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

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour.”

Proverbs 21:21

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

For all internet services contact Catharine Grievson for log in details

May 2021

Saturday 15th

W. 9.00am Preparation for Fete

W. 2.00pm Church Fete at Church

Sunday 16th May 2021   Rogation

T. 9.30am Holy Communion

W. 11.00am Family Service

Wednesday 19th

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (zoom service)

W. 7.30pm PCC Meeting

Thursday 20th

B. 7.00pm Online Singing session

T. 7.30pm PCC meeting at Newfield House

Pentecost Sunday 23rd May 2021

B. 11.00am Benefice Holy Communion

Wednesday 26th

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (zoom service)

Thursday 27th

B. 7.00pm Online Singing session

Trinity Sunday 30th May 2021

EC. 9.30am Holy Communion

W. 11.00am Morning Worship

June 2021

Friday 4th

W. 10.30am Cottage Communion (zoom service)

Sunday 6th June 2021 Trinity 2

E. 9.30am Holy Communion

W. 11.00am All Age Worship

Monday 8th

D. 7.30pm Deanery Meeting

Wednesday 9th

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (zoom service)

Thursday 10th

B. 7.00pm Online Singing session

Sunday 13th June 2021 Trinity 3

S. 9.30am Holy Communion

W. 11.00am Holy Communion

Wednesday 16th

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (zoom service)

Thursday 17th

B. 7.00pm Online singing session

Sunday 20th June 2021 Trinity 4

T. 9.30am Morning Prayer

W. 11.00am Family Service

EC. 6.00pm Holy Communion

Wednesday 23rd  

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (zoom service)

W. 7.30pm PCC Meeting

Thursday 24th

B. 7.00pm Online Singing session

Sunday 27th June 2021 Trinity 5

S. 10.30am Benefice Holy Communion

Wednesday 30th

B. 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 7.00pm Evening Prayer (zoom service)

July 2021

Saturday 17th July

T. 2.00pm Church Fete at the Village Hall

B. Zoom services

The morning service normally begins at 11.00 but the meeting will open at 10.45 to allow everyone time to log in. Do invite friends and family. The Evening service begins at 7.00 and we gather from 6.45 to allow everyone time to log in.

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 morning 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 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. For the same reason please don’t put the invitation link on Facebook or any social media

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Colossians 3: 23-24

B. Service Booking forms

Booking for all services is done through our Priest in Charge, Jackie Doyle-Brett

01904 448230 or email


St Michael’s and All Angels with St Mary’s APCM will be on the 23rd of May at 6.30pm in Sutton Upon Derwent Church.

B. Date for your diary

PCC members please put Saturday 3rd July in your diary as a PCC away day, more details will follow

E. Elvington Village Fete

This year there will be an Fete – a village-wide event including the church, the parish council and other organisations. It will be held on the green, and following the relevant COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time. Jo Young is coordinating. If you would like to help, run a stall, have ideas for a fundraising stall for the church, have things to donate, please get in touch with her! (

B. Christian Aid Week

May 10th to May 16th  is Christian Aid week. There will be a collection box in Wheldrake Church and the service in Church on the 16th there will be a special collection for the work of the charity

D. Quiet Day at Thicket Priory

On Saturday 31 July 2021 there will be a Quiet Day at Thicket Priory (arrival from 9.45 a.m.) The subject matter, based upon John 10.10, is entitled “I have come that you may have life and have it abundantly.” The day will be led by the Revd Dr. Chris Collingwood, Canon Emeritus of York Minster. Drinks will be provided throughout the day, but please bring a packed lunch. The cost is £12, payable by cheque in favour of C.J. Holland. Please contact Margaret Clegg on 448735 for further details if interested. Places are limited in line with present regulations so please book early, noting that your payment will be refunded should cancellation prove necessary due to revised Government restrictions.


B. York School of Ministry (YSOM)

YSOM provides courses for anyone interesting in exploring more about their faith through a range of accredited and non-accredited courses.  From introductory courses on the Bible through to university level studies YSOM can tailor fit your learning to suit your discipleship or ministry needs. If you want to find out more please visit our website or click on the links below to find out more about the courses we offer and to download our leaflets.

  1. Recognised Parish Assistants
  2. Introduction to the Old Testament Module
  3. Certificate and Diploma in Theology, Ministry & Mission
  4. Graduate Diploma in Theology, Ministry & Mission

Please give us a call/email to  or

01904 699500 if you want to find out more about how YSOM can help you to live Christ’s story in your own life.

