Warm Clothing Collection

On Saturday 18th January from 10 -12noon, our friends at Guiseley Methodist Church are having a collection of any unwanted winter clothing which will be passed on to local charities, including St George’s Crypt Leeds, to help those in need in the cold weather.

Please take your donations (in clean condition, please) to The Methodist Church, Oxford Rd, Guiseley LS20 9EP.  Refreshments will be available.

Thankyou!

Heritage Open Day

Come inside and visit our beautiful St Oswald’s church on Heritage Open  Day 15th September 2019. Activities include guided tours of the church and churchyard; visits the bell tower to see as well as hear our bells; try some family history research, see a WW1 Commemoration Display and enjoy refreshments.

All welcome

Parish Walking Group

Our next walk will be on Saturday 15th February 2020, details in due course. Hardy walkers met on Saturday 14th December at 9.30 am at the Car Park next to Salts School on Higher Coach Road, Baildon (opposite Roberts Park). Snow! Sleet! but good company! Will do this walk again in better weather.
Everyone is welcome to join this friendly group of walkers – please be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Even if you can’t make the walk, please help us by praying for good weather!

 

 

 

Spiritual Companionship by John Binks

It may be that you feel your knowledge and understanding of your faith is complete. Or you may think that attending some of the study opportunities the parish provides is enough stimulate to your thinking, reading and praying.

Did you know that the Church provides a further route for developing your Christian character and practice?  In recent years the Church of England has begun to use Spiritual Companionship (sometimes called Spiritual Direction) as a means of enabling those called to ministry – Readers, priests, Lay Workers – to examine and develop their personal relationship with God. That facility is now available to all members of the Church and is quite easily accessible. The scheme works by providing  a person of their choice, properly trained and supported, to walk alongside you as you continue to explore your faith and witness. These Companions will walk alongside an individual as they grow in their faith and help them deal with the inevitable hurdles that life and faith throw up from time to time.

This is a very old tradition and was developed in the early monasteries to provide companionship and sometimes correction for individuals as they sought God’s direction in their life. In the Celtic Church, those who accompanied were called Soul Friends, which gives a good description of the Companion’s role.

As the provision of Spiritual Companions has increased, so more and more lay people, ordinary Christians like you, have used the opportunity to develop their discipleship and found it very beneficial. Leeds Diocese has recently reorganised provision of Companions throughout our five Episcopal areas and there are places available if you think this is something you could benefit from. There is a leaflet at the back of church with some further information and contact details.

The full Diocesan list of Companions is held by Father David and myself, as I am a Companion. If you wish to talk about whether or not you wish to explore this please  contact either of us, and we will happily spend time with you talking through the process.

John Binks

07547 338715

john_marybinks@mail.com

 

Lunchtime Concerts

Our next concert will be on Thurs 6th February- an organ recital by Martin Baker our Director of Music. Lunchtime concerts are held on the first Thursday of the month. Join us to enjoy Soup and music.
Soup and a roll served from 12.15  followed by an informal concert lasting around 30 minutes. Free entry and pay what you can (PWYC)
All proceeds will go towards the continued work of the church