The Parish of Wheldrake part of the Derwent Ings Benefice

Welcome to this Church

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

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1

For internet services contact Catharine Grievson for log in details

Saturday 16th

W. 10.00am St Crux Craft session in the cottage

W. 10.00am Packing party in Church for the shoebox appeal

W. 4.00pm Celtic Evening Prayer/HC

Note this is corrected from last week

Sunday 17th October 2021 Trinity 20

T. 9.00am Holy Communion

E. 10.30am Morning Prayer

B. 10.30am Zoom Morning Worship (Contact Catharine for login details)

E. 6.00pm Church Differently

Note this is corrected from last week

Monday 18th

W. 7.30pm Home Fellowship group at 41 Cranbrooks

Tuesday 19th

B. 7.00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Catharine for login details)

Wednesday 20th  

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

W. 12.00pm Burial of Ashes Helene Creaser

B. 7.00pm Zoom Evening Prayer (Contact Catharine for login details)

Thursday 21st

B. 7.00pm Zoom Singing session (Contact Catharine for login details)

Sunday 24th October 2021 Last Sunday of Trinity

W. 10.30am Five Parish All Age HC

B. 12.00pm Faith Shared Lunch in White Rose House

Monday 25th

W. 7.30pm Home Fellowship group at 41 Cranbrooks

Tuesday 26th

B. 7.00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Catharine for login details)

Wednesday 27th  

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home  

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (Contact Catharine for login details)

Thursday 28th  

B. 7.00pm Zoom Singing session (Contact Catharine for login details)

Sunday 31st October 2021 All Saints

W. 8.00am BCP Holy Communion

S. 6.00pm Holy Communion

Tuesday 2nd November 2021

B. 7.00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Catharine for login details)

Wednesday 3rd

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Zoom Evening Prayer (Contact Catharine for login details)

Thursday 4th

B. 7.00pm Zoom Singing session (Contact Catharine for login details)

Friday 5th

W. 10.30am Communion in the Cottage (Contact Catharine for login details)

Saturday 6th

T. 4.00pm Encounter

Sunday 7th November 2021 Third Sunday before Advent

E. 9.00am Holy Communion

W. 10.30am All Age Holy Communion

S. 3.00pm Thanksgiving and Remembering service 

Monday 8th

W. 7.30pm Home Fellowship group at 41 Cranbrooks

Tuesday 9th

B. 7.00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Catharine for login details)

Wednesday 10th 

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Zoom Evening Prayer (Contact Catharine for login details)

Thursday 11th   

B. 7.00pm Zoom Singing session (Contact Catharine for login details)

Saturday 13th

E. 4.00pm Encounter

Sunday 14th November 2021 Remembrance Sunday

W. 8.00am Holy Communion

EC. 10.30am Remembrance Service

E. 10.30am Remembrance Service

S. 10.30am Remembrance Service

T. 10.30am Remembrance Service

W. 10.30am Remembrance Service

W. 6.00pm Meditation in words and music for Remembrance Sunday

Monday 15th

D. 11.30am Zoom Greater Chapter Meeting

W. 7.30pm Home Fellowship group at 41 Cranbrooks

Tuesday 16th

B. 7.00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Catharine for login details)

Wednesday 17th 

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Zoom Evening Prayer (Contact Catharine for login details)

Thursday 18th  

B. 7.00pm Zoom Singing session (Contact Catharine for login details)

Friday 19th

W. 10.00am St Crux Sale in York

Saturday 20th

E. 4.00pm Celtic Evening Prayer/HC

B. 7.30pm Tear Fund Big Quiz (contact Catharine for login details)

Sunday 21st November 2021 Christ the King

T. 9.00am Holy Communion

S. 10.30am Morning Prayer

B. 10.30am Zoom Morning Worship (Contact Catharine for login details)

E. 6.00pm Church Differently

Monday 22nd  

W. 6.30pm School Governors meeting

W. 7.30pm Home Fellowship group at 41 Cranbrooks

Tuesday 23rd

B. 7.00pm Zoom Bible Study (contact Catharine for login details)

Wednesday 24th 

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Zoom Evening Prayer (Contact Catharine for login details)

Thursday 25th  

B. 7.00pm Zoom Singing session (Contact Catharine for login details)

Friday 26th

E. 10.00am St. Crux sale in York

Saturday 27th

D. 9.00am Diocesan Synod

Sunday 28th November Advent Sunday

B. Video link to the last Deanery Talk

Last Monday evening we had the most fantastic Deanery event, held at St Thomas Church, Osbaldwick. The title of the evening was How to talk to Greta Thunberg about God – The mission of the Church in a time of climate crisis. The evening was filmed, and this is now available by clicking the link below.

