|20th June||St Andrew’s Bugthorpe|
|27th June||All Saints Kirby Underdale|
|4th July||St Edith’s Bishop Wilton|
|11th July||St Andrew’s Bugthorpe|
|18th July||All Saints Kirby Underdale|
|25th July||St Edith’s Bishop Wilton|
|1st August||St Andrew’s Bugthorpe|
|8th August||All Saints Kirby Underdale|
Many of us find change difficult and challenging but every generation experiences change.
Sometimes these changes are radical. I think that in 2020/21 there has been a seismic shift. We are more than ever aware of the importance of the natural world and our role in caring for it as well as enjoying it. Wherever we look now we see more housing estates and shopping centres instead of green fields and forests.
COVID too has made a huge difference to our attitudes, our culture and even our fashions.
The church is about to embark on some big changes too due to falling numbers and diminishing finance. We can’t count on anything staying the same.
One of the attributes of God is that he is immutable. He does not change at all. He cannot get more perfect or less perfect. From the day of creation to the present time his truths never change. He is predictable and we can count on him as surely as the sun comes up every morning and goes down every evening.
Knowing that and hearing through his word that ‘all things come together for good for those who love God’, we can trust and even be excited for the future, no matter what it may bring.
The Garrowby Churches are set in the Yorkshire Wolds, and consists of 5 parishes. As worshipping communities we aim to grow ourselves in our faith and discipleship, support and engage with our local communities and bring new people to Christ.
We are blessed with beautiful buildings and faithful commitment from our congregations. As we continue to grow together, we are being enabled to offer a variety of worship and outreach. Lay ministry and leadership is key to all we offer, and encouraged as we endeavour to open the Kingdom and its values to all.
The Christian faith is focused on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We also believe his death achieved something very special: the opportunity to reconnect with the God that we might believe in but might sometimes feel remote from.
We believe that Jesus was not just a human being but, in some way that we cannot fully understand, God as well. We believe in God the Father, the creator of the entire universe, and the Holy Spirit, who is the way we can experience Jesus today. Not three gods but one, who together are described as the ‘Trinity’ – a description not so much of philosophy but of the relationship at the heart of God.
In the most famous Christian prayer we pray ‘Our Father…’ This creator God wants a relationship with us, for us to be his children and to give us, as Jesus says, ‘life in all its fulness’ (John 10.10).