The dawn from on high

Some time in the beautiful stillness this morning ‘in the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace.’ #morningprayer

Find some Breathing Space

On Wednesday 6 November at St James’ Cross Roads at 10:15 there will be some more Breathing Space: an informal exploration of stillness in Christian contemplative prayer and meditation.

Refreshments provided.
All welcome!
LIfts can be arranged.
Email with any questions,
or phone 01535 279624.

Breathing Space will follow the midweek Eucharist service at St James’ – 9:30 to 10:15. You are more than welcome to come to both the Eucharist and Breathing Space.

There will be 2 sessions of Breathing Space per month going forward, each 45 minutes long with refreshments first. They will be on the First Wednesday 10:15 at St James,’ Cross Roads, and Fourth Sunday 17:00 at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury.

So, the dates for the next 6 sessions are confirmed as:
Wednesday 6 November St James’ 10:15
Sunday 24 November St Gabriel’s 17:00
Wednesday 4 December St James’ 10:15
Sunday 22 December St Gabriel’s 17:00
Wednesday 8 January (moved on a week due to Bank Holiday) St James’ 10:15
Sunday 26 January St Gabriel’s 17:00

There will be a post-Christmas meal and meeting to discuss our new group and the way we all might want to take it forward into next year. Details to follow.

Meditative silent walk

Wednesday 5 June
Meditative Silent Walk at St Ives, Harden
incorporating Evening Prayer.

We’d love you to join us for something a bit different on a long summer evening. Meet at the bottom car park in St Ives estate to begin the walk at 7pm. We will be walking on good paths up to the rocky viewpoint, with the option of a shorter route back or continuing the circular route (3km or 5km) Quiet dogs on leads welcome! If you have any questions, such as details of buses from Keighley, or if you need transport from Keighley please email

Holy Land reflections

Keighley Shared Church, Wednesday 17th April 7.45-9 15pm, including Compline (Night Prayer).

No need to book, just come along to hear my reflections on my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, meditate on scripture as we approach Easter, and pray together as we celebrate the beautiful liturgy of Compline (Night Prayer). For further info please email:

The Mystery

I had such a wonderful time at Parcevall Hall. This picture of The Trinity with these words was in my room: The mystery of the One in Three, and the Three in One.
The life-giver: The Father who made the world.
The pain-bearer: The Son who gave His life for the world. The love-maker: The Spirit who brings life to the world. Independent yet interdependent.
The broken crown of thorns to show the action of the Trinity only possible through the sacrifice of Jesus.
In essentials give us unity. In non-essentials give us liberty. In all things give us charity.
#ThoughtsFromSwallowBarn via Instagram

Meet the Shakespeare Boys

Meet Puck, Othello, Hamlet and Bottom, the Shakespeare Boys. We’ve had our four teenage donkeys for nearly four and a half years. They were abandoned and we adopted them from Bransby Horses in Lincoln through their ‘Friend for Life’ programme. The folk at Bransby Horses have a great sense of humour – hence the Shakespearian names!

When feeling a little stressed they look at me and I hear them say, “take it easy, eat some grass!”

Let’s pray this prayer, remembering Saint Francis, the Patron Saint for Animals, in response:

God our Heavenly Father,
You created the World
to serve humanity’s needs
and to lead them to you.
By our own fault
we have lost the beautiful relationship
which we once had with all your creation.
Help us to see
that by restoring our relationship with you
we will also restore it
with all your creation.
Give us the grace
to see all animals as gifts from you
and to treat them with respect
for they are your creation.

We pray for all animals
who are suffering as a result of our neglect.
May the order you originally established
be once again restored to the whole World
through the prayers of Saint Francis
and the merits of your Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ
Who lives and reigns with you
now and forever.

Bransby Horses:

Photo courtesy of Charles Waller Photography: