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 5th July 2020 – Trinity 4

The services will be:


Sunday 5th 10.30am All Age Worship

Wednesday 8th 7.00pm Compline

Sunday 12th 10.30am  Holy Communion

Wednesday 15th 7.00pm Evening Service

Sunday 19th 9.30am BCP Communion

Sunday 19th 10.30am Family morning

Wednesday 22nd 7.00pm Compline

Sunday 26th 10.30am Morning Prayer

Wednesday 29th 7.00pm Evening Service

B. Zoom services

Do invite friends and family but for security reasons please do not post the login details on social media.

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

Catharine will open the meeting at 10.15 so there is plenty of time to log in and see friends.

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. 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
Looking to the future hopefully, with John Bell of the Iona Community.
God welcomes us all – Rev Chris, vicar of St Saviour’s in Wendell Park, will lead this week’s national online service, exploring the welcome that God offers us to experience His love. (order of service)

B. Church of England Dial in Worship

For those people who don’t have the internet. There is free phone line set up in the name of the Archbishop of Canterbury is 0800 804 8044.  The talk, prayers and hymn change daily. If you know of a neighbour or family member who your think would like to make use of this please pass on the number to them.

B. Latest information about dedicated shopping hours

for NHS, elderly and vulnerable at UK supermarkets and which have delivery slots available


B. From the Bishops of the Diocese of York. 23rd June 2020

 Dear Sisters and Brothers

Finance Update

Each month during the current crisis, we have written to keep you informed about the financial situation in the Diocese. The global pandemic has affected all aspects of our common life and the Church, at a national, diocesan and parish level, is no exception. It is right that we are open and honest with one another about the issues we face so that, together, we can address our shared concerns and give thanks together for all the good being done in every place around the Diocese.

May’s Free Will Offering to our Common Fund was approximately 10% below where we had expected, taking into account seasonal variations in giving. April was around 8% down, suggesting that financial pressures on parish finances are increasingly reflected in giving to the Diocese.

We are hugely grateful to all those parishes who have maintained or even increased their giving at this difficult time, often drawing on reserves to do so. Your giving enables this Diocese to take a more measured approach in responding to the very difficult situation we face than we might otherwise have to. Even so, it’s anticipated that the gap between income and costs (the vast majority of which arise directly from providing and supporting ministry) at a diocesan level is now likely to exceed £2m this year and could grow even wider in 2021 depending on how long and deep the impact of Covid-19 is on parish life. We expect to communicate more about this as together we see how things go in the next few months.

Parishes may of course find it very difficult to make good and wise decisions on their 2021 budgets until the impact of Covid-19 is better understood. That is why the Free Will Offer setting process has been postponed until later in the year. We will give you more information in the autumn on how we expect to set a diocesan budget.

Finally, we want to encourage you again to use the resources developed by the Diocesan Generous Giving Team to help you to improve your local parish finances. We have all become even more aware over the past few months of the fragility of the parish economy that relies on ad-hoc giving on the plate on a Sunday. There are a number of really encouraging stories of parishes where the Treasurer or Church Warden has contacted the congregation and encouraged them to consider online giving via standing order. One parish reported how a sensitively worded letter explaining their current dilemma resulted in an increase in regular giving from less than 20% of the congregation to over 80%. A number of parishes have also reported how they have successfully incorporated an ‘offering’ time into their online worship or have included a reminder about giving in their email ‘pewsheet’. The Generous Giving Team are able to support parishes in communicating sensitively about money with their congregations in a number of ways – please do contact Jo, Sammi or David or sign up for their regular newsletter.

At the end of this month there will be an opportunity for parishes to consider signing up for the Parish Giving Scheme which will help people in your congregation to give via direct debit and will also enable your church easily to claim back Gift Aid on a monthly basis, a real boost to cashflow in difficult times. Please look out for more information on the scheme at the end of June and sign up for the webinar planned for the beginning of July. Places at the webinar will be on a ‘first come first served’ basis so an early response is strongly encouraged.

