Harvest Festival 2018

We enjoyed a  wonderful Harvest Festival service and communal lunch at St Oswald’s School.  Harvest  also marked the end of our three week Time & Talents campaign, asking people to offer their time and talent to our two churches: St Oswald’s Guiseley and St Paul’s Esholt.

Well done and thank you to all those who have put in so much effort, both today and the last few weeks, we are truly blessed to have you.
The produce – generously given by the congregation at our 9.30 service – has been donated to  Bradford North Foodbank.

Harvest Festival – Sunday 30th October – A Message from Bradford North Foodbank

This year we are supporting Bradford North foodbank – can you help?

Please bring any of the following items to our service at 9.30am on Sunday 30th September.  Your donations will be passed on to the foodbank.

Bradford North Foodbank provides  emergency food parcels to people in crisis in the North Bradford / Shipley postcodes (BD2, BD9, BD10, BD17, BD18) plus the Rawdon, Yeadon or Guiseley postcodes (LS19 & LS20).

Since opening in Bradford, in early 2015, we have handed out over 4,200 food parcels feeding nearly 10,000 local people. The numbers of people in need are increasing for various reasons such as the ongoing economic austerity measures, which disproportionately affect the most
vulnerable in our society, and the introduction of Universal Credit in our area.

As ‘numbers fed’ increase so our food stocks decrease. Over the past year, we have had to purchase over £2,000 worth of food, because donations have been insufficient to supply our foodbank centres. We really need your help to build up our food and non-food stocks for the winter period.
Harvest Festival is a key time for us to receive donations for our emergency food parcels and last year churches, schools and businesses donated just over 7 tonnes of food – 23.4% of our annual donation total.

This contributed to the 1,698 food parcels we distributed during the 2017 – 2018 year, feeding 2,365 adults and 1,522 children. 39% of the people we feed are children.

Seven Last Posts. Friday 2nd November.

To mark the centenary of the end of WWI,the Parish of Saint Oswald Guiseley and Saint Paul in Esholt, are offering much in the way of commemoration and remembrance to the fallen. None more so than Seven Last Posts – a reflection in  words and music – on Friday 2nd November.

Do join us in this act of remembrance and feel the words and music as they take us to an age long past, but not forgotten.

 

Opening of St Oswald’s Parish Centre

The Centre, on Church Street,  is the result of a conversion of disused buildings behind the New Inn in Guiseley.  MP Stuart Andrew cut the ribbon at the official ceremony on Sunday and declared it officially open, watched by many parishioners and friends of the Church.

Fr David Pickett commented that “This is a momentous day for our Parish.  We have been in need of a Church Centre for many years and thanks to the commitment of our PCC we now have this fantastic facility. Brian Gill spotted the building last year and thanks to his vision we now have a modern Parish Centre which will be used for a whole range of functions.”

The Centre, which was once attached to the New Inn and housed a dance floor, has been completely renovated and fitted and with a kitchen, and now has two floors connected with a stair lift.

Father David Pickett hopes that the accessibility of the building and its central location in Guiseley will make a useful addition to the wider community.

Sunday’s Gospel reading was Matthew 5:1-12, the Sermon on the Mount, and we hope that this Centre will act as a force for good within our community, particularly for those on the margins of society.