Hello Everyone

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.

Church Services


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.

Monday 2nd

Bank Holiday

Saturday 14th

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

Saturday 14th

Forest School Dophinholme 10am meeting at St Marks

Saturday 14th

Dolphinholme Field Day

Sunday 15th

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.

Thursday 19th

Friends of Cawthorne Endowed School meeting 7.30pm at school

Wednesday 25th 

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.

Bank Holiday

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.

Thursday 9th

PCC meeting in church at 7.30pm

Saturday 18th 11.00am

Galgate Children's Treat Day - held at Ellel Village Hall


Monday 4th

Full Governors meeting at school 7.30pm


Abbeystead Show is back 20 August 2022

Regular Giving

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 -

Quernmore - Stephen Potter            email -

Dolphinholme - Anthony Atkinson    email -

Safeguarding Officer Catherine Worthington 07973428308


An Important pastoral letter, from the Vicar.


Dear friends

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!

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