Parish News and Events
|Harvest Festival||Sunday 1st October is Harvest Festival.
As is our custom, please bring gifts of non-perishable foods to the 8am and 10am services, which will be sent for the work of Carecent in the city centre. Please note that Carecent only serves breakfasts.
Carecent needs: Baked beans, tinned tomatoes (preferably whole not chopped), sugar, tinned meat which can be served cold – ham, spam, corned beef, tinned spaghetti, breakfast cereal, porridge oats, canned fish (not tuna) and brown sauce.
It also has an ongoing but less urgent need for: tinned hot dog sausages, tea, jam / Marmite / peanut butter, Instant coffee, tinned fruit, fruit juice.
Clothing and toiletries; Gents’ socks please - they don’t have to be new, but they do have to be clean! Hats, gloves, roll-on deodorant (no aerosols please), toothpaste, shampoo and disposable razors are always gratefully received.
Carecent does not need: Tinned or packet soup, salt, combination tins e.g. baked beans with sausages – and spiced items.
|Wine Tasting @ St James's||We are holding, in collaboration with Majestic Wine of York, a Wine tasting event on Wednesday 18th October|
|Winter Lunch @ St James's||Saturday 25th November. More details to follow.|
|New Year Champagne Breakfast @ St James's||Monday 1st January 2018. More details to follow.|
|News and Notices|
|Flowers in Church||At the end of 2017 there will be vacancies on the flower rota for the months of May and September. If you or your friends would be interested in finding out more, please telephone Judy (488407) or Jenny (488055).|
|Murton Church's Facilities||Murton Residents who wish to use the church's facilities for a social event please contact either the Vicar or Professor David Waddington, 489393, the Chairman of the Murton Centenary Committee.|
|New Garden of Remembrance||On the north side of Osbaldwick Churchyard there is now a new Garden of Remembrance for the burial of ashes. Both the existing garden and the new one have been edged with a brick border and a gravel path which leads from the old to the new. Between them is a beautiful memorial stone, recently erected, which bears the inscription 'Remember and pray for those whose ashes are interred here.'
This fine, upright stone, made out of Yorkshire limestone, was cut, carved and erected in May by staff and students of York College Stonemasons' Department. Our very deep thanks and appreciation go to the College members who have provided this excellent memorial, which is of very high quality both in materials and in workmanship.
The stone has generously been provided free of charge, but the church is very happy to contribute to a bursary fund at the college to help with further training for stonemasonry students. Later in the year the Bishop of Selby will inaugurate the new Garden of Remembrance, which will be for anyone in the parish or connected to the church. When you are passing, do go and look at this splendid piece of work, it greatly enhances the churchyard and will be of use for many years to come.
|Hospital Chaplaincy Team||Sometimes people who have been in hospital wonder why no one from the chaplaincy team has visited them. This may well been because they do not know you are there. There are two full time chaplains, Stuart and Andrew, and they organise visiting through a team of trained volunteers of all denomination, lay or ordained, every day. But they are only allowed to visit those who have asked for a visit, usually through clergy or relatives.
If you are in hospital or know someone who is and would like a visit on the ward, then go into the chapel on the main corridor. There you will find pens and paper and you can post a note with the person’s name and ward on –and other details if you wish, in the letterbox in the chapel. The chapel itself is open every day for a quiet space for anyone in the hospital.
|Graves in Churchyards: New Guidelines||The Church Council has produced a leaflet to guide people requesting burial plots in Murton Churchyard. This leaflet contains helpful information on how to maintain a grave or ashes plot and it is being given to all people requesting new plots. If anyone would like a copy for guidance, please ask the Vicar.|
|Church Kneelers||Both St Thomas’s and St James’s are keen to have some more kneelers. We have ladies able to make the kneelers but if you would like to donate towards the costs of buying them then please contact the Vicar.|
|St Thomas's Choir||is looking for more members to help with leading singing at services. If you are interested and would like to find out more - or perhaps come to a practice to see what we are like - please contact the Vicar or any choir member.|
|Do you need a room for a christening or a party?||Then why not hire the Church? There is a large spacious area at the back of church, a kitchen and toilet facilities. Contact Marie Brown on 01904 412675 for further details.|
|Church opening times||Please note that the Church will be open from 10am to 4pm daily during the winter months and 9am to 5pm during British Summer Time.|
|Recycle unwanted presents and prizes||to be used as tombola and raffle prizes at St Thomas’s Church. Please contact Marie Brown on 01904 412675 or leave them clearly marked at the back of church.|