The Revd Jan Nobel is the Diocese of York’s Green Ambassador, whose illustrated talk was both engaging and challenging, and helps us to connect our faith with what is going on around us. I highly commend it to you.

Be part of something amazing…

Saturday 20th November 2021

Join Zoom from 6.45pm

for the quiz at 7.00pm

Fun for all the family!

Derwent Big Quiz Night in aid of Tearfund

Together, we can change the lives of people in need
and help end poverty for good



Zoom ID: 897 0082 7578

Passcode: 874941

 B. Bible Study

As the winter months approach you may like to join us for an online evening Bible study from the comfort of your own home.  We will be starting on Tuesday 19th October at 7 p.m. for a six week series looking at St Mark’s Gospel, with a video version to perhaps help us imagine what it was like.  The meetings will be capped at one hour maximum so do grab your Bible and some refreshments and come and join us.  Zoom links will be sent out nearer the time. For any further details contact Catharine Grievson 448349.

B. Derwent Ings Benefice Memorial Service – Light a candle for a loved one. This service is on Sunday 7th November at 3.00pm at St. Michael and all Angels Sutton upon Derwent. When we remember all those relatives and friends who have died and light a candle in loving remembrance. It would be helpful but not essential if you would let Peter Burgess know you are attending 01904 448309 or email
E. St Crux Sale in York

We are running a stall at St Crux again this year on Friday 26th November – help needed! We are planning to serve food (soup, sandwiches and cakes and scones).

  • Can you help bake a cake or scones?
  • Can you come on the day and help serve?

Please no donations of bric-a-brac this year, we already have too much. Please contact Julie Pigg, Jo Young or Gill Jones.

B. Derwent Ings Facebook

Have you seen the Derwent Ings facebook page? Please have a look and “follow” the feed!

B. Home Fellowship

On Mondays from 7.30pm- 9pm at 41 The Cranbrooks with Steve and Val Hirons,

currently looking at John’s Gospel.  We choose hymns to begin and end our discussion time and close with the Grace. It’s truly manna and inspiring.

B. Caring for our World

Environmental issues and how we care for our world are important to us all, and especially as part of our faith. Next month there is the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Alongside that we can all do our part locally and prayerfully. In August we had our Climate Sunday service and we can each keep doing what we can and together to make a difference.
Here are some ideas and thoughts you may like to consider:
Climate Sunday: follow-up prayer and action
Each one of us is appointed as stewards of the earth by God and as stewards we can offer our thanks for what is being done and our prayer for future actions:
in our villages
People have become bee keepers, created wild flower meadows and hedges, taken part in litter pickups. These are all visible actions and encouraging to many.
Pray: We thank you Lord for all these individual actions and pray for others to become inspired and empowered to do something to mitigate climate change.
in our nation
This summer the wild flowers verges created by many councils around the country have been a clear visible sign of action to protect and encourage the natural world. Also the introduction of electric buses -a sign of greener power – by many councils.
Pray: Thank-you Lord for the visible sign of flowering verges sown by councils all around the country. We pray for other actions by councils and ask that you would encourage those leading councils and with responsibility for actions to strive for further steps in planting, recycling and green energy use.
On the world stage COP 26.
We know that there will be the formal show casing meetings between nations at COP26 but there will also discussions in the margins between officials and NGOs and others. These margin discussions are often just as important and fruitful as the formal meetings ( cf. wildflowers in council verges.) There are also opportunities for us as individuals to lobby our nation’s leaders and influencers ahead of COP 26 in November.
Pray: Lord we pray for all those leaders taking part in the COP26 discussions. Pray that they will have listened well to voices in their nations speaking about climate change and will strive their outmost to enable change. We pray also for all those in the margin discussions that they will build a consensus that becomes an unstoppable will for change and action to halt climate disruption. We pray also for us as individuals to feel empowered to take action and make our voice heard before the COP26 conference
Please consider signing a letter to the Prime Minster as part of Tear Fund’s Reboot campaign.
What is the Reboot campaign? Together, we’re calling for a coronavirus recovery that tackles poverty and helps end the climate crisis. We want to see the world rebooted for a greener, fairer future.
Thank you for reading this, for your actions, and for your prayers.

