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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."

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Revd. Linda Shipp
Whorlton Vicarage
18 Church Lane
Swainby
NORTHALLERTON
North Yorkshire
DL6 3EA
Tel: (01642) 701777
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Maundy Thursday: Benefice Tenebrae Service -in St Mary Magdalene Church, Faceby
This Tenebrae service is a quiet, reflective, candlelit service that gradually moves from light to darkness, expressing the betrayal, abandonment and agony of the first Holy Week. There will be a series of readings and quiet Taizé-style music.
Thursday 17th April 2014 at 7:00 PM
Good Friday: Devotion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
There will be readings, meditations, hymns and short periods of quiet reflection
Friday 18th April 2014 at 1:00 PM for 2 hours
Easter Sunday Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Sunday 20th April 2014 at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Old Church, Whorlton
Monday 21st April 2014 at 10:00 AM
Book of Common Prayer
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Sunday

Holy Communion
Book of Common Prayer (said service)
Every second Sunday at 8:00 AM
Resumes Sunday 13th July 2014
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
Ends Sunday 20th April 2014.
Resumes Sunday 20th July 2014
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
Ends Sunday 11th May 2014.
Resumes Sunday 13th July 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

Wednesday

Holy Communion - in Swainby Church Hall
Common Worship with extended prayer time
Every Wednesday at 9:30 AM
Common Worship
Pram Group - in Swainby & Potto C of E Primary School, Claver Close, Swainby
All those with young children are very welcome. This Group meets on the second Wednesday each month.
Every second Wednesday at 2:00 PM

Thursday

Morning Prayer - at Whitegables
Every Thursday at 9:00 AM for ¼ hour
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Maundy Thursday: Benefice Tenebrae Service -in St Mary Magdalene Church, Faceby
This Tenebrae service is a quiet, reflective, candlelit service that gradually moves from light to darkness, expressing the betrayal, abandonment and agony of the first Holy Week. There will be a series of readings and quiet Taizé-style music.
Thursday 17th April 2014 at 7:00 PM
Good Friday: Devotion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
There will be readings, meditations, hymns and short periods of quiet reflection
Friday 18th April 2014 at 1:00 PM for 2 hours
Easter Sunday Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Sunday 20th April 2014 at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Old Church, Whorlton
Monday 21st April 2014 at 10:00 AM
Book of Common Prayer
PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 13th May 2014 at 7:30 PM
Holy Communion - in St Mary Magdalene Church, Faceby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language (said service)
Sunday 18th May 2014 at 9:15 AM
Common Worship
Benefice & Schools Rogation Service & BBQ - in Coulbeck Grange Barn, Sexhow Road TS15 0ER
Our service has moved out from the churches and will take place in the barn at Coulbeck Grange Farm, followed by a BBQ. A service of hymns and readings to celebrate nature, farming and the countryside. Come along and enjoy the BBQ afterwards.
Sunday 18th May 2014 at 11:00 AM
Family Friendly
Ascension Day Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Modern Language
Thursday 29th May 2014 at 7:00 PM
Common Worship
Holy Communion
Book of Common Prayer (said service)
Sunday 8th June 2014 at 9:00 AM
Book of Common Prayer
Benefice and Church Schools Pentecost Picnic - in Carlton School grounds
A fun day for all the family! Prayer, songs, sports, games and BBQ. Bring hot drinks and something to sit on - cold drinks provided.
Sunday 8th June 2014 at 11:00 AM
Family Friendly
PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 10th June 2014 at 7:30 PM
Ordination to Priesthood - in York Minster
Sunday 15th June 2014 at 11:00 AM
Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Sunday 15th June 2014 at 6:00 PM
Joint Benefice Holy Communion - in St Botolph Church, Carlton
Common Worship Order One in Traditional Language.
Sunday 29th June 2014 at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Confirmation Service
Sunday 29th June 2014 at 5:00 PM
PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 8th July 2014 at 7:30 PM
Joint Benefice Holy Communion - in Holy Cross Church, Swainby
Common Worship Order One in Traditional Language.
Sunday 31st August 2014 at 9:15 AM
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 9th September 2014 at 7:30 PM
Auction of Promises - in Swainby Church Hall
Provisional date and time
Friday 12th September 2014 at 7:00 PM
Harvest Supper - in Swainby Church Hall
Saturday 11th October 2014 at 7:30 PM
PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 14th October 2014 at 7:30 PM
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
PCC Meeting - in Swainby Church Hall
Tuesday 9th December 2014 at 7:30 PM
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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The Revd Linda Mary SHIPP
Whorlton Vicarage, 18 Church Lane
Swainby
Northallerton
(01642) 701777
A Church Near You ID: 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)
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The current editor is: Peter Shipp

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