The Parish Church of Heptonstall

St Thomas the Apostle


serving the communities of Heptonstall, Slack, Colden, Blackshawhead and the surrounding areas.

Together with St James the Great, Hebden Bridge we form the

United Benefice of Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall in the Diocese of Leeds.


Our vision is to encourage each other as we grow in our faith

whilst also seeking to share the Good News with the wider communities we serve.



Welcome to our website which is constantly being reviewed and developed.

Please have a look around and come back regularly to see new updates.  


St Thomas's Church continues to be open for prayer.

The Archbishop's of Canterbury and York have advised us that all public worship should cease until further notice. This is to protect the public from potential risk of infection from being gathered in a group. Consequently there will be no services at either St James or St Thomas until we are advised that it is safe to resume. 

We are currently exploring other options for virtual gathering...and sharing worship and prayer.   Please check back tomorrow for further information. We are still available for telephone queries and conversations, and if you know of someone who is vulnerable who might need assistance please let us know and we will do what we can to help. 

St James's church continues to be a collection point for items for the food bank and will be open Wednesday morning if you would like to drop things off.  St Thomas's continues to be open as usual for private prayer. Please  consider other people's safety whilst in the churches, cleaning your hands on entering and leaving. 

There will be a closed (ie not open to the public) service of holy communion in St Thomas's on Sunday Morning at 10.00am. We are hoping to be able to live stream this but if not, we will provide a service for you to use at home.  Please check back to this site for further details. 

Prayers are said daily for the whole community of Heptonstall and Hebden Bridge at approximately 4pm if you wish to join us 'in spirit' by lighting a candle and joining in at home or wherever you are. 

For queries relating to weddings, funerals and baptisms  and prayer requests please ring the Vicar (014224 72641)


St Thomas's Church is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of both children and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and volunteers to share this commitment. For further information, or for further information re the policies, please contact our Safeguarding Officer, Tristan Langlois, tolanglois@btinternet. com or contact The Reverend Karen Marshall 01422472641

Please see the blue type below for a link to the Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding Policy Statement.



Sunday 9.15am Parish Communion

But please check the Diary for special or additional services 


  Opening Times

The church is normally open every day between

approximately 10.00am and 4.00pm