Re-opening the KCB churches for public worship

We’re looking at re-opening – the KCB churches have always sought to be cautious regarding Coronavirus so that we are all as protected from infection as possible.

In the light of the fact that the ‘stay at home’ message is staying in place and that infection rates in this area are still relatively high, the Church Council is proposing no major change to our current arrangements for the time being, the exception being that St Mary’s church in Bradley will be open for private prayer on Sundays at 9.30am from 14th March.

14th March is Mothering Sunday.

Each church is planning a distribution of flowers – a gift from the “Mother Church”.
At St Mary’s and St John’s, these will be delivered to members of the congregation.
In Kildwick, the flowers will be in the porch; a free gift to anyone in the community who regards St Andrews’s as their spiritual home.

Our plans for Holy Week remain online.  There will be a service of Compline on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.  On Maundy Thursday there will be an online Communion service in the evening.  Some details about these are here.

Good Friday will be marked with a service of the Stations of the Cross at 2.00pm and on Holy Saturday (a day of waiting and watching), there is no service.

On Easter Day

We can at last begin to meet in person!
Provided the Government restrictions remain as they are, all three churches will be open for a service.  At 9.30am, Julie will be at St Mary’s in Bradley and at 11.00am she will preside at St Andrew’s, Kildwick while the Methodist Circuit provides the leadership at St John’s.

After Easter

We shall hope to revert to the service plan with a service every Sunday in each church.
In Bradley, that’s at 9.30;
In Cononley they meet at 11.00
At Kildwick the service flits from one time to the other.

We are taking a conservative approach but we’re delighted that we can be more positive about the future and we look forward to seeing you!
For the time being, we will still need to preserve social distancing and to wear masks during services.

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March Magazine

The March Pinnacle CoverThe March magazine is ready!  There were an encouraging number of articles in the postbag – so many that I’ve held over some for April (and maybe even May!).

We made sure that publication was held back till after the PCC meeting yesterday (23rd February).  Perhaps the headline from the meeting is that our churches will be re-opening on Easter Day.

Some fascinating articles.  One was prompted by a Facebook discussion.  Others follow a suggestion made after an online Sunday service.

We hear about separating teabags – and of Pudding’s flight into the wild.  Plenty here to read over your morning cuppa.  Enough, even, to warrant a bikkie!

Read it here during March – or visit the archive on the old Kildwick site once the next edition is out in April.

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PCC Meeting

Not, perhaps, the most enthralling item on your social calendar – but the PCC (Parocial Church Council) will be meeting on Tuesday next (23rd February).  It will, of course, be a “remote” meeting, via the invaluable Zoom.

Don’t expect the fireworks which made that notorious Council meeting go viral!
The more notable items on the agenda include a discussion about how – and when – we can begin safely to re-open our church buildings.  There seems to be a growing head of steam to have the churches open for Holy Week and Easter.

There will be a number of the usual “maintenance” matters – probably concerning all three church buildings – as well as the much bigger issue of the return of St Andrew’s into the life of the community around Kildwick and Farnhill.

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Magazine out!

The Pinnacle by Philip PriestlyThe February magazine is now ready.  The front cover features a particularly fine image of the Pinnacle by Philip Priestley and inside you’ll find everything from geese to penguins; and from 1918 to 2021!

Read this magazine on the old Kildwick website at

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Locked down again

Following the announcement of a further period of national lockdown, with heavy hearts, we have decided that it is right to suspend public worship in our church buildings for now. We expect to review this decision in 6 weeks’ time.

For now, Sunday worship will continue via Zoom at 10am, and via the KCB Parish Facebook page for Evening Prayer at 4pm. Additionally, Morning and Evening Prayer will continue via Facebook  on Mondays to Thursdays at 9am and 4.30pm.

For details of how to access the Zoom services, please contact Julie Bacon

Please do your bit to help suppress the spread of the virus by staying at home and minimizing your physical social interactions. But do keep in touch with each other, and with friends and neighbours!
A phone call, text or e-mail can really help us to stay connected with each other.

And if you need clergy support, don’t hesitate to contact Julie Bacon.  She will always be happy to have a chat and to pray with you.

