Middlesmoor United Service
A wonderful United Service was held at St Chad's Middlesmoor on 20th October 2013. The readings were related to Jesus telling the disciples to let their nets down so that they would catch a great haul of fish. The congregation were asked to write prayers on some paper fish and then invited to drop their prayers into the net. The name Faith was chosen because although we desire most to be on calm waters we know that when we get battered by the trials of life 'faith' is the best thing to hold on to. The church was filled, just like the nets in fact.
Ramsgill Quiet Day
The Parish Quiet Day on 20th October 2013 at St Mary the Virgin, Ramsgill had the theme of 'Playing with Prayer' and it explored many different styles of prayer, some quiet and meditative, some more tactile, some that involved walking around but all were ways of engaging with prayer. It was a wet and miserable day but we were still blessed with over 20 people joining us for our Quiet Day which ended with a Celtic Eucharist.
Wilsill Cafe Church
On 12th October 2013 St Michael and All Angels, Wilsill had their first Cafe Church. The theme for the Cafe Church was, 'Jesus says, 'I am the Good Shepherd.' Over 40 people joined us, not quite sure what to expect I'm sure. The afternoon was set so that people would arrive at 2pm and have refreshments and cakes / biscuits whilst Richard and Linsay entertained us with their live music. The guests were invited to try the 'Good Sheperd Quiz' or try ther hand at making some sheep with air dried clay. From 2:30pm Martin Imeson regaled us with 'Tales from the Dales,' for half an hour. His stories kept us all entertained and half an hour felt like ten minutes. From 3pm the answers to the quiz were given and Richard and Linsay with the help of their son entertained us with a drama sketch based on the Good Shepherd. This was all followed by a final act of worship and more tea and cake. The next Cafe Church at Wilsill will be held on 8th February 2014, the theme will be the 'Parable of the Lost Sheep' and the guest speaker will be Bishop James Bell (Bishop of Knaresborough). Please join us.
Wilsill Christingle 2013
On December 1st 2013 our Lay Reader, Celia Morris conducted a wonderful, atmospheric Christingle service at St Michael and All Angels, Wilsill. 40 people from three weeks old to... well, lets just say mature in their years joined in the celebration of Christingle and raised money for the Children's Society whilst doing so. A wonderful way to start the Advent season as we prepare for Christmas.
St Cuthbert's Bells and Tower
Have you ever wondered what it looks like in the Bell Tower of St Cuthbert's? or what the clock mechanism looks like? or what the view is like from on the tower? Well here are a few snaps that I took which I hope you will enjoy.
First you climb up a narrow, stone, spiral staircase into the Bell Ringing room.
Up another big staircase into a room with pulleys all around and above you. This is where the clock mechanism is kept, a fantastic piece of equipment.
Up another flight of stairs and pass by the bells.
through a narrow hatch with a really heavy lid and onto the Tower where the views that meet you are astounding!
On Sunday, 25th May, 2014 Kianna-Rae was baptised in our beautiful, 15th century Bewerley Grange Chapel with its unusual stone font. The chapel was filled to standing room only as baby Kianna-Rae was baptised into the Christian faith. Kianna, we welcome you as a new member of our Church.
St Michael and All Angels, Wilsill
Inspired by the Tour de France, St Michael and All Angels have come up with a fabulously topical prayer station. Visitors and parishioners are encouraged to write a prayer on a post it note and stick it to this wooden cut-out. A great idea, well done Wilsill! Pictured: Jean Robinson, Christine Johnson, Daphne Clay and Jenny Spruce.
Congratulations to the Confirmation Class of 2014
On Easter Day 2014 the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds was dissolved and the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales came into being. On Sunday, May 4th at St Cuthbert's Church, the United Parish of Upper Nidderdale became the first parish in the new episcopal area of Ripon to have a Confirmation Service. Pictured left to right are:
Anna Beever, Suzann Bealing (affirming her baptismal faith), Helene Bealing, Sophie Beever, The Right Reverend James Bell (Bishop for the area of Ripon), Sue Beever, Hugh Beever, Richard Pooley and Father Darryl Hall.
Another candidate, Mrs Margaret Burrells who was prepared for Confirmation with the other candidates was confirmed at a later date in St Cuthbert's Church.
The Nidderdale Lambing Service at St Chad's 2014
One of the highest churches (geographically) in England is St Chad's church in Middlesmoor with its beautiful views down Nidderdale in North Yorkshire. Congregations from both the Anglican church itself and the Methodist church joined together on Sunday May 18th for their first ever ecumenical Lambing Festival. Pictured is Vicar, Revd Darryl Hall, who jointly led the service with the Reverend Nigel Waterfield, the local Methodist Superintendent.
The two denominations came together in the upper dale in the autumn of 2013. Darryl who was inducted as the new Vicar of Upper Nidderdale last June said, “ The delightful sounds of St Chad's church bells rang out through the valley to call people to worship, the church was filled with beautiful hymns and the sights and sounds of nature blessed us in abundance. Winged creatures literally swooped in our act of worship as three beautiful swallows, nesting in the porch, found their way into the church.
“Three young lambs were brought in by the children for a blessing before moving out into the churchyard for a blessing on all the lambs, livestock and our farming communities of the dales.”
in the United Parish of Upper Nidderdale
Walking in Faith is simply coming together to enjoy a good walk; to journey and explore together in the company of old friends and new, sharing in the experiences of the moment, being open to what the day has to offer. There’s also the opportunity to talk about faith, spirituality, religion, maybe one or two questions that are on our minds… just as much or as little as feels right. We try to cater for all walkers (individuals and families, younger, older…) by choosing locations that give the opportunity to combine a shorter route with longer options, aiming to meet and eat together somewhere en route.
Our first outing was on Saturday, 24th May, combining riverside and moorland walking around Merryfield Mines in Upper Nidderdale. We numbered 20 in all, including regular visitors to Nidderdale, local people and some enthusiastic walkers who heard about Walking in Faith through our Mission Shaped Ministry course.
An atmosphere of welcome, friendship and openness was immediately apparent and, despite a grey start to the day and a poor forecast, a great time was had by all. A few lines from Psalm 104 got us off to a good start, and whilst the line, “From your lofty abode you water the mountains” was somewhat prophetic, the rain didn’t join in until lunchtime! Our “bring and share” picnic lunch took place under the shelter of several large trees, with food and good spirits in bountiful supply. The feasting was preceded by short “eye-witness” accounts of the feeding of the 5000 from the perspectives of different characters, derived from John’s Gospel.
Here’s some feedback from participants:
“Accommodating both long and short walks was a great idea giving inclusion for everyone. The distances appeared just right. What a great opportunity to meet 'new' people and others known by face but not spoken to.” Laurie and Linda from Batley, regular visitors to Nidderdale.
“Phil and I enjoyed ourselves enormously, chatting to new people and finding out that we have some quite close connections [with others on the walk].” Liz and Phil from Gildersome.
“We really enjoyed the day very much. It was so good to get to know some new people.” Richard and Linsay, Bewerley
“I thought the worship part was spot on and the length of the walk was just right!” Alison, Leeds
Keep an eye on Source (our parish magazine) if you’d like to join our next outing, or email me at email@example.com and I’ll keep you up-to-date.
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