News Sheet






VIDEO:                                                                    “Call to Listen”

HYMN:                                    StF 499                   Great God, your love has called us here…




OLD TESTAMENT READING:                                1 Samuel chapter 3 verses 1 – 10  (O.T. p 267)

HYMN:                                    StF 663                   I, the Lord of sea and sky…

GOSPEL READING:                                               John chapter 1 verses 43 – 51        (N.T. p 118)

SERMON:                                                               Who is it for?

VIDEO:                                                                    “Speak We’re Listening”

HYMN:                                    StF 666                   Master, speak! Thy servant heareth…


THE LORD’S PRAYER – (Modern version)



HYMN:                                    StF 571                   As your family, Lord, see us here…




HYMN:                                    StF 662                   Have you heard God’s voice…





HYMN:                                    StF 161   Speak, O Lord, as we come to you…


Gladly, O God, we come together, here in this place, to seek your deeper presence in the silence. 


We bring before you our wounds and our weariness from the journey..

Together we look with hopeful expectation to find the star which signals your arrival.

Thankfully, we come forward to kneel and to receive the glory of your presence.

With our little gifts we are humbled before you.

And we find among the straw, in the misty breath of the animals,

That you have come more humanly than we could imagine. 

PSALM 139 verses 1-18 - Where can I go from your Spirit?

HYMN:                                    StF  20                     Be still, for the presence of the Lord…

READINGS:                                                            Isaiah chapter 61 verses 1-4              (O.T. p 725)

                                                                                1 Corinthians chapter 2 verses 6-13 (N.T. p 207)

MEDITATION on the Psalm 139  - Treasures from the Psalms

HYMN:                                    StF 18                     Be still and know that I am God…



HYMN:                                    StF 545                    Be thou my vision…


Organist : Mr David Whiteley

WELCOME TO ST ANDREW’S – we give a very warm welcome to everyone and especially to anyone who may be visiting or worshipping with us for the first time today. We look forward to a good time of worship, praise and fellowship at our Service of Holy Communion this morning which is being led by the Rev Graham Smith.  It is good to have Graham with us as again this morning.  Coffee/tea and biscuits will be served in the Coffee Lounge after morning Worship and we invite everyone to join us as we continue in fellowship together. This evening at 6.00 p.m. our Service will be led by Mrs Stella Christie and we do hope that you will be able to join us on this occasion. 


A MEETING FOR PRAYER is held every Sunday morning from 10.00 a.m. – 10.20 a.m. in the Quiet Room and we invite all to join us as we bring our concerns and prayers for our Church, other people and ourselves to the Lord – please do come and share in this special time of “Talking with God.”

Generous God, for all that sustains us; air to breath, warmth and light,
food to eat, water to drink, we offer our thanks and praise.
For spiritual gifts that bind us together; one people, one body
empowered for service we offer our hands and voices.
For the Good News of the Gospel; healing and wholeness freedom and justice
we offer our hearts in service. Amen

(Prayer taken from a Faith and Worship resource by John Birch)


OUR CHURCH WEEKEND AWAY IN 2018 will be from Friday 9th March - Sunday 11th March 2018.  We are going to Thornleigh Christian Hotel, Grange over Sands.  We are delighted that Terry is going to take part in our weekend. The cost of the weekend is £146 + something towards transport costs if you would like a lift there. If you would like to know more about the week-end, please have a word with Glenda. Please pick up a leaflet and add your name to the list in the Vestibule if you would like to join us.


THE MONDAY EVENING BIBLE FELLOWSHIP GROUP will meet tomorrow evening – Monday 15th January and then again on Monday 19th February 2018.  The group will be continuing their studies on James.  All meetings are held at the home of Sue and John.


THE GREEN PARK FELLOWSHIP GROUP will meet again this coming Thursday - January 18th and then again on Thursday February 15th 2018 when they will continue to study the ‘Hard Saying of Jesus’ – all meetings start at 7.30 pm. at the home of Sue & Mike.


THE SEEKER’S BIBLE STUDY AND FELLOWSHIP GROUP – will meet again on Monday 5th February 2018 at the home of Vivienne and Enid starting at 7.30 p.m.    More details from Margaret Caulfield (01422 363686).


CHURCH COUNCIL – will members of the Church Council please note that the February  Church Council which was fixed for Tuesday 13th February has had to be changed to Wednesday 14th February - The calling notice and minutes etc will be available shortly.


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY - now South Halifax includes six churches our usual services followed by soup will extend into two weeks, starting with

  • St Andrew’s on Thursday January 18th,
  • St Jude’s on Friday January 19th
  • St Alban’s on Monday January 22nd,
  • Heath URC on Tuesday January 23rd,
  •  All Saints’ on Wednesday January 24th and finally
  • St Mark’s on Friday January 25th.

