The Parish of Wheldrake part of the Derwent Ings Benefice

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EC.=East Cottingwith,  E.=Elvington, S.=Sutton upon Derwent, T.=Thorganby, W. = Wheldrake, B. = Benefice D. = Deanery

Sunday 29th November 2020

Advent Sunday

These services are all via zoom and are  for the benefice, unless stated by name that they are actual services in a particular Church


29th Advent Sunday HC


2nd  7.00pm Evening Service

4th 10.30am Cottage Communion BCP

5th 9.00am Christmas Decorations and Book Sale in Wheldrake Church till 6pm

6th 9.00am Christmas Decorations and Book Sale in Wheldrake Church till 6pm

6th 10.30am Holy Communion with the Bishop of Selby

9th 7.00pm Evening Service

13th 10.30am Christingle Family Service (contact Catharine for details)

16th 7.00pm Evening Service

20th 9.30am BCP Communion

20th 7.00pm Carol Service

23rd 7.00pm Evening Service

24th 4.00pm Crib service & Nativity Play (contact Catharine for details)

24th 11.30pm Midnight Communion

25th 10.30am Christmas Communion Service

27th 10.30am Morning Prayer

30th 7.00pm Evening Service


3rd 10.30am Covenant Service

6th 7.00pm  Evening Service

10th  10.30am. All Age Epiphany service

13th 7.00pm Evening Service

17th 9.30am BCP Communion

17th 10.30am Family Service

20th 7.00pm Evening Service

24th 10.30am Morning Service

27th 7.00pm Evening Service

31st 10.30am Morning Service with guest speaker from Jigsaw Kids Ministries

B. Zoom services

The service begins at 10.30 but the meeting will open at 10.15 to allow everyone time to log in. Do invite friends and family.

If you would like to join in email Catharine and she will email the link to you. If you are already on the mailing list it will be sent automatically to you.

After the service zoom will be left open so people can stay and chat or wave as long as they like. You can even get a cuppa or put on the Sunday lunch and then come back!

As a cautionary word it’s your own risk if you click on ‘share screen’ as, as useful as it is, there have been warnings that with the increased use of zoom in the present situation sadly hackers may try their luck. So, it’s not a good idea to open your screen, even though it’s a closed system. For the same reason please don’t put the invitation link on Facebook or any social media.

B. Ready for Christmas: Digital Giving and Christmas Fundraising

As we prepare for the seasons of Advent and Christmas, many of us will be thinking about how we will be engaging our communities.

Anticipating our buildings reopening in December, it is important that we consider ways to encourage the generosity of our communities and visitors in a safe and accessible way, as well as fundraising ideas which can happen virtually. This webinar will explore online giving, contactless giving, ways to promote these, as well as Christmas fundraising ideas.

W. Gift a Christmas decoration

It is that time of the year when we start to put up our Christmas trees, decorate our homes with bright outdoor lights and look forward to tinsel and turkey. Whilst you have that all in your mind, can you spare a hanging Christmas decoration.  We are collecting small Christmas decorations for less fortunate children, so they too have something to hang up during the festive season.  It may not be on a Christmas tree but maybe a bed post, special room or held closely under their pillow. Please leave your donated Christmas decorations in the box provided, every Thursday and Sunday between 10am – 4pm in Church throughout December.  Remember to wear a mask and hand sanitise.  Scan the Q-code for easy entry and exit.

* No glass decorations please

W. Wheldrake Living Advent Trail

The advent season is upon us.  To get us ready for Christmas, the Wheldrake Community is having a living advent trail from 1 – 24 December. People will be decorating their houses, gates, gardens and windows with wonderful displays and lights. Each day leading up to Christmas, one chosen house or place on the map will reveal their Advent display, which will stay up for the duration of Advent. 



Collect your map from Wheldrake Church on Thursdays or Sundays between 10am – 4pm from 19 November. Remember to wear a mask and sanitise your hands. There will be a donation box if you wish you to contribute towards this event.  Follow the map and read the clues to find the location and themed decoration.  Complete the sheet provided with the map and drop completed sheets off at 9 Greengales Court.  All correct entries will receive a prize in early January 2021.

Have some festive fun and good luck.

This is a fundraising for Wheldrake Church. Thank you to all the volunteers who decorated the Advent Trail

B. Stories from Stepping Up:
Laura Carlisle

This week’s Stepping Up story comes from Laura in Hull. Laura faithfully serves in her church and community of Bransholme. She also brings her voice and experience into the wider church, most recently into the Church of England work on Living in Love and Faith.