Just before he retired, Archbishop Sentamu reminded us again that we should not be anxious about money. The Lord loves His church and wants only the best for us. The local church is the hope of the world, Christians living and loving in their local place, shining the light of Christ into a dark and often fearful world. Heather Black, the new leader of the Mustard Seed project, has been sharing stories of hope from some of the most deprived parishes in the Diocese, which illustrate just why it is so important that the church is there, at the heart of community, where it is needed most. Those who stand together with the poor and the marginalised will always receive God’s blessing.

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Our prayers, as ever, are for you and with you.

+Paul Whitby
+John Selby
+Alison Hullen

 W. Jigsaw July zoom prayer meeting

Tuesday 7th July 9.00 am to 10.00 am
(the meeting will be open from 8.30 for chatting and sharing)

If you would like to join this month’s prayer meeting please click the link here at the time of the meeting, or use the following to log into Zoom:

. Meeting ID – 821 1170 7598
. Password – 827114

Hi everyone, thank you for joining the prayer meeting in June. God has been working mightily through your prayers since then.Many people have emailed to ask if we can change the Jigsaw zoom prayer meeting from the first Monday of the month, as many have team meetings or work meetings on the first Monday. In response we are going to have Jigsaw’s monthly prayer meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. Please share the link and meeting details with your church and friends. Looking forward to seeing you on the 7th.

B. Sunday Morning Worship at the Minster


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

B. New ministries begin; Lay Worker licensing online for those to be ordained Deacon later this year

Twelve women and men who have prepared to be ordained Deacon in York Minster on Sunday 5th July, will be Licensed during approved online ceremonies that afternoon to begin their ministry in a lay capacity in their training or ‘title’ parish in the Diocese of York.

The law requires that an ordination service should include Holy Communion and be open to the public to attend; while public worship in the Church of England is subject to strict limitations due to the Coronavirus pandemic, this makes ordination temporarily impracticable.

It is hoped that the candidates will be ordained in York Minster in late September, subject to confirmation in the coming weeks.

B. licensing of the prospective Deacons as Lay Workers via the Diocese of York

Facebook page (no Facebook login required) All are welcome to watch the online at the following times on Sunday 5th July:

  • 2.00pm Archdeaconry of Cleveland, led by the Bishop of Whitby
  • 3.00pm Archdeaconry of the East Riding, led by the Bishop of Hull
  • 4.00pm Archdeaconry of York, led by the Bishop of Selby

Download the Order of Service here

The candidates are introduced below; please uphold them all in your prayers as they begin their ministry in these unexpected circumstances, but confident of God’s grace.

Kirsty Dennett comes from a nursing background, working until a few years ago as a Staff Nurse at York Hospital; she continues to serve there as a Chaplain.

During a time in her life when she felt particularly unworthy and unloved, Kirsty had a profound experience of God through the Holy Spirit.

“The experience showed me how God saw me, how God saw all of us, and how connected we all are to each other; this realisation of God’s unconditional love forever changed me.”

Kirsty began studying with York School of Ministry (YSOM) in 2012, becoming a Reader (a licensed lay minister) in 2016 and attaining a BA theology degree, and gradually internal prompting drew her towards ordination.

She studied for two years with St Hild College, and looks forward to serving as Assistant Curate in her home parish of Clifton, York (York Archdeaconry).

“With a heart for pastoral care and social justice, I ask that I am used in the way God wills.”

Vicky Earll grew up in a Christian family where faith was expressed as something exciting.

After university she planted and led a Pioneer Network Church for 14 years: “Our heart was to build authentic community and be a church that was accessible for people to find God.

“An unexpected call into the Church of England that I couldn’t escape brings me to ordination; I trained at Cranmer Hall, Durham and am grateful for all that I learned, time to reflect and the friends I have made.

“My hope for my future ministry is that it will be authentic and full of love, as I seek to join in with what God is doing. I long for people to encounter our loving God and experience the transformation that his love brings”.

Vicky will serve as Assistant Curate at St Michael-le-Belfrey, York (York Archdeaconry).

Nick Garside is a long-serving church organist and choir director, having come to Jesus at the age of 17 after a service at Scargill House in Kettlewell.

