Worship

Worship in the church happens when people think about who God is and how God loves us. It is a way of giving gratitude and celebrating God’s love for us. As such, it doesn’t only happen on a Sunday, it happens throughout our lives. When Christians come together in worship, they are sharing and strengthening their own worship through a shared experience. It can include all kinds of different things: songs, prayers, time to think about what we’ve done wrong and apologise, time to receive forgiveness, time to listen to parts of the Bible (the Word of God), and time to listen to how we might apply God’s Word positively to the world we live in and the lives we lead. Throughout all of this, the love of God is explored and celebrated, and shared with both friends and visitors. 

A wide variety of traditional and contemporary worship and music styles are offered week by week throughout the Team Parish. Holy Communion is available in worship at least once each Sunday. We also offer Children’s Activities at every morning service.

Everyone is welcome at any of our services. 

You can learn more about the Music at the Minster, Organ and Bell Ringing in the Dewsbury Team Parish.

Take Part

If you have been a part of our services on a regular basis, you are more than welcome to enquire about taking part. Some of the ways you can join in are:

  • Welcoming
  • Reading the lesson
  • Preparing the intercessions or prayers
  • Taking the collection
  • Carrying the elements
  • Being sacristans and servers who put out the bread and wine at the start of the service, then help to get it ready in the service
  • Serving the Chalice
  • Serving refreshments after the service

If you are wondering whether to share in this ministry yourself, please don’t hesitate to ask the Rector (Vicar) or Wardens, or anyone you see already doing them, for the way to proceed. All are worthy and everyone is needed.

Other Services For You at The Minster

We have various services throughout the year to celebrate and commemorate important events in the life of our town, in the lives of the folk of our town, and services for those unable to attend church. These include:

  • Brief Lives Services with Dewsbury District Hospital
  • Team Ministry to the elderly including Holy Communion at the Grange Day Centre
  • Tentercroft Sheltered Housing
  • Residential and Nursing Homes
  • Memorial services
  • Town Centre Open Air Services
  • Civic, Deanery and Diocesan Events
  • Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals

Keep an eye on the Events Page for forthcoming services.

Home Communion, Schools and Community

If you would like us to come to your home, or that of a friend or loved one, please do contact us to arrange a visit when we will be happy to offer Communion and prayer. You are also most welcome to have a member of our Team lead your School Assembly and Special Services.

Giving

Each of the churches in the Dewsbury Team Parish is part of the spiritual and physical heritage of our town. Our Team (covering the whole of Dewsbury) is made up of only two full time members of staff, and a few more part time staff who support with catering and maintenance, the bulk of the work is done by wonderful volunteers. We are funded only through fundraising we do, which allows us to:

  • Keep the building warm and in good repair
  • Provide a wage for our paid staff
  • Remain open to the public
  • Perhaps most importantly, continue the faith and extend the community work we do across Dewsbury. 

It costs at least £4000 a week to maintain these things.

The Bible makes it clear that as Christians we should give with a generous heart. The Bible also promises that when we give freely we will be blessed. There are many ways to give to back to God, this can be through prayer and worship, through volunteering our time and talents and also by financial giving.

The Old Testament instructs believers to give a tithe, or a tenth of their income, and the Church of England encourages us consider giving 5%. The New Testament does not suggest a certain percentage but simply says each should give ‘in keeping with his income” (1 Corinthians 16:2).

When thinking about your giving the important thing to remember is that giving is meant to be a joyful expression of thanks to God from the heart.

To ensure steady weekly giving you can use a set of Orange Weekly Giving Envelopes, place the amount you are willing to give inside, and place it in the Collection Plate each week. This allows us to plan our budget and helps us a great deal. If you are away, you can bring them next time you come. You can also set up a Direct Debit on monthly or yearly terms. Cash on the plate is also welcomeTogether we can maintain these wonderful buildings for posterity and most importantly, shared faith and community use. If you have any questions, or you would be willing to contribute to the work of the Team Parish, please do use the Contact Form to get in touch.

 

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