Christmas in the Ryburn Benefice of Churches:
Please note – there will be no Crib Services on Christmas Eve afternoon this year due to social distancing requirements
Christmas Eve – Midnight Mass 11.30pm – St Peter’s Church Sowerby
Christmas Day – Eucharist service 10.00am – St Luke’s Church Norland
Sunday 27 December – Eucharist service 10.00am – St Peter’s Church Sowerby
Please note – there will be no Prayer Breakfast at St Peter’s on Saturday 2 January
Wishing you all a very happy, safe and healthy Christmas from everyone here in the Ryburn Benefice of Churches



** Corona Virus Pandemic Update **

Sunday worship services in our Churches are now resuming from Sunday 6th December:
Eucharist St Peter’s Church 10am.
Eucharist St Mary’s Church 11.30am (1st Sunday of the month only).
Eucharist St Luke’s Church, 3.30pm followed in Church by Norland Parish Annual Church Meeting at 4.30pm.
The Sowerby Parish Annual General Meeting (for St Peter’s & St Mary’s churches) will take place after the service at St Peter’s, at 11am, on Sunday 13 December
Our Worship and meeting together continues to be subject to national social distancing measures, the limitation of people / family groups who come together to 6 and the wearing of face masks. We trust you will continue to observe the current social distancing guidelines for Tier 3 in Churches and maintain all health precautions for your own safety and those of others who use the building.
Those wishing to book a wedding or funeral please contact the Vicar for further details.

Suspension of Public Worship Services

Following new lockdown restrictions introduced by the government throughout England on Thursday 5 November, we are no longer able to hold services of public worship until these restrictions are eased again.  Church may be open at set times or by appointment for private prayer.  Please contact the churchwarden, Mr Ken Cuttle on 01422 836487 to make an appointment.


Re-opening of Churches for Public Worship

We are pleased to announce that St Peter’s church will once again be open for worship this Sunday, 12 July at our usual time of 10.00am.  Following recent guidelines and advice from the Government and the Diocese of Leeds, the necessary risk assessments have been undertaken and we are now able to meet together once again.  Our services will, for the foreseeable future, be somewhat different to previously.  There will be  hand sanitiser available on entry, seating marked out in the pews to ensure suitable social distancing is maintained, no singing of hymns or sharing the peace, and no refreshments shared at the end of the service among some of the changes made.  We will have Welcomers on hand as you enter to explain and guide you through these changes.

Our doors have been closed for a long time while we have been doing our part in reducing non-essential journeys and social gatherings in order to keep our congregation and community safe.  We now very much look forward to opening our doors again and welcoming you all back in to share God’s Word and Love with each other, and trust you understand the need to introduce these measures to continue to keep everyone safe and well.

During this time, there is no In It Together service or Messy Church sessions but we hope to restart these again soon.


We have a weekly Sunday worship with Holy Communion  commencing at 10.00am.

The In It Together service, an informal interactive service, is on the 2nd Sunday of the month commencing at 10.00am.

Prayer Breakfast is held at 9.30am on the first Saturday of each month – a chance for quiet reflection and prayer for our community and world in church, and then the fellowship continues with breakfast together across the road at the Community Café.

Messy Church takes place in St Peter’s Community Centre, across the road from church, at 3.00pm on the 4th Saturday of each month.  This is a free worship session open to all, accessing the Bible and its teachings through stories, play and creativity.  Each session conclude with a simple meal shared together.

Occasionally Joint Benefice Services are held at one of the other churches in the Benefice but this will be published in the News section.

There are occasional weekday services at special times in the church’s year (for example Maundy Thursday). These are also advertised in the News section.