St Lucius’ Church in Farnley Tyas dates from
the 19th century, the foundation stone being laid in 1838 and
the building completed and opened for worship in 1840. It is not of
typical Victorian construction but is open, spacious and welcoming.
It was first gazetted as a separate parish in
1896, which it remained until 1976. It then became part of the united benefice of Almondbury
with Farnley Tyas in 1982.
In 1987 the Team Parish was formed. St
Lucius’ has an open graveyard, maintained by paid and voluntary workers.
The church has a toilet and
kitchen, as well as a large area which is well used by both church and community
groups, especially the village Women’s Institute. The Church is handsomely furnished with limed oak. There is great
affection for the church which is popular for baptisms and weddings.
Farnley Tyas has a good rapport with its Voluntary Controlled first school which uses the church regularly during the school year. There
is a ‘Travelling Crib’ during Advent which is enthusiastically hosted by families living
in the village.