Monthly Service Timetable & Vicar’s Letter

We regret that due to public health measures regarding Covid-19, all Church Services are suspended until further notice and the church building is no longer open. The Austwick and Eldroth church websites have a weekly church newsletter with updated community information and devotional material.  Some churches in the diocese are livestreaming services (broadcasting over the internet) and making recordings available for viewing any time.  You can see services available on the Diocesan website.

CHURCH SERVICES

Sunday

9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
9.30am Eldroth Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
11.00am Keasden Holy Communion
6.30pm ‘First Sunday’ Worship

Sunday

9.30am Austwick Morning Prayer
9.30am Keasden Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy communion
6.30pm Austwick Holy Communion

Sunday

9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00am Clapham Holy Communion
6.30pm Eldroth Evening Prayer

Sunday

9.30am Austwick Holy Communion
11.00 Clapham Holy Communion including baptism
7.00pm Keasden

Sunday

10.30am

Holy Communion Service at Austwick Wednesdays at 10.30am

Monday Morning Prayer

At 9.00am on each Monday in  a short and simple service of morning prayer will take place at Church.

John’s Notes:  Lent – time for a public enquiry on what ‘giving up’ truly means

Roineabhal is a hill on Harris in the Western Isles of Scotland, its anorthosite granite similar in composition to rocks in the mountains of the moon.  When the people of Harris made their representations to a public enquiry on a proposed ‘superquarry’ on Roineabhal, they included a ‘theological testimaony given by three spiritual ‘elders’.

Alistair McIntosh, a Quaker, testified the “God offers us not riches in the first instance, but simple livelihood of right relationships with ourselves, community and nature.  And the courage to advocate justice to make this possible now and for our children’s children’s children.” Presbyterian Donald Mcleod unfolded scripture’s teaching of “the intimate link between man and the soil.  He is taken from the ground; his food is derived from it; he is commanded to till and keep it; and he returns to it. … Rape of the environment is rape of the community itself.”  Sulian Stone Eagle Herney, warrior chief of the Mi’Kmaq people of Nova Scotia – who he described as “caretakers of Mother Earth” – said that “reawakening the spiritual connection to Mother Earth and the Creator is the answer to save or slow down the environmental destruction that is plaguing all of mankind.”

Scotland’s longest public enquiry ended in 2000 with the Executive rejecting Lafarge REdland’s superquarry application, and the company subsequently withdrew its interst in Harris.  McInstosh spent the following decade on the Lafarge Sustainablility Stakeholders’ Panel (unpaid), witnessing “how we can together leverage a better world.”

Following the bushfires this Australian summer, many now acknowledge we are at a significant moment in regards to the planet’s environmental crisis.  How do we respond – here in the Dales?  Perhaps with our own ‘public enquiry’, ie a gathering of people from all walks of life for and open and honest discussion about our past, present and future relationship with the land, a bringing together of the best of our insights – with the intention to change.  As a ‘theological testimony’, the Christian tradition right now invites us into Lent.  Lent is a time for us to ‘transition’, a time for ‘giving-up’.  That may mean acknowledging the damage we’ve done by treating the earth as a mere resource for our exploitation, and finding ways to reform those aspects of our inherited lifestyles proven to be so damaging to ‘right livelihood’ on our planet.  If Lafarge can give up its pursuit of granite on Roineabhal then…how can wew follow?

Revd John Davies, Priest in Charge
Contact Details:
john.davies@leeds.anglican.org. 01524 805928
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