ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH COLEY
Diocese of Leeds
Welcome to the new Coley Church website! We hope you have a pleasant and informative stay, and reach out a hand of peace and welcome to our Church and community.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
We are a congregation at different stages along the journey and whether you’re just feeling curious, a relative beginner on have been following Jesus for decades, you will be made very welcome.
Firstly, it doesn’t all happen on a Sunday. There are numerous home groups, services and meet ups for both children, young people and adults through the week as well as three (and sometimes four) services on a Sunday.
On this site you will find both information regarding the churches history and regarding current events and sermons… Thank you for visiting!
The congregation of St John the Baptist, Coley has a strong bible based faith with lively Home Groups, Young Church and a wide support network of ministry within the parish.
We at Coley, seek to help people come to know the love of God in their lives and reach a deep understanding of the death and resurrection of Christ, through Bible study and preaching.
Members of the Church are encouraged to expand their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and grow nearer to God and experience the power of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. We reach out to those around us and help them find Christ and bring comfort to those who are hurting or in need and we welcome visitors with the love that Christ would show.
We have a thriving friendly congregation with 130 members attending regularly for worship.
We know that we don’t do it on our own – we all need help – we all need Jesus.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Looking back at 500 Years of worship
Coley Church, a Grade II listed building, is situated at 210 meters above sea level on a site that is a landmark, visible for many miles. The three stage tower is a particularly spectacular skyline feature which can be seen from some distance. The church was built on this site as a chapel-of-ease to the mother church at Halifax from joint contributions of Northowram, Shelf and Coley in the Lord’s Rent in the graveship of Hipperholme. The scheme for a chapel and priest in the township of Hipperholme was initiated in 1499 and started in 1513. William Thorpe of Hipperholme, around 1495, thought not only of the distance that he had to travel to Halifax Parish Church, but that it would be a good thing for the Hipperholme township to have its own church, where parishioners could attend mass and listen to the service of God, without entailing a long journey which, under wintry conditions, left much to be desired. The Church was known as the Chapel of Coleye and was possibly dated 1513. It was enlarged and pewed in 1596 and again in 1631 and 1711. In 1711 there had been extensive renovation and reconstruction at both east and west ends of the chapel, which were commemorated by plaques on the stonework. These plaques are still in the clock-chamber in the tower, having been put there in the renovation of 1902. In 1816 the present building was erected to a design by William Bradley. In 1902 it was completely renovated and restored by Hodgson Fowler. It is constructed of hammer-dressed stone with a clock tower at the west end over the deep set west doorway. This tower has an embattled parapet and belfry openings. Inside, the church has a wide nave in the style of gothic revival. There are three aisles and arcades are formed by tall slender octagonal fluted columns with moulded capitals and pointed arches. To the west there is a gallery with a large Royal Coat of Arms set within an arch-headed recess. There are two further Royal Coats the latest dated 1820 of George III. The church heating system was installed in the 1902, upgraded in 2010, and the church roof was replaced in 1966. Coley Church has several examples of the superb craftsmanship of the well known Jackson Wood Carvers and joiners of Coley. Of particular note is the parclose paneling separating the vestry on the north side of the chancel and the carving in the sanctuary completed in 1941.