Each service is at 12 noon and the soup lunch follows at about 12.30 p.m.  These are times of great fellowship and have become an important part of each year. You will be warmly welcomed at as many as you are able to attend.

SHEILA (BOLTON) would like to say ‘Thank you all very much for your prayers, cards, flowers and so much love while I have been ill, it's wonderful to know that you are loved so very much. I am feeling much better now and I will see everyone soon….’ Love Sheila.


THE RE-ARRANGED ‘CHURCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS MEAL’ will now take place after morning worship on Sunday 4th February 2018 and we do hope that all who previously bought tickets will be able to come along on this day and share in the meal.  If you were unable to come to the previous meal and now find that you are free on February 4th then Tricia has some tickets that she will be happy to sell you.  The cost of a ticket is £8.00 with all this amount going to the Church Development Fund thanks to the generosity of members of the O & A Group who look forward to your company on February 4th.


THE CHRISTMAS QUIZ - was won by Anita Ashby (Skircoat Library walking group). Anita has kindly donated the prize to the Development Fund. 18 entries were returned, of which 12 were correct.  The total raised was £134.00. Many thanks for your support.  Answers on the notice board in the corridor by the coffee bar.


LOST PROPERTY - ever wondered what happens to all the unclaimed Lost Property that is left behind at St Andrew's?  Last week 3 big bags of freshly washed clothes - sweatshirts, jumpers, hats, scarves, coats and jackets of all sizes - were delivered to the Gathering Place - formerly the Sunday School attached to Ebenezer Methodist Church at the bottom of Pellon Lane.  This was received with great appreciation.  If people keep leaving things behind at St Andrew's it will be taken elsewhere for the benefit of the vulnerable, marginalised and needy of the area.


OUTREACH AND AWARENESS CART PPROJECT - now that Christmas and New Year are over, we need to be thinking once again about our O&A project.  Many, many thanks for the tremendous response to the Toy Service.  It took several of us to transport all the gifts that you gave and the people at CART were very happy to receive them.  Just a reminder…we have an anytime list of items that are needed by all 12 countries of Africa where the containers go.  If you can support this, please send anything from that list.  In addition, there are specific things that particular countries need and CART let us know what these are each month. If you can help with any of these, then you know how desperately needed they are. The January and February countries both are desperately short of baby things, dummies, bottles (not glass), nappies, baby wipes, bibs and baby powder. They also need sanitary products.   The February country have none at all!  Girls cannot go to school when they have a period because they have no sanitary products to use.   If you can help with any of these, they will be so grateful.  There are copies of the “anytime lists “ available from the Vestibule…Thank you…Tricia.


OPEN TO GOD which meets every Wednesday morning at 10.00 a.m. is meeting at HIGHGATE METHODIST CHURCH during January and on Wednesday 17th January 2018 will be led by Peter and Linda Guy.


PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE NOTICES/ADVERTISEMENTS ON THE NOTICE BOARD – there may well be something of interest you may miss if you don’t have a look!

  • The Food and Support Drop In Centre report for Saturday 6th January 2018
  • Pancake Lunch on Saturday 10th February from 11 am – 2 pm at St Paul’s Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge
  • Italian Evening at Brighouse Central Methodist Church on Saturday 17th February 2018 – 6.15pm for 6.30pm start
  • Job Application for a part time post at Hebden Royd Methodist Church for a Mission Centre Manager
  • Job Applications for a Co-ordinator and Administrator in connection with the ONE Opportuntity programme that will employ and train young people within the Yorkshire West District

THE CALDERDALE WOMEN’S INTER-FAITH GROUP – next event is on Thursday 25th January 2018 at 10.00am until 12 noon, at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, Halifax HX1 5PG

It's a New Year and more activities are being planned for all women in Calderdale - of any faith background or none - all are welcome!  The Planning Group has some plans for activities for the next few months and we hope you will find them of interest.  We aim to hold one event or activity each month –

  • Thursday 25 January, 10 am until about 12 noon, at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre - This will be a combined activity with ladies from the Hanson Lane Opportunities Trust project - the theme is Creation - the Christian and the Muslim perspectives.  The Christian person involved is retired Rev Madeleine Russell (formerly of St Jude's CofE) and Surraya Bibi will be the lead from the Muslim perspective. We have had a few discussions before - using a book called Sharing Mary which gives extracts from the Bible and the Koran covering the same person or the same event. We are always welcomed at Hanson Lane and have thought-provoking talks and chats - in comfortable surroundings. It's a great chance to talk - during the discussion and during the coffee break!
  • Monday 19th February, 10 am until about 12 noon, venue to be confirmed. This will be a lady demonstrating and talking about "cupping", an alternative treatment. Many of us will have heard the term used but may not know much about it - this is your chance to hear about it - and ask questions!
  • Monday 5th March meeting, 10.30 am until 12.30 pm - Julia Slater is organising this meeting on the topic "How did I get to this point in my faith life/journey?" Julia will lead a discussion and we will all be encouraged to join in - but no pressure if anyone just wants to listen. Venue not yet confirmed. Our group has members of a range of faith backgrounds - it will be interesting to hear different people's stories.

