Canon Rev Cindy Rigney is currently on sabbatical, Cindy will be resuming her normal services 24th July 2022. In the meantime our Curate Christine Walker will be covering, if you need to speak to her, you can do so on 01524 382397.
1st 11.00am BCP
8th 5.30pm Family Service
15th 11.00am Lambing Service
22nd 5.30pm Evensong
29th 10.15am Benefice at St Marks Dolphinholme
Lancaster City Council - Bank Holiday
Bin Collections are as normal according to their website
International Dawn Chorus - Sunday 1 May
Come along and join us to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day. You will be taken on a guided walk to listen to the magical sounds of the dawn chorus. You will have chance to see and hear a variety of woodland birds at their most vocal. Then back to the hall for a well earned bacon roll.
International Dawn Chorus Day began in the 1980s in Birmingham and has now spread right across the UK and is even celebrated in parts of the Antarctica and the Caribbean.
Tickets are available from Event Brite at £5 per person, children free, but hurry, bookings close 30th April. Link can be found on the Abbeystead Community fb page.
Swallows and Amazon Forest School - morning (9.30-12.00) and afternoon (13.00 - 16.00) sessions available, contact Jackie Entwistle to book your child(ren)'s place
Forest School Dophinholme 10am meeting at St Marks
Dolphinholme Field Day
Mini Forest Youth Group for Minis 9.30 - 11.00am, after which there will be lambing service. Please let Jackie know for numbers thank you.
Friends of Cawthorne Endowed School meeting 7.30pm at school
Church spring cleaning at Christ Church at 6.00pm
Monday 30th - Friday 3 June
Cawthorne Endowed School half term
Over Wyresdale Jubilee Luncheon - 4th June 1.00pm
This event is by invite only for the parishioners of Over Wyreside. If you have received an invitation to the luncheon, please let either Elaine Drinkall or Jackie Entwistle know if you will be attending asap for catering purposes.
Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd
Swallow and Amazon Forest School Thursday 2 and Friday 3rd
Full Days available contact Jackie Entwistle
Lighting of the Beacon - Thursday 2nd June
In celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, Jubilee Beacons will be lit on 2nd June 2022 throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and British Overseas Territories and each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.
Our Beacon will be lit at approx 9.45pm at Jubilee Tower - tbc
Over Wyresdale Jubilee Luncheon - Saturday June 4th - 1.00pm
Parishioners will have been sent an invitation for the above luncheon please RSVP to Elaine Drinkall or Jackie Entwistle if you are able to attend.
PCC meeting in church at 7.30pm
Saturday 18th 11.00am
Galgate Children's Treat Day - held at Ellel Village Hall
Full Governors meeting at school 7.30pm
Abbeystead Show is back 20 August 2022
If you are in a position to provide a regular contribution to our churches please contact the following for further information:
Over Wyresdale - Helen Yu email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Quernmore - Stephen Potter email - email@example.com
Dolphinholme - Anthony Atkinson email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Officer Catherine Worthington 07973428308 email@example.com
An Important pastoral letter, from the Vicar.
REMINISCENCES TO MAKE YOU PONDER!
When I was a student (many years ago!) my friend and I shared a house with a music student named Tim. Tim was a baritone and he sang in both Uni choirs (as did I, surprisingly!) but he also sang in the Cathedral choir. However, he always protested that his interest in the Cathedral was purely musical! Many years later, as a curate, I attended the National 'LYCIG' (Leading Your Church Into Growth) conference and who should be leading it but Tim - resplendent in a dog collar!
We got to reminiscing and so I asked him how someone so anti- Church had ended up, quite literally, collared! He told me he'd been wandering through York one day and bumped into the Uni Chaplain, whose opening words to him were, 'Hi Tim, how's your walk with God these days?' and that simple encounter had got him thinking about his 'walk with God' & had changed the whole direction of his life.
We have been living through times of challenge and change over the past couple of years, haven't we? So I wonder, how is your walk with God going? It may be that you have lost your path or briefly stepped off it, or perhaps you feel anxious about sitting in church? (as an aside, whilst most places we visit in public have largely done away with sanitising, mask wearing and social distancing, this is not the case in any of the churches of our Benefice!)
Wherever we may be in our walk with God, we are reminded that we never walk alone and that God walks with us. (Psalm 23, for example) Even if we have turned away from Him, He remains faithful and Tim's story is a reminder that God has the power to find us and put us back on the path.
For whatever reason, you may be reading this and thinking that you don't need God, or Church but actually, as we go through unsettling times the support and prayers and fellowship and love of others; the simple routine of going to church regularly and the opportunity to be strengthened and sustained on your journey are exactly what each of us need and your church needs you too.
Please, as we look towards Advent and a new Church year, reflect upon your walk with God and step back onto the path. A new Church year is the perfect time to renew our commitment to God and to begin again the discipline and the joy of coming to Church and sharing in worship and praise with all God's family. We look forward to welcoming you to worship in our Benefice.
With love in Christ
Please note that if you would like to speak to Cindy or Chris further about the Pastoral letter, then you will find contact details at the end of the pew sheet.
Thanks to all who gathered on St Mark's Day for our special outdoor service, during which we buried a time capsule. Here's hoping that some of you are there to see it dug up in 50 years time!
Don't forget that next Saturday (8th) is Forest Church, on Zoom at 10am. Keep an eye on Facebook and the website for further details and packs will be available outside church shortly. Please contact Jackie for further information.
There is also going to be a Little Mark’s sunflower challenge starting with Forest Church next weekend - hopefully to raise some funds for St Mark’s - look out for the showstopper sunflowers at Dolphinholme Village Show!