About St Matthew's Church

Welcome:



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.

Our History:



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                                       

                                                 Barbara Smith                                          

                                    

 

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                                             

                                                 Jean Lumb

Gift Aid Secretary                  Elizabeth Sapsford

 

Bellringers                              Peter Kirby                                                

 

Building                                  Tony Hillam                                                

 

Church Flowers                     Jan Whiteley                                               

                                                 Barbara Smith                                           

 

Faith & Life                            Ernest Gelder                                             

 

Magazine Editor                    Arthur Talbot                                             

 

Room Hire Bookings             Kathryn Gibson                          

Thursday Circle                      June Redmayne                                        

 

Website                                   Heather Harding                                      -

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