Issue 22 - October 2020


St James church Messenger

St James

October 2020

October 2020

Issue 22


A way forward

Shoebox Appeal

We’ve missed you






Well it’s October and the nights are starting to draw in, Christmas

is less than 100 days away and people are starting to ask a huge

question; What’s our way forward? Well when we look in the

bible we see loads of passages that talk about moving forward

from a place of oppression, to a place of abundance. In Psalm 23

David talks about the Lord leading us in paths of righteousness,

and one who leads us besides still waters to restore our soul.

“restore our soul”

Perhaps it’s our soul or mind

that needs restoring right

now, or perhaps we just need

to put things into perspective.

We know that for some

people the coronavirus

situation has been

devastating with loss of life,

jobs and livelihoods, but for

the majority of the population

the virus has just been

disruptive and something that

we need to keep in perspective.

In the first century the early Christians where under great

oppression but they didn’t give up, they’d got that want and desire

to take what Christians call The Great Commission and do

something about it, but you might be asking how – how do we

flourish in a time like this, how do we meet people and proclaim

the gospel? – Well the first thing is Prayer and that is something

that we can all do. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul says, pray without

ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances and Francis of Assisi

said “Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible;

and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” He also said,

“Proclaim the gospel and use words only if necessary!”

So although it’s going to be different, lets see what we can do in

the coming weeks and months because we are made for such a

time as this!


“we are made for

such a time as this”

I’ve been wondering what the past six months has meant to you,

what’s been going on in your life, and how could we use those

experiences to help us cope with whatever happens in the future;

you know I’d really love to hear some of your stories, so please

jot them down and let’s see about getting them in next months







In the TV programme Our Yorkshire Farm, Shepherd Clive was

bringing his sheep down from the hills as a winter storm

approached. When he noticed a few were missing he tells his

family to take care of the flock while he goes back to look for them.

Recognise the parable? (Matthew 18)

As a new Christian I struggled with the idea of leaving 99 to find

one, but then God said, “ what if you were the one that was


Clive Looking told forward his family to to Easter take care of the 99 and that's what happens

when News we about are part our Foodbank of a church family -- we are loved, nurtured and

encouraged. Update from the Church Planting Team

In the last few months our church buildings have been closed, but

like any family, we've kept in touch with everybody by whatever

means we could. Now that we are once again able to safely open

our church, we welcome back with open arms all who are ready

and feel able, because we missed you. Until that time remember

you are always in our thoughts and prayers.

God bless and keep you safe.

A follower of Christ



Women of Purpose

‘for such a time as this’

The opportunity to come together for a time

of friendship, worship and fellowship was

unfortunately scuppered by the prevailing

covid regulations, but as soon as the

restrictions are lifted, we will be meeting !

Because ladies - we’re worth it !

So please look out for the next announcement

to join us on the 3 rd Friday of each month

@ 7pm in the community hall at St James’.

(observing social distancing protocol)

I look forward to seeing you soon.

Cakes and refreshments will be available

With love and blessings Ruth.



Despite the current circumstances it’s still easy

for you to pack a shoebox in the traditional way

individually or in a small group.


Pick up your box in church


If getting out is tricky this year,

Shoebox Online makes it easy

for you to get involved from

home. Simply select your gifts

online and they will pack and

send them for you.

If you need help in any way, just give us a call on

01274 830 133 or email



At long last our lyfe groups are

starting to meet again

During the first week of October groups will be

meeting in the church buildings and also on

Zoom and we’d love to see you.

During the meetings we’ll be looking at 1 Peter: Confidence in a

Complex World, a letter that is both exhilarating in its scope and

intensely grounded in the grittiness of real life. Like those who first

received Peter’s letter, you will be challenged to see your daily

context afresh and deeply encouraged to live confidently – Monday

to Sunday – wherever you are.

So if you are already part of a lyfe group your leader will be

contacting you shortly.

If you would like to join a lyfe group please contact Mavis Rouse on

01274 889 807


Six Sessions

Looking at...

The Gospel


The World




A six-session lyfe group study with

LICC’s signature blend of real-life

practicality, biblical scholarship, and

a whole-life discipleship focus.

In his letter to scattered groups of

Christians in what is modern-day

Turkey, the apostle Peter ignites

imagination and inspires hope for

the possibilities of everyday life in a

complex world.

Joe Warton is a warm and gracious

guide through this six-session study,

helping you to discover Peter’s trove

of wisdom for everyday living. This is

a letter that is both exhilarating in its

scope and intensely grounded in the

grittiness of real life. Like those who

first received Peter’s letter, you will

be challenged to see your daily

context afresh and deeply

encouraged to live confidently

“Monday to Sunday“ wherever you


This is a beautiful, keep-able book,

so everyone in your lyfe group can

have their own copy to make notes

in, reflect further, and go deeper in


If you need help in any way, just give us a call on

01274 830 133 or email



Looking forward to Easter

News about our Foodbank

Update from the Church Planting Team



Does the increase in poverty in the UK upset you? Are you keen

to help local people who are experiencing difficult times? Your

skills could be just what we need

We are looking for volunteers on Saturdays between 9:45 - 12:15

to distribute the food to our walk-in clients.

Over the past 6 months we have provided 100s of meals through

our FoodBank and wondered if you would like to get involved.

“Truly I tell you, whatever you did for

one of the least of these brothers and

sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Looking forward to Easter

News about our Foodbank

Update from the Church Planting Team

Volunteers are the life

blood of foodbanks.

If you are interested in

volunteering please get in

touch with Michele on 01274

831109 because she’d love

to hear from you.

