Parish Letter


The Church is visibly coming alive again after the experiences of Covid-19. We no longer require face masks and we are all able to celebrate together and receive communion. The choir(s) are coming along wonderfully as well with Thomas working to produce excellence and I am really enjoying the support of the lovely singing from our choristers. It is such a joy to be able to celebrate with families as we welcome them into our buildings for weddings and baptisms again too. This first weekend of July we had a wonderful wedding in Hampsthwaite and a baptism in Killinghall. No restrictions and the church full of happy smiling faces once more. Next weekend there is a wedding in Birstwith church and I pray that they will have as lovely a day as the Hampsthwaite bride and groom did. My thanks to the bell ringers and organist and church team who all work so well together to make the special day joyful – not forgetting the gardeners working hard to restore the beautiful churchyard to an ordered state. We would like to thank the Community Payback Team for all their hard work.

There are lots of baptisms in the pipeline, but don’t despair, we can still fit some more in if you would like to book a celebration event! The churches are open for wedding bookings again if anyone has put their plans on hold. You would need to give us about 4 months or more notice for a wedding and it is usual to book a baptism at least 8 weeks in advance.

July means Hampsthwaite FEAST and Birstwith SHOW, the last 2 weekends of July are always exciting. We will celebrate our church services as part of those events.

Sunday 24th July at 10.00 we will be holding our PET SERVICE on Hampsthwaite field. Please bring your animal friends along for a blessing and join us in thanking God for our created world and praying for the world.

Sunday 31st July at 11.00 we will be having a Songs of Praise style service on the Show field. People will share their favourite hymns with us and we will all enjoy singing them together. Do come along and join us for a good sing!

May God bless you this July 2022 and I hope we all enjoy some lovely Sunny Summer Weather!

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