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

Sunday 7th June 2020 – Trinity Sunday

The services for June will be:

June 7th Trinity Sunday 10.30am All age worship

June 10th 7.00pm Compline service

June 14th 10.30am Holy Communion

June 17th 7.00pm Evening Prayer

June 21st 9.30am BCP Communion

June 21st 10.00am Family Morning

June 24th 7.00pm Compline

June 28th 10.30am Morning Prayer

B. Zoom services

This coming Sunday is Trinity Sunday when we celebrate God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. You may like to think ahead to other things that go in threes. Also, if you have butterfly clips (3) and cardboard (4 equally sized strips) bring them along on Sunday (see photo attached)

Do invite friends and family but for security reasons please do not post 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.

Thanks to the Diocese of York on my Departure

Dr John Sentamu retires as 97th Archbishop of York on Sunday 7th June

As I watch the strangely quiet River Ouse from our apartment at Bishopthorpe Palace, my mind is taken back to a day in 2005 when the river was far from quiet!

Many of you will remember my arrival by boat at York Minster on the day I began my ministry as Archbishop here, a day full of life, noise, celebration and excitement. A bitterly cold day, I decided not to release the seven doves of peace – they could not get to Wigan safely.

There is much talk of change at the moment. What has happened in the last few months is, as has been said so often, unprecedented, and what will happen over the coming months still uncertain. In the midst of these unwelcome and sudden changes, may I encourage you to reflect on a different kind of change – the gentle, constant and yet life-transforming change brought about by God’s Spirit working through his church to bring love, joy, peace, power and salvation to us and to all who will receive God’s generous gifts.

In nearly fifteen years as Archbishop of York, I am humbled and filled with thankfulness when I consider the changes God has brought about in me and in this Diocese. Through God’s generosity and through yours, through God’s limitless hospitality and through ours, and most of all through God’s strong and saving love poured into our hearts and shaping us together into the likeness of Christ, I have been blessed and privileged to see our generous churches making and nurturing disciples, our relationships, our prayer and our witness transformed, becoming more and more a reflection of our calling to be the embassy of heaven on earth.

There are too many highlights to mention them all here – outdoor baptisms outside York Minster, the change to Free Will Offers, my Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing, the Deanery Missions, Come and See… the list would never end! Friends, thank you for allowing me to become part of you – loving each other into holiness, bearing each other’s burdens, and of course becoming Yorkshireman of the Year in 2007!

It is in many ways hard to leave now, when we are all in such need of leadership and of care. But I leave without fear, for the Lord our God is with us – God our loving Father, God the Son, Jesus Christ our eternal friend, and God the Holy Spirit, the giver of life. He is the same yesterday, today and for ever, and I am thankful to him for all that he has done in and through me during my time as Archbishop, for all that he is doing in these troubling times, and for all that is yet to be, for myself and for the Diocese of York. The Best is yet to be.

With love and prayers

+Sentamu Ebor:

B. Latest information about dedicated shopping hours

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

B. God will bring you through

‘….The God of all Comfort.’ (2 Corinthians 1:3 NIV) God can bring you through situations you think you won’t survive, or feel you’ll be stuck in forever. He can make you comfortable in the most uncomfortable places and give you peace in the midst of trauma. Before  your life is over you’ll live, love and  experience loss. Losing somethings will actually help you to appreciate the things you still have. It’s the taste of failure that makes success sweet. You’ll live each day not knowing what tomorrow holds, but confident that God has your tomorrows all planned out. They’re not in the hands of your boss or your banker or your mate or anybody else. Nor are they in your own hands to manipulate and control. No, your tomorrow’s are in God’s hands. Just because you don’t recognise the path you’re on doesn’t mean that God’s not leading you. He promises, ‘…. I will lead them on paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them’ (Isaiah 42: 16 NKJV).

So get to know God; you’ll need Him. And He’ll be there for you. He’ll  be there when everybody and everything else has failed you. He’ll be there for you in the dark places.’ Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning’ (Psalm 30: 5 NKJV).

However long the night, morning always comes, and with it His joy. And when you look back you’ll realise that His grace protected you, provided for you, secured you, calmed you, comforted you, and brought you through. Time and seasons change, but not God. He’s always ‘the God of all comfort’

B New Archbishop

Bishop Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell will be confirmed as the 98th Archbishop of York at 11.00am on Thursday 9 July 2020, in a service broadcast entirely via video conference due to the Coronavirus restrictions.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, has granted permission for the virtual service to take place.

The service, which had been due to take place in York Minster, will be in two parts: a legal ceremony with readings, prayers and music; and a film marking the start of Bishop Stephen’s ministry as Archbishop of York.

B. The Church of England Pentecost Sunday service online


Join us for a farewell service for The Archbishop of York who will be joined by representatives of charities he founded, BBC News presenter Huw Edwards and Tariro Matsveru, a student at Cranmer Hall.

B. Information from North Yorkshire Police about NHS Test and Trace

The following information has been circulated from the City of London National Fraud Intelligence Bureau

If NHS Test and Trace calls you by phone, the service will be using a single phone number 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is

Contact tracers will NEVER:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087)
  • Ask you to make any form of payment
  • Ask for any details about your bank account
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • Ask you to purchase a product
  • Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
  • Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

North Yorkshire Community Messaging (NYCM) is managed by North Yorkshire Police.  The official website is which will allow you to sign into your account to change your delivery method preference or locations of interest. It also contains a FAQs section, which may assist with any queries you have.

