Parish News and Events
|NOVENA 2019||Join once again with thousands of people from around the world praying between Friday 31st May and Saturday 8th June as part of the global prayer movement: Thy Kingdom Come.
A Novena is a traditional prayer of nine days between Ascension and Pentecost which was when Christ’s disciples prayed constantly. Ascension is the day we remember Jesus’ return to heaven after his resurrection, and at Pentecost we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Jesus’ disciples. The nine days between these two celebrations are an opportunity for prayer and reflection as we long for that gift of the Holy Spirit for ourselves and our communities.
We invite you to join with us in homes around the Parish to pray Thy Kingdom Come.
To find out where please ring Julian Gray on 07957 350339
|Advanced Notice for St Crux||We will be fundraising at St Crux on Wednesday 26th June and need as much help as possible.
Please sign up on the notice board in church or telephone Glenn on 411058
|Annual Murton BBQ||The Murton BBQ is on Saturday 27th July starting at 4pm.
Further information coming soon. Just be warned…..the best ever!
|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.|