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The Benefice of the Wiske comprises of 5 churches:

Diocese of Leeds

St Eloy, Great Smeaton

St Mary, Appleton Wiske

St Peter, Birkby

All Saints, East Cowton

Danby Wiske

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Youth Group raises £200 with Advent Sleepout Challenge

This Advent the Youth Group raised £200 in aid of the homeless. 10 youngsters and 3 youth group leaders slept all night in the Church. The money raised directly goes to the Church Urban fund .

 

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Bible Study a route to Get Closer to the Lord

God knows our desire to be known and to be loved! He made us for companionship. Join the Bible Study Group 10:30 on Thursday morning fortnightly at All Saints Annexe. Read Bible passages with friends about friendship and how if chosen right, our friends can be the greatest source of love, healing, joy, and encouragement. We study different themes within the bible and enjoy each others fellowship.

By the order of the British Government and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, our churches must stay closed until the Corona virus is beaten.

      

But although there are no services in our church, the Leeds diocese and the C of E nationally, have many on-line services for us to join in with.

 https://www.leeds.anglican.org/covid-19/live-streaming 

 

 https://www.facebook.com/ourfivechurches

 https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online

     

The BBC is also broadcasting various church services on television.

      

 Do not underestimate the power of prayer and remember that our clergy will continue their regular daily prayers for us all.  So that we can join them – in spirit only – I have listed the Sunday readings in the Services section

    

Do keep safe and stay at home

You can read the Archbishops' letters and Bishop Nick's letters on the Coronavirus page of this website

LETTER FROM OUR CLERGY 

 April 2020

The little things we can do, are far more important

than the big things we cannot do

 

 

This is the first time that I have written a letter for the "Wiske Benefice” and indeed the first one I have written since I retired in 2000. I used to write a letter every month between 1967 and my retirement but then I was a parish priest and knew my audience very well. Being relevant was, therefore, no great problem even if sometimes I was a little controversial. I felt confident that I could avoid platitudes then so that will be my ambition now.

There are, at least, four matters of concern to many people at this present time: COVID-19 (Carona Virus), our exit from Europe and its possible effects on international relationships and our own economy, climate change and pollution. All these things are big issues for us all quite apart from our personal concerns, which for some people are a major worry.

With all of these matters and many more we may well feel powerless. We may think that there is nothing that we can do. That is not the case. Big decisions are not in our hands but, as one who has at least an armful of North Welsh blood in my veins, I would like to point you to St. David and his advice to his followers in a sermon on the Sunday before he died on 1st March, 601CE. “Lords, brothers and sisters, be joyful and keep your faith and your creed. Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. As for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us. You do the little things in life.”

The little things we can do are far more important than the big things we cannot do.

 

Perhaps this vital truth is only obvious in the context of the “The Faith” to which David was referring. That Faith is God’s gift to us through Jesus the Messiah, the one who came to release humanity from bondage to sin and death.

There are many little things to do, especially in the way of fulfilling the command of Jesus that we should “Love one another” in order that the world may believe in him. How admirable are those who spend their time showing loving care for others and helping them to find the freedom which truth, the gift of the Holy Spirit, brings to us. We may think of people like Mother Theresa but each of us can make a contribution if only we will take seriously and act upon the words of Jesus.

There are also bigger things we can achieve by doing little things together. This is why the fellowship of our brother and sister Christians is so important. Not least of these is victory over our own sinful nature. I would also add that, if we use the Internet, we can join thousands of people around the world in helping to oppose injustice and exploitation through organisations such as ‘Sum of Us’. Even the smallest act of kindness will bring great rewards and help us to develop into real human beings. So stop worrying and that will allow you to expend your energy on caring about others and thus contribute to the whole of our world community, including those wonderful creatures which are now disappearing so rapidly from our lives.

May you have a joyful and blessed Easter,

 

Derek Mills

OPEN the BOOK   

 

This project offers primary school children an opportunity to hear the major stories of the Bible, presented chronologically or thematically, during the school year.

It is given by a team of Christians from the benefice, who present the stories during assembly or collective worship. We have a team of 10 volunteers for our first project which will began in September 2019 at Great Smeaton Primary School. 

 

Benefice of the Wiske is a group of 5 churches, located in the NE corner of the Diocese of Leeds. Our Benefice comprises several small villages and hamlets near the River Wiske which are largely rural in character, but are also commuter villages, as agriculture, though still important, no longer employs many people and most work in Northallerton, Darlington or Teesside. The population has a high percentage of retired people. There is a Church of England (VC) Primary School in East Cowton and primary schools in Great Smeaton, North Cowton and Appleton Wiske. A Youth Group meets every other Friday during term time at All Saints. The Benefice has a Priest in Charge, supported by retired priests and lay readers.

 

St Peter - Birkby

Priest in Charge: 

Lay Chair: 

Secretary: Margaret Owens

Treasurer: 

The Church is open several times a week.

Services twice a month. BCP

Church Information

Services Schedule

 
Candles

5th April

All services in Churches are

cancelled

Readings for Palm Sunday

Psalm:

118 v 19 - 24

Old testament:

Isaiah 50 v 4-9a

Epistle:

Philippians 2 v 5-11

Gospel:

Matthew 21 v 1-11

12th April

All services in Churches are

cancelled

Readings for Easter Sunday

Psalm:

118 v 14-24

Old testament:

Jeremiah 31 v 1-6

Epistle:

Acts 10 v 34-43

Gospel:

Matthew 28 v 1-10

19th April

All services in Churches are

cancelled

Readings for Low Sunday

Psalm:

16

Old testament:

Exodus 14 v 10-end, 15 v 22-32 

Epistle:

Philippians 2 v 5-11

Gospel:

John 20 v 19-end

Praying

26th April

All services in Churches are

cancelled

Readings for Third Sunday of Easter

Psalm:

116 v 1-7

Old testament:

Zephaniah 3 v 14-end

Epistle:

Acts 2 v 14a, v 36-41

Gospel:

Luke 24 v 13-35

Bibles

 

10th April

All services in Churches are

cancelled

Readings for Good Friday

Psalm:

118 v 19 - 24

Old testament:

Isaiah 50 v 4-9a

Epistle:

Philippians 2 v 5-11

Gospel:

Matthew 21 v 1-11

Bibles

"And know that I am with you always; yes, to the end of time"

Jesus Christ

 
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Contact Us

Revd. Lynn Thorius

Benefice of the Wiske

01609 881451

 
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