The 200 th anniversary

of Anne Brontë

Although we celebrated 2016 as the bicentenary of the birth of

Charlotte Brontë, and 2018 as that of Emily Brontë, it would be

very easy to overlook, in the year of the pandemic, that 2020 is the

anniversary of Anne, the youngest of the Brontë sisters.

Frequently undervalued as ‘the other Brontë sister’, Anne has

tended, unfairly, to be overshadowed by her sisters Charlotte and

Emily; but she is one of the greatest Victorian writers in her own


“a Thornton author

of faith and courage”

Anne was born in the old Parsonage on Market Street (now

Emily’s Café), to Patrick Brontë, then Perpetual Curate (i.e. priestin-charge)

of Thornton, and Maria Brontë, née Branwell, from a

merchant family in Cornwall. She was the sixth Brontë child to be

born, after Maria and Elizabeth, both of whom died tragically

young, then Charlotte, her brother Branwell, and her beloved

sister Emily.

Patrick moved his growing family to the more spacious

accommodation of the Parsonage in Haworth when Anne was only

a few months old. They travelled to their new home on foot with

their few possessions loaded onto two borrowed carts, probably

following what we now know as the Brontë Way. Villagers turned

out onto Haworth village street to welcome them as they walked

up the cobbles to their new home.

Anne’s brief life was marked by

both triumph and tragedy. Her

mother died when she was just

one year old, and her two oldest

sisters soon followed. Her

mother’s sister ‘Aunt Branwell’,

helped Patrick with his daughters’

upbringing and education. Anne

was in many ways the most

practical of the Brontë sisters.

Although shy and reserved, she

overcame her struggles and was

the only one of the siblings to

hold down a job for any length of

time, working as a live-in

governess to the wealthy

Robinson family of Thorp Green

Hall near York.

A book of poems by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, who used the

pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell respectively, appeared

in 1846. The style of Anne’s writing in both poetry and prose, is

simple, direct and sincere.

Her first novel, Agnes Grey, published alongside Emily’s Wuthering

Heights, is a largely autobiographical story of the struggles of a

governess, and in many ways foreshadowed Charlotte Brontë’s

Jane Eyre written a year later. More significantly, it exposed

ruthlessly the humiliating servitude of the intelligent but

disadvantaged young women who found themselves forced to

seek employment as governesses to the landed gentry.



& sincere”

Anne’s second novel, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall, is about a

woman escaping an abusive marriage to find autonomy as an

artist. It deals unflinchingly with domestic abuse and infidelity,

alcohol and opium addiction, class inequality, and the right of

women to choose their own path in life. Nobody had previously

written anything like this. “When we have to do with vice and

vicious characters, I maintain it is better to depict them as they

really are than as they would wish to appear,” Anne wrote in the

preface to the novel. It has been said that when the heroine of the

novel, Helen Graham, slammed the bedroom door against her

husband, “it reverberated throughout Victorian England.”

Anne had achieved literary success, and there was the promise of

greater things to come, but within a year tragedy struck, as in rapid

succession Branwell, Emily, and finally Anne herself died of

tuberculosis. Anne was only 29 years old. She spent her last few

days in Scarborough, and is buried in St Mary’s churchyard near

the Castle and overlooking the sea that she loved so much.

Anne’s life and writing

are characterised by

her personal faith in

Christ and by her

passionate social


Her aim in writing was

"to tell the truth, for

truth always conveys

its own moral to those

who are able to

receive it”.

A scene from the BBC1’s To Walk Invisible by Sally

Wainwright, with Anne (centre) played by Charlie Murphy

While her poetry and novels lack the Gothic imagination of her

more famous sisters, they more than make up for that in her plain

speaking about hitherto unmentionable social issues. Here at St

James’, it is a privilege for us to be associated with a woman of

such courage and shining faith.

Lesley Pemberton



The Sunday


4 th Love, Honour & Respect Harry Gwinnett

11 th Harvest Gloria Hardisty

18 th What Now Harry Gwinnett

25 th The Great Commandment Mavis Rouse

If you miss our Sunday talks why not catch

us on YouTube



Although things are changing this is just a reminder that we are still

meeting on Tuesdays at 9am for prayer and you can connect with us

via Zoom or by using your normal landline telephone and it’s a

Freephone telephone number.

To connect via the internet or smartphone use the following number


To connect via a standard Telephone

0800 260 5801 FREEPHONE

0800 031 5717 FREEPHONE

0330 088 5830 Local rate

When prompted enter the following num. 996-9646-3899#

In association with Rooted In

Our aim is to see unity in the community where

people can feel accepted, peace and honour


To encourage and nurture individuals and families

To dream out loud

To support and take action

t 01274 831109



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How life can be

For the half term holiday we will be distributing 100s of fun

activity packs for primary school children – if you’d like to

be involved preparing these fun packs then we’d love to

hear from you.

Just call 01274 83 11 09 or email




A church plant from St James





I recently started a literature group for inmates, it's got it's prose

and cons.

1984 is a great work of literature.I think all kids should be forced

to read it.

A long time ago, I had a job where I translated pre-classical Greek

literature into Braille. It feels like ancient history.

I wanted to buy some literature on DIY shelving. Sounds easy, but

try going into a book store and asking if they have "any books on


A linguistics professor is lecturing: "In some languages - for

example, French and Russian - a double negative represents a

positive. But in no language does a double positive represent a

negative." He then pauses to let the audience appreciate his

point, but someone from the back of the room says "Yeah, right!"

My friend thinks he's a chocolate orange. I'm worried he's going

to be sectioned!

If at first you don't succeed…maybe skydiving isn't for you.


Please support the

work of St James


Lots of ways

to give


Parochial Church Council of

Thornton Parish Church

Barclays Bank

20-11-81 40891355


300 Thornton Road, Thornton

Bradford BD13 3AB


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