B. Barnabas Aid – stories of hope

A radio station in the Caucasus, brings God’s light to listeners

“Your radio programme has become the only source of God’s light to me,” said Artur, who can no longer read the Bible because he is losing his sight due to diabetes. He now receives spiritual sustenance from MCC Radio, a Barnabas-supported Christian radio station based in the Russian republic of North Ossetia. The only Christian station in the region,  it broadcasts the Gospel on FM and on the internet, giving spiritual and moral support round the clock. Tuning in brought joy to Vyacheslav, a Christian called up for military service, during his posting to neighbouring Muslim-majority Ingushetia where there is no evangelical church. “When I am listening, it is like being at home, at my church. ”Listeners say the station is a wonderful spiritual resource. A Christian in the strongly Islamic neighbouring republic of Chechnya added, “How happy I am when I listen. When I hear native Ossetian language, tears run over my face … I can now understand the Word of God.” A £34,200 grant from the Barnabas fund covers 72% of the stations running costs for a year.

W. Wheldrake Church fete: 

We are holding our annual fete on 15 May 2021 from 2 – 4pm.  This Year’s theme is “Light of world”. There will be some exciting stalls which will include toys, teddy bears, books, bric-a-brac, cakes and plants.  There will be Guess the number of sweets in the jar and guess the name of the knitted toy game.  We will be Covid compliant and all the necessary details will be clearly available and marked on the day.  All Welcome.

W. Fete Needed

We need donations of wrapped cakes tomorrow. Cakes ,Fruit Loaves, Tray Bakes, Sones, Buns etc wanted for the cake stall at the church Fete. Anything will be very much appreciated in order to make this stall a success.

Due to Social distancing and other covid rules we must make sure all food is wrapped and handled as little as possible. I have a supply of Film Fronted food bags size 10”x10” which I can let you have, along with paper plates for larger cakes i.e. Victoria Sandwich which may not fit in the bag and will therefore have to be cling filmed.

Thank you Ruth Smith 448728

B. Link to Area Dean on Youtube

This is his service for Sunday 9th May The six Sunday of Easter

(80) Benefice Service, Sunday 9th May 2021, Easter 6 – YouTube

B. Thank you

We are remembering to say thank you publicly to our band of volunteers who help run the church operation in our benefice. Each week we will focus on a particular area. We say thank you to the people who are our School Governors. 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. 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

B. Printed Service Sheets

There may be some weeks when those of you who normally join our zoom services have to miss a week for one reason or another. If that is the case and you would like the Bubble Church printed service sheet to be emailed to you so you can join in from home sometime during the week, please contact Catharine Grievson.

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.

W. Sharing Life Zoom Quiz

Every Tuesday @ 10:30am, for about an hour – Open to all ages – young, old and families – Light-hearted and fun – To join in, email:

D. Date for All Saints Aughton

Aughton Church have sent out in great faith a programme of fund raising events for 2021. There will be teas from 2-4 Which will run on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of July till November. The final one of the year will be on 5th December. Aughton is associated with Robert Aske who began the Pilgrimage of Grace. A talk will take place of Friday 25th June at 7.30pm in church with speaker Tim Porter as Robert Aske, in ‘Dilemma. Fight or Talk’. The Weighton Waytes will also provide musical accompaniment. On Saturday 3rd July Sax Forte will perform in Church at 7.00pm. On September 24th at 7.30pm The Harvest Thanksgiving will be attended by the Weighton Waytes. And on 10th December at 7.30pm There will be carols with the Weighton Waytes

B. Children of Light Festival

Art Competition – Being Light in difficult times

‘Our benefice is running an art competition with the theme of “Being light in difficult times”. Applications are invited from children and young people in Early Years, KS1 (key stage), KS2 and KS3 & 4. Any kind of art can be entered from drawings, paintings, models, sculptures etc and any medium can be used such as paint, plasticine, clay, lego! The deadline for entering the competition is Friday 19th June. We will have winners in each age group across our villages of East Cottingwith, Elvington,  Sutton, Thorganby and Wheldrake.  Those who win across York as a whole, will be invited to Bishopthorpe Palace for tea with the Archbishop of York in the autumn. To submit your entry could you take a photograph of your work and send to;

Please include your name, age and contact details. Email if you would prefer to know where to submit your art work directly.