Laura’s Story

Hi, my name is Laura and I was born and bred in Hull. I studied History and Archaeology at Chester. I moved back to Hull six years ago with my husband and little girl. We then had another child a year later and I started to attend St Johns Church on Bransholme. I am a carer for my mum, which gives me freedom to look after my two little girls, especially during the holidays while my husband works full time.

I’ve been a Christian for over 10 years, but I consider myself to still be learning about Him. I only started to get involved in serving at church about 4 years ago. I started to help at Sunday school then eventually I took on the responsibility of being safeguarding officer and representing our church on deanery synod. I also help to run the foodbank, supporting local people who are struggling in the community. St John’s is a small church serving a big estate, and we are looking forward to a new vicar arriving in January.

I have recently taken part in Living in Love and Faith, a series of videos made by the Church of England exploring identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. It was an amazing surprise to receive a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury thanking me!

I am really enjoying being part of Stepping Up, when we meet each week it allows me to focus on God without distractions, as usually at church on a Sunday I am focussed on two young children. Stepping Up gives me a chance to see God and the bible in a different way. I have a busy life (as most do) so I need a push to focus on things, I am hoping that all I am learning will become central to the way I live my life Find out more about Mustard Seed on our website,

Or follow Mustard Seed on Social Media

Facebook: @DioYorkMustardSeed

Twitter: @MustardSeedDofY

W. Foodbank Collection

We will have a box outside the church door from 1st December, please contribute to this collection it will make a tremendous difference to a local family during the Christmas season.

B. Virtual Bingo night

via Zoom on Saturday 23rd January at 6pm.

How it works:

Contact Barbra Carter or 448184 from Wednesday 13th January but no later than Wednesday 20th January for Bingo cards for 3 games.

Bingo cards will be delivered to your house (limited numbers available so a maximum of 3 cards per game per household).

Join the Zoom call on the Bingo night (link to be emailed a few days before the game) and enjoy the Bingo night with us.

This event is purely for fun and fellowship so do join us for some virtual fun.

W. Christingle Kits

The Christingle kits will be ready for collection for the young people from the church door from Sunday 5th December

T. Church Open

Thorganby Church will be open for private prayer from 10 am to 4pm every Sunday.  Please note the Covid restrictions i.e. wear a mask, sanitize your hands and put your name and phone number on the book inside.

B. Hymns you might like to listen to
God be in my head, and in my understanding
We plough the fields and scatter, the good seed…
Be still, for the presence of the Lord, the Holy one, is here
Lo! he comes with clouds descending

W. Christmas Craft and Book Sale

We will be holding a sale of local made Christmas decorations among other Christmas items and books and DVD’s. If the lockdown restrictions are lifted. It will take place in Wheldrake Church on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th  December from 9 to 6. Customers will serve themselves due to the restrictions. There will be an honesty box for you to pay for your purchases. Items will be set out on tables along the back of church. There will be a one way system enter through the south door exit through the north one. Please make sure you bring cash with you and plenty of change. You will need to wear a mask to enter the building and sanitise your hands at the station by the door.

B. RSPCA Christmas Collection

James Myers is going ahead with a Christmas collection for the RSPCA this December.  All the charities have suffered from the Covid 19 disruption and RSPCA is particularly hard pressed.  If you can, please consider donating sacks or tins of dog/cat food or their toys, treats and bedding materials.  Please take your items to J W Myers Monumental Masons on Wheldrake Industrial Estate. Just ring their bell and leave your very welcome gift at their front door, it will be collected from there. Many thanks for helping the RSPCA and the animals in their care this Christmas.

B. Fundraising for the Woodland Trust With the recent headlines about the massive loss of Ash trees to the Ash dieback disease and the ongoing destruction of mature trees and habitat in the building of HS2, I’m resurrecting my fundraising for the Woodland Trust. They have a specific fundraising effort for planting trees and have campaigned to save ancient woodland in phase2 of the HS2 project: this is still being examined by the House of Lords Committee.  Recycle your coins and currency to raise money for the Woodland Trust. From tomorrow for the next couple of weeks, I’ll leave a big jar outside my gate for Coins. Any notes please post through the front door. All currency UK or foreign of any age including unchangeable currency can be recycled. (Recycling is through a company called Recycle for good causes.)  Please phone me if you’d like me to collect coins or notes or don’t know where I live. Alison Stead  (01904) 607271 or 07939979816 Sycamore farm, Church Lane, Elvington

B. Streets of Light

This is an outreach initiative for the churches across Bridlington Deanery to connect with the community and spread a little light and hope this Advent. The idea is to encourage people, to light a candle and place it in their window between 4.00pm and 9.00pm between Sundays 13th  and 20th  December as a symbol of Hope, Light, Love.

