Welcome to St. Bartholomew’s Church

Ripponden Parish Church


 St. Bartholomew`s Church will be open for Parish Eucharist on Sunday 6th September with our new Priest in charge, Rev Stephen Southgate, taking the service. All Covid regulations are in place – please wear a facemask, there will be no singing and 2m social distancing will apply where possible. Only 30 people maximum will be allowed in.

In case of an emergency contact William Burchill, Churchwarden on 824042 or email burchillwilliam@yahoo.co.uk

A number of national online resources can be found on (https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online) including weekly streamed services and daily audio and prayers.

We are  sending out our weekly news sheet with the week’s bible readings, thoughts, prayers and notices, as a way to keep in touch with everybody. If you would like to receive a copy please email Julie at julieatchurchoffice@gmail.com.             Please also email Julie for any Wedding or Christening enquiries.

A note from our soon to be Parish Priest, Rev Stephen Southgate:-

Dear Folks,
Sunday the 10th of May was originally going to be the date for my Licensing
as Parish Priest for Barkisland, Dean Head, Rishworth and Ripponden;
but of course, we haven’t been able to move.
So, I wanted to say hello, and to reassure you that Annie and I
are still very much looking forward to coming up to West Yorkshire.
You are in our thoughts and prayers, as we do what we can down here
to get to know some of you by telephone,  and to be sorted and ready to join you,
as soon as it’s safe and possible.
Special thanks to everyone who is supporting and helping those around them,
and following the Lock-down guidance, and praying for us, too.
Keep safe and well, and may God bless you all.
Best wishes,


St Bartholomew’s is a Church of England church in the village of Ripponden, West Yorkshire, on the edge of the Pennines, and boasts both beautiful scenery and a vibrant community.

 The church’s worship is traditional, middle of the road Anglican, with regular services on Sundays and Wednesdays, using both Common Worship for the main Sunday morning service and  the midweek said Communion.  The Book of Common Prayer  is used for Evensong on the first Sunday of the month.

 It is a large, beautiful Church, comfortably able to seat 300 people.

 The church has a wide range of groups for every age.  We have a varied social calendar including, amongst other things, musical concerts , the annual Christmas Craft Fair, the annual duck race and garden party and stalls at the Rush-bearing Festival.  You can see full  details of groups and events on our web site.

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The church is also a popular venue for Christenings and Weddings.

Wherever you are in the world, we hope you enjoy your visit and find the information and news about our faith, work and village life in Ripponden useful.

We will be ensuring that news and events are updated  so keep checking the site. If you can help with fundraising donations then this is where you will find detail.

We have recently added some stunning images of our stained glass windows to the gallery, which we hope you will enjoy viewing.

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Safeguarding at St Bartholomew’s
At St. Bartholomew’s we seek to promote and maintain a safe, caring environment that protects and promotes the welfare of all children, young people and adults.
Our church adopts the Church of England House of Bishops policy statement ‘Promoting A Safer Church’.
All contact details for Safeguarding can be found displayed in the church entrance.

Denise Sotnyk is our Safeguarding Officer  and can be contacted on 01422 822854                                            The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors are :- Jenny Leccardi  07872 005189 and Narinder Lyon   07872 005309

The policy statement ‘Promoting A Safer Church’ can be found on our Safeguarding page

St Bart’s is also a drop off point for food items for the homeless and Halifax Food Bank

Patterns and advice available for items for Calderdale Royal’s Neonatal Department – hats & blankets in red, amber and green. Call in to our Community Cafe on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month 1.30 – 3.30pm.

Come along and get involved! 

Click  to visit the Pilgrimages and Retreats link

Click to visit the Diocese new Renewal and Reform programme

Click to visit St.John’s Church, Rishworth website

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