Messages from Mike - Thursday 5th May 2022
Those who were around in 2019 will remember the Pentecost Walk of Witness through town and our shared service at St Andrew’s (KSC). It was a great occasion of celebrating together and proclaiming publicly the good news of Jesus, who is alive and at work in His church, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This year we will be holding a whole-parish open air service at the band stand in Cliffe Castle Park on Sunday 5th June at 11am, with picnic and games afterwards in the park. As before we are encouraging all who can, to join a procession of praise (details to follow).
This coincides with the jubilee celebrations and we’ll be inviting the town to join us.
Please do pray for this event, for good weather and a wonderful sense of celebration. If anyone would like to be part of the planning, please do contact me as I’m wanting people from each church to help shape the service.
God bless, Mike
Messages from Mike - Thursday 28th April 2022
We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!
There is much to celebrate in Keighley Parish this Easter! We’ve proclaimed in many places and in many different ways, the wonderful story of Jesus, who died for us and rose again to bring us new life; the powerful symbolism of six baptisms at Grub’s Up; the engagement with families in our schools and Messy Easter events; the meaningful services across the parish during Holy Week and the shout of praise ‘Alleluia, he is risen’ on Easter Sunday!
God is good and we celebrate the signs of his transforming love at work across Keighley. Many blessings.
Messages from Mike – Thursday 10th March 2022
When I was Vicar of Morton and Riddlesden we had a Ukrainian Orthodox Priest, Father Michael, who lived in the parish. As he became less mobile, he came to worship with us and was a real blessing to our community. His insight of faith was always an inspiration to me and I remember him very fondly. He died quite a few years ago but, as I’ve been watching with dismay, the news of the invasion of Ukraine, he’s been on my mind.
This was one of Father Michael’s favourite times of the Christian year. He loved Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. He loved the symbolism of the ashes that we use to make the sign of the cross on our foreheads. They help us to see ourselves from God’s perspective, at the same time, both fragile and vulnerable but also loved deeply by Jesus, whose cross marks us. We are reminded of our mortality – ‘we are from the dust, and to the dust we shall return’ – but also called to make sure that each day counts – ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to God’. In the cross we see Jesus who knows and shares our suffering but also the one who overcomes death for us. This is a season of prayer and action that we may reflect the love and light of Jesus and come to Easter with a celebration of new life.
Prayer for Ukraine
The world-wide church has set aside Ash Wednesday as a ‘day of prayer and fasting’ for the Ukraine. One of the prayer stations will enable our prayer for Ukraine.
I’ve managed to be in contact over recent weeks with the leaders of the Ukrainian Association in Keighley and heard from them their fears and hopes. I’ve also been able to assure them of our prayers for their country and their families. Please join me in praying for peace and an end to the violence in Ukraine.