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    We are following the current guidance issued by the Church of England, in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For information, please go to https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

     

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    In accordance with Diocesan regulations, the Parish is committed to adopting the policy of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.  Please see the 'Parish Safeguarding' page for more details: parish-safeguarding-policy.php

     

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    10th December 2021.....  PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS NOW A REQUIREMENT THAT MASKS BE WORN IN CHURCH.  THANK YOU.

     

    All Saints Church is now open daily. 

     

    Weekly services at All Saints Church :-

    SUNDAYS :-

    8am - Holy Communion (BCP said)

    9.30am - Parish Communion (with music)

     

    Every first Sunday of the month - 6pm Choral Evensong

     

    Every Second Sunday of the month - 11am Holy Communion at St Chad, Sproxton

     

     

    Our weekday online services still continue.  Online service sheets are also available - please see 'Weekly Online Service Sheets' page which is attached to the 'Weekly Notices page'.

     

         SERVICES ONLINE :-

         Monday – Friday :-

         10.00am    Morning Prayer

         Tuesdays :-

         9.30pm    Compline

     

    Zoom link for Morning Prayer and Compline :-

    The following link for morning prayer (10am weekdays) and compline (9.30pm Tuesdays) is now in use :- 

     

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89743574455?pwd=bHdBRkpxYmw3U3Z4R25IQThscFlkQT09

    Meeting ID: 897 4357 4455

    Passcode: 251908

     

     

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    The Helmsley Herald is available on the website - see 'Helmsley Herald page'.  

     

    Dear friends,

     

    I suspect if you ask the children in your family what Advent is about you might get the reply ‘Chocolate’.  For today the marketing managers seem to have found a good sales tool for their products by packaging them in cardboard behind 24 small doors and putting a premium price on them.  Children may think Advent these days is about chocolate; adults are lured into believing it’s about make-up, whisky, gin, luxury food items, scented candles, coffee, cheese, perfumes, if modern calendars are anything to go by.  Fortnum and Mason has a calendar on sale for £135 and Liberty’s of London for £225.  This trend has totally turned the original meaning of the Advent calendar on its head.  In the past their purpose was to help us wait for and anticipate the arrival of God’s gift of Jesus at Christmas time; now it seems they are about instant gratification.  The desire to have things and to have them now is part of modern society – and not I think a healthy one.  It highlights the gaps between those who have and those who don’t; it causes stress and unhappiness and a constant desire for more, rather than a sense of gratitude for what we already have.  Our lives become a whirlwind of activity and doing, and we become less able to stop and allow ourselves to savour the experience of just being.  The busier we are, the more important it can be to take that time to stop and rebalance our lives.  Let me encourage you this Advent to make time each day to stop and be.  Perhaps the opening of an Advent calendar door could be the prompt you need.  Whether it be five minutes or 25 minutes, why not find a place where you can sit and just be?  Use the time to become aware of God alongside you, not requiring anything of you during that time than that you enjoy being in God’s company.

    If we use Advent well, we will find we reach Christmas in a more receptive frame of mind, less stressed and with more space to reflect on and welcome the Christ-child into our hearts and lives.  After all, the simplest celebrations are often the most enjoyable.

    There is much to enjoy at All Saints this Advent and Christmas not least the Christmas Carol Service on 19th Dec, the Crib Service and Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve and the Family Eucharist and Christingle at Epiphany on Jan. 2nd.  Services and Events are listed elsewhere in this magazine, please come and join us.

         With best wishes for a peaceful Advent and a Blessed Christmas,

         Anne

         (Revd Anne Jenkins, Associate Priest)

                                                 

      

     

     

     

     


     

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    Lord Jesus Christ,
    you taught us to love our neighbour,
    and to care for those in need

    as if we were caring for you.
    In this time of anxiety, give us strength
    to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
    and to assure the isolated
    of our love, and your love,
    for your name’s sake.
    Amen.

     

    Helmsley Parish in the Diocese of York

    Helmsley's parish church, dedicated to All Saints, dates back a thousand years and more. The present building , built on Norman foundations, was dedicated in 1838. Helmsley Parish also includes Anglican churches at East Moors, Rievaulx and Sproxton.                 

    On Sundays in Helmsley there are two well-attended services and a regular midweek Holy Communion. Locals and visitors alike, of all traditions, are always very welcome to all our services. After Sunday's main 9.30 am service at Helmsley there is an opportunity to meet one another over refreshments.                  

    Helmsley Church is open every day as a place of interest and for private prayer from 9am - 5pm (summer) and 9am - 4pm (winter). St Columba's Chapel, in the south transept, has votive candles to aid people's own particular prayers.                                                         

    A Christian church has existed in Helmsley since AD 200, according to the 19th century wall-paintings in the north aisle. Certainly there was one on this site by the time of the Norman Conquest. (There's a 10th century hog-back tombstone in the porch and an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086.) The present building's splendid chancel arch, one of the largest in Yorkshire, dates from the 12th century (as does its counterpart over the entrance). Otherwise the handsome present day building is largely the result of major restoration in Victorian times, with the stained glass as well as the murals from this period too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

    All this variety of history and interest makes Helmsley Church a very special place to visit and worship in. More information about our other churches is elsewhere on the website.

     

    In accordance with Diocesan regulations, the Parish is committed to adopting the policy of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.  Please see the 'Parish Safeguarding' page for more details: parish-safeguarding-policy.php

     

     

     

     

     

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