B. Northallerton Open Table Online 
Living in Love and Faith October 21st 8.00pm – 9.00 pm over Zoom Through its ‘Living in Love and Faith’ (LLF) programme, the Church of England wants to understand what it means to follow Christ in love and faith given the questions about human identity and the variety of patterns of relationship emerging in our society, including marriage, civil partnership, cohabitation, celibacy and friendship. Over two hours, presenter Sarah Hobbs will provide an introduction to LLF and approaches the subject from a LGBTQIA+ perspective. Go to for more details

B. Benefice Lunch Meeting

We are holding a Benefice meeting in White Rose House, Wheldrake on Sunday 24th October. It will be straight after the Five Parish Service; we would like as many people to come as possible as the service itself will focus on ‘What is Church’. So we’ll have coffee after church and then eat our packed lunch at 12.00noon. We would welcome your thoughts and ideas about how we can grow our churches across the Benefice. Please note we advertised this as a faith Lunch but that has changed to a packed lunch

B. Printed Service Sheets

There may be some weeks when those of you who normally join our services cannot attend. If you have to miss a week for one reason or another, you may like to subscribe to our Bubble Church printed service sheet which can be emailed to you so you can join in from home at anytime. Contact Catharine Grievson on

B. Thank you

We are remembering to say thank you publicly to our all those people who organise our church finances. Each week we will focus on a particular area. This week it’s the people who deal with the publicity for all our events. Sending out posters, texts and flyers. Please hold them all in your prayers. It would be good to have contribution from all over the benefice, so please email ( me your suggestions for thankyou’s for your village

W. Sainsbury’s Vouchers

Do you shop at Sainsbury’s? If you do, please could you collect the Disney trading cards they give out when you spend £10 or more.  These make lovely gifts to put in the Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes.  You can either pop them through my letter box at 9 Greengales Court, Wheldrake or leave them in the marked shoebox in Wheldrake Church. 

W. Craft Sessions for St Crux

Now the autumn nights are upon us it’s time to think about our Christmas sale at St. Crux in York on Friday 19th November. So, I’m calling all crafters to join me in Church Cottage on Saturday 16th October from 10 till 12.

W. Packing Party

Great News. Great Joy

You are invited to a packing party!

Demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need round the world through Operation Christmas Child. Please join us for fun fellowship, and filling a shoebox with gifts!

16th October 2021

10.00am – 2.00pm


St. Helen’s Church Wheldrake

Please remember to bring £5 per shoe box to help us cover costs of shipping the boxes. We also always need items like soap, tissues, notebooks, toothbrushes, combs and gloves. Any donations are welcome.

B. ‘The weight of Glory’

Understanding the Church of England!

The Rev’d Canon Vanessa Baron, Treasurer of Chichester Cathedral will be running six zoom session on Mondays at 10am and a 7.30pm from now until 22nd November (There will be a break on 25th October). Use this link to register (r)

What has made the Church of England as we know it now? How is it that Charismatics, Liberals, Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics are found within the same denomination? This course takes a chronological perspective to sketch different influences upon the Church of England and to understand our present diversity.

B. Clothes for Zimbabwe

A couple in Hull have bought a van to take clothes, bedding (including duvets, which I have been asked about) and toys to the needy in Zimbabwe in December. They are doing it through the organisation Oasis4life Healthcare and that they are registering in Zimbabwe a sister company called Oasis4life Foundation which will oversee their international outreach programme to help the marginalised of the communities. This is through APOSTOLIC FAITH MISSION INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY UK (AFMIM- UK).  If you would like to find out more or have anything you would like to donate please contact Shirley Hodgson or Catharine Grievson 448349.

