The Ampleforth Benefice – Sunday 11th August 2019

Eighth Sunday after Trinity
10. 30 am Benefice Eucharist at St Oswald, Oswakldkirk

Prayers of Thanksgiving: we give thanks to God for our worship together at the monthly Benefice Eucharist and for Beryl, organist, and the benefice choir.

For those who are ill, confined to home and in need:
from Ampleforth: Freddie Thompson (3yrs); Jean Thompson
from Gilling: Rita Sutcliffe, David Sutcliffe, Margaret Wilson  
from Oswaldkirk: Gareth Thomas, Philippa Mackenzie-Smith, Ian Henley, and Sarah Lee.

 For those whose anniversaries are remembered at this time:from Ampleforth: Brian Reed
from Gilling: Ernest Sleightholme, John Marwoo

Prayer during the week: In our church year, we have two great seasons of preparation: Advent and Lent. In these times, we prepare our hearts and minds, as well as our households and families, to celebrate the feasts of Christmas and Easter. Though preparation can take on a penitential overtone, it is also filled with joy as a foretaste of the celebration to come. In our Gospel today, Jesus counsels his disciples to be vigilant in preparation for the coming of the Son of Man. Whether we meet Jesus at the end of time or at the end of our earthly lives, we do not know the hour or the day when this will occur. Let us pray each day this week that our preparation is intentional and constant, but also joyful as we look forward to an eternity with God.

Regular services for the coming week:
Monday 12th August at 9 am: Morning Prayer at Holy Cross, Gilling
Thursday 15th August at 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Hilda’s, Ampleforth  
Friday 16th August at 9.00 am Mattins at Holy Trinity, Stonegrave

Benefice Notices

Throughout the Deanery this week, we pray for:
St Oswald, Oswaldkirk


Exhibition at Stonegrave: do you have a picture, photo or painting of Stonegrave Minster and/or the village? The Vicar is putting together an exhibition as part of the Open Day at Stonegrave on the 21st September. Please get in touch if you have material
NEW Benefice Website
Our new website is at
Comments/posts etc please email Ian or Vicar

DON’T MISS Choral Evensong with the Helmsley Chamber Choir at Stonegrave Minster on Sunday 18th August at 6 pm.

Ryedale Community Charter: please follow this link to read the Charter as it currently stands!forum/gilling-oswaldkirk-cawton-coulton-community-charter-group and follow this next link if you wish to give your support A Community Charter is a way for local communities to contribute to discussions and decisions made about their local area.

Why not take a Retreat or Quiet Day this Summer: look up the following online for details:

Next Sunday, 18th August 2019  Ninth Sunday after Trinity

9.15 am Morning Prayer at St Oswald, Oswakldkirk
9.15 am Eucharist at Holy Cross, Gilling
11.00 am Eucharist at St Hilda, Amplforth
6.00 pm Choral Evensong at Holy Trinity, Stonegrave

To include details of your forthcoming event, please contact Ian Henley by Thursday on 01439 788274 or email

 Contact: Revd Catherine Reid
Vicar of the Ampleforth Benefice, The Vicarage, Ampleforth   tel.01439 788867

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Youth Church

The Vicar has started a Youth Church with a small team in Ampleforth. Youth Church runs on Sunday evenings at 7 pm during term-time and looks to engage young people 10 year + from Ampleforth and the surrounding villages. Please pray for this new initiative in the benefice and our work with young people and their families.

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Vicar’s August Letter

Dear Friends,

As I write this letter, we are preparing for a July pilgrimage from Stonegrave Minster to St Oswald’s Church, which is taking place for the first time. This pilgrimage is the fruit of a series of conversations with Robert Thornton scholars (and keen enthusiasts!) from the Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of York. Robert Thornton’s family were a key part of Stonegrave Minster for four centuries. It is a privilege to journey together with modern pilgrims into some of Stonegrave’s long history, and then together, to appreciate afresh how Stonegrave Minster remains today a place of worship and prayer. It’s great to be a part of that. The sense of partnership and fruitfulness is therefore in my thoughts and thanksgiving at the moment. Not so much what can be achieved the more that come together, rather the fruitfulness of each inspiring one another to develop something that’s really quite special. I’ll let you know how it goes… Thinking of partnership, it does make me then consider more, and appreciate the many kinds of partnerships there are in ministry ‘for the sake of the Gospel’. This is in essence, of course, Christ’s prayer, that we might be one, as he and his Father God are one. This reflection on partnership, for the sake of the Gospel, also makes me think of ongoing discussions between the Church of England and the Methodist Church to be together in such a way that embodies and expresses a common unity. It’s important that the churches remain in proper loving dialogue about such matters.

Personally, I especially like building and developing partnerships on the ground with people and groups to see what we might do together ‘for the sake of the Gospel’, and it’s those first conversations that are often the most inspired. I then appreciate how an idea comes as a fruit of this and, sometimes, a momentum gathers, leading to an event or activity that draws others into receiving something of God’s grace and generosity – all through human hands being willing to serve, it’s amazing! In the Ampleforth Benefice, we rejoice and greatly value our shared ministry and worship with our brothers and sisters in the Roman Catholic Church, which is especially visible in some united services, for example, Harvest, which takes place late September. And I’ll look forward to seeing many of you there.

I wonder what partnerships you have taken part in and what good things came out of them? For myself, I give thanks to God for all the inspired conversations that have led to the Stonegrave Robert Thornton Pilgrimage, and I look forward to taking part in more of the same!

Every blessing,


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Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong at Stonegrave Minster

with the Helmsley Chamber Choir

Sunday       21st July

Sunday       18th August

Sunday       15th September

Sunday       20th October           Harvest Evensong

Choral Evensong starts at 6 o’clock.

Rest, reflect, worship, in the beauty of the Minster.

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