Parish Newsletter (May 2017)


Dear Friends,

How was this Easter for you? I very much enjoyed the varied ways we were able to witness to God at work among us. It was a great joy to worship with so many people across the parishes on Easter morning, nearly 200 people between our churches. The feedback from all those services as well as the Churches Together worship has been very good and celebratory, as of course it should be. There were many highlights, but one I would like to pick out, because it continues to bear obvious fruit, was the service on Easter Eve at Settle. We welcomed the light of Christ, as the new Easter Candle was brought into church, we remembered the story of God's saving relationship with humanity as we listened to it recorded in the Bible, and we welcomed the risen Christ with a joyful noise before renewing our baptism vows, and in the midst of all this, we prayed for baby Lydia, praying for her the life in its fullness which Christ came to bring. We have continued to pray for her and her parents, and to give thanks with them for her progress.

Some people love the excitement of change, others find it only uncomfortable and threatening. Either way, life is inevitably about change, and our need is to  work as well as possible with the things we cannot change, and to put all our energy into the things we can make a difference in. The first disciples knew everything changed with Jesus death, and then discovered more about exactly what that meant with the Resurrection. But until Pentecost they had no idea just how different everything was going to be.

There are several big things happening this and next month, with news of a June election, the Voices of Craven events, in particular the shared Pentecost Evensong, and a call from the Archbishop of Canterbury to earnest prayer in the season after Ascension, leading up to Pentecost, May 25-June 4th 'Thy/Your Kingdom Come'. Closer to home, we are being asked to think big around the mission of the church with 2030 in mind. What do we expect the church to be like by then? What do we need to do now to shape that for the better? We who are members of the church in this place now will not all be around in 13 years time, and if we are, we won't be as we are now. I invited you to join me in this adventure, do get involved in some or all of the events. And if you do just one thing, make it about prayer, for 'without God we cannot, and without us God will not' – the way we get together with God is to pray, so let’s do it!

Love and more Easter Blessings,




Call to Prayer
May 25- June 4 - Prayer for the Kingdom and God's Holy Spirit. Watch out for more of what will be happening in our churches, get in touch with Hilary or Stephen if there is something you would like to do or see.

Vision 2030
Watch out for more information on how to be involved with these discussions. The outcomes will shape the Anglican ministry in this area in the near future as well as the 13 years ahead that this initiative encourages us to look.

Taizé Services
The services during Holy Week were much appreciated, which has encouraged the idea of making Taize worship a regular feature in these parishes. Hilary is looking for a coordinator to work with her to make this a more widely available offering, possibly on occasional Saturday evenings, maybe monthly? Please publicise this idea and let Hilary know your views/interest and any contacts  beyond our church congregations.

Voices of Craven
We've now got 76 people registered to sing, the next rehearsals on Sunday 21st May at Coniston Hotel from 3pm-5pm.

The first event is our opening concert at The Coniston Hotel on Thursday 1st June from 7pm featuring locally based soprano Bibi Heal who is curating a concert entitled Opera, Song and All That Jazz. The show will be in two halves, the second half of Jazz favourites as Bibi teams up with Grammy nominated Jazz guitarist Neil C Young. Tickets are available online via this link:  Second will be Choral Evensong for Pentecost. Five of the Churches that are involved in Voices of Craven will be celebrating Evensong at the same time, using the same service and singing the same music.  Please encourage friends and family to come and join the congregation and to hear you sing! The Choral Evensong will be at 4pm on Sunday 4th June in the following churches: St Andrew's Church, Gargrave, St Alkelda's Church, Giggleswick, St Peter's Church, Coniston Cold, The Church of the Epiphany, Austwick, St Aidan's Church, Hellifield.

Rocking Rhymes and Tots Praise
Sally-Anne Brown has been offering toddler sessions including music in Settle church for some months now. This month a Tots Praise style worship session for the mums and children is starting, the first session is on May 4th  when Ali Ng will be leading the worship.


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