The Penhill Benefice

NEWSLETTER February 2013

St Andrews Parish Church Aysgarth / Dates For Your Diary / Prayer List
The Benefice Peace And Justice Group

Incorporating the parishes of Aysgarth, Bolton-cum-Redmire,
Preston with Wensley, Thornton Rust, & West Witton

Vicar: Revd. Canon Sue Whitehouse, The Vicarage, Carperby. Tel: 663235
Curate: Revd. Penny Yeadon, Dale Cottage, Aysgarth. Tel: 663505

 Dear Friends,

Many years ago when I was teaching I went into my then church one Saturday morning to collect something. I was horrified to find the building a hive of activity as I realised that I had forgotten about the annual spring clean. The Vicar was making coffee for the workers and asked if I would like a cup. I said that I didn’t qualify because I hadn’t done any cleaning. He replied that the coffee was like God’s love – it was a free gift which could not be earned!

We live in a society where everything (and everyone) is judged by visible output and measurable efficiency. This, I think, is the collective result of how we assess ourselves as individuals. We transfer expectations that we have about ourselves on to other people and this can then lead to an intolerance of anything less than perfect – as we see it. “Achievement” and “Success” become the orders of the day and in our striving to attain them we can become soul-less as individuals, communities and organisations.

This month we embark on the season of Lent in the Church’s calendar. If we are not careful these weeks can also become a time when we drive ourselves to achieve – testing our willpower to “give up” some luxury or “take on” some extra activity. And, perhaps also taking a critical sideways glance at how other people seem to be getting on.

But at the heart of our Lenten journey is God and His love for each of us. The difficulty we face is not in endeavouring to be superhuman but in letting go of ourselves in order to receive His forgiveness and welcome without any effort on our part. It is not easy to change our mind-set to accept God’s love when we have done nothing to deserve it.

However, if we can throw off our pride and our perceived need to be self-sufficient, God’s Spirit has room to burn in our lives both individually and corporately. This is something that is not visible or measurable in itself and it is difficult to calculate or quantify. But its results are evident and tangible inthe warmth of the soul at the centre of our lives and activities within our different groups.

When I was training as a teacher we were told that the best way to assess a school was to sit in the vestibule and watch and listen as the different members of that community interacted with each other. Its ethos would soon be evident in the sum of individual encounters – warm, supportive, respectful – or otherwise. By encouraging ourselves this Lent to relax into God’s love we too can contribute to the heart of church and community and show His welcome and care – even if it is simply in the form of offering an unearned cup of coffee!

With God’s love and blessing,



Saturday February 2nd 8.30am

Sycamore Hall, Bainbridge Speaker: Rev David Ineson.

Further details from Ian Ferguson Tel: 650685

St. Andrew’s Church: DROP IN FOR COFFEE

Tuesday 5th February 10am– 12 noon

Fernlea, Thoralby. £1 to include coffee/tea and biscuits.

Proceeds will be divided between the church and a charity of the host’s choice


Tuesday 5th February 2pm Gordon Lodge, Redmire

‘Bible Characters – Anna & Simeon (Luke 2: 21-40)

Followed by Afternoon Tea. All are welcome

Bolton-cum-Redmire PCC‘s CHURCH COFFEE CLUB

Wednesday 6th February 10:30am to 12 noon

Dale View, CastleBolton(623012)


Afternoon Tea

13th & 27th February Redmire Village Hall 2:00p.m.

The Wednesday Club is organised byBolton-cum-RedmireParish and is part of the church’s fellowship and outreach.

We often have a theme or a prayer, especially at the ‘Christian Festivals’.


Monday 25th February 7.30pm

The Vicarage, Carperby

The Following was Raised For Charity Over The Christmas Period

Bolton-cum-Redmire -£339.50 toSt. George’s Crypt

Aysgarth – £700.02 for ‘Caring for Life’.

Preston –£170 West Witton £96.10 both to The Children’s Society.


Thank you to all who contributed very generously from Aysgarth Parish.

A total of £237 was raised.

