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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : Anglican and Methodist Church of St Matthew

A Church in Rastrick
for 650 years

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.
In a state of decay, the chapel was closed.
The building was sold to Robert Ramsden as a barn.
The inhabitants of Rastrick have a common day's work to pull down the old chapel and start to build a new one.
A school was held from the church. This subsequently became Rastrick Grammar School.
The Coat of Arms of William III was hung in the chapel.
The present Church replaced the chapel.
The clock was installed.
A Methodist Chapel was established in Rastrick.
The growing congregation led to Crowtrees Methodist Church being built.
First Stained glass window was inserted in St Matthew's Church.
The church was refurnished, the low-backed pews replacing the box-pews.
The church organ was rebuilt.
Electric lighting was installed in the church.
The sanctuary was reordered.
A new clock was installed to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
Black beetles destroyed the roof timbers.
A new roof was put on.
Crowtrees Methodists were invited to hold services in this church after their church was closed due to dry rot.
A new jointly-funded Parish Centre was built.
Anglicans and Methodists started shared services.
Re-ordering of the church interior.
A formal LEP was signed.

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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 7.45 am using Order One (traditional) from Common Worship. There is a twice-monthly Parish Communion at 9.15 am using a liturgy developed for the LEP. On other Sundays the main service at 9.15 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 9.15 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