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Lent across the Benefice of the Wiske

The Deanery and wider church

Journeying through Lent.


10.30am on Thursdays Starting 3rd March in the annexe East Cowton Church

Days to Lament’- A Journey through Psalm 13

Recover the essential place of lament in worship at a time of widespread change and disorientation - both here and in the Middle East.

Contact Christine Johnson for details.


7.30pm on Thursdays Wiske Starting 10th March. in St Mary’s, Appleton

“God has no Favourites” discover that God is completely inclusive. He does not apportion his welcome or love according to our prejudices or preferences. God Has No Favourites, because God favours everyone.

Please let Anne or Simon know if you would like to attend, or 01609 - 881185 and we shall make sure you have a Course Book for the 5 sessions.


#LiveLent: Embracing Justice is the Church of England’s theme for Lent 2022 a book, online resources, reflections by email or in an App.


If you are looking for creative things to give up for lent, which can be good for you. try some these ideas


You might like to watch “The Chosen” A very "not cheesy" professionally filmed, masterfully acted, brilliantly directed, superbly written multi-episode account of Jesus the Christ through the eyes of those that he interacted with! Available on YouTube or via an App. Contact David for details if you can’t find it.

If enough of us would like to watch it, we could watch an episode a week and meet on zoom to talk about what we thought?

Across the Richmond Deanery are several in person and online group


The Deanery Group, ‘Rhythm of Life’

Following the Diocesan Rhythm of Life resource

Suitable for everyone, whether exploring the Rhythm of Life resources for the first time or having attended last year’s sessions. Contact: Scott Lunn, 01748 826895, or Steve Jackson

Thursday evenings from February 24 (7 sessions), at 7:00-8:45pm, on Zoom:


The 2022 USPG Lent Course, ‘Living Stones, Living Hope’

Reflecting on the experience of five expressions of the Christian Church around the world. USPG is St Mary’s Mission Support link and this course reflects on 1 Peter, the text of the 2022 Lambeth Conference Bible study. Contact: Martin Fletcher, 07762 440094 Tuesday afternoons from March 8 (5 sessions), at 2:00-3:30pm, St Marys, Richmond, with Zoom options available.


The Film Group, ‘Pay it Forward’

Reflecting on the film of that title, looking at Paying it Forward – the concept of generosity in which the recipient of a generous act pays it forward rather than repay the same person. Contact: Paul Sunderland, 07989 178196 Film showings: February 27 at 6pm and March 2 at 2pm Discussions: April 17 at 6pm & April 18 at 2pm, on how paying it forward went, all at St Mary’s, Richmond.


The Book Group, ‘Twenty Questions Jesus Asked’

Discussing Bishop John Pritchard’s latest book of that title. Contact:

Camilla Campling-Denton, 01325 374634 Wednesday evenings, from March 9 (5 sessions), at 7:30pm, St James’, Melsonby


Great Smeaton Fellowship

Major Shirley McKenzie, of the Darlington Salvation Army, will be the guest speaker at the Fellowship meeting to be held in St. Eloy’s Church on Monday 28th March at 2pm.

A warm welcome is extended to everyone.

Meetings last approx. 1hour followed by refreshments.

Tel. 01609 881217 for further details. 

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