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Calderdale Methodist Circuit : St Paul's Methodist Church

Tower Hill, Sowerby Bridge. HX6 2EQ : Streetmap : The church's website (links open in a new window)

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Rev. A.Kathie Heathcoat

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Church Stewards

Paul Hinton, Angela Hellowell, Dawn Teague, Wendy Young, Eileen Gledhill, Adrian Mitchell

Worship Leaders

Angela Lane, Rachel Pegg


Dawn Teague

Junior Church

Dawn Teague / Rachel Pegg

Bookings Secretary

Angela Hellowell, 01422 839736

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This was one of the last churches to undergo a major refurbishment which included the development of an adaptable space for meetings and social activities. The church is at the top of a fairly steep hill just off the main road is it winds its way through Sowerby Bridge towards Ripponden. The railway and canal, with its recently rebuilt lock, are a feature of the town.

Our main services are at 10.30am every Sunday, with the first Sunday in the month generally being an All-Age & Parade Service. We have a Junior Church, the youngsters leaving the main service after the first hymn for their own lessons. They then return at the end of the service to tell the congregation what they have been doing.

We occasionally have evening services, often of a “trial” nature, when different forms of worship may be adopted. These may be “Café” or “Taste and See”.

Like most churches these days we like to emphasise that we are “child friendly”. Toddlers crawling round the church will not upset us, and we do appreciate that babies cry! If, however, parents feel embarrassed by their noisy offspring, then we do relay the speaker system to the back hall where the service can be heard and seen, and where there are more facilities for play.

Sowerby Bridge Methodist Church came into being in September 1978 as an amalgamation of two local churches, Bolton Brow and Tuel Lane (in the latter's premises, which were refurbished in September 1979) to be known as St Paul's. Within a matter of months two other local churches, Rooley Lane and Boulderclough, had amalgamated with St Paul's, but unfortunately on Easter Sunday 1988 the premises were subject to an arson attack and completely destroyed by fire. However, by October 1990 it was possible to open our current purpose-built church on the same site, located in the heart of the local community, within the town centre, just off the main road. The amalgamation of Triangle Methodist Church with St Paul's coincided with the opening.

Our Church is mission-based, primarily focused on serving this local community, with our premises being in constant use seven days a week. We meet for worship every Sunday morning at 10.30am for various styles of child friendly Worship, including Junior Church with the children leaving early on in the service for their own activities and returning at the end to share what they have been doing. We have an active youth marching band, and the full range of Scouting and Guiding groups attached to our church that attend an All Age Worship and Parade service, on the second Sunday of every month except August.

Regular Events at St Paul's:

Monday 7.30pm House Fellowship Meets in a home, 2nd & 4th Mondays; Angela, or John 01422 831317
2nd Tuesday of the month 2.00pm
The Fellowship
Senior Section Guides

Dawn 01422 343148
Wednesday 9.30am
Babies & Toddlers
Explorer Scouts

Thomas 07850 018575
Last Thursday of the month 12.noon
Mustard Seed Lunch Club
Wendy 01422 355247

Friday 10.30am
Morning Coffee
Imperial Crusaders Band