Derwent Deanery Website

Canon Linda Ali (our General Synod member) has let us know that she is to participate in  the national service with our new Archbishop on Sunday – she is to read a lesson.  She has sent us a link to the service and it would be good if we could all support her, and feel a bit connected to the outside happenings.

Sunday 12th July, 9am – New Archbishop of York

At 9am on Sunday the Archbishop of York will be leading the national Church of England Service online from York Minster.

Revd Abigail Davison, Cathedral Curate will be Deaconing and Canon Linda Ali will be reading the lesson.

The Service will be available on the Church of England Website

In other online occasions, Rural East York welcomed Mark Poole, who will become our curate here, and was licensed as a Lay Worker last Sunday to begin his ministry with us (the ‘deaconing’ will come later when allowed). Here in the parish various Zoom meetings have gone on and have quite a few of us have spoken/seen him and a few have met him.  We will welcome him to the deanery in due course.

Osbaldwick and Murton will have a new Vicar shortly; Revd Jan Nobel will move from Heslington to become Interim Priest-in-Charge of Osbaldwick and Murton , also Green Ambassador for the Diocese of York.  Worship in the church building begins in St Thomas’ this weekend at 10.30am on Sunday.

St Nicholas website gives the link to weekly worship (and other events) from the benefice on YouTube ( and in a new development for people without web access it is now possible  listen to the service at any time during the week.  Dial 899433 (it’s the cost of a local call), you will hear a voice with an American accent welcoming you to the service, wait up to 20 seconds for the recording to download, a bit of a pause but don’t worry, then sit back and listen.  (Reuben – Nick’s middle son set this technology going; well done.)

Derwent Ings has weekly worship accessed via Zoom link – contact Paul Botting for this (

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