I was interested
to read some of the comments on the Brierley Village Website regarding Saint
Paul's. Just to put one or two things straight:
Paul's, Brierley is not Roman Catholic, it is of course, since 2005, by law,
in the Parish of Grimethorpe with Brierley. (Please note, there is a Roman
Catholic Church, on Brierley Road in Grimethorpe which is also called Saint
of Brierley is
of the Parish of Grimethorpe with Brierley is
is in the Diocese of Wakefield.
worship in Saint Paul's is the same worship of that of Saint Luke's,
tried to work on the understanding of one congregation, two places of
catholic means universal so the worship in both churches represents the
worship of the Whole
of Grimethorpe with Brierley maintains the tradition of the Church of
England prior to 1992 and has chosen under the provision of church and state
law to continue with the ministries of only male priests as other parishes
in the diocese and the country have also chosen do.
It has to
be pointed out that many people chose to go to Felkirk, in fact, there are
more people from Brierley attending Sunday worship now than there were
before 2005. For which we thank God
is open for more hours per week for worship than in the past 20 or 30 years,
for which we again, thank God.
relationship between Saint Paul's Church of England School and Saint Paul's
church is stronger now than it has been for 20 years.
people need to be asking, is not about churchmanship- those days are past-
much more important, is the question, "Do
the people of Brierley want their daughter church of Saint Paul's to remain
This is not a question of the state of the building, the process of
saving the building has begun.
How can Saint
Paul's remain open at the cost of £4000+ per year, when all it does raise is
£1000 per year? If it were a business it would have closed years ago.
2005, the then Archdeacon of Pontefract, wanted Saint Paul's closed. For
those who do not know, it was I who pressed the then, Archdeacon and
the Bishop to keep it open as a place of mission in Brierley. In 2005 the
architect also wanted to close the church because of the condition of the
building. It was through my initial efforts that we were able to persuade
him otherwise and then the great work of the Friends of Saint Paul's assured
the restoration of spire and tower.
What is at
Is whether the people of
Brierley want Saint Paul's to continue as a place of Christian mission and
witness for the years to come. That depends totally on the people of
To all who read
the Brierley village website, I invite them to a public meeting on Thursday
27th May 2010 at Saint Paul's Church, Brierley at 7pm, to discuss Saint
I hope this email
clears up any misunderstandings.
Your friend and