A musician and music teacher, Nick was the Head of Music at Selby College until last year, and continues to teach instrumental music at schools in the York area and at York Music Centre.

Married to Jill, with sons Sam, Chris, Eric and Frank and four grandchildren, Nick enjoys cooking, gardening and when he gets some free time likes to paint watercolours.

He has studied as an Ordinand at St Hild College for the last two years, and at York School of Ministry before that.
“I love to see people come to know Jesus and I’m looking forward to meeting and walking alongside people on their journey of faith,” he says.

Nick will serve as Assistant Curate in Rural Ainsty (Bilton in Ainsty; Healaugh; Hessay; Moor Monkton and Wighill – York Archdeaconry).

Phil Grayson came to a personal faith in Christ at age 11. Ordination was not a career he considered until his first year of Sixth Form, when he experienced a renewal of his faith after a period of significant challenge.

He studied for a BA in Theology and Religious Studies at York St John University, before going home to Sheffield to work as a Parish Assistant, and then three years as a Conductor on Sheffield’s trams.

Phil returned to York for a Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme year, at the Minster and St Luke’s parish church, and was recommended for ordination; he trained at Cranmer Hall, Durham.

“Ordination training is certainly demanding, but I have found it to be a time of growth, deep relationships and a lot of fun.

“My hope for ministry is that I will be able to help people encounter the love of God and grow to become passionate followers of Jesus.”

Phil will serve as Assistant Curate at Sherburn-in-Elmet with Saxton (York Archdeaconry).

Mark Poole committed his life to Jesus Christ at the age of fifteen and shortly afterwards he had a sense of calling to ordained ministry, but tried to ignore it for many years!

He trained to teach in Oxford where he met his wife, Emma.

He taught for 20 years, serving for 12 of those as a Headteacher and Adviser/Inspector for North Yorkshire County Council.

They have two grown-up children and two dogs.

The calling to ordained ministry remained over the years and following more serious discernment, Mark began training at St Hild College in Mirfield.

“It has been a huge privilege to study, and a rich and blessed formational journey over the last three years.

“I feel sure that God’s timing has been perfect.”

Mark is excited to serve God and His people as Assistant Curate in the Benefice of Rural East York (Dunnington, Holtby, Stockton-on-the-Forest and Warthill – York Archdeaconry).

B. Talking about the ‘e’ word during a time of lockdown

If you click on this link there are some interesting thought from the ‘Leading your Church into Growth Team’

B. A prayer in  the midst of coronavirus

God of healing,

Surround us with your love as together we negotiate the complexities of coronavirus.

Guide us all as we seek to support one another. Help us to be attentive to the lonely, the isolated, the fearful and those who are ill.

Mindful of the geographical isolation of many rural communities, we pray for everyone involved in the effective provision of food, medical supplies and pastoral care.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who walks alongside us in our difficulties.


B. 6th  July Thomas More, Reformation martyr

These days, lawyers and politicians are held in the lowest esteem by the public, along with tabloid journalists and estate agents. St Thomas More was both a lawyer and politician, who is today much admired for holding steadfastly to his faith-based principles. He lived in dangerous times, when anyone, even queens, who displeased King Henry VIII could find themselves in a condemned cell in The Tower of London. Sir Thomas More held the office of Lord High Chancellor and at one time was the king’s most trusted adviser. But when King Henry took personal control of the Church in England in order to divorce his first wife, More courageously opposed him. Thomas More was a social philosopher and the author of ‘Utopia’. This book described an imaginary republic governed by an educated elite who employed reason rather than self-interest for the general good of everyone. He was himself one of the pre-eminent scholars of his age. As a Christian theologian he supported orthodox doctrine, vigorously opposed heresy and argued strongly against the new Protestant ideas taking hold in Europe. Although holding the highest political and legal office he was far from being a pragmatic politician and opportunist lawyer. In every matter he was a man who held firmly to what he believed was right in God’s eyes. When Thomas More fell from favour with the king, as a result of his unflinching views, he was falsely accused of taking bribes. When this charge failed, his enemies accused him of supporting a celebrated seer of the times who was strongly critical of the king. This too failed. He was then required to swear to the Oath of Supremacy, acknowledging Henry’s position as head of the Church of England. This he could not do in conscience. He was put on trial and condemned to be hung, drawn and quartered for his treason, a punishment later changed to beheading. He died in 1535 and on the scaffold his final words were ‘I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first.’ He has been officially declared a martyr saint by the Roman Catholic Church.

