The Ampleforth Benefice   Sunday 23rd February 2020

Sunday before Lent
9.15 am Morning Prayer at Holy Cross, Gilling
9.15 am Morning Prayer at St Oswald, Oswaldkirk
11.00 am Eucharist St Hilda, Ampleforth

Prayers of Thanksgiving

We give thanks to God for our friendship and shared Christian witness with our brothers and sisters in the local Roman Catholic and Methodist communities.

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: Fred Sanderson, Hazel Colley, Lucy Manger, Wilfred Benson, Kathleen Todd
from Oswaldkirk: Rosina Hurworth
from Stonegrave:Albert Moreland

Prayer during the week: In our Gospel passage from Matthew this week, we have the Transfiguration, and there is surely a message for us here, in that this is our appointed reading as we prepare to begin our Lenten journey. Jesus’ disciples, Peter, James and John see Jesus transfigured before them – ‘and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became a dazzling white’. Moses and Elijah then also appear to them. Not only does their appearance further confirm ‘who’ Jesus is, but this is added to by the voice from heaven that speaks -‘This is my Son, the beloved’. Words heard by many at Jesus’ baptism too. As we prepare to begin our Lenten journey, the true nature of the light we are to follow is further revealed. Let us begin Lent on Ash Wednesday with confidence, knowing we are travelling with the Son of God, the beloved, and in his light   do we see light. Amen.

Regular services for the coming week:

Monday 24th February at 9 am: Morning Prayer at Holy Cross, Gilling
Wednesday 26th February at 9.15 am: Morning Prayer at St Oswald’s, Oswaldkirk
Thursday 27th February at 9.30 am: Holy Communion at St Hilda’s, Ampleforth
Friday 28th February at 9.00 am: BCP Matins at Stonegrave Minster

Benefice Notices

Benefice Website
Facebook Page: AmpleforthChurchGroup

Throughout the Deanery this week, we pray for:
St Mary, Ebberston

Ash Wednesday Service for the benefice: 26th February at 7pm at St Hilda’s Church, Ampleforth.

ASH WEDNESDAY: 10 am – 12 pm St Hilda’s Church. Please join Revd Catherine for some quiet time in church as we begin the season of Lent. Feel free to come and go as you need.

Lenten reads: Vicar recommends Word in the Wilderness, A poem a day for Lent and Easter, by Malcolm Guite and/or The Art of Lent by Wendy Beckett.

Churches Together in Oswaldkirk: The York Course for Lent “Superstar” by Bishop David Wilbourne. Starting on Tuesday March 3rd 7:30 – 9:00 pm at Ledbrooke House, The Terrace, Oswaldkirk. Contact David or Helen on 788401 or

Bible Society House Group: The next meeting of the house group at Holly Tree House, Oswaldkirk, will be on 4th March at 7.30 pm:   Contact Ian on 788274

Churches Together Compline starts Thursday 27th February at 7.30 pm at St Oswald’s [Contact Jane Dexter-Smith, Tel 788932]

Sunday 1st March 2020    

First Sunday of Lent
9.15 am Morning Prayer at Holy Cross, Gilling
9.15 am Eucharist at St Oswald, Oswaldkirk
11.00 am Family Eucharist with Worship Band at St Hilda, Ampleforth
7.00 pm Youth Church at Village Hall, Ampleforth

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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