2013 DIOCESAN RETREAT Fri 19th to Sun 21st July 2013

Reach Out For Me’ – Letting Movies Be An Answer To Prayer –

Exploring Film As A Resource For Our Spiritual Life

A quiet weekend with Revd Stephen Brown, a specialist in writing, broadcasting and teaching about the spiritual life through use of the moving image. Wydale Hall, Brompton-by-Sawdon,Scarborough. More details from

or booking forms available from the diocesan office.

GODLY WAYS: Engaging With The Bible In The 21st Century

Fri 8th– Sun 10th March ElmRidgeMethodistChurch,Darlington,DL3 8DJ

CODEC and the Dales Biblical Literacy Project present: A weekend of Worship – Teaching – Workshops.

SPEAKERS: Revd. Professor David Wilkinson, Revd. Dr. Peter Phillips,

Revd. Ron Willoughby & Revd. David Wood

Booking Form:

Revd David Wood : or 01677 424486


“God Cares For You” Exploring Ways of Giving and Receiving Care

With The Rev’d Vera Sinton Methodist Church Hall, Middleham, Leyburn From 9.30am (Registration & coffee to 2.30pm) Charge for the Day £5

(including coffee, tea & biscuits on arrival and at lunchtime)

Remember to bring your bible and a packed lunch

Contact: Paul and Helen Robson 01969 623775 Mob: 07857 800818

CHRISTIAN AID LENT LUNCHES 2013 The annual Mid Dale Lunches of soup, bread and cheese with tea or coffee will be served at the following venues on FRIDAYS between noon -1-30pm

Friday 15th Feb Redmire Village Hall 22nd Feb West Burton Village Hall

Fri 1st Mar Thornton Rust Vill. Institute 8th March Thoralby Village Hall 15th March Carperby Vill. Institute 22nd March at Aysgarth Vill. Institute.

There is no set charge for the food. Please give a donation to Christian Aid.

Evelyn Abraham 663 243.



This year everybody has to sign a new electoral form for their church. Forms can be obtained from the electoral roll officer for each church

Val Gladman – Aysgarth Anthony Day –Boltoncum Redmire

Penny Seckerson – Preston with Wensley Cherie Miles –West Witton


9.15am the Vicarage, Carperby 7.00pmSt.Oswald’s Church, Castle Bolton


“Finding a Voice” is the title of this year’s Lent Course. It is based on the film “The King’s Speech”. We shall watch extracts from the film and consider them together with related Bible passages.

There will be four meetings on Wednesday evenings at the vicarage beginning at 7pm…….February 20th, March 6th, 13th, 20th….(We miss out February 27th when there is a Team Council meeting.)

Everyone is invited to come to all or any of the meetings as they fit in with your diaries! In Lent it is good to join with others to think about different aspects of our faith and our calling to be Christians. Sue and Penny.


The Alverton Singers, directed by Joan Foster, will present a programme of Easter music on Sunday 24th March in St. Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth, at 7.00pm.

The main work to be performed is “Stabat Mater” by Pergolesi. The soprano soloist will be Carole Lindsey, who is in the final year of a music degree in vocal studies atHuddersfieldUniversity. The mezzo soprano soloist is Emma Wardell, who is well known in this area for her fine solo performances, and the organist will be John Foster.

The concert will also include “Panis Angelicus” by Cesar Franck, “The Legend” by Tchaikowsky and “Cantique de JeanRacine” by Faure.

Tickets £7.00 including refreshments, available from Penhill Benefice Office tel: 01969 663097, Cecilia House Carperby tel: 01969 663368, or at the door. (16yrs and under – free.)


The Penhill Benefice is committed to show the love of God and the saving grace of Jesus. We share together as the body of Christ, in prayer, worship, ministry and fellowship. In the power of the Holy Spirit we are called to mission and outreach and to be a support and comfort in the community.

The weekly services and other news can also be found at Also visit the for extra info and electronic newsletter. If you would like further information about anything in this newsletter please contact Christine Gard C/o The Vicarage, Carperby, Leyburn DL8 4DQ. Tel: 663097or email

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