Sunday 29TH March 2020
Fifth Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday

Following further restrictions issued from the Government on Monday, all places of worship were ordered to close. It is with great sadness that we have had to lock our churches in the benefice. We pray this will be for a short time only. Revd Catherine continues to pray Morning and Evening Prayer and you are remembered before God. Please continue to hold our present situation before God in your own prayers at home.

Prayers of Thanksgiving: We give thanks to God for good and caring neighbours, for all those who are thinking of others.

 For those who are ill, confined to home and in need:
from Ampleforth: Jean Thompson    
from Gilling: Rita Sutcliffe, David Sutcliffe, Margaret Wilson    
from Oswaldkirk: Gareth Thomas, Philippa Mackenzie-Smith, Rosemary Greenfield

from Stonegrave: Anne Fryers, Martyn Boothroyd

For those whose anniversaries are remembered at this time:
from Ampleforth: Amy Strain, Phillip Barnett, Ann Pickles, Joe Watson, Robert Waugh, Lily Shepherd
from Gilling William Harrison, John Paterson, Frances Stabler, Ann Galtrey
from Oswaldkirk: Betty Baylay
from Stonegrave: James Scurr

 Prayer each day this week: God of love and hope, you made the world and care for all creation, but the world feels strange right now. The news is full of stories about Coronavirus. Some people are worried that they might get ill. Others are anxious for their family and friends. Be with them and help them to find peace. We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists, and all who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill. Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us. Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe. Amen.

Benefice Notices

Benefice Website
Facebook Page: AmpleforthChurchGroup

Throughout the Deanery this week, we pray for:
St Chad, Hutton le Hole

Revd Catherine recommends participating in online services with the Community of the Resurrection. They have a daily round of prayer and worship. Please see website:

and their Facebook page:

You can also find prayer resources on the Church of England website:

Sunday Service at 8.10 am on Radio 4

This week: A service for Passion Sunday from Wesley’s Chapel, London.

Middlesbrough Food Bank

Due to the new restrictions, we will, sadly, be suspending our collection of donations of food. The Food Bank needs cheques or on-line donations! Please see: or ring 01653 628755

To include details of your forthcoming event, please contact Ian Henley by Thursday on 01439 788274 or email
Next Sunday, 5th April 2020
Palm Sunday
8.10 am Radio 4 Walking in the Company of Jesus

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

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