Church of England Diocese of Leeds Clapham-with-Keasden

Lockdown Lambing Service: Watch again

Our Lockdown Lambing Service took place on Thursday 21 May. Click Here to watch again.

Thursday evenings have become a special time in the life of our communities: as people step outside at 8.00pm to Clap for Our Carers. We've been holding a short time of conversation and prayer for half an hour before 8.00, each week, and so this Thursday we did the same - but for longer, and for this special reason.

Thursday 21 May was also Ascension Day - an ideal day to hold our risen, ascended King, Jesus, in our hearts, as we give thanks to him for the lambing season just ending, and offer him our prayers for our farming community.

St Matthew's Church, Keasden usually hosts the lambing service in Mrs Cowperthwaite's barn. This year circumstances mean that we couldn’t gather as a group, but we still came together online. 

The service was hosted by Revd John Davies, priest in charge of Clapham, Keasden, Austwick and Eldroth, and featured contributions from Settle Methodist Circuit Superintendent Revd Stephen Caddy and a song from Ruthie Woodhouse of Bethel Chapel, Clapham. Our special guest was Rt Revd Helen-Ann Hartley, the Bishop of Ripon.

Pictures, film clips and other contributions from some of our local farm families also feature in this short, enjoyable time together. Bishop Helen-Ann is a trustee of the Farming Community Network (FCN), a voluntary organisation and charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community, and donations are invited to support the work of FCN and St Matthew's Church Keasden. Watch the service here!