Hello and welcome to St Michael and All Angel’s blog. Our church, of Bronte and Grimshaw fame, has entered the age of 21st century technology with a new website (www.haworthchurch.co.uk) Twitter feed (@haworthchurch) and Facebook (Haworth.church)
We are hoping to use these new communication tools to bring together our work within the community, our fascinating history and our relationship with God.
The building of St Michaels has many uses. Firstly it is a place of peace, prayer and worship. It is where a regular congregation attend services and take communions and local people can celebrate their important life events with God.
Secondly, and equally importantly, it is a place that brings the community together. There are a number of groups that use the church as their base. People from all areas of the community can come together for companionship, prayer and tea and cake.
Finally, our building is also of great historical and literary significance. There has been a religious settlement on the site in Haworth since 1317 and an Anglican church since the 15th century. Through its long and colourful past the building has been rebuilt and remodelled and its records mention historical events such as the execution of Charles I. It has also been the place of work for some famous incumbents including William Grimshaw and Patrick Bronte.
Our work of late has been in an effort to restore St Michael and All Angels to its former glory. The church roof is leaking badly and causing terrible damage to the 19th century wall paintings inside. Overall we need about £240,000 to complete the project, which will be the first large scale repairs carried out on the roof since the 19th century. We were recently given a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage for £115,000 towards the project. The remainder is still to be raised by members of the church through donations and holding fundraising events.
This blog will provide a weekly update on the happenings in the church, news, reviews of fundraising events and an insight into our history and the people who use our building.