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Vicar:  The Revd Canon Chris Wilton 01977 682122

Associate Priest:  The Revd Nick Plant 0113 287 6064

Permanent ('Distinctive') Deacon: The Revd Wendy Plant 0113 287 6064 

Readers:  Mr John Taylor 0113 287 2535 ~ Mr Norman Sutcliffe 0113 281 3460

1 December 2019
ADVENT SUNDAY – Year A, the Year of Matthew, begins

please remember to keep the last five minutes before the services, and especially the time during the administration of Holy Communion,for quiet prayer and reflection (a bell will be rung before the main service at Sherburn)

A special welcome on this Advent Sunday, the first day of the Church's year, and especially to the Cubs from Kippax and Seacroft attending the service at Aberford this morning.

Thank you to all who supported the superb concert by Vale Voices at Barkston on Friday evening, especially to Virginia for organising it.

And thank you too to all who helped at and supported the Christmas Fair at Sherburn yesterday, and who donated prizes for the Prize Draw, particularly to Ken for all his hard work organising it all.

The Christmas Memory Tree (Sherburn) in place from next week, Sunday 8 December.  Put the name of a loved one to remember, and a small donation, in the box by the tree in the Steeton Chapel.  The name will be written on a bauble and put on the tree.  More info Cora Allen, 01977 683172 or 07759 317544.

Coffee Rota 2020, Sherburn – volunteers needed please to do the coffee on the fourth Sunday of the odd-numbered months (ie Jan, March, May, July, Sept & Nov).  If you can help please contact Angie.

Sherburn Sunday School: weekly in term-time, 10.45am in the Church Hall (not First Sundays) – next are 8  and 15 December.

Day by Day Book (Sherburn):  no dates this week. Application forms in church to remember a special day.

Arrangements are in hand for a pilgrimage to Turkey, 'In the Footsteps of St Paul', in April 2021.  If you may be interested, please let Fr Chris or Angie know as soon as possible – first deposits will be due in January, and a minimum of 25 participants is needed for the trip to be viable; we still need a few more.  Leaflets available in church.

Your prayers are asked for those who are ill: 
Saxton with Towton:
June Pick. 
Aberford: Margaret Taylor. 
Micklefield: Allen Walker, Michael Needham, Jennifer Hudson, Finley Black, Maggie Moss, Gail Clark, Mildred Brook, Hugh McNally.
Sherburn & Barkston Ash: Jean Keeling, Karen Smith, Dorothy Mills, Greta Wilkinson, Hilary Bower, Emily Barrie, Sandra Jackson, Vicky Loughnane, Stuart Cram, Hannah Wallace, Jacqui Jolleys, Fiona Clark, Norman Craven, Nicola Sorby-Woodcock, Carol Law, Jessica Rogers-Saye (8), Peter Thompson, Yvonne Lawton, Gwen Laycock, Peter Johnson, Lynda Atkinson, Neil Williamson, Barry Milnes. 
Please tell Angie of any amendments.

We pray for those who have died recently:  Iris Edwards (87) [funeral still tba], Susan Oates (63), John Marshall (64) [funeral Sherburn Tues 10 Dec, 10.30am + crem].  
May they rest in peace and rise in glory.

Years Mind (Micklefield): Christine Whitaker, Terence Inman, Kathleen Thompson, Dorothy Bramley

Please tell Fr Chris if you know of anyone needing Communion or a visit at home, or who is in hospital.


Today, 1 December

  2pm-4pm  Christmas Fayre (Churchville House, Micklefield) – please support!

  6.30pm  Healing Eucharist (Sherburn)

Monday 2

10.30am  Eucharist (Hilltop Manor Care Home)

NO Barkston village Lunch today (December) or in January

Tuesday 3

Francis Xavier 


  9.30am  Morning Prayer (Aberford)

  6.30pm  Guides (Sherburn Church Hall)

  8.00pm  Bell ringing practice (Sherburn)

Wednesday 4

John of Damascus

Nicholas Ferrar


  9.30am  Eucharist  (Micklefield)

  2.00pm  Women's Fellowship Advent Service followed by refreshments (Sherburn church and Church Hall) – everyone is very welcome to attend

  2.50pm  Micklefield School Assembly

  5.30pm  Aberford School Christingle in church

  7.00pm  Cubs in Micklefield Church for Faith Badge

  7.15pm  Midweek Eucharist (Sherburn) followed by

  8.00pm  Sherburn PCC Meeting (Church Hall) – all members please try and attend

(Baptism Preparation cancelled)    

Thursday 5

  2.00pm  Eucharist for Advent (Highfield Nursing Home)

  6.40pm  Choir practice (Sherburn)

Friday 6 - Nicholas

(5pm-8pm setting up Christmas Tree Festival (Saxton Church)

Saturday 7


First Saxton Christmas Tree Festival, in church – joint school and church venture

Open for viewing 10.00am – 4.00pm.  Seasonal refreshments available.


Worship next Sunday, 8 December


Saxton Christmas Tree Festival continues 12 noon – 4pm

  9.15am  Eucharist (Barkston)
  9.30am  Eucharist (Micklefield)
10.30am  Family Service including No-Rehearsal  Nativity and Carols (Saxton)
10.45am  Eucharist & Sunday School (Sherburn)
11.00am  Morning Worship (Aberford)
12.30pm  Holy Baptism (Sherburn)
  6.30pm  Evensong (Sherburn)

Sunday 8 December – soup & rolls and Quiz at Churchville House, Micklefield.  Please see Bev Walker for more details.

Thursday 12 December, 2pm, Sherburn Church Hall – Chat-a-Cake Christmas party.  All welcome.

Sunday 15 December, 4pm (Micklefield):  Carols by Candlelight, Community Service for all ages, followed by mince pies.

Saturday 21 December, 10.00am: come and join the choir singing carols at Sherburn Co-op – the more the merrier!

Sunday 22 December (Sherburn):
(1)  help needed please to make Christingles following the 10.45am Eucharist, ready for Christingle and Crib Service, 6.00pm, Christmas Eve..
(2)  6.30pm  Benefices Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Sunday 29 December (First Sunday of Christmas, and also a Fifth Sunday) – Benefices Eucharist at Sherburn at 10.00am (note the time).  No other services that day at any of our churches.  Volunteers to do coffee needed, please! (see Angie)

December 2019 flower donor rota (Sherburn):

No flowers in Advent

•  Decorating for Christmas on Friday 20 December from 2pm,and Saturday 21 December from 9.30am – as much help as possible would be appreciated please, preparing for the Candlelight Service on the 22nd.  Any donations towards the cost of Christmas flowers, and donations of evergreen foliage, would also be very welcome please.