The Ampleforth Benefice

Advent 2 – Sunday 8th December 2019
10.30 am Benefice Eucharist at St Hilda
6.00 pm Advent Service of Light at St Oswald, Oswaldkirk
7.00 pm Youth Church at Amp. Village Hall

Prayers of Thanksgiving: We give thanks to God for the many charities that work to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in society, especially in the winter months.

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 and Sarah Lee
from Stonegrave: Anne Fryers, Martyn Boothroyd

For the recently departed: Freddie Thompson (3yrs) died on Tuesday. May the Lord welcome him into paradise and comfort his family in their grief.

For those whose anniversaries are remembered at this time:

from Ampleforth: Muriel Higgins, Mary Smee, Richard Passman, John Westaway, Lorna Humphrey, Jack Passman, Ken Wood, Kieran Corcoran
from Gilling: Eleanor Hicks
from Oswaldkirk: Amy Skilbeck, Arthur Horner, Winifred Jones
from Stonegrave: Dorothy Tomlinson, David Jones, Patrick Youdan

Prayer during the week: In the season of Advent, God invites us to reflect more deeply on our lives and how we are living each day in his light. It can be a time to notice certain distractions and be taken on a ‘journey’, on which Christ seeks to move us somewhere else in our hearts – nearer to him. In our Gospel passage from Matthew, we hear the testimony of John the Baptist, that one greater than he is coming with a baptism of Spirit and fire. We can think especially of cleansing and purification and how God’s presence ultimately wills us to grow in our delight of him. Let us this week, each day in prayer, ask God to show us what might need to change, so that he can bless us with his goodness.

Regular services for the coming week:

Monday 9th December at 9 am: Morning Prayer at Holy Cross, Gilling
Wednesday 11th December at 9.15 am: Morning Prayer at St Oswald, Oswaldkirk;
Thursday 12th December at 9.30 am: Eucharist at St Hilda’s, Ampleforth
Friday 13th December at 9.00 am BCP Mattins

Benefice Notices

Benefice Website
Facebook Page: AmpleforthChurchGroup

Throughout the Deanery this week, we pray for:
St Peter & St Paul, Pickering

Jim and Lesley Rose at St Hilda’s, Ampleforth are purchasing toys as birthday and Christmas presents for Stefan, a child they support through the Children in Distress charity. If you would like to contribute towards this cost, please contact Jim or Lesley on 01439 788700.

Weekly Advent Reflections: includes a Bible passage and short reflection for each week. Please see:

Additional Activities in the Season of Advent for the Benefice:

Tuesday 17th December 7-8 pm Art in Advent – picture lectio. Both sessions take place at Our Lady and St Benedict’s Parish Hall in Ampleforth. These events are organised by the Vicar and Fr Bede.

Carol Services:
Ampleforth: Wednesday 11th December, 7 pm Our Lady and St Benedict’s Church
Stonegrave: Sunday 15th December, 4 pm, Stonegrave Minster
Gilling: Thursday 19th December, 7pm, Holy Cross Church
Oswaldkirk: Christmas Eve, 6 pm, St Oswald’s Church.

15th December 2019 Advent 3
9.15 am Morning Prayer at St Oswald, Oswaldkirk
9.15 am Eucharist at Holy Cross, Gilling
11.00 am Eucharist at St Hilda, Ampleforth
4.00 pm Stonegrave Carol Service, Stonegrave
7.00 pm Youth Church at Ampleforth Village Hall – Christmas Party
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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