Stanwick Group of Churches Benefice Website
Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby
Please note that the Diocese has decided that our benefice only warrants a half-time clergy post, consequently our vicar needs 3 days off each week. She has asked that these be Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday to fit in with her family and other commitments. Occasionally there are urgent calls that require her attention on her days off, but she asks that contact on non-urgent matters is confined to her working days of Monday, Thursday and Friday.
She has the full support of the PCCs in making this request. Please contact a Churchwarden or other church offficer to help, if necessary.
This site is primarily an additional information source for the people of the three parishes of Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby, but we hope that if you are from outside the area you will get a flavour of an area that is pleasant to live in.
You'll find out why it's called the Stanwick Group of Churches on our Welcome page.
We hope you'll find the information you are looking for on who we are and what we do as a benefice. If you feel that anything is missing, please contact the webmaster
If you want to ask about a wedding, please do not use the 'webmaster' link. Go to Contact Information where there is a specific email link direct to the vicar.
If you are a member of one of our parishes and want to be involved in our activities at any level, under GDPR we now need your signed consent to be allowed to contact you specifically. To give this please see the appropriate parish section in the Benefice Administration menu above and download the form.
If you have any Safeguarding concerns involving anyone in the Benefice, please click on the poster to see details of who to contact in a larger version.
The parishes in the Benefice have also adopted this document from the House of Bishops regarding Safeguarding.
Further information about poliies and practice at Diocesan level can be found here.
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The poll in the column below right is for fun rather than a serious enquiry so please feel free to take part. It only records the number of people who have voted. There will be no catastrophic events as a result of it. We know of one former benefice resident who regularly participates, not necessarily with his actual opinions but does like to stir a bit!
Events outside our Benefice
The Diocesan Office and our Cathedral at Ripon plus other parishes and benefices in the area often send us details of events of interest. We now have a section specifically for Lay Training sessions, usually organised by the Diocese but occasionally by other bodies. For those events which are for interest or enjoyment, please look in the section From the Diocese and Wider Church where we have another folder with details of events.
In most cases the information we publish is a copy of their poster which is linked to the appropriate website with fuller information.
News and Information
Safeguarding - please see scroll down panel to the right.
Work at Melsonby
During the exciting work at Melsonby to install the loo, kitchenette and meeting room, the area under the tower where the work is taking place will be sealed off but the rest of the church will be available for use for services. If there is any change we will put it here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages as soon as possible.
Come and Sing Choral evensong
This year's Lent course uses material recommended by both Bishop Nick Baines of Leeds and Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury. It looks at how the themes of the ancient Creation story in Genesis 1 (light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind and Sabbath rest), weave their way through the biblical story and into our lives today.
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.
Incidentally, Julia Robertson, the Lay Training Officer for our Episcopal Area (Ripon) is one of our own parishioners.
The details of the Interfaith Meeting in St Paul's on 21 November were decided at such short notice that they never made it to the website and old-fashioned fliers seem to have done the trick to attract people. We hope to have more photos in due course.
See details of the Teddy Church in Melsonby
New Prayer Circle
The churches of Stanwick Benefice have set up a prayer circle. If you have anything at all that you would appreciate prayer for, the group would be delighted to support you in this way. All requests are in the strictest confidence and will remain within the group. No prayer request is too small (or large!). If you would like to request prayer support or join the circle, please contact us by email at email@example.com.
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.
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.
The digital copy of each month's Diocesan Newsletter is here December 2019 January 2020 February 2020 March 2020
Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.