Spring Fair 2017

St Peter’s Spring Fair – Saturday 25th March,

At St Peter’s Church, 10am—12:30pm

Tombola Easter eggs Bottle tombola
Toy stall Books Crafts
Greetings cards Cake Stall Raffle
Bric-a-brac Children’s tombola …..and much more!!

Refreshments: Hot Cross Buns, biscuits, tea & coffee

Everybody is welcome!

Note this is taking place at the church and not at the Community Centre


Film Club – February 2017

Friday evening, 10th February 7:30pm

‘Eddie the Eagle’ (2016)

‘Eddie the Eagle’ follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael ‘Eddie’ Edwards (Taron Egerton), to become Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Despite not being athletically gifted, from an early age he dedicated his life to achieving one goal: to become an Olympian. Eddie tried his hand at various sports and disciplines, including downhill skiing, before settling on ski-jumping. Begging and borrowing equipment, and reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. This is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept defeat.

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!



Bill’s Letter for February 2017

This is the first magazine of 2017, so I would like to begin with wishing you all a Happy New Year.

We are at the beginning of the year, but already significant things have happened for the life of the Parish. The vacancies at Outwood and Wrenthorpe have given the opportunity to start a new way of working collaboratively across the parishes.

After prayer and consultation, this has resulted in me being licenced as Priest in charge of Outwood and Wrenthorpe. At the same time, two young Priests have been licenced into each Parish. Jonathan Bish into Outwood and Jo Kershaw into Wrenthorpe. They are a married couple so will be living in the Wrenthorpe vicarage.

We are in the process of thinking and praying how this will work out. I want to encourage a good relationship between the parishes. It is all too easy to live in next door parishes and yet know very little about what goes on there or the people who live and worship there.

Each parish has it’s own distinctive style and the plan is for that distinctiveness to be retained but for us to grow in understanding and valuing the differences. The Church of England has a rich tradition of diversity and we have an opportunity to experience something of that in our own communities.

I would like to encourage people to come along to events in each parish, so we are inviting people from Outwood and Wrenthorpe to come to our Ceilidh on 11th March at St Peter’s school. There is a Youth Event at Wakefield Cathedral in the evening of 24th February and I am hoping that young people from each parish will come to that. Wrenthorpe are having a ‘Sing-along to Frozen’, with optional fancy dress, on 11th February

We are planning to use the same material for our Lent groups in each parish, and to encourage some mixing from the congregations.

There are some important things to agree and decide e.g. what do we call the new grouping? I look forward to a year developing this new relationship; may God bless it.

Rev Bill Henderson



Film Club – December 2016

Friday evening, 9th December 7:30pm

‘Battle of the Bulbs’ (2014)

Every Christmas, Bob Wallace, his wife Mindy and children have the best decorated home in their neighbourhood. However, a new family, Stu and Mary Jones and their son Chip, move into the house across the street and on their first day, manage to out-do the Wallace’s decorations. Bob recognises Stu as his old high school rival for whom he had an intense dislike and soon their rivalry is resumed, but this time over who will win the city’s annual Christmas decoration contest. In the end, of course, Christmas spirit wins through, and they manage to put their differences aside for the sake of neighbourhood harmony. This is a great Christmas film with lots of laughs and plenty to keep everyone entertained.

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

Free admission, tea & coffee; bring your own popcorn!


Bills Letter Christmas

Bill’s Letter for December 2016

I was in London last week and was rather overwhelmed by the number of people. I went to catch a morning tube and the platform was completely full of commuters so the whole station was packed from the edge of the platform to the tube walls. As each tube train came in a number of the crowd got on, we all moved forward and waited till the next train came. I had to wait for about 4 trains before I was able to get on. Then I saw an article about the world’s biggest traffic in USA, when so many people were traveling for their Thanksgiving that the roads were gridlocked.

I was struck by the outrageous fact that Jesus came for everyone of these people, and for me too, too many for us to imagine. Each person with their own hopes, dreams, fears and disappointments. This Christmas season is when we can once again reflect on the amazing story of God coming to dwell amongst us to bring Hope. Coming into a world he had created to be a good place but we human beings have messed up. God did not abandon us to our fate but in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus has given us a way for a fulfilled future. This is God’s gift of hope to a world in desperate need of love, forgiveness and a better way of living.

We have a number of good traditions that make this a time of hope and celebration; such as giving and receiving presents to show that we care. On the 4th December we have our St Nicholas day     service when we bring presents for children who do not otherwise receive much, which are distributed by Barnardo’s to give them hope. Another tradition is singing carols, old and new that tell the story and encourage us. There are a number of occasions to join in with that   advertised in this magazine. There are events for all different ages and at different times so that at least one should be convenient. Coming together at this time will help us think about not only receiving the gift of Christ afresh for ourselves but also being   willing to share the good news and spirit of goodwill. Please take the opportunity to come and join us. Our prayer is that you meet Jesus himself and find real hope for the future.

Rev Bill Henderson


What’s on – Christmas 2016

Christmas in Stanley 2016

Wednesday 7th December
Visit by Santa to Stanley Community Centre. With crafts in the library, displays by community groups, candy floss and refreshments.

Santa will arrive by sleigh at 6pm; free admission and free Santa visit.

Friday 9th December
Free Film Club— ‘Battle of the Bulbs’: a Christmas feel-good film for all the family at St Peter’s Church;

Doors open 7pm, free tea & coffee, bring your own popcorn!

Saturday 10th December
Coffee morning at Stanley Community Centre with refreshments, cake stall, raffle, tombola, greetings cards, etc. Everyone welcome!
Saturday 10th December
Torchlight Procession & Carol singing
Everyone is invited to meet at Mount Road Methodist Church at 6pm. We then plan to walk to Stanley Lane Ends for carol singing before finishing at St Peter’s Church Centre for mulled wine and mince pies. In previous years this evening has been great fun; so please wrap up warm and join us!
Sunday 18th December
Carol Service: a service by candlelight at St Peter’s Church featuring traditional Bible readings and carols. Please join us.
Saturday 24th December
Christmas Eve Crib service: at St Peter’s Church for all ages, with popular carols, the telling of the Christmas story, crafts and refreshments.
Saturday 24th December
7:30pm (Mount Rd)11pm (St Peter’s)
Christmas Eve Communion Services: join us at 7:30pm at Mount Road Methodist Church or at 11pm at St Peter’s Church for traditional communion     services to welcome Christmas Day.
Sunday 25th December
Christmas Day family service to celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Sunday 8th January
Christingle Service: special all-age service at St     Peter’s Church in conjunction with the Children’s   Society to celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World.