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 21st February 2021

Lent 1

These 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


Lent 2

B. 28th 10.30am Morning Service (internet service)


B. 3rd 9.30am Healing Prayer Fellowship at home

B. 3rd 7.00pm Evening Prayer (internet

B. 4th 10.30am Lent Course 2

B. 4th 7.00pm Lent Course 2

B. 5th 10.30am Communion in the Cottage (internet service)

B. 5th 7.00pm Online Singing session, see notes for details

Lent 3

B. 7th 10.30am Holy Communion (internet service)

B. 10th 9.30am Healing Prayer Fellowship at home

B. 10th 7.00pm Evening Prayer (internet service)

B. 11th 10.30am Lent Course 3

B. 11th 7.00pm Lent Course 3

B. 12th 7.00pm Online Singing session, see notes for details

Mothering Sunday

B. 9.30am Holy Communion (internet service)

B. 14th 10.30am Family Service (internet service)

B. 17th 9.30am Healing Prayer Fellowship at home

B. 17th 7.00pm Evening Prayer (internet service)

W. 17th 7.30pm Wheldrake PCC Meeting

B. 18th 10.30am Lent Course 4

B. 18th 7.00pm Lent Course 4

B. 19th 7.00pm Online Singing session, see notes for details

Lent 5

B. 21st 10.30am Morning Prayer (internet service)

B. 24th 9.30am Healing Prayer Fellowship at home

B. 24th 7.00pm Evening Prayer (internet service)

B. 25th 10.30am Lent Course 5

B. 25th 7.00pm Lent Course 5

B. 26th 7.00pm Online Singing session, see notes for details

B. 27th Change Clocks, forward 1 hour.

Palm Sunday

B. 28th 10.30am All Age Worship (internet service)

B. 28th 7.00pm Stations of the Cross (internet service)

Holy Week

B. 29th 7.00pm Stations of the Cross (internet service)

B. 31st 9.30am Healing PrayerFellowship at home

B. 31st 7.00pm Stations of the Cross (internet service)


Maundy Thursday

B. 1st 7.00pm Holy Communion(Internet Service)

Good Friday

B. 2nd Stations of the Cross (Internet Service)

Hopefully the following services will be in church but depends on the pandemic situation

Easter Eve

S. 3rd 4.00pm Holy Communion in church

Easter Day

E. 4th  9.30am Holy Communion in church

W. 4th 11.00am Holy Communion in church (+ internet service)

EC. 4th 2.00pm Holy Communion in church

T. 4th 4.00pm Holy Communion in church

B. Zoom services

The morning service normally begins at 10.30 but the meeting will open at 10.15 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, 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

“I will trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone .”

Thomas Merton, 20th century monk

the people we meet, if on your daily exercise on Good Friday (2.4.21) you wore the palm cross on your coat.

W. Thank you

We don’t often remember to say thank you to our church volunteers, so a new item will appear in pew news to publicly do this. Each week we will focus on a particular area. This week is the Ministry Team. Thank you, Peter, Catharine and Margaret, for leading our worship so skilfully, since the beginning of the interregnum, and in particular over the last year with the introduction of our new zoom services. Also, Ros, Brian and David for being supportive partners in this. It would be good to have contribution from the other Parishes of the benefice and we could make this a benefice item, so please email me your suggestions for thankyou’s for your village

B. Lent Course

The Lent course this years is GLIMPSES OF GOD – Hope for today’s world and will be via Zoom on the following Thursdays:

4th March
11th March
18th March
25th March

There will be a morning session at 10.30am repeated in the evening at 7pm.

More details to follow.

B. The Chorus of Hope

If you love to worship through song, The Chorus of Hope will give you the opportunity to sing, praise and worship along with others led by experienced worship leader Nicola Betts. We know that the pandemic is having a huge effect on the way we worship in our churches. The purpose of The Chorus of Hope is to help keep the joy of worship alive until a time that we can all meet again in person to sing and praise. Whether you are a keen singer, or someone who might like to listen and be ministered to and/or occasionally join in, everyone is welcome.  The Chorus of Hope is open to everyone and a way of connecting Christians in York and maybe further afield.”
For further details and zoom link contact: 

W. Church Flowers

If anyone would like to contribute to the purchase of Mothers day primroses, then please pop your donation in an envelope to Paul Botting, Pentewan, North Lane. The  Easter lilies will be on show in Church on Easter Day. People kindly donated money for them last Easter and because the church was locked we were unable to do them. Come what may this year they will be on view.

W. Palm crosses and Holy week posters

Palm Sunday is the start of Holy week which occur on 28th March. Palm crosses and Holy week posters will be available  from now. Fold up the bottom of the poster when you first display it in your window, then pull the bottom down for Easter Day. Both cross and poster, will be in poly bags for you so the contents will be covid free. Please just pick them up from church. It would also be a good visual reminder to wear the palm cross when you go out for your exercise on Good Friday 2nd April, seeing as we cannot do the normal walk of witness between parishes.

