A Letter from the Rectory

Thoughts for the month

Dear Friends

Venite, Adoremus Dominum: {for the Latin scholars amongst us} – O come let us worship & adore the Lord. Yes, as we approach Christmas once more, with a significant number of Carol Services across the whole benefice (including a couple in local Pubs) we hope that you’ll find a service venue and time which enables you to join us as we prepare once more to celebrate the birth of our Heavenly King.

Clergy: I promised to keep everyone up-to-date with the situation concerning the vacancies both for the post of Rector and for our part-time House for Duty Priest. Bishop Helen-Ann (our Bishop of Ripon) has approved advertising for both posts in mid -January, which is excellent news. Let’s pray that the Spirit calls applicants to seek to come to serve our benefice.

Sunday Worship in 2019: Alongside all Church Wardens we’ve recently been planning service provision for January through to the end of April. Rest assured we’ll do our best to maintain as many as we can; but please bear with us if we cannot always offer the number and range of services we previously could with a larger team. Thankfully we’re benefitting from the support of visiting Ministers. So we’re sustaining a Communion service each week somewhere within the benefice, alongside our regular Morning Prayer worship. We’d encourage you to travel to another church in the benefice if we cannot offer a service in your local church on a particular Sunday.

Confirmation classes: Bishop Helen-Ann has agreed to hold a Confirmation Service for the benefice here on Easter Sunday. This too is excellent news. Already we’ve a number of young people and adults coming forward for preparations, and we’d like to invite anyone, who is not yet confirmed but might wish to consider it, to come for an informal coffee morning at St Helen’s (on Saturday 12th January at 11.00am) to find out more about what it involves – with absolutely no obligation to proceed unless you feel it truly is right for you. We hope to see some of you then.

Meanwhile, O Come Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord. Wishing you a truly happy and peaceful Christmas from everybody involved in leading our congregations across the benefice,

Lay Reader Minister Paul