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.
Bishop Nick's Blog
An important letter regarding No Deal brexit from the 25 Diocesan Bishops of the Church of England. Please see more here.
Education Sunday, Sunday 8 September 2019
For well over a hundred years there has been an annual recognition of Education Sunday in England and Wales. It is a national day of prayer and celebration for everyone in the world of education. Since 2016 it has been celebrated on the second Sunday in September, coinciding with the start of the school year. In our Benefice we will be celebrating Education Sunday at our Communion Service at St Paul’s, Aldbrough, at 10.45am. Ruth Abbey, Churchwarden of Melsonby, retired Head-teacher and member of the Friends of Melsonby School, will be giving the address.
Pet Services 15 September
We have Pet Services at Forcett (on Eppleby village green) and at Melsonby (in the church or possibly churchyard)on Sunday 15 September.
Times on the poster. Please bring any of your pets that you like to receive a blessing - or just watch the proceedings.
Family Harvest Festival - Sunday 29nSeptember
St John’s Church, Stanwick at 10.45am
Michael Priestly, Farmers Weekly Journalist, will be giving the address.
Re-ordering Work at St Paul's, Aldbrough
The information about the reordering work proposedfor St Paul's is now the subject of public consultation. If you wish to see the details, please see these pages.
Graham Smith's Flush Fund 500
Graham Smith is cycling from Melsonby to Thurso in the north of Scotland and is looking for sponsorship to raise funds for the Flush Fund. Full details here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now supporting 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.
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.
Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.