From the Rectory 01759 369974:

Dear Friend

One of the real joys of living round here is being able to go into our churches, even when there are no services taking place, just to enjoy the peace and quiet. The poet T.S Elliot’s words always come back to me:” You are not here to verify, instruct yourself, or inform curiosity. Or carry report. You are here to kneel, where prayer has been valid”. I first became interested in the place of silence in our human journey through trying to do yoga poses with my Mum watching Richard Hittleman on the TV (that dates me!) and then thinking that being a Shaolin priest looked good through watching Kung Fu as a young teenager. It wasn’t quite the same training as an Anglican priest but living and learning in the context of a monastic college at Mirfield helped me to grow in appreciation of the value of silence. Our Garrowby Meditation Group is one of the special times in the month for me, just the chance to share in a time of silence with friends in a place where the human journeys of so many people has been celebrated and prayers said over so many centuries.

We now know from the work of neuropsychologists that silence is really good for our wellbeing – whether that is through the formal practice of mindfulness or in the informal times of switching off the TV, phone or computer and gazing at the horizon or listening to the birds or watching the trees. This not only rewires our brains in a remarkable way, moving us away from mindlessness, it also reminds us of our interconnectedness. Just breathing the air reminds us that we are porous and dependent on the world around us for our very breath. And as we do this we become less likely to see a black and white world of them and us but a world where we are just “us” whilst also celebrating our uniqueness. As we come home to ourselves in the silence, we have more space in our hearts to be there for others. If you would like to read more but not from a specifically religious point of view you might enjoy “Silence: In the Age of Noise” by the Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge.

Warm wishes


News about the Vacancy

Members of all our churches have met with the Area Dean and Lay Dean to explore next steps and have started to prepare a profile which is like a prospectus for any future priest who may wish to apply for the post of Rector. Also, please save the date – Linda’s last service will be on the 22nd September and there will be a party in the Village Hall. Details will be available shortly.

News about St Mary’s, Full Sutton

St Mary’s Church Full Sutton has struggled over the past few years due to rising costs and falling congregation numbers, combined with very little fund-raising, leading to questions over the future of the church. On Sunday 12th May we held an open meeting to discuss the problems and potential solutions with residents of the village. The response from residents so far has been very good, with a clear indication that the church should remain open. There are also several people willing to help with fundraising, grant applications and general maintenance which will be a great help. Further meetings will be held over the coming weeks to build on this initial enthusiasm and to make plans for a more stable future.

Changes to our normal pattern of services: No 08.00 am service on the 2nd June

Fifth Sunday Benefice Service 30th June 10.30 St Andrew’s, Bugthorpe. Followed by refreshments. Linda’s granddaughter, Chloe, will be singing. She is a member of the Maureen Hunter Singers and has sung in Cologne Cathedral, the Menin Gate, St George’s Chapel, Windsor, Flanders, Bruges, Pisa, Florence and after us, in August, Belfast and Drogheda. So please come and enjoy her singing during communion and enjoy refreshments and meet up with friends across the Benefice

Garrowby Churches Meditation Group

The next two dates are 7.00pm Thursdays 20th June and 7.00pm and 18th July. The meetings last under an hour and include an introduction to the theme of the evening and a time of quiet and closing prayer. Even if you would just like to come and have a time of silence you would be very welcome to come. There is something very special about being in a place like St Edith’s in the quiet of a summer’s evening.

Saturday 15th June 7.30pmPimms and Puddings in the Village

Saturday 22nd June 7.00pm Wine Tasting Evening at Kirby Underdale Village Hall

In aid of the Church and Hall with wine merchant Geoff Walker. Tickets are £15 and include wine, a light snack, tea and coffee and raffle. To buy tickets please contact Eileen Fenton 01759 368576 or Katie Barrett 07852 441979. The last event was great fun and the choice of wines very generous and the whole evening was fun and informative.

Saturday 13th July 7.00pm Garrowby Singers Summer Concert

From the Registers

Saturday 4th May...Lily Florence Collins...St Edith’s
Sunday 5th May...Grace Violet Russell...St Edith’s
We welcome you into the Lord’s family

Saturday 11th May...Luke Artley and Emma Hutchinson...St Edith’s
We wish Emma and Luke every happiness

Monday 11th April...Arthur Richard Tinson...St Edith’s
Wednesday 15th May...Nora Earnshaw...St Edith’s
Tuesday 21st May...Ann Rudsdale...St Edith’s
May they rest in peace and rise in glory

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