Parish Letter

MAY 2022

We have had the great pleasure of our Director of Music, Thomas Flessenkaemper for April, a whole month, and he is simply brilliant! Thank you, Thomas for coming to join us and encourage our choirs to continue to sing beautifully. Already we have experienced the joy of different musical instruments in our Sunday worship, which was fast work from Thomas! Well done, and thank you, to the musicians who so beautifully enhanced our worship experience with their talent. Those of you who are observant will have read that in January 1889 Birstwith church were delighted to revive the use of their hand-bells. Thomas is hoping to continue to recruit and encourage the use of a variety of musical instruments in our church services and to arrange some concerts using local talent, so please do let him know if you are a musician and would like to be included in future plans.

May is usually a high point because of the bank holidays but this year of course we are all planning and becoming excited about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations on 5th June. I do hope that many of you will be able to join us in one of the three churches for the celebrations to mark the occasion as well as joining in with the village wide events. All 3 churches will be singing specially selected ‘patriotic’ hymns that day and we are encouraging you to come to church wearing Red, White and Blue. Killinghall is having an ecumenical service at 9.30am in St Thomas the Apostle church and welcoming the Methodist church to join us. At 11.00 St Thomas a Becket are inviting the members of Birstwith to join with them for morning worship in red, white and blue and maybe to wear a celebratory hat of your own design! After the service we will all be walking up to the Memorial Hall in Hampsthwaite to enjoy some Afternoon Tea – even if it is lunchtime really!! There will be some Royal themed colouring/craft activities in church and we do hope that everyone of all ages will be able to enjoy the services, as we thank God for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In the evening Birstwith Church will be inviting everyone to an evening celebration with similar theme and refreshments. More details will follow.

As we re-open, emerge and re-establish our usual pattern of life without the fear and restrictions that the previous 2 years were dominated by; I do encourage you to come and give your parish church a chance if you have not been recently. We seek to be welcoming, a source of friendship, comfort and encouragement to everyone. We seek to share God’s love for all and to be helpful and supporting whenever possible. We seek to build strong relationships with each other, with our villages and to help everyone develop an intimate relationship with Our Lord Jesus Christ. If you would like to deepen your understanding of the Christian Faith and talk to others about what we actually believe and how our Faith affects our daily life please do let me know. We have regular small groups for discussion and prayer and we are always delighted to welcome new members or to establish a new group at a time that works for you.

God Bless you this May.

Suzy

01423 772638 (please call between 9am and 9pm)