See this message from the Archbishop regarding this event, you might like to join Bridlington Deanery in this venture

B. St Bede’s Pastoral Centre
There will be a Special Advent weekend retreat (zoom) on 4th  & 5th  December run by St Bede’s Pastoral Centre. For info about all online events, courses & retreats click HERE and please contact the office with any queries and to register & pay:
e:   t: 01904 464900

B. Needing help

If you are aware of anyone who could be feeling very isolated and are potentially without any support please let a PCC member know

W. Church Open

Wheldrake Church will be open for private prayer on Sundays from 10 till 4.00 and Thursdays from 10 till 4.00. New Diocesan guidance requires you to wear a mask when you go into the church

E. Church Open

Elvington Church PCC are delighted to announce that Elvington Church is open for visitors again, once a week, Sundays only.  Visitors must wear a mask, sanitise hands and leave details for track and trace.
For information, the COVID-19 risk assessment and full rules are here: 

B. Prayer Opportunities

Daily Hope – a free phone line of hymns, reflections and prayers. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

B. Join in Worship on a Sunday
From 6am-10am: Faith, music and the Sunday Service
8.10AM – BBC RADIO 4 SUNDAY WORSHIP 92-95FM | 198LW | Digital
Cities of Promise – a spiritual pilgrim’s vision of a heavenly city.
Watch on YouTube / Facebook / Church of England’s website
Comfort and Joy: the service observes the start of Advent with music, reflection and prayer

B. Latest information about dedicated shopping hours

Information about dedicated shopping hours for NHS, elderly and vulnerable at UK supermarkets and which have delivery slots available

B. Link to Area Dean on Youtube

This is his service for Sunday 22nd   November.

(9) 22nd November – Christ the King – YouTube

B. Organ Recital

This week’s organ recital by Jonathan Scott in which he plays the organ of Ellesmere Chapel, Shropshire. It was built in 1968 by Hill, Norman and Beard.
The programme is:-

Marc-Antoine Charpentier Prelude (‘Marche en rondeau’ from Te Deum H.146)

Tom Scott Pavane of the Birds (2016) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arr. Scott Allegro Molto (Symphony No. 40 in G Minor K.550)

Johann Sebastian Bach arr. Scott Sheep May Safely Graze (Schafe können sicher weiden BWV 208)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Fantasy in f minor KV.608 “Ein Orgelstück für eine Uhr”

Alessandro Marcello/JS Bach arr. Scott Adagio (Oboe Concerto in d minor / BWV 974)

Georges Bizet arr. Scott Farandole (L’Arlésienne Suite. No.2)


B. Sunday Reflection video

Click here to view the latest video from the Diocese, this week it’s  the Director of making and nurturing disciples the Rev Richard White, leading us in a moment of Sunday Reflection

D. Deanery prayer during coronavirus

Faithful God,

In this time of anxiety and uncertainty,

may your love be known more widely than any illness.

and may we remember that

your compassion is deeper than our distress, your hope is brighter than the darkness that is upon us,

and may our loved ones, our neighbours,

and all those who worship in churches across our deanery

be bound together with your bonds of love and faithfulness,

that, together, we may rejoice in your gifts and graces.

In Jesus Christ we pray.   Amen.

B. Bubble Church/ Pew News

If you know of anyone who would like to receive the weekly service sheets, pew news and the pastoral letter then please let the editor know.

E. Elvington Church Website

B. Zoom Services and the Collection

Please do remember that our churches rely on the regular envelope and cash collection to be able to pay the bills. If you are able to set up a regular bank payment to your local Church, please do so. If you can put aside the money you would regularly put in the plate, we would appreciate that too, until we are back in church. Thank you.

B. Inspiration

Let us know what inspires and comforts you! Reply to this email and I’ll share them with the other subscribers.If you know someone in the congregation who does not have email, please also ask them – and then you can email for them.

B. Live Well -York

A resource for adults & families in York with helpful information & advice
Live Well York  Discover hundreds of local groups and activities and find out what events are happening across York. 

W. Wheldrake Church Website

B. Online prayer websites

Here are some prayer sites that you could try, see which you like
Pray as you go
Church of England daily reflections
Celtic liturgies
Sacred Space
Oremus Bible Browser
Green Christian Prayer Guide

Pray-er for the Community

Angela Gabb

Prayer AreaSchools, Teachers, Pupils and Governors