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 13th September 2020–Trinity 14

The services will be:


13th 10.30am Holy Communion

16th 7.00pm Evening Service

16th 7.30pm PCC Meeting

20th 9.30am BCP Communion

20th 10.30am Family Morning

23rd 7.00pm Evening Service

27th 10.30am Morning Service

30th 7.00pm Evening Service


2nd 10.30am Cottage Communion

3rd 10.00 – 3.00 Plant Stall in Wheldrake Churchyard

4th 10.30am Harvest Service

7th 7.00pm Evening Service

11th 10.30am Holy Communion

14th 7.00pm Evening Service

18th 9.30am BCP Communion

18th 10.30am Family Morning

21st 7.00pm Evening Service

21st 7.30pm PCC Meeting

25th 10.30am Morning Service

28th 7.00pm Evening Service

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.

W. Fete Plant Stall

We are going to hold a plant sale in the churchyard on Saturday 3rd October. It will be a come and serve yourself affair due to the restrictions. It starts at 10am and goes on all weekend. There will be an honesty box for you to pay for your purchases. If anyone has any plants which we could sell to raise church funds please let me know or drop them off at Paul house,  ‘Pentewan’ North Lane. If you need any pots let me know 448802 email

B. Prayer

Loving Lord,

We pray for your love and compassion to abound as we walk through this challenging season.

We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load of making decisions with widespread consequences.

We pray for those who are suffering with sickness and all those who care for them.

We ask for protections for the elderly and vulnerable to not succumb to the risk of the virus.

We pray for misinformation to be curbed that fear may take no hold on hearts and minds.

As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide may we who approach each day in faith and peace, trusting in truth of your goodness towards us


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: A programme of faith, music and the Sunday Service
8.10AM – BBC RADIO 4 SUNDAY WORSHIP 92-95FM | 198LW | Digital
400th Anniversary of the Mayflower with the Right Reverend Nick McKinnel, Bishop of Plymouth

W. Litter Pick

Join the Great British Spring Clean – be part of the pick 11th – 27th September If you would like to get involved or want to borrow equipment please go to or telephone 01904 551551 Register your support


B. PCC Training Evening

Online, from CPAS

When: 7.00pm-9.20pm on Thursday 8 October
Who: You and your whole PCC
What: How’s your PCC doing? Focused, fun and fruitful? Or a little different to that? Building on our popular PCC Tonight resource, CPAS is running an online event to clarify the purpose and place of PCCs and explore some common dysfunctions. You will also be introduced to material you can use to help shape the life of your PCC back at church, including guides on how to do a PCC meeting on Zoom.
Speaker: James Lawrence, Leadership Principal at CPAS
Cost: Just £4 per person. Book your place at (we will send you joining details three days before the course)

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.

B. Organ Recital

This week I’ve found an organ recital from  Dunblane Cathedral held on 15 August 2020. Matthew Beetschen, Master of Music at Dunfermline Abbey, and a recital for all tastes on the Cathedral’s world renown Flentrop organ.


Toccata in F major (BuxWV 157) – Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707) Bergamasca (from Fiori musicali, 1635) – Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) Voluntary in G major (Adagio-Allegro) – John Stanley (1713-1786) Benedictus (op.59 no.9) – Max Reger (1873-1916) Gabriel’s Oboe (from “The Mission”) – Ennio Morricone (1928-2020) Church bells beyond the stars (2013) – Cecilia McDowall (born 1951) Folksong Prelude No.2 – Peter Warlock (1894-1930)

W. Volunteers needed

The PCC are still looking for some volunteers  to strim round headstones in the Churchyard to improve the appearance. We have had someone come forward but need more to spread the load. If you would be prepared to join a rota in the grass cutting season, please contact Paul Botting 448802 or

B. Some Worship songs to listen to on YouTube

Immortal love for ever full (music Bishopthorpe)
Be thou my vision

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)  (Matt Redman)
The Servant King (Graham Kendrick)
Eternal Father, Strong to Save (William Whiting & Melita/John B Dykes)

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. Sunday Morning Worship at the Minster

York Minster Community

Zoom Services and Music

For the duration of Lockdown, the Minster Clergy have offered daily Morning Prayer, a daily Eucharist and daily Evening Prayer on Zoom as well as our main Sunday Services. In spite of the occasional

technical glitch, this has proved a solid means of maintaining our community and continuing with our practice of prayer. We would like to continue with parts of this offering for those who are not yet able to join us in person in the Minster as we emerge from lockdown and also for friends from across the Diocese and Province who might wish to join the York Minster Community in Prayers for the Church and the World. Therefore, for the foreseeable future we are going to continue offering the following services on Zoom:

Weekday Evening Prayer

Monday-Friday at 5pm  

Sunday Morning Worship

Holy Communion with  Community Notices, Sermon and Hymns at 10am each Sunday.

