O Heavenly Father, who by thy son Jesus Christ,
has taught us that all our possessions are from thee.
help us to be faithful stewards of our time,
our talents and our wealth,
and to concentrate gladly to thy service a due proportion
of all that thou has given us, and may we have grace,
O lord, to give ourselves to thee in worldly success or
failure, in joy or sorrow, in health or sickness, in life or death.
Take us and make us thine own,
for Jesus Christ’s sake.



Welcome to the Church of St John the Divine in Rishworth.


St John’s is a small welcoming church with a particularly family friendly atmosphere.

Come and join us on a Sunday & find out how your life can change by finding the peace that a relationship with God can bring. We are an Anglican community with an informal “low church” tradition.

Families and children are particularly welcomed & we try to ensure that we have a range of services to appeal to all.

At the heart of the Village, we have an associated, Church of England Academy infant & junior school for which the Church provides the majority of the Board of Governors together with a thriving brownie pack.

If you would like to discuss your plans for a wedding or baptism please contact one of the Clergy.


The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, gave these words as the Thought for the Day on Radio 4 on the morning of the 5th June, after the recent terror attack in London.
I pray that Bishop Nick and others like him will not have had to write any more pieces like this. I also pray that, if he has, more and more people will listen to what he and other faith leaders are saying.

This is the script of this morning’s Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme in the wake of Saturday’s terrorist attack in London.

Borough Market in London is a place I used to know well when I lived just a few miles away. Go down any time and it was like being drowned in smells and sounds and languages from around the planet. I once bumped into a television news foreign correspondent by a cheese stall – a man normally seen in a war zone somewhere remote. I wondered – but was too shy to ask – how he coped with moving between the two worlds: the world of unspeakable violence in parts of the Middle East and the world of safe, domesticated ordinariness of home.

This weekend the two worlds collided once again in the brutality of extremist violence on an ordinary evening in an extraordinary city. Two weeks ago it was Manchester, last week Coptic Christians in Egypt, this week mourners at a funeral in Kabul, and a day ago people getting ready for another working week in London.

Perhaps the most uttered prayer – even on the lips of those who claim no faith – might be that of Psalm 13: “How long, O Lord, how long…?” How are we to respond to yet another act of cowardly violence, and the prospect of more to come?

Borough Market runs alongside Southwark Cathedral – a place not just of prayer, but that attests to the reality of human life in all its colour. Here it is that Chaucer’s pilgrims met before embarking on their journey to Canterbury. Chaucer was clearly at pains to bring together a motley group of diverse people who had stories to tell, lives to share, fears to explore, deaths to face. They spare no hiding places as they walk and talk and laugh and weep and wonder at what it means to be mortal. Read Chaucer and there’s no escape from the fact that the freedom to love brings with it the freedom to hate; that the freedom to worship brings the freedom to mock the objects of another person’s adoration or value; that the freedom to fear accompanies the freedom to hope.

For some people freedom is precisely the problem: why doesn’t God stop it all? For others, prayer is the problem: if these crazy people would be rational, then they wouldn’t do these terrible things. But, prayer, even if it involves us opening our hearts to an expression of all we desire, is primarily an exposing of ourselves to reality: the reality that we are mortal, that loving in the face of murder seems weak, that giving in to the cycle of violence and retribution does nothing to solve the problem.

When people say they are praying for London, they will mean different things. But, for me and other Christians at least, it involves commitment to all the world can throw at us, never exemption from it. Like the man on the cross at Calvary, this commitment refuses to give violence, death and destruction the final word.

Terrorist Attack in Manchester

After a harmonious PCC at St Bartholomew’s last night, in which we celebrated the goodwill and energy of people in the church and in the village and all that is happening to welcome, support and value the community, I heard the news this morning of what has happened in Manchester.

My daughter was at the Arena just a few weeks ago, and many of you may have been to concerts there full of excitement and enthusiasm, looking forward to a great night out.

What are the family and friends of the injured and the dead feeling this morning? What they will go through over the days, weeks and years ahead?

An Old Testament prophet – Ezekiel – found himself amongst people who had lost their homes, their family and friends. Their lives and the lives of those they loved had been destroyed by war. Ezekiel said nothing for seven days. He sat with the people, overwhelmed, and shared their bewilderment.

I pray for the families and friends still waiting for news about their loved ones, and for all those who have been given news they never wanted to hear. I pray for the emergency services, police and medical professionals working to help people to safety and nurse others back to health. I pray for us all.

Revd Chris Ball









Who We Are

St John’s is one of 4 churches in the parish of Ripponden with Rishworth & Barkisland with West Scammonden in the Diocese of Leeds. The congregation varies in age from about 3 months to over 80 years.

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Vicar: Revd Chris Ball
Tel: 01422 822239

Locally Ordained Minister: Revd Carol Hirst
Tel: 01422 363095
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Where We Are

You can find us on Godly Lane in the pretty Pennine village of Rishworth.
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St John’s Church,
Godly Lane,
Sowerby Bridge,
HX6 4QR,

Telephone: 01422 822239
Fax: 01422 825863