Minskip Church to Re-Open

We are delighted to announce, after the most harrowing of years, that St John’s Minskip is opening up for worship again. Because the church is so small, it was deemed dangerous to hold services inside during the pandemic, although we did stage a couple of very successful services outside. Now, providing all Covid restrictions are lifted, our first service will be taking place on Sunday June 27 at 4.00pm. It will be Holy Communion and everyone is welcome. There is no doubt it will be a joyous and memorable occasion.

Robert Beaumont

Photography Competition

Inspired by the talent displayed on the  village WhatsApp group, St Mary’s Church in Lower Dunsforth have decided to hold a competition leading to a “Country Life calendar 2022” .  The photos  must have a country theme to illustrate our beautiful local shared countryside.

We are very pleased that Derry Brabbs has agreed to judge the entries. He has also agreed to give us an illustrated talk on his more recent photographic adventures sometime in early autumn. All funds are in aid of St Mary’s Church.

Harrogate based photographer Derry Brabbs is renowned for his highly successful collaborations with the Yorkshire vet James Herriot and doyen of the Lakeland Fells, Alfred Wainwright, to mention just a few of his many achievements.

The competition is open to amateur photographers within the United Parish, closing date 31st August 2021.

Entries cost £5.00 per TWO photos (no limit on entries but only one winning photo will be awarded per photographer). Terms and conditions are available on request

More information about this competition will be in the June issue of The Parish Link.

Pet Service

St Mary’s Church in Lower Dunsforth will be holding a Pet Service at 4pm on Sunday 13th June. Do come along and bring your 4-legged friends!

Confirmation Classes

If anyone (adult or young person in secondary school) is interested in being confirmed, or finding out more, please do send Rev Karen a message to find out more, and to chat about how the preparation might work for you.

A confirmation service will be at St James’ Church on the morning of the 26th September with Bishop Helen Ann of Ripon.

The Dunsforth Draw

We are so grateful to all of you who have supported the Dunsforth Draw in 2020. £801 has been handed out in prize money and £1,183 has been raised for the St. Mary’s Church Restoration and Development Fund.

We do hope that you will support us in 2021! The price of a ticket is still just £2 a month (£24 per year). Last year the top prize was £42, and the more people who join in, the bigger the prizes will be this year!

Please let Penny know (01423 322901) if you would like to join or renew in 2021.  You can leave cheques/cash in her postbox at Matteson Farm (if you would rather pay by BACs, please contact Mike Wildblood on 07836 376965 for bank details).

We would be grateful to hear from you as soon as possible. Thank you and good luck!

Maundy Thursday Watch

The United Parish has normally held a Watch and Stripping of the Sanctuary on the evening of Maundy Thursday.  Although people cannot come to church for this service this year, the Readings and Psalms, and hopefully some of the sense of silence and darkness has been captured on video.  The video lasts 25 minutes while the service normally lasts an hour  Although you can watch the video without pausing , there is also plenty of opportunity to use the pause button should you wish.  You may also wish to have a candle or candles nearby – both to light and to extinguish.

An Order of Service is here:  Maundy_Thursday_Watch although this is primarily for people who may be hard of hearing or who cannot access the video.

Palm Sunday

This Sunday we have a pre-recorded YouTube service – a virtual pilgrimage through Aldborough, Boroughbridge, Minksip, Roecliffe and Dunsforth, with a talk from Bishop Helen-Ann of Ripon, readings from parishioners presently residing in America, and featuring the donkeys down by the river!