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Have you done the Carol Hunt yet?

keen carollersWe’ve already heard of one family who have – and they sang all the carols with (mostly) the right words!  This was in Kildwick and Farnhill, but there’s another in Bradley and one in Cononley.

If you’re looking for a walk with the children this holiday, why not pick up a leaflet from the church porch and try it! For Cononley or Bradley, go to the village shop.

Happy carolling!

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Zooming in for Christmas

TChristmas Carolshere are two open Zoom services coming up!

The first is our Carol Service which takes place on 20th December at 5.00pm.



The second one is a late-night “watch” into the beginning of Christmas.  Join us
at  11.30pm on Christmas Eve for

“This Holy Night”



You’ll need the code to get in.  Send a message to Julie Bacon to request the code.  Be sure that you say which event you want the code for!!

The service booklets are available here:
KCB@Home Zoom Carol Service 20th Dec 20
KCB@Home ‘This Holy Night’ 11.30pm Christmas Eve 2020

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Got your walking boots on?

Carol Board 1We are getting close to launching the KCB Cristmas Carol Hunt!

From Saturday 12th December or Sunday 13th in Bradley you’ll be able to walk around your village (Kildwick/Farnhill, Cononley and Bradley), hunting down a set of carol boards.

They all have a bit of the Christmas story – and a YouTube carol to download and sing along!

Information is here…

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Witch Hunting in Kildwick

Don’t worry – this isn’t a modern witch hunt!

WitchcraftA conversation on Facebook (on the Glusburn and Crosshills Chit Chat page) has led me to a book, published in 1676 and called, “The Displaying of Supposed Witchcraft
Wherein it is affirmed that there are many sorts of Deceivers and Imposters”
They went for really snappy titles in those days.

This comes as a sort of postscript to the famous Pendle Witches trials of 1612.  On page 276, in which John Webster, a “Practicioner in Physick” (and also a priest, I assume, as he tells of being the Curate at Kildwick) tells of an event that finally reached London and “his Majesty and the Council”.

The full account runs to two pages (full of those funny ‘f’s that are really ‘s’) and you can download the original here or a transcript here.  The transcript is an easier read – I think it’s fairly accurate!

The story is of a boy, around 10 or 11 years old, who was being toted around churches with his supposed ability to spot witches.  He rolled up to Kildwick where John Webster was preaching – and was clearly suspicious.  He was not allowed to interview the boy.  The case was brought to the Lancaster Assizes and seventeen people were found guilty.  The judge, however, was unconvinced and they were then reprieved.

The judge brought the whole matter to the King and Council and the Bishop of Chester was brought in.  Four of them were sent up to London – where no cause for guilt was found.

Focus moved to the boy and his father.  It was established that the lad was off, scrumping plums when he was supposed to have been spotting witches.  The story does not relate what happened to the boy and his father.  Nothing good, I suspect.

Best to read it yourself, really.

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Worship Resources

Revd Julie Bacon has produced two booklets for our worship this weekend.

A “Zoom” service on 8th November

This will take place at 10.00am on Sunday and can be found here.  The meeting ID is 824 0292 2218 and the passcode is 484689

If you wish, you can join in by phone.  Simply dial 0131 460 1196 (it’s an Edinburgh number and it probably comes within your “free” provision on your phone bill).  You will be prompted for the meeting ID and passcode (as above).  If asked for a participant ID, just press the # key.

The service booklet for this service is here:  WorshipatHome for 8th November.

An Act of Remembrance

Our Act of Remembrance cannot take place this year.

If you live in Bradley, you are invited to stand at your front door at 11am when the Last Post and The Rouse are played at the Village Hall.

Wherever you live, you may be able (within government regulations) to visit your local war memorial privately at a suitable time.  You may wish just to reflect or perhaps leave a poppy.

Julie had produced a service booklet that would have been used at the Acts of Remembrance at Kildwick and Cononley.  Remembrance Booklet

The Church of England has produced a video and the liturgy for an act of Remembrance at home which you can find here

The ceremony of Remembrance from the Cenotaph in London will be broadcast on Radio 4 from 10.30am and on BBC1 from 10.15am.

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