St Paul's Family Church, Wibsey
TOGETHER: GROWING, CARING, SHARING IN GOD'S LOVE
WE ARE OPEN FOR WORSHIP!
Our church is open for worship on Sundays, at 10.30am. A new sitting arrangement has been prepared permitting everyone to have a sit in our church: pews are reserved for those who do not want to wear a facemask and are not bothered to keep some social distancing; sits are reserved for those who still want to wear a facemaks and keep 1.5m of social distancing; sits are also reserved for the most vulnerable people, who cannot wear a facemask for medical reasons but still want to be placed at a safe distance of 2m from everyone else. It is strongly advised to book a place before coming calling the vicarage 01274 676359, and leaving a message if nobody can answer.
We have also a midweek Holy Communion on Wednesday, at 10am; and a new Saturday evening Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of a month, at 6pm.
SAFEGUARDING: "The parish of Wibsey, St Paul is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Leeds’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services." A special page 'Safeguarding' (p.1 on the left of this webpage) gives you more information about that.
WORSHIP: We are open for worship every Sunday at 10.30am and our service is live streamed on our Facebook account. A PowerPoint presentation with a worship to do at home can also be found on our website every Sunday.
BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS, FUNERALS: The celebration of baptisms and weddings are suspended in churches until further notice. Funerals can be still be held, with a maximum of 30 people allowed to attend and sit with their bubble of up to 6 people. People are asked to wear a facemask during the service, but places are prepared at 2m of socila distancing for those who cannot do it.
FAMILIES, CHILDREN: Each week, you can find on the website: a Toddlers' Service on Tuesday, a Messy Church on Wednesday for Primary School children, and a Young People Service on Friday for Secondary Schools tweens and teens. Resources for a Sunday School are available on our Facebook page every week, along other resources for adults and teenagers.
FOOD BANK: Our Food Bank is open every Wednesday, 11am-12.30pm, in partnership
with the Metropolitan Bradford Food Bank: we collect food for them and
take bags already prepared by them. People can receive a one-off help
with a self-assessment, but need to contact a social adviser from CHAS
(01274 731909) to receive further help, that will be given according to
the instructions of the social adviser. It is about making sure that
people receive all the help they need to go back on their feet, without
falling in a system of dependency. Note that people living in the areas
of Buttershaw and Woodside will be redirected to their local foodbank at
the Sandale Community Centre (Reevy Road West). Note that the foodbank of the Salvation Army is open every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9am to 12 noon.
OTHER COMMUNITY SERVICES: due to the pandemic situation, most of our services are temporarily suspended. The only services that have already resumed are: video calls with a social adviser from CHAS on Tuesday or Wednesday morning (appointment to be made calling CHAS, St Vincent of Paul: 01274 726790); and Man's Jam: support group around music for isolated men, run by male mental health nurses from Shedcentral, every Tuesday 1-2.30pm.
ONLINE RESOURCES: Every week, in our facebook page, resources for adults, teenagers and children can be downloaded, and a text to meditate with a video (from the Pilgrim course) is offered to deepen your understanding of what is christian faith.
CHRISTIAN COURSES: We are running very regularly parish courses and evenings to go deeper in a point of our faith: has contemporary science proved faith wrong about the existence of God? Why is there so much suffering in the world if God is love? What is the Bible and how could it be the Word of God with so many horrible passages? Did Jesus really exist? Are the Gospels just a legend about him? Who was he and why did he die? Is the resurrection of Jesus a fairy tale for primary school children? Who is the Holy Spirit and what does she do? Why should I pray and what does mean the Lord's prayer? How can I be free if I have to follow ten old fashioned commands? What is faith and why is there so many religions? What is the Church, and what mean baptism and holy communion? What happen after death: can we really believe in heaven and hell? Call the vicar to know more.
GIVING: During the difficult time when all church buildings were closed, here at St Paul’s we did everything we could to maintain fellowship and care for our community. Our church has always been reliant on people’s generosity, your generosity, for which we are truly grateful. People give to our church in a variety of ways, but with the closure of our building, we cannot receive those gifts as we usually would, so we really need your help now. We cannot carry on fulfilling our mission in Wibsey without your generosity. Please, read the page ‘Giving’ (p.10 in the tabs) to know more about what we have been doing since the lockdown, and use the Donate button on our home page. Many thanks.