure the building is accessible …

Cool & Crazy Weekend at Calverley

Following on from the success of the Schools Noah's Ark Day project, Calverley have once again received a donation to enhance Christian Children's work in the area. So, in October, John Hardwick, author, songwriter and creative Christian communicator is coming to Calverley. He will lead a fun and lively weekend.

There will be a training workshop for those involved in Children's ministry and anyone who leads worship where youngers are present on the evening of Friday 14 October, and on Saturday 15 October a morning activity session for 5-11s and an All Age Cool and Crazy Praise Party on the Sunday morning. The training workshop and service are opento everyone; however, please book for the workshop.

For the events on Saturday, priority will be given to Calverley children, but if you contact our children's workshop before 26 September, places can be booked for youngsters across the circuit.

Calverley are really excited by this opportunity…

Saltaire Festival

HEAVEN AND EARTH Traditional Icons and Modern Paintings An exhibition of work by PAMELA ANNE MAGDALENA BRIGGS 7.30 pm Friday 9 September
Opening of Exhibition Saturday 10 September - 10.00 am - 4.30 pm Sunday 11 September - 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm Saturday 17 September - 10.00 am - 4.30 pm Sunday 18 September - 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm Saltaire Methodist Church
Saltaire Road, Shipley, BD18 3HJ

A knock at the door of Bradford North Circuit

This is the nearest I've got to a picture of Bradford North: a view across Shipley and Bradford to the higher hills beyond. I wonder how God sees it, from his far greater height, to the depth of every humanheart?The children trailing home;Workers making their way;Householders keeping house;Elderley resting in care.All his beloved creation. Each his child of potential in Jesus. As far as the eye can see, and faith can feel, and trust can rely. In Jesus. It's promise - he's Lord. It's challenge - if he's our Lord.As we face the future as Bradford North Circuit, from Baildon to Thornton, and from Calverley to Harecroft - 18 bodies of witness to the Lordship of Jesus - this promise and challenge come to us afresh. And we must pray his Lordship into a living reality that others can see.Lord, I know you're standing at Bradford North's door. i can hear your knocking in the vacant seats and absent children, in the emptying coffers and thickening deafness to…

Eccleshill Methodist Church Centenary

Exhibition - 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm Saturday and Sunday 30/31 July 2011
There will be a display of photos depicting the life of our church over the last 100 years. Refreshments will be served in the hall.

Worship - Sunday 31 July 2011
10.30 am Rev Bernard Nixon
6.00 pm A special Centenary service led by Rev Keith Hunt

We would be especially pleased to see past and present members, as well as any friends who would wish to join us for any of these.

Action for Children Sunday - 10 July

The Action for Children Covenant

Every child has the right to live, to be safe and to be loved. Everyone young person has the right to be housed, to have enough money to live in dignity and to have enough support for the future. Every young person has the right to justice, to realise their potential and to be given the space to become independent. in an often cruel and imperfect world, we uphold the work of Action for Children with children and young people in danger, in need and at risk. We support the growth of this work and the pursuit of all these rights for the young, the discounted and the vulnerable. We make this covenant with Action for Children for the sake of all God's children.


For more information go to the Action for Children website.

Harecroft Coffee Evening

Harecroft open their doors every 2nd Monday of the month from May to September from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm. The proceeds are in aid of charities which include Christian Aid, Manorlands and the Blenheim Project. An invitation is extended to everyone in the circuit to attend any and all of these and you are assured of a very warm welcome.

"PowerPoint" Computer Workshop

10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Saturday 9 July 2011
Thackley Methodist Church
Session £3 including refreshments (please bring exact change)
Please email to express your interest in attending.

An opportunity to brush up on PowerPoint and share tips and ideas for using PowerPoint for worship. Although primarily a demo session, those with laptops are welcome to bring them along but please make sure they are fully charged as power supplies are limited.

"Word" Computer Workshop

10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Saturday 18 June 2011
Thackley Methodist Church
Session £3 including refreshments (please bring exact change)
Email to indicate your interest.

An opportunity to brush up on Word and share tips and ideas for producing documents efficiently. Although primarily demo sessions, those with laptops are welcome to bring them along, but please make sure they are fully charged as power supplies are limited.

Biblefresh Art Exhibition

Earlier this year the Biblefresh challenge was sent out to Christian Artists in the area: help people engage with the bible through art! And this weekend (28-30 May) and on June 11-12 you can see how they responded: 17 artists and 60 pictures. The exhibition is opening this weekend as part of the Saltaire Arts Trail. At Saltaire Methodist Church, Saltaire Road, Shipley, BD18 3HJ 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (Sunday from 2.00) (refreshments available)

Biblefresh exhibitions

Don't forget to check out the Biblefresh exhibitions happening across Bradford. Full details.

