News and Information
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We are holding a Community Harvest Festival Celebration this year with a display in Stanwick St John church (courtesy of the Churches Conservation Trust) on Sunday 4 October. It will be a series of table-top displys that we hope YOU will contribute, along with a rolling photo show of farming and harvest pictures and a children's art gallery.
Full details here.
The three parishes of the Stanwick Group have registered for the Parish Giving Scheme, now the Church of England preferred method of making a regular gift to your church.
Sadly, but understandably, Government guidelines still make it very difficult for us to have Teddy Church in church.
Next Sunday (13 Sept) we will therefore have another Zoom Teddy Church at 4pm. This time we'd particularly like to meet any teddies / soft toys who either come from a different country or a different part of the UK or who have been on holiday with you!
Rhythm of Life
See details of this follow on from the Diocesan Lay Conference of 2018. It can also be found in our Lay Training section.
If you have anything at all that you would appreciate prayer for in the strictest confidence,
our Prayer Circle would be delighted to support you in this way.
All requests are in the strictest confidence and will remain within the small group of people who make up the Prayer Circle.
No prayer request is too small (or large!)
If you would like to request prayer support or to join the circle, please contact us by email at
or speak to Rev’d Camilla Campling-Denton
Work at Melsonby
The work at Melsonby was well under way when the corona virus lock down was announced and it had to come to a halt. Here is a video about the work so far by Churchwarden Ian Black. More about the church and its history here. It is now almost completed and the church should be opened in September.
There are lots of opportunities for church members to find out more about how to do various tasks that are part of the Church's mission but need, indeed, should, not be confined to the clergy. Whenever we can we put details of short courses that are available and relevant to people in our benefice on our website on our Lay Training Opportunities page.
During the coming months it is anticipated that many of the courses that would have been held in locations around the Diocese will be made available online.
Incidentally, Julia Robertson, the Lay Training Officer for our Episcopal Area (Ripon) is one of our own parishioners.
If you wwould like to know more about a vocations and ordination in the Church of England, please see this video from the Diocesan Ordinations Team.
We support the Richmond Storehouse Foodbank with donations. See this page about the foodbank. When you come to church, please consider bringing a tin, jar or packet of something suitable for the foodbank collection. There are boxes for your food bank donations in Aldbrough, Forcett, Melsonby and East Layton churches and donations are taken regularly to the food banks in Richmond and Darlington.
Bell-ringing in the benefice
There is now a band in Melsonby. If you have rung or are interested in learning, see here
A group has now started ringing under the tutelage of Rob Kirby. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30pm. New ringers, either experienced or learners, are welcome.
BELL RINGING IN THE BENEFICE IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL THE END OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND WORK AT MELSONBY.
Thanks, Celebration, Commemoration
Take a look at our Thanks, Celebration and Commemoration pages. If you would like to give thanks, or celebrate or commemorate a person or event, we can add a short message there.
Following the delivery of the April 2020 edition, the production of the Leeds Diocesan News has been temporarily suspended because of the current coronavirus crisis. Production will be back under way as soon as possible.
Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.