About St Matthew's Church
My name is Kathryn Buck and I am the Vicar of St Matthew's, Lightcliffe, and St Chad's, Hove Edge. As Christians, we try to follow Christ in our daily lives, not always getting it right, but wanting to share God's love with those around us. There is a variety of types of worship available and groups for you to join. If you wish to know more about anything mentioned on this website, please do contact us.
A formal church worship according to the Anglican tradition began in Lightcliffe in the year 1529. A chapel was built, one of the twelve outlying centres within the ancient parish of Halifax, at one time the largest parish in the country, and a curate was appointed. The chapel was called Eastfield because it was close to a field of that name. This remained the only place of worship in the village until 1775, when the first chapel was demolished and a new and bigger Lightcliffe Chapel was erected, of which the tower is now the only part still remaining.
At some point in the 350 years from 1529 the church was dedicated to St. Matthew the Apostle, though no records remain of the exact date. In 1846 Lightcliffe ceased to be a part of the parish of Halifax and became a parish in its own right, including within its boundaries Hipperholme, Norwood Green and Bailiff Bridge.
In the early 1870's Major Johnston Jonas Foster of Cliffe Hill offered to build and pay for a new church at Lightcliffe and the foundation stone was laid on Tuesday, September 16th, 1873. The Church was consecrated by the Bishop of Ripon, in whose diocese Lightcliffe was then situated, on September 21st, 1875.
On September 21st, 1875, only two years after the laying of the foundation stone, the new parish church of Lightcliffe was consecrated by the Bishop of Ripon, in whose diocese Lightcliffe then was. The Nave is 71 feet long by 22 feet wide and the aisles are10 feet wide. The Tower is 80 feet high with a turret of a further 8 feet.
Who's who at St Matthew's Church :
Vicar Reverend Kathryn Buck 01422 202424
Churchwardens Denise Wormald
Readers Colin Painten
Reader Emeritus Barbara Manning
Pastoral Ministry Barbara Smith
PCC Secretary Heather Harding
PCC Treasurer Alison Crowther
Electoral Roll Denise Wormald
Health & Safety Allan Stephenson
Safeguarding Officers Colin Painten
Gift Aid Secretary Christine Stephenson
Bellringers Peter Kirby
Building Tony Hillam
Church Flowers Jan Whiteley
Faith & Life Ernest Gelder
Room Hire Bookings Kathryn Gibson
Thursday Circle June Redmayne
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