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Rev Arthur William Cribb - Memorials
The Shipley Times & Express also published on12 June 1914, reports of tributes made to Rev Cribb at services on the Sunday following his funeral: Sunday was the twenty-fourth anniversary of the induction of the Rev. A. W. Cribb to the vicariate of Shipley. The services at the Parish Church were of a memorial character. In the morning the preacher was the Rev. W. E. Bradley, vicar of Ben Rhydding. He remarked that that day the members of the congregation mourned the loss of one who for a long period had been their vicar and friend. He (the preacher), as a representative of the great society under whose auspices Mr. Cribb laboured in China for eleven years, was pleased to occupy the pulpit that morning. It was a rather strange coincidence that the last time he (the speaker) preached at the church at the harvest festival in September 1913, was the last occasion on which the late vicar attended service. As they looked round the church that morning the familiar form was missing. All that they had left was the memory of a life which had been lived out, or, to use the words of the missionary, Henry Martin, "burnt out by God." Since September last he (Mr. Bradley) had visited China, and whilst there met a very old friend of Mr. Cribb in the person of Archdeacon Hutchinson, who had worked with him in that far off country in years gone by. Whilst in China Mr. Cribb was a devoted servant of his Master. Fragrance of a life There was left the fragrance of a life full of usefulness almost to the last, a life which had been untiring in its efforts to carry out the mission set for it. Of such a life they could truly say "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, for they rest from their labours." The choir gave an impressive rendering of the anthem, "What are these arrayed in white robes?” (Stainer), and appropriate hymns were sung. The organist, Mr J E Moore, played "I know that my Redeemer liveth" (Handel) as an opening voluntary, the service concluding with the "Dead March" At evensong the preacher was the Rev G B Flynn , vicar of Heaton, who selected for his text the words, "Verily, verily I say unto you, if a man keep my sayings he shall never see death” (John viii, 51).
What our Lord meant said the preacher, was that death was very different to the servants of God to what it was to other people. The believer had indeed to meet the common debt of man, but did not dread it; he looked beyond it. Immediately after death the liberated spirit of the God-fearing man was joined to the Church above, and death was swallowed up in victory. It was not annihilation after death. The other day they read of the appalling disaster at sea, when over a thousand passengers perished. They knew there were Christians on board, members of the Salvation Army and others full of the love of God in their hearts. Would anyone with spark of humanity about him say that those souls were lost for ever? Although cut off from earthly friends they were that day safe in port. The congregation of that church would remember their late vicar as one who tried his best to lead them to the Cross of Christ. The energy of his life was the outcome of the spirituality of his nature; in devotion to the service God he found the peace which passeth all understanding. Mr. Cribb would be remembered by many hearts in many ways. The choir sang the anthem, "I am Alpha and Omega"(Stainer), Master Burroughs taking the treble solo. The hymns sung were "O God our help ages past," "Rock of ages cleft for me," and "Ten thousand times ten thousand." At the close of the service Mr. Moore played Beethoven's Funeral March. At the Parish Church Sunday School on Sunday afternoon sympathetic reference was made to the vicar's death by Mr. J. Blackwell and Mr. W. Miller. A Vote condolence was passed with the family. ST. PETER'S CHURCH SHIPLEY. REV. B. HOPE's TRIBUTE. The most important and successful of the several undertakings initiated and carried through by the late Rev. A W. Cribb during his residence in Shipley was the formation of the parish of St Peter and the building of a new church and Church Hail. The need for church extension had been discussed long before his arrival in the parish, but no practical step was taken until services were commenced by Mr. Cribb in the Technical School, Saltaire, in October 1890, within four months of his induction as Vicar of Shipley.
He conceived the idea of forming a congregation as the first step towards the fulfilment of his aims, and the soundness of his judgment has been amply demonstrated by the results achieved. Step by step the scheme progressed, from the building of the Church Hall, which was opened for worship in March. 1894, to the erection of the new church, which was consecrated on May 1st. 1909, and the formation of the new parish in March. 1910. Thus nearly twenty years elapsed between the inception of the scheme and its final completion, and during the whole of that time Mr Cribb was the active guiding spirit in every forward movement. It was therefore fitting that at the morning service at St. Peter's on Sunday last the Vicar, Rev. F B Hope (pictured) should pay sincere tribute to the memory of the deceased. Mr. Hope selected as his text the passage from 1 Corinthians xv, “But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” After detailing the valuable work done by Mr Cribb during his lengthy ministry of fifty years, both at home and abroad, he expressed the deepest sympathy of the congregation towards the bereaved family and a warm appreciation of the untiring energy and self-denying zeal of which St Peter’s Church was a monument. He said that all must recognise the strong personality of a sincere Christian and minister of the Gospel; the upright and downright character which courted no popularity but strove with resolute decision to fulfil the highest duties; the skill and ability in organisation which were distinguishing features of the late vicar. He had achieved the victory and his emancipated spirit was now released from its mortal habitation to seek the presence of the Master. At the close of the service the Dead March in “Saul” was played by the organist, Mr C F Brook.
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