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Lower Wyke Moravian Church

Lower Wyke Lane, Lower Wyke, Bradford BD12 9AH (1755)

Lower Wyke is one of four Moravian Settlements established in Yorkshire in the early eighteenth century.

It is situated in a beautiful, rural part of West Yorkshire, between Brighouse and Bradford, and is perfect as a place to come for contemplation and retreat. The chapel was built in 1753 but it wasn’t until 1755 that it was officially recognised as a Moravian congregation. In 1775, the original chapel was replaced by the present building. Seven years later, a Sister’s House was built as a residence and workshop for the single ladies of the congregation who were employed mainly in needlework. In 1794, a Boarding School for Girls was opened, and two years later this was enlarged to meet the demand. The School continued to meet a need until 1893 by which time the building of other secondary schools in the area made the continuation of the work impracticable and the buildings were converted to private dwellings. The Minister’s House adjoining the chapel was rebuilt in 1795, and a further extension was added some time later.

lower-wyke-sunday-schoolThe present Sunday School building was erected in 1881 although work among the children had been going on since 1802. The Men’s Institute was added to the Sunday School building in 1908. The chapel remains a fine example of early Moravian ecclesiastical architecture in which the congregation is seated across the width of the building instead of along the depth, an arrangement designed to contribute an atmosphere of informality and intimacy to congregation worship.

christingleWe make use of both liturgical and free forms of worship as the occasion demands. One characteristic service which has been a feature from its inception is the Lovefeast, an informal service which is held on anniversary days during which each person partakes of a cup of tea and a bun. The Holy Communion Service is also held each month and is open to believers from any denomination who wish to join with the congregation in communion. There are some things which are specifically ‘Moravian’, e.g. a lighted Advent Star is hung in our churches and homes during Advent. Our Christingle Service has been adopted by many other denominations.

The Congregation at Lower Wyke is mindful of, and protective of, its heritage, but it is also very community-minded, committed, dynamic and forward-looking. It is the desire of the congregation at Lower Wyke to live out the love of Jesus Christ in this community as it has done for over 250 years. We realise the need for that transformational love today and we pray that it will continue for many years to come.

HERITAGE OPEN WEEKEND 9th/10th SEPTEMBER 2017

Join us for Heritage Open Weekend.  The Church will be open on Saturday 9th September 2017 from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 10th September 2017 from 1pm to 4pm.  The Church and buildings are open to visitors.  There are tours of the Settlement and a display of historic artefacts in the Church.  Refreshments are available.

Our activities include:


Church Services are at 10.30am each Sunday morning. Sunday School is also at 10.30am each Sunday morning. The Church Service on the first Sunday in each month includes a service with Holy Communion, and there is a Café Church every third Sunday which is very popular with families. We are a family-friendly Church.

Regular weekday evening activities include: prayer meetings, Bible Study discussion group, Belle Plates (a bell ringing performance group), snooker and table tennis, Adventurers Youth Club and Children’s Activity Days. There are frequent social events on Saturdays to raise money for Church funds and various charities, and to enhance fellowship within the local community. We participate ecumenically with the Wyke Christian Council of Churches.

Please come along and join us in any of our activities and/or services. You will receive a warm welcome from us and soon gain a sense of belonging in our community – but only as much as you want to belong. Don’t be spiritually homeless.

Worship Times

Church Services are at 10.30am each Sunday morning.

Sunday School is also at 10.30am each Sunday morning.

Holy Communion on the first Sunday in each month

Café Church every third Sunday at 10:30am held in our Sunday School Building.

 

Contacts

Minister: Revd Jane Dixon
1 Mayfield Grove, Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse, HD6 4EE
Tel: 01484 520956
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Treasurer: Mrs S A Mallinson
189 Lower Wyke Lane, Lower Wyke, Bradford BD12 9AH
Tel: 01274 677462

Location

Lower Wyke Moravian Church, Lower Wyke Lane, Lower Wyke, Bradford BD12 9AH

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