B. Singing

Many people will be missing their regular singing in Church. If you would like to join a zoom singing session, I’ve no idea how it will work,  we’ll work out what we can do as we go along. Do contact me ( and I’ll send you the log in details. We will initially, through lent meet at 7.00pm on a Friday and after Easter move to a Thursday. 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. We’ll set the ball rolling on Friday 5th March and see what happens.

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. Children of Light Festival

Lent Kindness challenge:

Instead of giving something up for lent, give to others in the kindness challenge this Lent 2021.   Please click on the below link and take on the challenge.  Do one activity on the sheet every day of lent.  Share how you get on at the various services we will be doing throughout Lent via Zoom.  

If you can be anything, be kind.

B. Christian Music

Abide with me
How great thou art
Guide me oh thou great redeemer

B. Candles and Decorations

If anyone has any candle ends or unwanted Christmas decorations that you are going to dispose of, please send them in the direction of Wheldrake Church, we can repurpose decorations into new ones to sell at out Christmas sale and candle end can be melted down and turned into new ones. They can be left at church when its open on Thursdays and Sundays

W. Wheldrake’s Coronavirus Initiative

February 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. Sunday Reflection video

Click here to view the latest video from the Diocese, this week it’s Dan Finn CEO of Archbishop of York Youth Trust
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B. Being Light in difficult times

Diocese of York art competition

An opportunity for children and young people to explore the theme of ‘being light in difficult times’ through a variety of art medium and enter local competitions organised by their local churches.

Deadline for receipt of entries from parish, benefice, school or deanery local art competitions at the Diocesan offices 5th July.

Winners will be announced week commencing 19th July and (we pray) prizes presented by the Archbishop of York at Bishopthorpe Palace in the late Summer / early Autumn.

W. Wheldrake Easter Egg Hunt 2021 The Easter bunny needs your help. Please could you be part of the Wheldrake Church Easter Egg Hunt in Wheldrake.  The Easter bunny would like to “hide” some letters in household windows from 29 March to 9 April.  Easter egg hunters will follow the trail, noting down the letters on their trail sheets. At the end of the trail, all the letters will form an important message.   We please need 24 households to take part to make this work.  Could you let Barbra know whether you can display an Easter egg (which will be provided to you) in your window.  Feel free to decorate your egg, the bolder the better.  Please reply by 14 March via email or 07712 556371. Thank you.  

The Clewer Initiative2
Did you know that in 2018, one third of victims identified by the UK Modern Slavery Helpline were women? Women in the Shadows is our new course for Lent, created to help shine a light on the suffering of marginalised women. The course focuses on the different ways women and girls are exploited in the UK today.

Each week during Lent, we explore a particular theme, including the stages of a victim’s experience of exploitation, specific types of modern slavery affecting women and girls and ways that we might bring about change and recovery.
Learn More

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:

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. Diocesan Consultation

These get under way with a virtual roadshow and online vents.

Living Christ’s Story

Read more

Time with the Archbishop and his leadership team to engage with the refreshing of the Diocesan Strategy through Living Christ’s Story – conducted online via Zoom – please click the date of your choice to book your free place.

Tuesday 2nd March 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Go to

B. BCP Collect for the Second  Sunday of Lent

Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended against all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

W. Wheldrake Church Website

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:

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. 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

St David’s Day at Brecon Cathedral

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

B. St. Bede’s Pastoral Centre
For online Lent programme click here
“There is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it.  If only we’re brave enough to be it”
To register and pay, either book online or contact the office email.

B. Organ Recital

This week Jonathan Scott performs his epic solo organ arrangement of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) 1812 Overture Op.49 (With Bells and Cannons) on the 1895 T.C. Lewis pipe organ of Albion Church, Ashton-under-Lyne


B. Link to Area Dean on Youtube

This is his service for Sunday 21st  February

(7) 21 February 2021 – Sunday Service – YouTube

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.

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. Bubble Church/ Pew News

If you know of anyone who would like to receive the weekly service sheets, pew news and the pastoral letter then please let the editor know.

W. Wheldrake Church Easter Egg Hunt

Wheldrake Church is planning an exciting Easter Egg Hunt around Wheldrake from 29 March to 9 April. Follow the trail, the Easter Bunny will leave letters all over Wheldrake in windows for you to find. Put these letters together and decipher a very important message. Maps for the trail will be available on Facebook, church website or at the back of Church from 22 March 2021.

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.

E. Elvington Church Website

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. 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-er for the Community

Janet Jaynes

Prayer Area

Low Well Park and Kitty Garth