Biblefresh Festival 11 June 2011 - bookings now open

Bradford North and South Circuits
invite you to their city-wide
Biblefresh Festival
Saturday 11 June 2011 Full details and booking form

Tree party! Helpers needed.

Crag Road Methodist Church invite you to join them clear felled trees on:

Saturday 4 June 2011 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

Tea/coffee breaks and lunch

We need more willing helpers to help carry out the "lighter" tasks:

Outdoors: Sawing branches, shredding, spreading, tidying grounds, raking and other clearance duties.

Catering: Preparing and serving tea/coffee breaks and luncheons for all helpers.

Offers of help with food for the lunch will be appreciated!

Please email to confirm your availability and willingness to help - no offer of help refused no matter how small.

Flower Fesitval

Theme: Show Stoppers!
Wrose Methodist Church

Saturday 28 May - Open 10.00 am
Refreshments served 11.45 am to 3.30 pm
Hot and cold lunches and snacks servced.
Pick up our Quiz sheet on entry (£1) and test your knowledge of flowers!

Sunday 29 May
10.30 am Sunday service (cafe style) led by Rev Sarah Jemison
Flower Fesitval open 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm
Hot and cold meals and snacks served
4.00 pm Songs of Praise service (cafe style) led by Rev Sarah Jemison

Crag Road SOS - can you help?

The members of Crag Road Methodist Church need your help. They have cut down a number of trees at the rear of the church thinking that as the land is unusable they could let them lie; however, they have been informed by Bradford Council that they must be removed. They estimate the cost for the removal of the trees to be over £2,000; however, so far no one will accept the work. They have decided, therefore, to form a team to undertake the task and would be grateful for offers of help. Please email for full details.

Beetle Drive

Wrose Methodist Church, BD18 1JY

7.15 pm Friday 25 March 2011, Tickets £3.50 including pie and peas supper.

Proceeds for the Church Redevelopment Fund.

Request for prayer

At the request of the Circuit Meeting, a small Strategy Group has been formed and begun its work. The issues that the Strategy Group needs to address are many and most are interwoven with a number of considerations. However, at our first meeting we were convinced of three things. Firstly this is an exciting opportunity to discern God's leading for the whole Circuit. Secondly, that the current situation is not sustainable in the near future and thirdly, that we need to ground all our work in prayer. This is not just the task of the members of the group, but a task for everyone in the whole Circuit. As many people have already said, 'you will need our prayers.' As we begin our work we need to discern where God is leading us in the next five years. What might the Circuit look like then? What kind of staffing shall we need to fulfill God's calling on us as a Circuit of Local Churches? Where will our churches, manses, centres of work need to be?These are just some…

Circuit Talents Challenge

"For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money ..." Matthew 25:14-30 Why don't you take up the Circuit Talents Challenge by taking a £5 note and making it grow for the Circuit? More details ...


2011 sees the 400th anniversary of the King James' bible. Biblefresh has a vision to reignite and re-enthuse the church in its passion for the Bible.

To support Biblefresh, the West Yorkshire District of the Methodist Church, of which the Bradford North Circuit is a part, has a project "Written by hand, taken to heart". The project will culminate in a Biblefresh Festival in and around the centre of Bradford on 11 June 2011.

See how the churches in Bradford North are supporting this project. More details ...

Launch of new web site for Baildon

Baildon Methodist Church launched its new web site on Sunday 6 March 2011. It is well worth a visit.

Calverley Methodist Church - Church Anniversary

Calverley Methodist Church celebrate their Church Anniversary on 19/20 March 2011. On the Saturday there will be a coffee morning and then an afternoon tea and concert given by the James Farrell Concert Band. On the Sunday morning worship at 10.30 pm will be led by Rev Peter Whitaker. The 6.00 pm service will be led by Rev Richard Atkinson.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone to share in the Celebrations.

Fresh Aire Fair Trade

Our Fairtrade organising committee will be launching its new name, Fresh Aire Fair Trade, during Fairtrade Fortnight with a circuit event: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
Saturday 12 March 2011
St Andrew's Methodist Church The event will be opened by Rev Richard Atkinson, former minister of the Woodhouse Grove Circuit and Chaplain of Woodhouse Grove School. Richard is making a special visit back to the circuit for the event which will include refreshments and opportunities to buy "Fair Trade" and "Traidcraft" food and gifts. There will be children's events and a chance for all to win a prize by designing a new logo for the group. We look forward to welcoming you. (Also see the Fairtrade Fortnight events at Thackley Methodist Church)

Vacancy: Part-time Pastoral Worker

The Bradford South Circuit wishes to appoint a Part-time Pastoral worker to support the churches pastoral care of the elderly and disabled.

13 hours per week, JNC Scale 1, start date April 2011.

To request an information pack please contact:

Circuit Office
New Hey Road Methodist Church
Brompton Road
East Bowling

Tel: 01274 724321 Email:

Closing date for completed applications: 14 February 2011

There is a genuine occupational requirement for a practising Christian.