The Churches of Hipswell Parish

This Week in the Parish


14th January: Second Sunday of Epiphany

Yesterday: First Men’s Breakfast at St Cuthbert’s!

It was great to be able to get together for our first ever men’s breakfast! We hope that this might become a regular occasion – a chance for some of the guys to get together, enjoy some good food, healthy banter, a bit of thought-provoking input, and a chance to play some games. Our sincere thanks go to Andy and Lee McDade, who generously catered for us – with Andy (front row, right, formerly a chef at the Hungry Horse, Catterick) acting as chef and Lee helping as sous-chef! Andy is starting his initial training next Sunday with the Royal Navy, and we wish him well, as he starts his new career. Let’s hold him in our prayers.

It was good, too, to watch a couple of brief videos of inspiring ways in which people’s Christian faith has brought about positive change in the lives of those around them. One featured a US Air Force training squadron colonel, and the other a very successful construction firm which the owners have dedicated to God, and then handed over to their employees – to ensure that all have a stake, a retirement package and something to hand on to their children. It was also good to get the pool- and table tennis tables out, and to burn off a few calories, at the end. We’re going to try to make this a regular thing. Thanks to everyone who took part today. It would be good to expand the group. Please let Andrew know if this is something you would be interested in getting along to in future.

New signs: The PCC came together for an extra meeting this week, to discuss, amongst other things, a request by Ven Bev Mason, our archdeacon, that we update the sign at St John the Evangelist’s, Hipswell. Having recently received a small legacy, the members of St John’s suggested using this to pay for the sign. The design has been agreed in outline, and will be submitted to the archdeacon for approval. Since this will be made by a company recommended by the diocese, it is hoped that this will by-pass the need for a time-consuming formal Faculty approval. Certainly, it should look considerably better than the present one!

The second new sign, already agreed by PCC and applied for, is in response to a request from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to allow signage to be placed at the entrance to the churchyard. This will indicate the presence of such graves at St John’s, Hipswell.

Coming up: Installation of Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley, as Bishop of Ripon The service will take place at 3.30pm, on Sunday 4th February, at Ripon Cathedral. If you would like to attend, please let Rev Andrew know, as the Cathedral staff are asking about potential numbers attending. Please pray for Bishop Helen-Ann, as she adjusts to life back in the UK, following her years as Bishop of Waikato, New Zealand.

Burns Night Supper: Unmissable date for the diary… Please sign up for our first ever fundraising Burns’ Night Supper and Ceilidh. 7pm, Friday 26th January. Led by the very experienced Revd Uell Kennedy, this includes a 3-course meal, speeches and dancing to follow. PBAB. Age 14 & upwards. £10/ticket from Jo Cromarty…Tel: (01748) 833287

Prayers: For those seeking comfort & healing: Catrina, Paul, Edgar, Phyllis, Eve, Isaac, Tracy, Jenny, Maggie, Jack, Emma, Linda, Peter, Matthew, John, Nicola, Liz, Jenny & Lucy, Ann, & Christine.

Those who have died recently & those who mourn, remembering the families of Dorothy Scott (94) and May Heslehurst (90).

This week:

Monday:  11am St John’s, funeral: May Heslehurst

7-8pm Prayer meeting: all welcome.  St Cuthbert’s meeting room

8-8.30pm Warden’s half hour, meeting room

Tuesday: 10-12noon Veterans & Community Art Group

Wednesday: 9-11.30am Drop-in, St Cuthbert’s Hall

7pm PCC, St Cuthbert’s meeting room

Next Sunday: Third Sunday of Epiphany

St John’s: 9.30am Holy Communion

St Cuthbert’s: 11am Service of the Word &KFC

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