Church of St Paul & St Margaret (1866)
Town Street, Nidd, N.Yorks, HG3 3BN
10.30 Prayer Book service every Sunday
Updated 13 August 2018
The full list of services is HERE.
The service on 4 February
was a special celebration of the150th anniversary of the consecration of Nidd Church. Rev Garry Hinchcliffe (standing in for a bishop and sixteen priests of 1868) began with an account of the original service (see HERE). The hymns in keeping with the theme of dedication were Christ is made the sure foundation; We love the place, O God; Our Father, by whose servants; Lord, for the years.
In his sermon. Rev Garry said
"It’s true to say that a church isn’t the building, instead the ‘church’ is the people inside it, take them out and you are left simply left with a pretty building… that is true, but this building has been a symbol to the rich and poor of this parish for the last 150 years – it’s been more than simply a pretty building, and that is what we are celebrating this morning .... And for this village – this building represents the only public building left in Nidd… this isn’t my church, or Mervyn’s church, or Lord Mountgarret’s church, this is YOUR church – we must all work together to ensure it remains a part of the life of this village for the next 150 years.
That is our challenge today – let us take a moment to open our hearts and ears to listen to what God may be saying to us, and let us be as active as our forebears, who had the vision to build this church, and let us build strong foundations to keep it rising ever upwards."
Read the full sermon HERE.