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Penhill Benefice - News/Events

Penhill Benefice

Living and Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ in the Community

VIRTUAL EASTER PARADE

The Rev Melanie of the North Yorkshire Dales Circuit invites everyone - Methodist and non-Methodist - to join its virtual Easter Parade. She says:"I am calling upon you to rise to the challenge, look around your houses and your gardens and see what you can create with an Easter theme. Easter bonnets and hats, Easter cards and pictures, Easter gardens, Easter cakes, anything at all with an Easter theme, but it must be your own work please. Get your creative juices flowing and start creating your own special Easter themed item." To find out more click here.

 

MESSAGES FROM THE REV TOM RINGLAND

April 4:

I'm conscious of the limitations of communication by email - but isn't it fantastic to have such easy points of contact during the lockdown:
it's easy and immediate and I can send to all 50+ of you with one click!

But audio would be better - and if you've discovered video-calling through Skype or WhatsApp or other platforms you'll know how enriching it is to see friends and family.
I had a group call with my sisters and mother yesterday evening - and provided we didn't all talk at once it worked very well!

Zoom is one of these new platforms that can allow for up to 100 people to link together visually and audibly for up to 40 minutes for free.

There's an article about it here on the CofE website...
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digital-labs/labs-learning-blog/how-use-zoom-church-meeting-bible-study

We ought to have a go at this!
I should be able to send you a link for you to click on and respond to at a particular time - so watch out for this. Unfortunately I've a glitch on my computer and Zoom is not responding so I'm looking at ways around the problem ... hopefully we'll be able to see one another on screen during Holy Week!

Meanwhile, if you are looking for some online content, then the diocese is grouping material here

https://www.leeds.anglican.org/news/lets-celebrate-easter-online-together

and that can lead you for example here, where you can 'go to church' in Ripon, Harrogate, Ilkley or a number of other places!

https://www.leeds.anglican.org/easter-2020/streaming

God bless, keep praying, stay safe!

 March 21:

We will continue to adapt, learn and grow - I pray we'll find a deepened connection with God, and that as a society we may learn again to be more generous and compassionate. I gather Andrew Marr began his show recently saying 'maybe selfishness will fall out of fashion'!

We'll also find new ways of communicating and sharing news and encouragement. For a  Sunday service see Services.

We remain a people of hope - an Easter people ... and so lets pray for chances to infect others with that positive outlook. Where are the opportunities in this new regimen?

Simple good humour will go a long way to maintaining our spiritual health, so attached is a picture with some good advice...’

FB IMG 1585037755341Please note the following: 

1. Our church buildings are closed for public worship and for private prayer. ​

 ​2. Emergency baptisms can take place in hospital or at home, though subject to strict hygienic precautions and physical distancing as far as possible. ​

 ​3. There can be no weddings in church buildings until further notice. ​

 ​4. Funerals can only happen at the Crematorium or at the graveside. Only immediate family members can attend (if the crematorium allows) – that is, spouse or partner, parents and children, keeping their distance in the prescribed way. ​

 ​5. Live streaming of services is more important than ever and is still permissible from homes. We encourage us all to consider how we can be as creative as possible with streaming services and other resources. There are many, many fantastic examples of churches and clergy using technology to reach and engage communities. Read more guidance here: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/church-resources/digitallabs/labs-learning-blog/beginners-guide-going-live-your-service-or . ​

 

 See also - 

• churchofengland.org scroll down for 13 daily reflections, the #LiveLent materials and worship and prayer resources
• arthurrankcentre.org.uk click on 'Together Apart' for a range of resources for rural churches
• leeds.anglican.org click on Covid-19 (the starry screen) for resources including services streamed from local churches

 ​6. The Church Pantries at Redmire and Castle Bolton churches are now available in Redmire village hall. These provide free food and hygiene products to those in need. You can consider making a financial contribution to these or your nearest foodbank. 

Benefice Administrator Christine has relocated from the benefice office to her home and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Tel: 01969 624542)

 

MESSAGE FROM THE ARCHBISHOPS

  Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu said it was now necessary to put public services on hold until further notice.

But they said that far from having to “shut up shop”, the Church of England must face the challenge by becoming a radically different kind of church rooted in prayer and serving others.

It comes after the Government announced unprecedented peacetime measures to try to control the spread of the virus, with restrictions on public gatherings, transport and working.

They invited clergy to maintain the ancient pattern of daily prayer and, where possible, the eucharist – live streaming their worship if they have the resources to do so.

And they urged congregations to be in the forefront of providing practical care and support for the most poor and the most vulnerable during the crisis.

“Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead,” they wrote.

“Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day.

“We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support. 

“Please do carry on supporting the local foodbank and buy extra provisions for it.  Ensure the night shelters wherever possible are kept open.  There are many very encouraging schemes happening right across our country in communities to focus on caring for the most vulnerable and do continue to play your part in those.

“Then by our service, and by our love,  Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation - will spread across our land.”

They added: “This is a defining moment for the Church of England. Are we truly are a church for all, or just the church for ourselves.

“We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.”

The archbishops have joined other church leaders in calling for a day of prayer and action this Sunday (Mothering Sunday) particularly remembering those who are sick or anxious and all involved in health and emergency services. 

 

 Click on Aysgarth Church Harvest Flower Festival 2019 to see photos of that event. 

See Festival of Remembrance for a report and photos about the flower festival and Remembrance event from November 9 to 12 2018.