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.


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


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.



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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Contact Details

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.
See the How to find us page of the web site


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Contact Us

St John’s Church,
Godly Lane,
Sowerby Bridge,
HX6 4QR,

Telephone: 01422 822239
Fax: 01422 825863