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Winter Lunch On Saturday 30th November an old favourite returns. Please join us at St James's on Saturday 30th November at 12.30pm for the perfect treat - a freshly cooked three course meal with tea, coffee and a mint or two served alongside great company.

Spoil yourself at £10 a head. It has to be the best value around. Come on your own or bring your friends. We hope to see you there but you need to book your tickets as soon as possible as space is limited.

Tickets available from Sarah McFarlane (481306), David Waddington (489393) and Glenn Booth (411058).
Christmas Fayre Saturday 7th December at St Thomas’s from 2pm. £1 adults, includes drink & mince pie; children free. Stalls, games, tombola, raffle and mini manicures available and of course, Father Christmas.

We need tombola and raffle prizes, books and bric a brac; anyone who would like a stall please contact Glenn on 411058.
Singalong Lunch for York Hospital Radio Tuesday 10th December at St James’ Church from 12noon to 2pm. Tickets £10: includes turkey sandwiches, roast potatoes and trimmings, Christmas cake, mince pies & sherry and a drink on arrival. There will be a raffle and a live sing-along with York Hospital Radio.

Buy tickets now as there is only a limited amount available, these can be obtained from Colette: 07562 645764.
Start the New Year in style and with Fizz!   Wednesday 1st January 2020. By popular demand, another New Year Breakfast from 10am @stjames. Among the goodies will be fruits and yoghurt, smoked salmon or bacon with scrambled eggs, croissants, tea, coffee, juices.  And Buck’s Fizz and simple Fizz, too.

Tickets from Sarah McFarlane (481306), Glenn Booth (411058), Helen Kettlestring (489942)  £8; Children £3. Bring friends and family… it will be a wonderful way to start 2020!
Murton Quiz Help banish winter blues with the Murton Quiz on Saturday 11th January at St James’s Church, Murton. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. £2.50 per person with a maximum quiz team size of six. Includes free chips at half time, free hot drinks, a box of chocolates to the holder of the lucky entry ticket and a cash prize to the winning team.

Bring your own alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks and picnic food to make it a party!
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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