Church News for Sunday 5th July 2020  
Trinity 4

Church Opening

We are delighted to announce that from Monday 29th June 2020 we will be opening our 6 Church buildings for private prayer from 2-4pm one day a week.

Monday - Patrick Brompton
Tuesday - Spennithorne
Wednesday - Hornby
Thursday - Finghall
Friday - Crakehall
Saturday - Hauxwell

When you come
Please observe 2m social distancing at all times.  Please use hand sanitiser where provided.  The wearing of face-covering is a matter of personal choice.

Do not enter if you feel unwell or are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. These include:
  • High temperature
  • Continuous cough
  • Loss of taste and smell
Please follow all directions and markers set out and avoid contact with items as far as possible, including hymn books and printed material.

God of healing and peace, we give thanks for this place in which
to worship you. Guide each of us as we enter and leave to keep it
safe, as we seek protection for all from the coronavirus; in the name
of him who gave his life for us all, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

A Prayer as we re-enter our Church Buildings

From Lisle Ryder,
God in each of us,
whose weakness is stronger than human strength,
in Jesus, you showed your vulnerability.
In this building dedicated to worship you
we each take a risk as we enter
sharing in your weakness and vulnerability.
May we know your presence within
to bring relief from anxiety
and joy in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Worshipping With Us

Although the government has now allowed church buildings to reopen they must do so in accordance with the guidance they have published.  We are currently working through this material and preparing our buildings to welcome everyone back.  However, it is a complex and time-consuming task and with the regulations changing on a weekly basis, we have decided not to rush the process.  Therefore we are going to continue with PhoneChurch for the rest of this month and possibly through the August holiday period as well. We feel that returning to gathered worship alongside the schools fully reopening is an appropriate and proportionate response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
This does not mean however that we stop being Church - The Eucharist will still be celebrated each Sunday. Wednesday, and feast day along with Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, and Compline which are prayed daily on behalf of the whole Benefice, however, this is now to be done without a congregation present. 

And so we now continue 'PhoneChurch'  

To join in simply call  03300 945 940
then at the prompt Room number: 55017514 #
and use Guest PIN: 3885 #

Sunday 5th July Trinity 4

09:00 Holy Communion - for Patrick Brompton, Spennithorne, & Finghall
10:00 Morning Prayer - for Hornby, Crakehall, & Hauxwell 
16:30 BCP Evensong
Zechariah 9.9–12, Psalm 145.8–15, Romans 7.15–25a, Matt. 11.16–19,25–30
Evening Readings
Psalm 56, 2 Samuel 2.1–11; 3.1, Luke 18.31 – 19.10 
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion
Eternal God, comfort of the afflicted and healer of the broken, you have fed us at the table of life and hope:
teach us the ways of gentleness and peace, that all the world may acknowledge the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
BCP Collect
O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; Increase and multiply upon us thy mercy; that, thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal. Grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake our Lord.
During the week
09:00 Morning Prayer - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
09:00 Holy Communion - Wednesday with Revd Canon Sam Corley, Rector of Leeds, Chair of the House of Clergy for Leeds Diocese.

Sunday 12th July Trinity 5

09:00 Prayer and Praise - for Patrick Brompton, Spennithorne, & Finghall
10:00 BCP Holy Communion - for Hornby, Crakehall, & Hauxwell
16:30 Taizé - via Zoom
Isaiah 55.10–13, Psalm 65.[1–7]8–13*, Romans 8.1–11, Matthew 13.1–9,18–23
Evening Readings
Psalm 60, 2 Samuel 7.18–29, Luke 19.41 – 20.8
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Post Communion
Grant, O Lord, we beseech you, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
BCP Collect
Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by thy governance, that thy Church may joyfully serve thee in all godly quietness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

During the week
09:00 Morning Prayer - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday
09:00 Holy Communion - Wednesday with Rev'd Dianne Gamble

Sunday 19th July Trinity 6

09:00 BCP Holy Communion - for Patrick Brompton, Spennithorne, & Finghall
10:00 Morning Prayer - for Hornby, Crakehall, & Hauxwell 
16:30 BCP Evensong

Sunday 26th July Trinity 7

09:00 Morning Prayer - for Patrick Brompton, Spennithorne, & Finghall
10:00 Holy Communion - for Hornby, Crakehall, & Hauxwell
16:30 Revive - via Zoom 
PhoneChurch is working well, but please remember it is live and unless you mute the microphone on your phone everyone can hear anything that is happening at your end of the line.  We are still learning how to best use this system and whilst responses during the service are working well, communal singing is causing problems - so for the moment please just listen to the music as it plays rather than singing along.

For the liturgy/service booklet please follow the link for the relevant service.

As above to join in simply call  03300 945 940
then at the prompt Room number: 55017514 #
and use Guest PIN: 3885 #
For the latest update from the Church of England please visit

Weddings Baptisms & Funerals

Can now take place with a maximum of 30 people present.  However, there continue to be complex restrictions and procedures in place and these services will look and feel very different to what you might be used to so please do talk with Rev'd Chris at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.
Please see link above or contact Rev'd Chris if you would like further clarification.