W. Wheldrake’s Coronavirus Initiative

May 2021: Are you self-isolating? During this time of Covid 19 Lockdown, Sharing Life is offering help to those in need. If you are not already linked with a volunteer, we can find you someone who can help. They could assist you in the following ways:

□ buying shopping

□ collecting prescriptions – from doctors or vets

□ dog walking □ having a chat – I’d like a phone call/ doorstep visit

□ home technology and the internet

□ other??

If you would like help in any way, please get in touch by email or phone, and we will find you some support: email – phone – 07729 841897 Or, if you would like to volunteer, please also get in touch. Many thanks! Emma, Katie, Ruth, Karen, and Maggie Sharing Life Committee

B. Positively Rural

Festivals as Outreach

You are invited to an online conference on Tuesday 18th May at 7.30pm

With speakers the Revd Elizabeth Clark, National Rural Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches, and the Revd Caroline Pinchbeck, Area Dean of South Wold and Incumbent of Market Weighton, Goodmanham and Sancton, and former Rural Life Adviser in the Dioceses of Rochester and Canterbury. We all like to celebrate and the church calendar is full of opportunities to do this through festivals. Join us as we think together about how we can celebrate these festivals with our communities and depend relationships.
Positively Rural is an online community hosted by the Methodist Yorkshire Plus Learning Network, but open to anyone of any denomination involved or with an interest in rural ministry, including volunteers, lay workers and clergy.

  Register here

W. Church Fete Garden Stall

The recent spell of warm weather will have encouraged the gardeners out to work in their gardens. If you are dividing up any plants, please remember the plant stall which will happen on 15th May. If you haven’t the space to look after them yourself or need pots just give Paul a call.

E. Church Open

Elvington Church is open for visitors, twice  a week, Sundays and Thursdays.  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. St Bede’s Pastoral Centre
Summer 2020 Programme: Lots of interesting events, courses & retreats (by zoom) Offering a wide range of events, courses and retreats designed to support greater wholeness and fullness of life. Due to restrictions arising from the COVID pandemic they are currently offering all our programme detailed below online (unless otherwise stated). If you’ve not used Zoom before they are very happy to offer support to help you connect so please don’t let this put you off. They suggest contributions for each event but don’t wish anyone to feel excluded because of cost – please contact them with any queries about contributions or using Zoom (click here for details of our Refund Policy).


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

B. Collect for the Sunday after Ascension Day

O GOD the King of glory, who hast

exalted thine only Son Jesus Christ with

great triumph unto thy kingdom in

heaven: We beseech thee, leave us not

comfortless; but send to us thine Holy

Ghost to comfort us, and exalt us unto the

same place whither our Saviour Christ is

gone before, who liveth and reigneth with

thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world

without end. Amen.

B. Christians worldwide gear up for 6th annual Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Movement

Hundreds of thousands of Christians worldwide will be gearing up to take part in the sixth Thy Kingdom Come– a global ecumenical prayer movement for evangelisation, occurring annually from Ascension to Pentecost. (13th – 23rd May this year)  From outdoor Pentecost celebrations to prayer walking in the local community, continuous prayer events (online and in person) to family-friendly services, churches worldwide are taking part in a variety of innovative ways adaptig to COVID-19 context. 

Read more

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

A name above all names: The Ascension of Christ from Lichfield Cathedral

9AM – THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ONLINE SUNDAY SERVICE You are invited to join our online community in worship on Sunday

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

E. Elvington Church Website

B. Organ Recital

This week Jonathan Scott performs his solo organ arrangement of Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924) One Fine Day ‘Un bel dì’ & The Humming Chorus ‘coro a bocca chiusa’ (Madama Butterfly) on the pipe organ of Bolton Parish Church


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. 

B. Sunday Reflection
This weeks Sunday reflection comes from  Revd Pete Watson, Vicar of Brayton and Archdeaconry Training Adviser. Every week we offer a new prayer video for churches to use either online or in their services. 

B. Zoom Services and the Collection

Thank you to those who have set up direct debits to support the work of your local Church. 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. Christian Music

Come down, O love divine
Tell out, my soul
Dear Lord and Father of mankind   
King of glory, King of Peace

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. 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

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.

Pray-er for the Community

Michol Rawet

Prayer Area

Wenlock Gardens and Broadlands