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St Oswald's Church

The Diocese of Leeds is in debt to the cost of £2-3 million. This is having a considerable knock-on effect within its parishes. The churches of St Paul and St Oswald, here in our parish, are also struggling as a result of Covid-19. We were unable to pay our parish share in full last year (2020) and it appears that we on course to fail to meet our parish share in full again this year (2021) - thereby not being able to fully meet daily running costs, or contribute to the overall diocesan pot. The result of this is that hard financial decisions will have to be made by the Diocese as to how they manage underpaying parishes. Do they close churches? Do they ask the priest to go half time? Do they ask lay ministers to cover instead of the priest? Do they amalgamate parishes, thus reducing the number of priests? All of these are possible, as is the closure of St Oswald's and St Paul's. In my opinion, anything other than keeping a full-time priest will undoubtedly be catastrophic for our churches, both of which are possibly the most well known in this part of Yorkshire. St Oswald's is famous as the church that married Patrick and Maria Bronte (parents to the famous literary sisters), whilst St Paul's is known as the Emmerdale Farm church of TV fame. To mitigate this, we are having a parish giving day on Saturday the 6th of November, 10am-4pm at St Oswald's Church, as well as an online appeal, asking our parishioners and friends if they can financially contribute to our churches here in Guiseley and Esholt, thus helping us stay open and able to deliver services which are so important to the fabric of our society. We want to continue to offer up Christian church services as well as being able to bury our loved ones and marry/baptise our children and grandchildren, but we can't do this without your help. I am proud to be your parish priest and therefore kindly ask that you support us in any way you can - big or small - thus allowing us to keep our churches open and faithful for many years to come. 

'For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.' Matthew 6:21

Thank you for your continued love and support.

Father David

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