24 January 2021 – Third Sunday of Epiphany

Communal Worship
We hope to return to in church worship on Palm Sunday 28 March. However, this is Virus dependent.   If the number of cases and the strain on the NHS reduces, – also the risk, then we may be able to gather together earlier. But, if not and the situation worsens, it may be later. We pray not. We are encouraged by government data, which shows that, in the 7 days to 17 January, although there was a 10% increase in cases in Ryedale, there was a 22% reduction of cases in North Yorkshire as a whole and a 71% reduction in our area.

Online Worship
Nevertheless, online Sunday worship for the Benefice including hymns, readings, reflection and prayers continues at

On Tuesday over 1600 coronavirus patients died bringing the death toll in the UK to over 90,000. So many deaths, so many families in mourning. So much comfort needed.

A prayer for those who mourn
O Lord, my God, I cry out to you in my grief. Some days are so hard and I don’t know how I’ll make it through. Stay close by my side, O Lord, and put the pieces of my broken heart back together. Show me how to keep stepping forward. Deliver me through this season of grief. Help me catch my breath and breathe again. Hear my cries, O Lord, and comfort my grieving heart. Amen

For those who are ill, confined to home and in need:
from Ampleforth: Jean Thompson, Richard Unwin, Janey Rutherford, Margaret Matthews, Ruth Taylor and Freda Shaw
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: Robert Pennock, Gertrude Adams, Robert Pearson, Nancy Fox, Heather Barras, Doris Lunn, Mary Dunn, Yolanda Benn
from Gilling: Elsie Rider, Bobby Pearson, Marion Harrison, Winifred Metcalfe
from Oswaldkirk: John Dedman

Benefice Notices
Within the Deanery this week, we pray for:
St Saviour, Harome

Radio 4 Sunday Worship at 0810
Be the light in the darkness!
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Special Advisor for Reconciliation, Canon Sarah Snyder and Revd Julia Hedley, Chaplain to the Rose Castle Foundation, mark this time of Holocaust Memorial.

Church of England online service celebrating Third Sunday of Epiphany at 9.00 am

Weekly Zoom meetings for Coffee, Chat and a Prayer continue on Thursdays at 11am.
Contact Susan House for a link to the meetings on or 01845 527 493

 Lent 2021 ‘Caring for Creation’
A 5 – session course on a Tuesday evening at 7 pm.David and Helen Goodman invite you to join them by Zoom starting on February 23rd.  
01439 788401

Middlesbrough Food Bank

Ryedale Food Bank
or ring 07990 264008


Two churches will be open for private prayer:
St Oswald’s, Oswaldkirk: Wednesday and Sunday 10am to noon but you must book a time slot with Andy Watt on 788941.

Holy Trinity, Stonegrave: Sunday noon to 3.00 pm

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

 Contact: Revd Canon Tim Robinson
Area Dean of Northern Ryedale Deanery
The Vicarage, Baxtons Road, Helmsley   tel.01439 770983

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