Links and attachments:  North Yorkshire Police will only ever link you to secure web-sites we trust, we will only send you attachments where we believe it is absolutely necessary.

If you need to contact North Yorkshire Police please call 101 or in an emergency dial 999.  Alternatively please email any non urgent enquiries to:

B. York Minster Community Worship by Zoom

The daily rhythm of prayer continues at York Minster with Worship on Sundays taking place at 10am and 4pm. All are invited to join. 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.  In addition, there are lots of worship resources available on the Minster website which are accessible to all, including Prayer Guides and Sermons as well as information about national Church of England Services and resources.

Though Zoom has been a great way of staying in touch, despite our best efforts sometimes there are technical glitches so we thank you for your patience. The links below are sent out every week but should now remain unchanged, but we recommend logging on a little early, especially on Sunday Morning (the meeting is open from 9.45am) so we can help if we are able. Zoom is a commercial platform and has recently been upgrading their security settings to prevent disruption of meetings.

It is now possible to participate in Morning Prayer by telephone for those who would prefer that option. A word of warning about the phone. I do not think it is possible for the host to mute people who are on the phone.     So be warned we may not be able to see you BUT we can hear everything you say!!    Please note you will incur UK call charges via this method.

B. Bishop of Selby YouTube talk

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

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. St John University  Questionnaire

Coronavirus, church, and you:  a survey by the theology department of York St John university is assessing responses to the covid-19 crisis among churchgoers in the uk. The questionnaire asks about people’s own experience and reaction to the outbreak, as well as opinions about how the church locally and nationally has responded. Answers given are anonymous and will be treated confidentially, so participants can feel free to express their opinions.

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.

B. ‘ AWAKE’  run by YoYo

This event run by the YoYo team is running for children and families on 6th June at 3pm. This will be the third online version of AWAKE LIVE and we have had extremely encouraging feedback about the first two.

Families can watch on YouTube and if they wish, also join in via Zoom so that they can see each other as they worship together.

All the details can be found on our website at 

W. Zoom Services and the Collection

There has been a great deal of positive feedback about the services we have been sharing via Zoom. One of the many elements of our regular service that is missing, however, is the collection! We understand that the present crisis, and the uncertainty it brings with it, is causing many to struggle in different ways, not least financially. However, others are not affected so drastically. Thank you to everyone who is in a position to support the mission and ministry of the local Church week by week and month by month through regular giving during these difficult days. If you are not a regular giver and are able to ‘put something in the collection’, like you would at a normal service, please use this email address link to our email box.  Where you can ask the treasurer to help you make a one-off donation or to set up a new Standing Order. Thank you.

E. Elvington Church Website

B. Diocesan words and prayer for Trinity Sunday 7th June

Trinity Sunday

Today is Archbishop Sentamu’s last Sunday in office before his retirement.  We pray with love and thanksgiving, and ask God’s blessing on him and Margaret as they enter a new chapter in Christ’s service.

Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

Holy, holy, holy!  Merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy!  All the saints adore thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea,

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before thee,

Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, holy, holy!  Though the darkness hide thee,

Though for sin the human eye thy glory may not see,

Only thou art holy, there is none beside thee,

Perfect in power, in love and purity.

Holy, holy, holy!  Lord God Almighty!

All thy works shall praise thy name, in earth and sky and sea.

Holy, holy, holy!  Merciful and mighty,

God in three persons, blessed Trinity.

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;

the whole earth is full of his glory.’

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke.                                                      Isaiah 6.1-4

Jesus said to his disciples:  ‘I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.’                                                   John 16.12-15

God our Father, we thank you for all the blessings that have come through Dr John Sentamu’s ministry as Archbishop of York.  We give thanks for his leadership and service, and pray that you will continue to guide and inspire him and Margaret in all that lies ahead.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; 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. Amen.

Glory to the Holy and Undivided Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
Three persons and one God.

Perfectly one from before time began; One in being and one in glory;
Dwelling in love; three persons, one God.

Glory to God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

B. This week Richard White, our Director of Making and Nurturing Disciples, launched a new weekly podcast called ‘The Other Side of the Boat’.

“It’s going to be about becoming more effective at mission as we learn from different people who are sharing Jesus, showing his goodness, making disciples, seeing church communities flourish as they reach out, or planting new communities” Richard explained. “I’ll be interviewing people who are involved in creative, inspiring or useful approaches to mission. Not so that we should all copy them, but to learn from their experience and as we do so to listen out for the nudge of the Spirit in our own situations. There will be a mixture of ordained and lay, those from our own Diocese and others from further afield. We’ll aim to keep it under 30mins and wherever possible to have a new one each week.”In the first episode, Richard explains more about the podcast’s name and planned format before interviewing Jane Edwards about a simple but wonderful way she is involved in sharing her faith with colleagues working at funeral homes across South Manchester. She says sometimes “you reach a point of crisis before you get creative!”

Those who like to listen to podcasts using Apple iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts or other podcast players can click to ‘subscribe’ and each new episode will be added to their library automatically. Those who would prefer to receive an email with a link to each new episode can just tell Richard on

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

Pray-er for the Community

John Chapman

Prayer Area

School, Teachers, Pupils and Governors