On 8th December 2018 the church was decorated all round with Nativity Scenes presented or created by different church linked groups.
Our Northcliffe Christmas Cards proclaim Jesus the Reason for the Season. Our service for the first Sunday in Advent was led by Caroline Pathak on 2nd December. The first advent candle – the candle of Hope was lit.
The second Sunday of advent coincided with the lighting of the candle of Peace. Masses of Brownies, Guides and Rangers presented The Nativity in drama, prayer and song on Sunday 9th after an exciting sleep-over. We heard the Christmas story in verse in the form of Granddad’s Christmas Tale. They showed us some of the craft activities they’d done. The church was full of our regular congregation and proud family members seeing their daughters acting as children, shepherds, wise men, the Holy family, angles and stars with a narrator and of course a granddad who linked it all together. Thanks to the Guide Leaders for helping the girls pull off such a successful and delightful service.
On the third Sunday of advent there will be no morning service. Instead we are holding a Candle-lit Family Service on 16th December at 4pm, with carol singing accompanied by Hall Royd Band. This will be followed by drinks of tea, squash or coffee with mince pies or chocolate logs.
The 4th Sunday of Advent is a 10.30 service of 9 lessons and carols led by Janet Smith. There will be no service at Northcliffe on 25th but you are welcome to attend a service Crag Rd Methodist Church at 10am. On 30th December you are welcome to join us here at Northcliffe at 10.30 am for a Communion Service led by Rev’d Phil Drake.
At our Remembrance Service on 11th November we displayed the names of those from our church who had lost their lives during ‘The Great War’. This included those from the former Shipley United Reformed Church and those from Hall Royd Methodist Church. A cascade of Autumn leaves represented falling poppies and our some of our red flowers were displayed in a shell case trench-art vase. Our service was ably led by Barry Empson and of course a two minute silence was observed.
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Youth Club for 8-12 year olds is taking place at Northcliffe in the church on Monday evenings from 6 – 7.30pm. Led by Adam Robinson and Hazel Leech of the Zephaniah Trust with activities, games, bible stories. First session is free and each subsequent session is £2 to include tuck.
Wesley Singers Concert at Northcliffe – a large audience was thoroughly entertained with a concert of music and light entertainment by the Wesley Singers. Musical items were interspersed with humorous monologues and poems so there was much to laugh at and plenty of music to sit back and enjoy. Funds raised will help towards our building maintenance and improvements. Our thanks go to The Wesley Singers and their musical director Barry Jordan. It was obvious that this is a well-rehearsed choir. Thanks go also to Pat whose piano accompaniment was so accomplished.
Prayer Day was a blessing to those who attended. Some were from churches within Bradford North circuit and a few from other churches such as Life Church, St Margaret, Shipley Baptist and also Northcliffe’s Tuesday Church. The centre space was set out with a labyrinth which people could walk at their own pace and in contemplation. Around the church, prayer stations encouraged visitors to use senses such as sight or touch, and to think of others in our own community and around the world. Footsteps were set out to lead people to think of the path that led to Jesus.
Northcliffe is hosting this one-day live streamed conference on Thursday 13th September from 9.30 – 2.30 with lunch provided.
The Belonging Conference supports churches to have a welcoming and accessible ministry with children and young people with additional needs.
Find out more about the great line-up of speakers and the topics they’ll be covering by visiting www.methodist.org.uk/belongingconference
For further details contact Tim 01274 594906 or email email@example.com