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Competition Time We would like to invite readers to enter a competition to design a logo for the Parish of St Thomas, Osbaldwick with St James, Murton. The logo will be used on posters, newssheets, our website (currently being revised) and other forms of communications used by our churches. It could be based on the emblems for the Apostles Thomas and James, the triple crosses in St Thomas's or themes of your own.

The closing date for entries is 31st March 2019 and the winner will be announced in the May edition of the Parish Link.

Submission of entries will be accepted by email at sttjcomms453@gmail.com or for paper entries please leave in an envelope marked 'for the attention of the Communications Team' at the back of St Thomas’s Church.

A small prize will be awarded for the winning entry.
Annual Parochial Church Meeting Tuesday 2nd April 7.30pm at St Thomas's church.

In preparation for this meeting, the Electoral Roll for both our churches is being completely renewed. If you are on the 2018 roll, or would like to join the Electoral Roll, please apply in writing.

Please note that membership in previous years is not automatically carried over to this year, as electoral rolls have to be renewed throughout the Church of England this year. Application forms are available from Mrs Anne Gray, the new Electoral Roll Officer, (07891 061865) or from the back of our churches.

Being on the Electoral Roll enables you to vote at the Annual Meeting, to which everyone is welcome.
News and Notices
Pastoral Visits You may or may not be aware that there is a Pastoral Team within St Thomas’s Church. We would like you to know that people are available to visit you (in confidence) if you wish whether you are a church member or not.

If you would like someone to visit you on an informal basis just for a chat, company or share a cup of tea then please contact either Olwyn & Norman Seaton on York 411879 or Julie Wainwright on York 426397 and we can arrange this for you.
York Foodbank A box is kept at the back of St Thomas’s Church ready for donations to York Foodbank. Every time it is filled up it will be donated to Cornerstone, Millfield Lane. Thank you for your support.
Flowers in Church 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.
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.
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