Also, it is the practice of Calderdale Interfaith Council in partnership with Calderdale Council to hold an event to commemorate the nationally recognised Holocaust Memorial Day. An invitation to this is attached – See Notice Board.  Please read it and plan to attend, in Crossley Heath School, at 1 pm on Monday 29th January. You don't need to reply - just come along. As we all know the Holocaust in World War II is not the only example of mass slaughter of people of a particular race, faith or group. This is an opportunity to remember all such horrific events and everyone affected.

Just to say as well that we are a very friendly group – we may come from different faith backgrounds but no-one will try to challenge or change your beliefs – we all respect each other and each other’s faith. We learn about many faiths and respect the diversity found in this area. Come and join us!

Advert - Circle Dance - Rev Madeleine Russell is again running Circle Dances -- on 27th January, 17th February and 17th March at Christ Church, Church Lane, Pellon, Halifax HX2 0EF, 10am-12.30pm, followed as usual by soup lunch for anyone who wants to stay. All welcome.


CHURCH CROCKERY - David Hambleton, a member of Thurlstone & Millhouse Green Methodist Church in Denby Dale & Clayton West Circuit, collects items of crockery that have the church name stamped on, e.g. plates, cups, saucers etc. He is hoping to widen the area he has already covered and would be grateful for any spare items from closed or merged churches, or indeed churches that are still open. Contact David directly on 01484 607970 if you have any suitable items to pass on…Thank you.







Monday 15th January 2018          9.00 a.m. – 11.15 a.m.        The Toddler Group will meet.

   11.00 a.m. – 1.15 p.m.          The Monday Morning Kitchen

                                                                                                will meet in the Moore Hall.

Tuesday 16th January 2018      10.00 a.m. – 12 noon            The Crafts & Coffee Club will

                                                                                                meet in the Coffee Lounge.

                                                    1.30 p.m.                             Messy Church Planning Meeting in

                                                                                                the Quiet Room

Wednesday 17th January 2018   1.30 p.m.                            The Ladies Club will meet for their

                                                                                                New Year Party

7.00 p.m.                             The Men’s Supper Club will meet when the speaker will be

Ben Richardson his talk is called

                                          ‘Tha’s got to Laugh’ – Funny, bizarre

                                          and unusual Police tales

Thursday 18th January 2018      12 noon                              Service followed by a soup lunch to

                                                                                                celebrate the Week of Prayer for

                                                                                                Christian Unity – All welcome

                                                6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.         Rainbows/Brownies/Cubs/Beavers/Scouts

Sunday 21st January 2018      10.00 a.m. – 10.20 a.m.           Prayer Meeting in the Quiet Room –

                                                                                                open to all.

                10.30 a.m.                           Morning Worship led by a member of

                                                           the team from Halifax Minster

                 6.00 p.m.                            Praise Service led by members of the

                                                           Praise Team -

                                                           Preacher : The Rev Francis Neil

Today we join with other members of the Calderdale Circuit as collectively we pray for the Church Family at Highgate Methodist Church and for their Minister the Rev Terry Keen.


During your prayer-time this week please pray for:

The Rev Terry Keen our Minister and Mrs Stella Christie our Pastoral Lay Worker.

A member of the Team at the Halifax Minster and  the Rev Francis Neil and members of the Praise team as they prepare to lead our Worship next Sunday morning at 10.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. respectively.

All our Circuit Ministers and Local Preachers as they prepare to lead worship in the various Churches around the Circuit next Sunday.  We think especially of Miss Alison Dobson as she prepares to lead worship at Illingworth Moor next Sunday morning.

For all the many Activities, Church based and otherwise that happen here during the coming week and for all the people who come to these activities.

All members of the St Andrew’s Church Family who need our prayers at this time for whatever reason, the Lord knows what that reason is, we remember those who are not well, those who may be going into hospital or recovering at home after being in Hospital and for those who are awaiting tests/test results and also for others who have family members or friends unwell at this time.  Please continue to remember Susan and John Hargreaves and their family as they prepare for the Funeral Service of Susan’s mother Elsie who died recently.  May the love of God surround and support all our friends today and during the coming weeks as they face whatever lies ahead.

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