St Mary, Potto

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The first Anglican church building in Potto was opened on 30th June 1893, largely due to the efforts of the Revd. John Cowley Fowler, Vicar of Whorlton from 1890 until his death in 1916 and author of "The Ancient Saxon Parish of Whorlton in Cleveland". This building, a comfortable and surprisingly commodious 'Mission Room', was built in wood materials and served the community well until an electrical fault caused a spectacular fire which totally demolished it on 7th September 1936.

The present site was generously given to the Parish by Mrs. Kyle of Potto Grange, whose husband was the famous Vicar of Carlton and Faceby and later Canon of York Minster, from 1894 until his death in 1943. The foundation stone was laid on 1st June 1938 in the presence of Harry, Bishop of Whitby and a congregation of some 500.

The first service to be held in the Church was the Harvest Thanksgiving in October 1939 although, because of the Second World War, there was no proper dedication service at that time. This was to be rectified some 21 years later when the Bishop of Whitby, Philip Wheeldon, conducted a special service of Blessing on 3rd May 1960.

Because of the shape of the plot, the church had been built in a North/South direction so that an East window was clearly inappropriate. Instead, a special three panel mural was commissioned from Norman S. Carter, an artist from Essex. In a letter to the Vicar, Revd. Barker, the artist explained that the depiction of the infant Christ and his Mother had been difficult for him. "Of all the people in the Universe, these two are the most difficult to paint. The Madonna is in an attitude of making her offering to the World, and looking down at the Christ Child, who is supported by Her in an attitude foreshadowing His Crucifixion. She is looking down, but He is looking up, which is characteristic of His earthly life. In the hill of Calvary, on the Jerusalem panel, note the cavities in the cliff, giving the appearance of a skull. 'Golgotha' - the place of a skull. Those who have been there tell me that in some lights they have seen the skull shape more clearly than I have ventured to show it."

We look forward to welcoming visitors and parish residents, whatever their age, to our services in St Mary and the other churches of the Benefice.

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Revd. Linda Shipp
Whorlton Vicarage
18 Church Lane
Swainby
NORTHALLERTON
North Yorkshire
DL6 3EA
(01642) 701777

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All Souls - Benefice Communion Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
During this service, we will remember all those who have died. If you would like someone remembered by name, please add their name to one of the lists which will be placed in all the churches during October. (These lists already contain the names of those who have been remembered in recent years, and these will be read during the service, but you are very welcome to add further names of friends and loved ones.) As always, all are welcome at this service.
Monday 3rd November 2014 at 7:00 PM
Common Worship
 
Benefice Remembrance Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Service of Remembrance (beginning in Church before moving outside for the two minutes Silence at 11:00 and Laying of Wreaths after which the service continues back inside the Church) Please join us if you can for this important act of remembrance and thanksgiving.
Sunday 9th November 2014 at 10:45 AM
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Sunday

Holy Communion
Book of Common Prayer (said service)
Every second Sunday at 8:00 AM
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Every third Sunday at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Benefice Family Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language - Fair Trade stall afterwards
Every fourth Sunday at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Benefice Cafe Church - in Swainby Church Hall
An informal event to suit the whole family. Something for all ages together in a relaxed atmosphere. There will be coffee, tea and juice with muffins to eat available throughout; things for children to do; music and pictures and points for discussion.
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Coffee
Morning Prayer, Traditional, Celtic or Taize-style - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Every second Sunday at 10:30 AM

Resumes Sunday 14th December 2014
Family Friendly Coffee
Evening Prayer
Book of Common Prayer (with hymns)
Every first Sunday at 6:00 PM
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer

Tuesday

Morning Prayer - at Whitegables
Every Tuesday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour

Ends Tuesday 23rd December 2014.
Resumes Tuesday 30th December 2014
Pram Group - in Swainby & Potto C of E Primary School, Claver Close, Swainby
All those with young children are very welcome.
Every second Tuesday at 2:00 PM

Wednesday

Holy Communion - in Swainby Church Hall
Common Worship with extended prayer time
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour

Ends Wednesday 22nd October 2014.
Resumes Wednesday 5th November 2014
Common Worship

Thursday

Morning Prayer - at Whitegables
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour

Ends Tuesday 23rd December 2014.
Resumes Tuesday 30th December 2014
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All Souls - Benefice Communion Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
During this service, we will remember all those who have died. If you would like someone remembered by name, please add their name to one of the lists which will be placed in all the churches during October. (These lists already contain the names of those who have been remembered in recent years, and these will be read during the service, but you are very welcome to add further names of friends and loved ones.) As always, all are welcome at this service.
Monday 3rd November 2014 at 7:00 PM
Common Worship
Benefice Remembrance Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Service of Remembrance (beginning in Church before moving outside for the two minutes Silence at 11:00 and Laying of Wreaths after which the service continues back inside the Church) Please join us if you can for this important act of remembrance and thanksgiving.
Sunday 9th November 2014 at 10:45 AM
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PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 11th November 2014 at 7:30 PM
Christmas Fair - in Swainby Church Hall
Saturday 29th November 2014 at 10:00 AM for 150 minutes
Family Friendly Coffee
Joint Benefice Holy Communion - in St Mary Magdalene Church, Faceby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language.
Sunday 30th November 2014 at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Benefice Christingle Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Our popular annual service supporting the work of the Children's Society - "a better childhood, for every child"
Sunday 30th November 2014 at 4:00 PM
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PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 7:30 PM
Candle-lit Carol Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Sunday 14th December 2014 at 6:00 PM
Family Friendly
Swainby & Potto School Christmas Carol Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
The children always lead most of this service themselves, celebrating the Christmas season with great enjoyment and enthusiasm. Please come and support them
Thursday 18th December 2014 at 10:00 AM
Family Friendly
Benefice Crib Service - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
A time for the young, and young at heart, to hear again the familiar story and share the wonder of that first Christmas.
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 4:00 PM
Family Friendly
Benefice First Eucharist of Christmas - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Wednesday 24th December 2014 at 11:30 PM
Family Friendly Common Worship
Christmas Day Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Thursday 25th December 2014 at 10:30 AM
Family Friendly Common Worship
Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Old Church, Whorlton
(Wrap up warmly - there is no heating!)
Friday 26th December 2014 at 10:00 AM
Book of Common Prayer
Palm Sunday: Joint Benefice Holy Communion - in St Botolph Church, Carlton
Common Worship Order One in Traditional Language.
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Regular Book of Common Prayer Services Wall paintings / art Guidebooks / notes Hall for hire Autism/Aspergers Aware/Accessible Assistance Dogs Visitor Parking Available
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Clergy: The Revd Linda Mary SHIPP
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 19357
Built: 1939
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Mrs Pauline Kynge
Archdeaconry: CLEVELAND (433)
Deanery: STOKESLEY (43306)
Benefice: Whorlton w Carlton and Faceby (43/402BX)
Parish Legal Name: Whorlton (430577 43/577)
CofE Church Info: (643577 43/578)
Short URL: acny.uk/19357/
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