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Vicar:  The Revd Canon Chris Wilton 01977 682122 ~ Associate Priests:  The Revd Martin Otter 01937 557254

The Revd David Hayes 07739 364755 ~ The Revd Nick Plant 0113 287 6064 ~ The Revd Peter Brindle 01977 680026

Readers:  Mrs Wendy Plant 0113 287 6064 ~ Mr John Taylor 0113 287 2535 ~ Mr Norman Sutcliffe 0113 281 3460~ Dr Keith Shaw 07825 823 793


          10 December 2017 - SECOND SUNDAY OF ADVENT (Year B)


please remember to keep the last five minutes before the services, and especially the time during the administration of Holy Communion,

for quiet prayer and reflection (a bell will be rung before the main service at Sherburn)



A special welcome today to the Archdeacon of York, The Ven Sarah Bullock, who is attending the breakfast in Sherburn Church Hall this morning as part of the Archbishop's Mission weekend in Selby Deanery, and then preaching at the main service.


Aberford Church the  much enjoyed, jolly and successful Quiz Night and Supper on 24 November was organised following the Archbishop's directive to reach out to parishioners. Many thanks to Quiz Masters Ruth and Pippa, to Rosemary and team for the splendid supper and of course to all who took part. The total raised on the night was £330.00 for church funds. Jane Copeland.


Sherburn Church Hall Caretaker:  sadly Jess is leaving, so we once again need a new caretaker, starting 8 January.  If you, or anyone you know, might be interested please speak to Angie.


Flower Rota, Sherburn:  this will be properly re-started in the New Year.  Meanwhile, anyone willing to help with the flowers should please speak to Susan Cox (01977 682426).


'JUST TEXT GIVING' (Sherburn):  give to church via your mobile!  Text 'ALLS25 £5' [or other desired amount] to 70070.


Day by Day Book (Sherburn): 16 December - Birthday of Kenneth John Walker (1919).  Forms available at the back of church to apply to remember a special day.


Your prayers are asked for those who are ill:  Saxton with Towton --Aberford: Julie Ward, Margaret Taylor, Jean Hey.  Micklefield: Dorothy Hick, Florence (Flo) Charlesworth. Sherburn & Barkston Ash: Jean Keeling, Karen Smith, Dorothy Mills, Greta Wilkinson, Hilary Bower, Emily Barrie, Sandra & Wally Jackson, Norma Duncan-Grant, Jennifer Sibson, Tony Anderson, Keith Baldwin, Michael Sterling, Linda Greatwich, Guy Johnson, Sue Reilly, Rose Wharton, Mavis Pearce, Simon Dingwall.  Please tell Angie of any amendments to this list.


We pray for those who have died recently:  Douglas Wrigglesworth (69); Peter Brian Hayley Furminger (80), Thomas Ward (80), John Kenniwell (86) [funeral Tues 19 Dec, 9.40am, Pontefract crem].  May they rest in peace and rise in glory.


Please tell Fr Chris if you know of anyone needing Communion or a visit at home, or who is in hospital.



Today, 10 December

  9.00am  Café Breakfast (Sherburn Church Hall) - all welcome

10am-3pm  last day of Barkston Church Festival of Wreaths (refreshments available)

  6.30pm  Evensong (Sherburn)               [also 3pm-5pm visiting bell ringers (Sherburn)]

Monday 11

11.40am  Funeral of Thomas Ward (Pontefract crematorium)

Tuesday 12


  9.00am  Aberford school worship

  9.30am  Morning Prayer (Aberford)

  1.00pm  Saxton school worship

  5.00pm  Aberford Christingle

  6.30pm  Guides (Sherburn Church Hall)

  8.00pm  Bell ringing practice (Sherburn)

Wednesday 13


  Samuel Johnson

  9.30am  Low Mass (Micklefield)

  2.00pm  Methodist Women's Fellowship Carol Service (Sherburn Methodist church)

  7.00pm  Barkston Carol Service followed by mince pies and mulled wine 

  7.15pm  Midweek Eucharist (Sherburn)

Thursday 14

  John of the Cross         

  9.30am  Micklefield Christingle

  6.40pm  Choir practice (Sherburn church)

Friday 15


Saturday 16

10.00am-12 noon  Carol Singing in Sherburn Co-op - everyone welcome to come and join in!

followed by

Decorating Sherburn church for Christmas - lots of help, and lots of donations of suitable foliage plus white and yellow flowers needed please.  Please contact Susan Cox (01977 682426) if you can help


Worship next Sunday, 17 December  


  9.15am  Eucharist (Barkston)

  9.15am  Eucharist (Saxton)

  9.30am  Parish Mass (Micklefield)

10.45am  Eucharist (Sherburn) (NOT Sung)

11.00am  Eucharist (Aberford)

  2.00pm  Carol Singing (Lead Church) (time tbc)

  3.00pm  Nine Lessons & Carols (Lotherton chapel)

  6.30pm  Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons and             Carols (Sherburn), followed by refresh-           ments in the Church Hall [and see below]


•  Sunday 17 December, 6.30pm:  Candlelight Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, Sherburn, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Donations of mince pies welcomed, and offers to make the mulled wine, plus helpers needed on the night please.


•  Saturday 23 December - help needed please to make Christingles at Sherburn, 10.00am, in the Church Hall - contact Elizabeth Wilton.


• Mondays, 7.30-9.00pm: Sherburn Ecumenical Home Fellowship, this week at Peter & Sylvia Earnshaw's, 16 Showfield Close.  This will be the last meeting until the New Year and will be a review of our meetings. We will also have tea and mince pies.  All welcome.


•  'OASIS': This is an opportunity to take time out of our busy noisy world and seek a safe  quiet place, perhaps to pray, for quiet reflection, to light a candle or to talk to someone who will listen. Sherburn Methodist Church will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays 1.30pm-3.30pm - please do call in.  Please contact Howard Croft (01977 682919) for more information.



•  Pilgrim group (at Avril Evans'): the next 'block' will begin on Tuesday 9 January 2018.


•  Sherburn Church-Sitting starts again at Easter.  Details Brenda Thornton, 01977 684168 or roger.thornton2@btopenworld.com.