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.

Bill’s Letter for October 2016

Last month I wrote that we were starting our latest series of groups for people exploring their faith. The groups have started but it is not too late to join.

The idea of the groups is not to tell people what they should   believe, but rather to help explore some of the big questions of life. What is life all about? Where am I going? What is the point of it all? It is all too easy to drift through life without taking time to think through these questions for ourselves. Sometimes life’s events bring us up short and prompt us to ask these questions. The Christian story gives a chance to find meaning and purpose, but also to discover the power and comfort of a relationship with a God who loves and cares for us.

A very good friend of ours has recently died. She was a single lady who through a difficult childhood did not have a very good   opinion of herself. But she had an amazing faith and concern for other people; a real purpose in her life. Over the years she has been a wonderful prayer warrior for our family and many others. After a   conversation about what was happening in our family, she would get a note book and write down the things that needed prayer. She prayed for many families and people every day. When she died we had a thanksgiving service for her life and the church was packed and many people told stories of how she had helped them over the years. She would have been amazed at the number of people who wanted to show their love.

One of the readings at her service was one we had in our first meeting of our ‘Just Looking’ group. It comes from psalm 139 and talks of God’s great love for us: “O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me….You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex…”

It can be a bit scary to think that God knows everything about us, but comforting to know that he still loves us all the same. Faith gives us the foundation to believe that life is not just a series of random events but that we have a higher purpose. There is a loving God who wants us to know Him too, and a relationship with Him will transform everything. Following Jesus is challenging but the most rewarding thing we can do

Rev Bill Henderson


Film Club – October 2016

Friday evening, 14th October 7:30pm

‘Mr Deeds’ (2005)

Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler) is just an ordinary guy from the small town of Mandrake Falls until he inherits $40 billion dollars and a controlling interest in a massive media corporation from his deceased uncle. He moves to New York and begins injecting his small-town   values into the company and the city. Plus of course, he finds that   living in a palatial mansion with a butler (John Turturro) isn’t too bad! Meanwhile, tabloid TV reporter, Babe (Winona Ryder), goes undercover to do an exposé on Deeds until her true feelings get in the way, and Deeds finds that money changes everything, though not necessarily for the better… This is an updated version of the 1936 film ‘Mr Deeds Goes to Town’ starring Gary Cooper and directed by Frank Capra.

Doors open 7pm, film start 7.30pm

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