Services – Sunday 18th April

#Meltham Parish Churches are now open for worship. Join us in church or online.

9:30am – St Bartholomew’s – Meltham (can be joined via YouTube)
9:30am – St James’ – Meltham Mills
11:15am – St Mary’s – Wilshaw (can be joined via Zoom)
11:15am – Christ Church – Helme

YouTube link:
Zoom link: (currently not available)

Wednesday mornings 10.30-11am – St Bartholomew’s, spoken BCP H service of Holy Communion

MCT prayers w/b 12.4.21

Hello Everyone

A prayer for the time after Easter.

Written by Roddy Cowie Member of Iona Community.

A prayer worthy of our attention throughout Eastertide in

preparation for Pentecost when Hope bursts forth in Freedom.

Lord of the Upper Room

Lord Jesus, today we remember that you came to the disciples when they were hiding in the upper room, afraid to face the world.

We pray for those who lock themselves away, afraid to face the world:

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have been hurt.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they feel weak or useless.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they are different.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have dangerous enemies.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have done wrong and cannot bear to face the consequences.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have lost someone they love and see no way to face the world without them.

We pray for those who lock themselves away because they have lost hope.

We pray for those we know who are afraid to face the world, and for the millions we do not know who feel the same way, and if we know that we are locked away ourselves then we pray for ourselves too …

And we pray for those who have no choice but to face pain and hardship – the sick, the poor and those in trouble …

Lord of the upper room, be present in the minds of those who need your presence – be their light, their friend, their defender and their hope.

We ask it in your name.   Amen


The Duke of Edinburgh

You may want to look at some of the links detailed below.

Dear All,

Following the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,  I felt it would be helpful to share a range of relevant resources for churches and parishes which are listed below:

A reflection on his life by Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, which includes a link to a short video, may be read here

A reflection by the Archbishop of Canterbury, may be read here

A reflection by the Archbishop of York, may be read here

A Church of England online book of condolence, prayers and liturgical resources may be found here

Best wishes,


MCT prayers wb 5.4.21

Hello Everyone

Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Halleluiah!

A Message to you all This Easter Monday

The mark of the cross

Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple

and that God’s spirit lives in you?

1 Corinthians 3:16 (New International Version)

Extract from Facing the Storm, by Eddie Askew first published 1989.

Behind the carved oak pulpit in the old church, I noticed a mark on the worn wall. At first glance, I thought it was just a random roughness, a shadow on the stone. Then I realised it was the outline of a cross. It must have hung there for years and, when taken down, it left the mark on the wall.

As individual Christians we leave a mark. Most of us lead unremarkable lives.

Actually, I’m not so sure of that. When you get to know people, you find few who are ‘ordinary’. No one is exactly like another. Each is remarkable in individual experience. Each of us has something of value to give. But we lead unspectacular lives, rarely producing headlines in the newspapers. Yet our presence in the world, our faithful performance of the little acts of daily living, makes its mark.

There are times when we feel useless. We can’t stop the steamroller of world events without getting flattened. No-one listens to the thin sound of our protest. But ‘your living shall not be in vain’, as the song puts it. We make our mark and, however small it is, it’s our mark, and the world will never be quite the same again.

God grant the mark we leave is the mark of the cross. I may not see its cosmic breadth, or deep significance – sounds pompous anyway – but in the faithful living out and quiet affirmation of this day’s duty, lies worth, and joy.

And on some wall a mark is made. A mark of love, shaped like a cross.

Hope you are having a Very Happy and Peaceful Easter.


Easter Day Services

Hallelujah! It’s Easter Day!
Join us in church or online to celebrate the Jesus, Risen from the Dead!

9:30am – St Bartholomew’s Meltham
9:30am – St James’ Meltham Mills
11:15 – Christ Church Helme
11:15 – St Mary’s Wilshaw

The service from St Bartholomew’s will be streamed live on YouTube, and can be found using the following link:

The Real Love Story continues……..with pebbles

Please take a pebble. A small initiative of #RealLove on Good Friday in Meltham on our Greenway. 400 stones have been painted by Christians in Meltham. They all have a heart- personally designed by the artist – and are a reminder that the Easter message is – Jesus loves us without limits. You’ll find them in #Meltham down on the greenway. Please take one home or to give to others. You may even want to hide them elsewhere for others to find!

The four Church of England churches within the Meltham Parish have all decorated a tree and a cross outside. Please stop by and take a look.

Holy Week Meditations – Good Friday

Good Friday reflection – Crucified God, you suffer with and for your people: in these lonely times of deep distress sharpen our sense of your accompanying presence. Amen.

A reminder that their is a service at St Bartholomew’s this afternoon at 3pm featuring readings and musical excerpts from Stainer’s Crucifixion and Maunder’s Olivet to Calvary sung by 3 soloists. It can also be viewed live on YouTube hopefully using this link:

All online services past and present can be viewed from the Parish YouTube channel: