COVID -19 and Church Opening

 Our tentative opening for public worship (see below).

As we make these first steps I am very mindful of the many people who will not be entering our buildings to worship but will be at home. I hope you still feel cared and provided for. We will continue our Daily Offices and Sunday worship (with minor modifications) and as we deliberate on the future of our worship it is clear that there is a desire to continue live streaming and using technology to spread our worshipping life beyond the walls of our beautiful buildings.

Church opening for private prayer and worship

It has been wonderful to see so many people coming for a quiet time of prayer and especially good to see the whole community joining us. Please do think carefully about the risk to yourself and remember to keep to the 2m social distancing, sanitise your hands on entering and leaving and not to linger socialising - however tempting! We are beginning short services of daily prayer at each of the times of private prayer. These will initially be for 15 minutes with the words on the screen or a sheet for you to use and take away. Each service will be live-streamed to Facebook for people that cannot make it in person. Either myself or the Revd Gordon Cooper will try and come along for some of every session. This is the very cautious beginnings of us returning to worship in our buildings and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who is working hard to make this safe.

Kippax, Tuesday 9.30am – 11.30am with Morning Prayer at 9.30am.
Allerton Bywater, Wednesday 6.30pm – 7.30pm with Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.
Swillington, Saturday 10am – 12noon with Morning Prayer at 11.30am.

Daily Office - changes, 9.30am and 6.30pm

I have made a few temporary changes to our Daily Office as we open up for worship in our buildings and I am needing to be out and about. Join us online through the Facebook pages of Swillington, Kippax or Allerton Bywater for daily prayer (most days).

Morning Prayer: Monday – Wednesday, 9.30am & Saturday at 11.30am.

Evening Prayer; Monday – Thursday, 6.30pm.

Wednesday sing-a-long 7.30pm on Zoom

‘Dial-in’ service - Thursday 11am

To join via Zoom follow this link:

or telephone 0203 481 5240 and follow the instructions. You will need to enter the meeting ID: 850 7423 9181. Please check with your telephone provider as phone charges may apply.

Services on YouTube

Sunday services (and more) are available at;

If you would like to subscribe, search for ‘Kenotic unicorn Bob Bailey’ or follow this link;

Direct Links to our Facebook pages:


Allerton Bywater


Prayer and pastoral care

Finally please do get in touch with requests for prayers or pastoral support. I am always happy to arrange a telephone call or if safe a socially distanced pastoral visit.
0113 260 7721
07885 386932

Revd Bob Bailey

Assistant Curate, Elmet Trinity Benefice (Barwick, Scholes and Thorner). Currently on secondment to the United Benefice of St. Mary (Allerton Bywater, Kippax and Swillington), Leeds Diocese.


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