We continue to hold phone discussions for Churchwardens, PCC Secretaries, & worship leaders every other Wednesday.  Our next meetings are 16:15 - 15/07/2020 & 29/07/2020 where we will continue to assess and plan for resuming public worship in line with Government and Diocesan guidelines.  Please note the small change to the start time!

During lockdown, we are not able to hold PCC meetings but are having PCC discussions by phone conference with any details being finalised by email in accordance with CRR2020.

Deanery Synod is meeting via Zoom on Wednesday 15th July at 19:30.  Synod members will receive a Zoom invite shortly.

Rev'd Chris will be taking Friday 10th and Tuesday the 14th as his rest days.

St Patrick's goes Green!

Did you spot something odd in the night sky last week - it wasn't a mistake or an alien invasion in the churchyard - no, we deliberately turned St Patrick's green on the night of St John's day as a way of saying 'thank you' to all the St John Ambulance volunteers in all they continue to do.

Crakehall in Lockdown

Over the last few months, there has been a lot of people having to stay at home away from family and friends.  BUT there is always a bright side to everything.  We were able to really watch Spring unfold day by beautiful day.  The birds sang louder than ever or was that because we were not being polluted by sounds on the roads and in the air?  More than that, are the things going on quietly around the village.  People checking on neighbours, getting shopping for them, going to the chemist etc., etc.  Plants on doorsteps on Mothering Sunday, afternoon teas delivered on VE day.  Beautifully decorated stones with messages of Hope, Peace, and Love painted on them and placed along pathways to put a smile on your face and encourage you to walk a little further to find the next one.  Pretty face masks hanging in the bus shelter for people to help themselves to and fish made with wool !!!  It was good to hear and see our neighbours out clapping hands, pans, bells, and anything else that made a noise to say thank you to the NHS and front line workers.  People helping others to connect with PhoneChurch week by week.  The Pubs that delivered hot meals to our doors.  There will be many more things that people are thankful for that we will never hear about. 
So here is a BIG THANK YOU to one and all.

Unfortunately, we still have a long way to go before we are back to some sort of normal and people will continue to help where they can; just ask someone, even if it's just to chat on the phone.

Christian Aid

from Myra Shield 
Following our appeal for donations to Christian Aid during the lockdown, the sum of £905.00 was received by our treasurer John Chritchlow from Bedale and our villages.
Many thanks to all who donated.   We were unable to hold our AGM  but the financial statement was circulated and fundraising from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 showed we had sent £3,540.13. 

Liberia News

Simon and Grace Stretton-Downes
Simon is a dentist leading a team at a clinic at the Eternal Love Winning All (ELWA) Hospital in Monrovia. Grace is a nurse and will support Simon as well as seeking God's direction for her role in the mission field.  The couple are sent by St Gregory's Church, Crakehall and are working for Serving In Mission (SIM)

Rosemary Gaven is our local contact and keeps us update with the news they send.
Simon says that the dental clinic continues as normal.  They are in the full-on rainy season and the amount of rain affects transport which in turn affects patient numbers.  They have just heard that after just resuming flights, Brussels Airlines have suspended them again for a further month at least.  There is a sense of being stuck there.  They are uncertain and unsettled as it is impossible to plan when to travel to the UK or to South Africa to visit their daughter.

Grace has finished altering and making some new curtains for one of the apartments for short-termers this week.  Simon put up some curtain rails and they hung them all on Friday.  She is also making lots of extra food which she delivers to some of the men whose wives and families went home before the lockdown.  She is still visiting the mothers of the malnourished and sick children on the ward, sharing a few bible verses of encouragement and listening to their stories.  Some are so sad.

They are both very tired from the relentless heat and humidity and also the fact that there is nothing to do apart from reading and Simon cycles around the compound which only has one route.   They are concerned too as the last couple of weeks has seen a large increase in the numbers of COVID-19 patients in Liberia.  They value our prayers - please pray for them so far from home and feeling vulnerable being unable to leave the country at the moment. 

And Finally

From Rev'd Chris

This week has felt a little like a mini-pilgrimage - a time to stop and pray in each of our six beautiful church buildings.  Each one is different and has its own character and quirks!  I love to sit and pray surrounded by that thought of all who have prayed in that space before me over the decades and in some cases many hundred years that our buildings have stood witness to our faith.  Far from empty, even though at times I was on my own, I felt a great joy and anticipation of what is to come...

The one thing that I think I have missed most is us all singing together, something that is far from practical at PhoneChurch.  And so as we draw up our plans for the next stage of reopening I wait eagerly for the news of when we will be able to joyfully raise our voices to the Lord.  What have you missed most during this time of separation, do let me know?

We have tried to keep the church buildings looking as close as possible to how we know and love them, and I would like to say an enormous thank you to all who have helped to prepare each one for reopening.  

And did you know that there is even a biblical precedent to having one way systems?  No, nor did I til a friend shared with me Ezekiel 46:9
When the people of the land come before the Lord at the appointed festivals, whoever enters by the north gate to worship is to go out the south gate; and whoever enters by the south gate is to go out the north gate.  No one is to return through the gate by which they entered, but each is to go out the opposite gate. 

As the saying goes 'there is nothing new under the sun' so please be encouraged that whichever gate you come and go by you are walking with God and that he is faithful and true and his mercy is from everlasting to everlasting.

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