GREETING: Our Vicar, the Rev Tom Lusty, pictured at his Licensing Service at St Oswald's Church, Arncliffe, on July 28, 2021, with his wife, Helen, and the Bishop of Ripon, the Right Rev Dr Helen-Ann Hartley Picture: Peter Vetch
Services This Week
This Sunday, August 14, we will have the following Services in our Parish: *A Service of Morning Prayer at St Oswald's Church, Arncliffe, at 9.30am. *A Service of BCP Holy Communion at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hubberholme, at 11.15am. *A Service of Holy Communion at St Mary's Church, Conistone, at 6.30pm. Next Sunday, August 21, we will have the following Services in our Parish: *A Service of BCP Holy Communion at St Michael and All Angels Church, Hubberholme, at 9.30am. * A Baptism Service at St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell, at 11.15am. *A Service of Evening Prayer at St Mary’s Church, Conistone, at 6.30pm. Please click on the picture below for our Online Service for Christian Aid Week, May 2022.
Please go to the News and Views Section of our website for information about the latest events which involve or affect our Parish, including news of a fundraising event coming up at Buckden Schoolroom and anniversary celebrations next month at Hag Dyke. Go to our Labyrinth Section to see our Labyrinth Walk for July.
The Scarecrow Festival is back!
Kettlewell Scarecrow Festival is back for 2022 and runs from August 13 to 22. For more details please go to the festival's own website, which can be found at www.kettlewellscarecrowfestival.co.uk
Warning over thefts of stone from churches
A police message has warned that an organised crime group which targets churches may now be operating in the Skipton area. Officers say that have received intelligence that the gang, which has been active throughout the north-west may be looking to steal Yorkstone from church premises. They say that the gang's usual method is to turn up in the late evening wearing high-viz jackets, lift the stone then come back later in a stolen van or low loader and make off in the early morning. Police say that no specific location was mentioned in the intelligence received other than the Skipton area. Officers have asked people to report any suspicious activity in and around local churches.
Crisis in Ukraine discussed at meeting of General Synod
The Crisis in Ukraine was discussed at the recent General Synod of the Church of England, when the Russian invasion was condemned by Synod members. The debate was introduced by the Bishop of Leeds, the Right Rev Nick Baines, and a summary of the discussion can be found on the News Section of the Diocese of Leeds website, at www.leeds.anglican.org/news/general-synod-condemns-russias-invasion-ukraine-and-calls-peace We have been praying in our Churches for all those suffering the impact of the invasion, and will continue to do so. Tom has found a particularly appropriate prayer which may be helpful from the Church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, which can be found by following this link: www.stmartin-in-the-fields.org/prayer-for-the-people-of-ukraine/
Latest on Covid-19 precautions
In the light of more changes to national rules, and subsequently in the behaviour of many people in public places, we have decided to continue having masks and hand sanitiser available in our Churches and to keep certain pews empty to allow for physical distancing. However, the wearing of masks while moving around our Churches, and while taking part in congregational singing, is a matter for the discretion of individuals attending our Churches. We would ask that everyone respects the views of those who wish to continue taking precautions.
The church communities of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale aim to be open and welcoming to everyone. We extend the hospitality of Jesus to people of all faiths and none whatever your background or identity.
Whether you are seeking God's presence, looking for information or some help with prayer and worship, we hope that you will discover that God's love is unconditional and within all things.
Keep us, good Lord, Under the shadow of your mercy In this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, And lift up all who are brought low; That we may rejoice in your comfort, Knowing that nothing can separate us from your love In Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Peace to all who enter. God's grace to all who depart