B. York Minster Parish Pass 2021
As in previous years, Elvington, Thorganby and Wheldrake PCC secretaries have again received a renewed York Minster Parish pass to issue to members of the congregation permitting  visitors free entry this year. The Parish Pass entitles the bearer to one adult free admission to York Minster and the Undercroft for sightseeing during normal opening hours (but excludes entry to the Central Tower and evening events). See more information, contact the relevant PCC secretary to borrow themE. Drop-in Cafe – 20th October

We are starting up our Elvington Church Drop-ins again. The first one is on Wednesday 20th October at the back of church from 10am. All are welcome for Coffee, Cake and a chat. We hope to run this on the 3rd Wednesday of each month BUT NOT In November as we will be supporting the Hospice Coffee morning at Carmichael Cottage that day.

W. Wheldrake online giving

If you would like to support the church financially and help us maintain it for generations to come then please follow this link to donate online

alternatively you can give by bank transfer to:

Wheldrake PCC



B. Collect for Trinity 20

God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit

wells up within your Church: by the

Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of

Christ and make us eager to do your will,

that we may share with the whole creation

the joys of eternal life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


E. Elvington Church Website

October 2021 is UK Black History Month:
find information, inspiration and resources at

B. Area Deans online worship

We are all invited to join in the online worship led in the Area Deans Parishes

Benefice Service Sunday 10th October 2021 – YouTube

W. Wheldrake Church Website

This is the link to the website here you will find policy documents, agendas and PCC minutes along with prayers and pew news

W. Christmas Advent Windows 2021

Last year Wheldrake had it’s first year of displaying Living Advent Windows in December 2020.  It was a huge success and attracted great interest among our village and further afield.  We would like to run this event again this year.  If you would like to display an Advent window this year, please get in touch with Barbra Carter on 07712556371 or via email on Thank you for your support.

B. Minster Programme for Advent and Christmas

You can use this link to find out what is happening at the Minster

Programme of services and events for Advent and Christmas announced | York Minster

B. Sunday Reflection

This week’s Sunday reflection comes from  The Rt. Rev’d Dr. John Thompson Bishop of Selby. Every week we offer a new prayer video for churches to use either online or in their services.

E. New way to donate to the church

If you would like to support the church financially and help us maintain it for generations to come, you can now also send donations using the “givealittle” website

B. Organ Recital

This week Jonathan performs solo organ transcription of Tomaso Albinoni’s Adagio from Oboe Concerto in d minor Op.9 No.2 on the Hradetzky Organ of The Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester


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



You are invited to join our online community in worship on Sunday

Watch on YouTube / Facebook / Church of England’s website.

B. Zoom Singing

If you would like to join a zoom singing session, do contact me and I’ll send you the log in details. We will meet at 7.00pm on Thursdays. We’ll do some new and old tunes, familiar and ones to learn. It will be a make it up as we go along kind of thing. The beauty of this will be that you can sing at the top of your voice as you will be on mute. We can share who leads the music week by week.

B. Sight Loss Sunday

This will take place on 17th October 2021

20% of your local community experience sight loss. Many find it impossible to attend or contribute to church life.
Break those barriers down by taking part in Sight Loss Sunday and encourage blind and partially sighted people to participate in your church. Be part of the solution on Sight Loss Sunday, October 17th 2021.

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. Diocese of York Safeguarding Week November 2021

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Diocesan Safeguarding Week. Investing in our parish workforce in order to build greater understanding and improve confidence in safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults across the Diocese of York will be key the focus of a week of events in November 2021.  

Our aim will be to encourage greater partnership working and therefore support effective safeguarding practice in our parishes.  Themes across the week will include:

  • Children and young people’s safeguarding
  • Adult safeguarding
  • Victim Voice
  • Mental Health
  • How to guides to managing safeguarding in your parish.

Organised by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, with help and assistance from our valued partners, we plan to create opportunities to think about safeguarding in its widest sense.
With a mix of online interactive learning event and webinars, we plan not only for there to be opportunities for new learning but a legacy of good practice resources.

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-ers for the Benefice

John McLoughlin

Prayer Area

Ruddings and Greengales Court

Please use these notes for your own reference during the week and for your prayers