Go then, to all peoples, everywhere and make them my disciples: baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.
The Parish of Bardsey with East Keswick, situated eight miles north east of Leeds, is part of the Allerton Deanery in the Diocese of Leeds. It has two churches serving the villages of Bardsey, East Keswick, East Rigton, Scarcroft and Wike.
ALL HALLOWS - BARDSEY
ST MARY MAGDALENE - EAST KESWICK
We offer traditional Sunday morning services, in Common Worship style, with Holy Communion, as well as mid-week services, regular family services and special services throughout the year.
Everyone is warmly invited to join us.
A wonderful community of people who always make me feel welcome, who never judge and give me a feeling of belonging.
MEET THE TEAM
Our vicar, Revd Angela Hannafin, joined the parish in 2018, following a period living in France, while our Churchwardens, who live locally, have been active members of their churches for more than 20 years. They are supported by volunteers, in many capacities, both formal and informal.
The Parish church of All Hallows, built more than a thousand years ago, and the Victorian chapel of ease, St Mary Magdalene serve our village communities and the wider Church.
Please come and explore their architecture and history at first hand.
We are a small, friendly and welcoming Parish, covering the villages of Bardsey and East Keswick together with parts of adjacent villages, which incorporates families who have lived here for generations, with a growing number of young families and commuters working in Leeds and beyond.
The Bardsey Millennium Tapestry, displayed in All Hallows is a snapshot in time of that community.
Located on Church Lane in Bardsey, the church is surrounded by its ancient churchyard and The Glade, a place to sit and enjoy nature.
There is parking available on the road outside but also at the front of the Village Hall, 200m away. The main entrance is wheelchair accessible via the lychgate. Toilet facilities are provided.
Doors are open every day.
St Mary Magdalene
Situated in the centre of East Keswick on Moor Lane, the church and grounds are easily accessible by wheelchair via the lychgate.
On street parking is available at most times but please consider the residents. Toilet facilities are provided.
Open every day.
THE PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL (PCC) OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL
PARISH OF BARDSEY
The PCC is responsible for the general running of the Parish. Its responsibilities range from supervising worship and promoting the Christian message to the management and maintenance of church property, with sub-committees dealing with day-to-day activities.
The PCC is chaired by the Reverend Angela Lewis and consists of two church wardens, 15 elected members and the Parish Administrator. Members of the PCC are trustees bound by the Charities Commission, elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting, which takes place in April each year and serve for a two-year period.
A full copy of the 2017 annual report can be obtained from the Parish Office.
FIND YOUR FAITH
For two thousand years people of every age, culture and country have discovered that in the person of Jesus Christ they have been brought to God. Christians believe that in Jesus Christ, God was made man and taught his followers about belief, values and the meaning of life.
WHO WAS JESUS?
Jesus Christ lived in what is now the Middle East and was executed by being nailed to a cross in about AD30. He was in his early thirties when he died. Jesus was put on trial for speaking about his beliefs and criticising the values of his society. He was sentenced to death and was crucified. Three days later and to the amazement of his followers, who watched him die, Jesus was raised from the dead. This experience transformed the lives of a group of very ordinary men and women. They had witnessed evil overwhelmed by good. Christianity had begun.
THE CROSS AND NEW LIFE
We believe that on the cross, Jesus who was without sin took our sin and death upon himself. In his resurrection he broke down the barrier of death and opened the way to eternal life. To those that trust and follow him he offers new life and a new start, the promise of his Holy Spirit to guide us, strengthen us and enable us to live according to his example and teaching.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
It is the presence of the Holy Spirit which Christians believe supports and leads the Church in its mission to share the Good News of the Gospels. We know that no-one is perfect and that everyone makes mistakes. We all do. But we believe God forgives us when we say sorry to him as we try to learn from what we have done wrong. We don’t have all the answers. Only God does. By entering into a relationship with God, through his Son, Jesus, we look to serve him better with life he has given us. Life itself now has a new meaning. No failure or disaster can be beyond recovery. Once a person has accepted that God cares for them, they look at other people in a new way – for God is equally concerned for each of us.
Talking and listening to God is also for everyone, and for Christians it is the way we communicate with God our Father. He speaks to us today through his Holy Spirit, through the Bible, through prayer and through other Christians. All the important things in life – relationships, sex, work, money, and politics – are of concern to God.