A cornucopia of Harvest gifts.
Well done, Kildwick CE Primary School!
The school held their Harvest Collective Worship in church on Friday – in front of a packed church. It was SO nice to see the place full again!
They brought non-perishable gifs of food that were stacked on, under and around the altar table. They were still on display for the Sunday service and are now packed into the car all ready to be delivered to Skipton Food Bank.
Thank you for carrying all that, Year 6!
This was a truly magnificent display that will travel on to give joy to families in need.
… at the Great Opening
As we continue to make the church buildings ready to welcome our visitors, we’re clearing away (maybe literally) tons of rubbish that has accumulated over the years.
Old Fair “Roll-a-Penny” boards, decrepit coconut shy stands, broken chairs and old doors all found their way into a skip over the weekend.
One or two of the expected band weren’t able to come and help so the “extras” who turned up were doubly valued:
- Thank you, Richard. Without you we’d never even have started.
- Thank you, June. You arrived at the nick of time and revived our ageing enthusiasm.
- Thank you, Sue and your team. Mid-session coffee (and excellent flapjack!) were more than welcome. They were essential.
- And thank you to all the rest. Including the gormless-looking one in the skip.
(I am assured that they managed to retrieve him before the waggon came.
The question in several minds remains… Why?)
The October magazine is ready…
In an autumnal edition, we have memories of bonfires and conkers alongside expeditions both local and far afield. In an attempt to provide something for everybody, there’s even a Dreadful Joke.
Read it here: The Pinnacle October 2021.
The Church Council met with the Bishop, the Archdeacon, the Patron from Christchurch and the Deanery Lay Chair on Thursday to discuss the launch of our search for a new priest. Among several encouraging things said, there were also helpful criticisms of the parish brochure (copies are in the churches – look there to see the current version).
The timetable was spelled out: the earliest we could expect to be arranging a welcome will be sometime in the New Year – but at least we are on the road!
We were so blessed to have the most beautiful sunny, warm day to host our first Tea and Toast morning on September 7th.
People were able to sit outside or inside and enjoy the company, not just with people of St John’s but other neighbours too. There certainly was a lot of chatting and laughter which is so good to return to, after so many months of staying separate. Thank you to everyone who came along and made this event such a success.
The next Tea and Toast (and crumpets!) …
is on Tuesday October 5th from 10 – 11:30am.
Volunteers to help run the event are most welcome: the more volunteers, the more times can be hosted! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Janet.
St John’s is hosting Tea and Toast this Tuesday (and the first Tuesday in October)
We have some new church guides at St Andrew’s – and I don’t mean someone on a crowded street with a yellow umbrella!
These are in preparation for the imminent opening of the church for visitors and, alongside the existing War Graves leaflet, they describe some of the things you can find inside St Andrew’s. Some of them may surprise you! One pensioner who has worshipped here all of her long life discovered something new and startling…
Want to surprise yourself?
Find out more in the St Andrew’s section.
The September Pinnacle is now ready.
We start with a letter from no less than our Archdeacon who looks ahead to what lies in store. There are tales of child minding and table tennis; a gruesome story and reports of returning to normality and a re-launch of Chuffs.
Read it all here!
I have just sent off an application to the Cathedrals and Major Churches people for some serious funding.
If it succeeds – if we can raise the £73,000 match funding – we can start to renew our failing roof.
We can’t do it all; not quite. The low roof to the south (the “south aisle”) will have to wait its turn – and we will need to do something about the gutters too. But the exciting thing is that – if we are successful – we can at last begin to make some progress with restoring the church to its proper place in our community – as an open, welcoming, warm and comfortable haven. Seven days a week!
Watch this space!
And watch out for ways that you can help too. (And that’s not just a request for you to put your hand in your pocket – though that will be useful!!)
People of St Andrew’s support the kid’s ministry, Jigsaw that works among slum-dwelling children in Manila. We have welcome visits from our special link, Tim Lee – and they produce a regular newsletter.
The latest one is available here