St. John's

Hopton Hall Lane

   WF14 8EL


Welcome to

St. John the Evangelist in Upper Hopton, WF14 8EL

In the Mirfield Team Parish



For the love of God we strive for:

quality in worship and the service of others;

stewardship of the resources that are entrusted to us;

partnership, and harmonious relationships among ourselves and with the wider community.

Where we fail we ask forgiveness, dust ourselves down and strive anew.


May God Bless you.


Rev'd Hugh Baker

(Vicar of Mirfield Team Parish)


God help us to live slowly:

To move simply:

To look softly:

To allow emptiness:

To let the heart create for us.


Michael Leunig

                 Contact Details Vicar  Revd. Hugh C. Baker 

           Tel. 505790 Email

   CURATE Revd. Helen Butler. Tel 496189

For information on Weddings and Baptisms contact the Church Office 01924 490167 
Church Wardens David Alderson 517499  Karen Batty

PCC Secretary Vicky Bowen 
We look forward to welcoming you to our services:-
Sung Eucharist at 11.15 am each Sunday
(except the fifth Sunday in the month when we have a combined service with St Mary’s and St Paul’s)
Children are most welcome to our Sunday School also at 11.15 a.m. 
Traditional Choral Evensong 4.30 pm on the first Sunday of the month.
For more details of other events in the Team Parish Visit our website


St John’s Church A brief History.

In 1840, Upper Hopton was made an Ecclesiastical District, with a curate, George Kerr, in charge.
In 1843, James Micklethwaite, a Maltster who lived at Hopton Hall, donated a plot of land to the Church Commissioners in recognition of Rev. Kerr’s work over the previous 3 years. Designed by the Durham architects Bonomi and Cory, the church is a copy of the 15th century Perpendicular style. The final bill was almost £1,200. The foundation stone was laid on St John the Evangelist’s Day – December 27th – 1844 by James Micklethwaite and the building was consecrated on October 21st 1846. Full Story Here

More About St John's.

The Interior. A brief Description HERE

Organ Refurbishment

Important Church public notice for the Organ refurbishment at St John's. Click on the red PDF button to read the details,

Here is an extract from the news sheet for Sunday 14th June, Trinity 1.  For the full news sheet please download the pdf.

Welcome to Mirfield Team Parish    Sunday 14th June 2020    The First Sunday after Trinity

Our worship for this week can be found here: 

Please feel free to share this with family and friends 


Congratulations to Richard and Jess on the safe arrival of Joseph, a brother for Leo. 


As of 15th June, the Government has relaxed the regulations concerning using churches.  We are now allowed to use our buildings for private prayer. A lot of advice and useful information has been sent to us about how we might do this safely as the risks surrounding Covid 19 are still with us. Opening our churches, like opening any of the shops, is not risk free for either those who visit or those who help to make this possible, so we need to move very carefully and slowly. Private prayer is after all something that can be done at any time and in any place and does not need the setting of the church building. However, we are very aware that access to the church may well provide a high degree of spiritual comfort to some and for this reason it is something to allow if at all possible, and if it can be done with a minimum of risk

Having looked at all the information sent to us the PCC have decided that we are in a position to offer some limited access for private prayer but under very stringent controls.

We are looking to open both St. Mary’s and St. Johns for private prayer with the following conditions in place.


  • Social distancing of 2 metres at all times except within household groups and bubbles.

  • Access to the church will be limited to no more than 10 at St. Mary’s and 4 at St. John’s at any one time.

  • Access will be limited to only certain clearly marked areas of the church and for private prayer only.

  • If numbers of people wanting access is large, then time limits may be put in place.

  • We shall need visitors to leave contact details to help with track and trace

We aim to be open on Sundays between 2 pm and 4 pm and Wednesdays between 10 am and 12 noon. The first open session will be on Sunday 21st June. We shall proceed with caution and review this regularly.

All of this is of course very strange but if you feel that you would benefit from visiting St. Mary’s or St. John’s we would be delighted to see you and there will be two welcomers on duty to guide you and help make your visit as spiritually uplifting as possible.

All services in our churches are on hold and the usual social and fundraising activities are no longer running until such time as we are advised to do otherwise.

One of the ministries we offer is our prayer team who are willing to offer prayers on your behalf in a crisis situation. If you have an urgent need for prayers then please contact our Prayer Chain Coordinators,
Carol on 515894 or Barry on 493884.    

We pray for those suffering in body, mind or spirit
Stephen,  John,  Wendy,  Shaney,  Daniel,  Michael,  Sarah,  Donna,  Stephen & Tracey, Daniel,  Philippa,  Pat,  Beryl,  
Ash and Alex,  Krystian,  Margaret,  Trevor,  Hilda,  Nicholas,  Harry,  Brian,  Andrew,  Jimmy,  Claire,  Charles,  Paul & Dorothy,  Jacob,  Jean,  Barbara,  Judith,  Diana,  Dorothy.

We pray for those who have recently died and their families
Dulcie Tolson,  Martin Hunt,  Doreen Brennan,  Brenda Bleazard,  Joan Elsie Moorhouse,  Margaret Alice Place, Elaine Christine Ragona,  

Jean Pollitt,  Quincy Keith France, Leonard Cass,  Joan Oxley,  

From our Parish Prayer List
Our Archbishops, Justin Welby and John Sentamu.
Staff and pupils of all local nurseries and pre-schools.
All those who represent us locally and nationally in councils and Government.
For the work of Christians Against Poverty.

Information about getting married in our churches is available here in our 

Marriage Booklet


Information about Baptism is available here in our 

Baptism Booklet.