Newsletter 6 Dec 2015

Almighty God, purify our hearts
and minds, that when your Son
Jesus Christ comes again as judge
and saviour we may be ready
to receive him, who is our Lord and
our God.

Baruch 5
5 Take off the garment of your sorrow and afflic-tion, O Jerusalem, and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God.
2 Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting;
3 for God will show your splendour everywhere un-der heaven.
4 For God will give you evermore the name,
‘Righteous Peace, Godly Glory’.

5 Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height;
look towards the east,
and see your children gathered from west and east
at the word of the Holy One,
rejoicing that God has remembered them.
6 For they went out from you on foot,
led away by their enemies;
but God will bring them back to you,
carried in glory, as on a royal throne.
7 For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low
and the valleys filled up, to make level ground,
so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
8 The woods and every fragrant tree
have shaded Israel at God’s command.
9 For God will lead Israel with joy,
in the light of his glory, with the mercy and right-eousness that come from him.

Philippians 1.3-11
3 I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. 7It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your

heart, for all of you share in God’s gracewith me, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and
confirmation of the gospel. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that on the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, 11having produced the harvest of right-eousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

Luke 3.1-6
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tibe-rius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Phil-ip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, 2during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilder-ness. 3He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, 4as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.
5 Every valley shall be filled,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth;
6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” ’

Post Communion Prayer
Father in heaven,
who sent your Son to redeem the world
and will send him again to be our judge:
give us grace so to imitate him in the humility and purity of his first coming that, when he comes again, we may be ready to greet him
with joyful love and firm faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Invitation to Confirmation

If anyone of school year 6 age(ish) or above – anyone up to about 139 – is interested in being Confirmed, please contact the Vicar, Rev Chris Ball. We will offer two groups, one for young people and one for less young people after Christmas. If you would just like a chat about what Confirmation is, please do get in touch with me. My e-mail address is best, or catch me at one of the churches in the Benefice on a Sunday. We will have a mixture of films, music, time in churches and maybe even a visit or two to other churches as well to see what we can find out about this next step on the Christian journey of faith.


After the service at Ripponden today we

will be starting the Christingles. If you

can stay, your help would be very much appreciated.


Carol Services

Ripponden -Thurs 17th Dec at 7.30pm

Deanhead – Sun 20th Dec at 2.30pm

Barkisland – Sun 20th Dec at 4pm

Rishworth – Sun 20th Dec at 6.30pm



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On Saturday 12th December at 7.30pm.,there will be a Christmas concert by Hebden Bridge Junior Band at Stones Methodist Church. Adults £8, concessions £6 and a family ticket £20. These are available from David Normanton telephone Hx 346371.


An enormous thank you to everyone who helped and supported the Craft Fair at Ripponden. Over £1700 was raised for church funds.


Little Fishes meet on Monday 14th December
100 Club – with Christmas round the corner, have you considered giving membership of the 100 Club as a present to friends and family? We currently have 78 members and in 3 years have raised £5,000 to spend on the Church and Community Centre.   If every member were able to find one more person to join we might even live up to our name and reach 100 members by Christmas!  To join, take an application form from the back of St Bart’s Church, ring Dave Butler on 824129 or email


This week’s diary

Wednesday 9th  December            10.30am – Holy Communion at Ripponden

Sunday 13th  December –   Advent 3            

8.00am Holy Communion Ripponden

9.30am Parish Eucharist Rishworth

9.30am All Age Worship Ripponden

11.00am Parish Eucharist Barkisland


Children’s Christmas Craft Activities at Ripponden Community Centre on Friday 11th December

5.30pm- 7.30pm. Forms available at the

back of church or ring Julie on 823047 if

you would like your child to attend.


Overgate Hospice would like to invite you to be part of their “ Light up a Life Appeal 2015”

You can dedicate a light on the tree by visiting or call 387121 for a form. Or go to the ‘Light up a Life’ event on

Thurs 17th December 6.30pm at Overgate Hospice