B. Bishop of Selby YouTube talk

Please find detailed below the link for this week’s YouTube message from Bishop John.

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.

W. Stories for the archive

While I have time on my hands I would like as many of you as possible to send me stories of your experience of events held in Wheldrake. They can be from the recent past or back in distant memory. I would like to record as many as possible for posterity. Send them to and if you have any photos to go with them all the better. They can be factual or just your personal experience.

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.

E. Elvington Church Website

B. Diocesan words and prayer for Trinity Sunday 28th June

Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Please pray too for Bishop Stephen Cottrell.  The event (‘Confirmation of Election’) that will make him Archbishop of York takes place on Thursday 9 July at 11am.  It will be streamed publicly on the Church of England website

Generous God, we give you thanks: you have heard our prayer, guided your people and raised up Stephen to serve as the next Archbishop of York. By your Holy Spirit, grant to him good counsel, holy insight and  joy in the gospel, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Part of today’s Gospel reading, and a Collect for today:

Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

Matthew 11.25-end

Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world: draw us into harmony with your will, that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Amen.

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

W. Wheldrake Church Website

B. Link to Area Dean Youtube clip

B. Prayers for the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the NHS

National Health Service came into being on 5 July 1948. During post-war reconstruction, improving the healthcare of the nation was seen as crucial to the nation’s recovery.

Beveridge, the architect of the NHS, identified “five giants” that had to be slain: want, disease, squalor, ignorance and idleness. The cataclysm of war provided the stimulus for radical reform. It was a momentous achievement and, in spite of early professional resistance to some of the proposals, it was born of a national consensus: everybody wanted the new service to work.

The NHS was based on principles unlike anything that had gone before. It was financed almost entirely from central taxation. That the rich paid more than the poor for comparable benefits was regarded as a crucial part of the scheme. Everyone was eligible for care, even people temporarily resident or visiting the country. People could be referred to any hospital, local or more distant. Care was free at the point of use, although prescription and dental charges were subsequently introduced.

During the current pandemic, there has been immense national and local support for the NHS and its front line workers. The emergence of the Thursday ‘Clap for Carers’ was a significant experience in the lockdown. Thanksgiving binds communities together, turning ‘I’ into ‘we’. The contribution of carers and key workers who have given of themselves sacrificially needs to be honoured. Sharing stories of people and events during the crisis is likely to form the kernel of any community celebration. Unsung heroes need to be applauded.

+Robert Exon
Chair of the Liturgical Commission

Prayers and resources for the NHS

God of healing and compassion,
we thank you for the establishment of the National Health Service, and for the dedication of all who work in it:
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who care for the sick,
and your wisdom to those engaged in medical research.
Strengthen all in their vocation through your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Everlasting God,
at this time we lift to you
those from all nations and backgrounds
who work on the front line in healthcare.
Give them skill and wisdom in their work.
Be their strength and their shield
as they give of themselves in the care of others.

For carers and health professionals

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son came not to be served but to serve:
bless all who, following in his steps,
give themselves to the service of others;
that with wisdom, patience, and courage,
they may minister in his name to the suffering and the needy;
for the love of him who laid down his life for us,
your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life,
be with all  carers and health professionals,
as they act as agents of your healing touch.
In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving;
and when their work is done,
be with them in their weariness and in their tears.

from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Chaplaincy, by Althea Hayton – adapted

Prayers in relation to COVID-19

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Collect for St Luke

Almighty God,
you called Luke the physician, whose praise is in the gospel,
to be an evangelist and physician of the soul: by the grace of the Spirit
and through the wholesome medicine of the gospel,
give your Church the same love and power to heal;
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.

Pray-er for the Community

Tina Haley

Prayer Area

North Lane (from Walker Lane to Main Street)