Halifax Minster is a diverse community. Its members participate in its mission and ministry in a host of different ways. It is a magnificent building with over 900 years of history, but still today it relies upon its teams of volunteers who play an essential role in its day-to-day life. Without them, the Minster would simply not function. New volunteers are guaranteed a warm welcome!
For more information on volunteering, please contact the Minster Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
“There are occasions when we look for people with specific skills to carry out particular roles at The Minster.
Check here to see if we are presently recruiting.
Halifax Minster has a varied education programme led by our Education Officer and supported by Minster Volunteers. We recognise that education beyond the classroom is important and aim to meet your curriculum needs. You are invited to explore, experience, and learn by taking part in workshops that celebrate our magnificent 12th Century church. Workshop titles provide a guide; we can work with you to make your visit best suit your group.
We also encourage self directed visits which can also be supported by the Education Team. If you would like more information or would like to book a visit, contact Alison Field email@example.com or call 01422 355436.
Workshops last 1½ – 2hrs and cost £3 per child with a minimum charge of £60. Self led tours £20. For a copy of our brochure, outlining all our current workshops, click HERE.
The Minster is also suitable for use by school groups for concerts, assemblies, prizegiving/graduations, carol services and to visit the Christmas Tree Festival. Exhibitions of student work can also be displayed. In the 2021-2 school year, we hosted over 18 different events for a number of schools and colleges.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 01422 355436 for more information.
The Parish of Halifax Minster is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO) Kathy Kershaw who can be contacted on 07772 851126 or at email@example.com
The Diocese of Leeds safeguarding pages contain vital links and information, including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise PSO’s. There are also links to the ‘Safer Church’ guidance for churches and safeguarding polices. This can be found HERE.
If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adult Services.
The Church of England has always encouraged people to give 10% of their income away: 5% to the church and 5% to their chosen charities, and we support and encourage this approach. Please see below as a guide:
Gift Aid your contribution (available to all UK tax-payers) and the Minster can claim 25p from the Government in every pound you give. All giving is managed by our Parish Giving Officer and is entirely confidential.
The church must, like any other organisation, pay its own way. As a church we want to be free to use our funds in the best possible way to enable our mission and ministry in Halifax. This includes caring for our biggest resource, the Minster, itself as a place of worship and prayer, and as a source of income itself, through events and activities for groups and organisations across Halifax and Calderdale.
The Parish Share is the financial contribution that parishes are asked to make to help pay for the work of the Church, including helping to pay for clergy in all parishes and the broader expenses incurred in running the Church in our Diocese. It is also about our social responsibility in support of poorer parishes in the Diocese.
By Standing Order: This allows the Minster to budget for income and manage its practical affairs. There are ‘gifting cards’ available at the back of the church.
By Our Envelope Scheme or by Cash on the collection plate at any service.
The Minster has been remembered by many generous benefactors in the past. Why not consider leaving the Minster something in your Will today and set up a legacy?
If you would like further information or to discuss any other aspect of giving please contact our Treasurer, Mike Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org