Sunday Evening Prayer at 4pm

We will also be continuing the Sunday afternoon YouTube Evensong Service, which has proved very popular and other online reflections and sermons will continue to be available on the website. Zoom invitations are sent out through the Congregational Roll and if you know someone who would like to be included on this invitation please email Susan Hodgson: who will be pleased to add names to the circulation list.

Weekday Evening Prayer (BCP) (Monday-Friday 5.00pm)

Time: This is a recurring meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 716 085 185

Password: 015065

Sunday Morning Worship, 10am

Time: 10am (Entry from 9.45am)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 264 876 476

Password: 012272

Telephone access: 0131 4601196

Sunday Evening Prayer (BCP) 4.00pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 842 265 879

Password: 003464

E. Elvington Church Website

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. Reimagining Church Buildings (online conference) 23.09.20

Church buildings reflect the theology of those who built them. What seems central – is it the altar for sacraments, the pulpit for preaching or the stage for the worship band? Yet our church buildings have a much deeper story to tell and a significant role to play in the communities around them. In this event we will reflect theologically on church buildings and explore the opportunities as well as challenges which they bring. Whether you are responsible for maintaining a historical parish church, considering major alterations or planning a new building, then join us for a thought-provoking discussion.We’ll be joined by architect and Cambridge Paper author, Nigel Walter, Dr Dee Dyas (Director, Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture), Bishop John Inge (author of A Christian Theology of Place) and Anne Dawtry (Archdeacon of Halifax).

Book here

B. A story of The People’s Pantry in Market Weighton

The People’s Pantry in Market Weighton (and Pocklington) is part of the local Pantry network. It is different from a food bank because ‘members’ pay a small fee for a set number of items. Those who are Pantry members say that they feel there is a greater integrity for them as they can contribute and choose what they would like. The People’s Pantry was instigated in 2018, and before ‘lockdown’ they would have a regular membership of 50 people in Market Weighton. Since their inception, the Pantry has used the church building as a hub. With the immediacy of lockdown, their model required a radical change due to people needing to shield, and to include the extremely and clinically vulnerable. Added to this, was several their usual volunteers fell into the shielding category. This led to a 500% increase in people needing food supplies in just a few days. In tandem with this, was an increase in stock from the supermarkets, Local Authority and Government schemes as well. So, there was a huge, and dramatic need to adapt their systems overnight. In the parish of Market Weighton, we were so pleased to be able to help in allowing the church building to continue to be the hub but enable extra spaces to be used so that food boxes could be stored, and boxes prepared. Pews do provide a very useful storage system which is an unexpected charism. We were able to use our networks for extra volunteers for leaflet and food box deliveries, as well as monitoring stocks as well. With the exceptional increase in demand, we were able to publicise the need for extra financial donations to which several large private donations were made to support their work. A major highlight eight weeks into lockdown was one of the Pantry volunteers being nominated for the BBC One show “Big Thank you” award. Peter, the volunteer, is one testimony to generosity and graciousness of people coming forward to help those in need. Though the Pantry’s work has plateaued for the moment, there is always the possibility of another increase in demand. As we have seen in many sectors, it has been those with an entrepreneurial spirit that have been able to adapt and evolve more effectively and sustainably to the demands imposed by Covid. We are so blessed to be able to be a part of this venture to serve our community – the Pantry working in and with our church community has shown that miracles can really happen.

B. Sunday Reflection video

Click here to view the latest video from the Diocese, this week it’s the Bishop of Whitby Paul Ferguson

B. Survey: where do we go from here?

Churches, communities & buildings during COVID and beyond

The Church of England with Historic England, the Association of English Cathedrals and the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance invite you to share your experience and insights in a confidential survey by the 30th September.

The information and ideas gathered will help shape future planning and support churches across the country in caring for both congregations and wider communities in these very challenging and demanding times.

The project has been set up to capture grass roots needs and priorities, support future care for congregations and communities, and help government understand more fully the importance of churches to the life and wellbeing of communities across the country.

The short, very specific survey contains a set of focused questions for clergy, for church members and for local communities. It aims to help the Church of England nationally and locally to:

  1. Assess the range of effects of COVID-19 and lockdown on churches as centres of worship and hubs of support, care, community activities and wellbeing
  2. Share creative responses
  3. Shape planning and future decision-making

Please click the link below or copy and paste it into your internet browser to take the survey, which will run until September 30.

It would be hugely helpful if you would forward this message to others who could contribute important perspectives, including church members, church hall users, and leaders and members of community groups.

With many thanks from all the partners in this project

The Revd Dr Dee Dyas
Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture
University of York

W. 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. 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

B. Link to Area Dean on Youtube

This is his service for Sunday 6th September

W. Wheldrake Church Website

Pray-er for the Community

Marie Rodgers

Prayer Area

St Helens Rise and Church Close