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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew

A Church in Rastrick
for 650 years

1363
John de Bretton was the first Curate to be appointed to the first Chapel in Rastrick. The chapel had two small rooms about eight feet high with a few wooden benches.
1547 to 1553
In the reign of King Edward VI, as a free chapel, the chapel in Rastrick was suppressed.
1547
In a state of decay, the chapel was closed.
1578
The building was sold to Robert Ramsden as a barn.
1602
The inhabitants of Rastrick have a common day's work to pull down the old chapel and start to build a new one.
1621
A school was held from the church. This subsequently became Rastrick Grammar School.
1689
The Coat of Arms of William III was hung in the chapel.
1798
The present Church replaced the chapel.
1807
The clock was installed.
1853
A Methodist Chapel was established in Rastrick.
1864
The growing congregation led to Crowtrees Methodist Church being built.
1867
First Stained glass window was inserted in St Matthew's Church.
1875
The church was refurnished, the low-backed pews replacing the box-pews.
1879
The church organ was rebuilt.
1928
Electric lighting was installed in the church.
1949
The sanctuary was reordered.
1953
A new clock was installed to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
1962
Black beetles destroyed the roof timbers.
1968
A new roof was put on.
1969
Crowtrees Methodists were invited to hold services in this church after their church was closed due to dry rot.
1971
A new jointly-funded Parish Centre was built.
1990
Anglicans and Methodists started shared services.
2000
Re-ordering of the church interior.
2005
A formal LEP was signed.

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Rev Marion Russell

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Assistant Priest

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This Anglican/Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP), which is located in an Anglican building, is situated in a central main road position in the ancient township of Rastrick. St Matthew's is part of a United Anglican Benefice with St John the Divine, Rastrick. St John's is not part of the LEP.

St Matthew's is one church family; a welcoming fellowship worshipping and working together to the glory of God and his Son, Jesus Christ. We share one bread and wine in the Eucharist. We look to the working of the Holy Spirit amongst us in building up the kingdom of God.

The Church tradition is middle of the road, embracing the best of both Anglican and Methodist traditions. The Sunday services follow a four- or five-week pattern. There is a weekly Holy Communion (said) service at 8.00 am using Order One (traditional) from Common Worship. There is a twice-monthly Parish Communion at 10.00 am using a liturgy developed for the LEP. On other Sundays the main service at 10.00 am is either All Age Worship (including Church Parade for the uniformed organisations whose members play an active role in the service with readings and prayers) or Morning Worship. In five-week months the 10.00 am service is usually Parish Communion but may be set aside for other services. Normally one main service each month, Communion or Morning Worship, is led by the Methodist minister.

St Matthews' Church Organizations details

Monday (weekly) 6.00pm - 7.00pm Beaver Scouts  
Monday (weekly) 6.30pm - 8.00pm Cub Scouts  
Last Tuesday each month 7.30pm United Ladies' Group  
Tuesday (weekly) 6.00pm 5th Rastrick St Matthew's Brownies  
Tuesday (weekly) 6.30pm 5th Rastrick St Matthew's Rainbows  
Tuesday (weekly) 7.30pm 5th Rastrick St Matthew's Guides  
Wednesday (weekly) 6.00pm 4th Rastrick St Matthew's Rainbows  
Wednesday (weekly)   4th Rastrick St Matthew's Brownies  
Wednesday (weekly) 7.30pm 4th Rastrick St Matthew's Guides  
Thursdays (weekly) Morning Parent and Toddler Group  
Friday (weekly) 7.45pm - 9.30pm Scouts  
Last Monday of each month 8pm Beer and Banter Further details from Alan (01484 719631)
St. Matthew's Theatrical Society

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