Church of England Diocese of York Topcliffe

Services for October/November 2021

16 Oct 2021, 4:45 p.m.
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You are warmly invited to join us at any of our regular services, which wherever possible continue the monthly sequence of Evensong (1st Sunday); Holy Communion (2nd and 4th Sunday), Matins (3rd Sunday).  Matins and Evensong are supported by the choir, safely distanced in the choirstalls again.  Communion services during the vacancy are dependent on there being a priest available, so do please check if intending to come along specifically for Communion. We look forward to seeing you at any or all of these services .

Most Covid-19 restrictions were lifted on 19th July, but we are continuously reviewing and updating our risk assessments and precautions in the light of any new guidance.  Please scroll down for detailed information regarding our current Covid-19 guidelines, as it is expected that for the time being most of these will remain in place. *


Sunday 24th October (21st after Trinity) at 10.45 a.m.

Holy Communion - A traditional service of Holy Communion, with congregational hymns. We are very pleased to welcome Revd Steven Harvey as our celebrant and preacher. The readings are taken from:

Jeremiah: chapter 31;  verses 7-9 

Hebrews: chapter 7; verses 23-28

Gospel - Mark: chapter 10; verses 46-52


Sunday 31st October - there will be no service this week


Tuesday 2nd November (All Souls) at 7.30 p.m.

Choral Requiem Mass for the Feast of All Souls (with Holy Communion) - November is the season of Remembrance, and on the 2nd we are invited to remember those known to us who have died. We are delighted to welcome back Revd Canon Keith Punshon to lead this special service, which is open to all, of any denomination or none, and provides the space and tranquillity to reflect on and give thanks for the lives of family and friends we see no more.  The unaccompanied choir will sing movements from the contemplative and intensely beautiful setting of the Requiem Mass composed in 6-part harmony in 1605 by Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611). 

During the service there will be an opportunity to light candles and have the names of loved ones read out or, if preferred, silently remembered by the placing of names on the altar; this will be particularly relevant as we emerge from the Covid pandemic.  Please contact John Phillips on 01845 577034 if you would like any further information about attending this service or to add names to the list for commemoration.


Sunday 7th November at 6.30 p.m.

Choral Evensong - A traditional service of Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, led by the choir. Music will include congregational hymns, together with settings of a Psalm, the Responses, the Canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), and a choral anthem.


Sunday 14th November (Remembrance Sunday) at 10.45 a.m. 

Holy Communion with Act of Remembrance - Having had to cancel this service last year, we are glad to see it return to our calendar once again, particularly as we remember the sacrifices our forces have endured in Afghanistan over the past twenty years.  We are very pleased to welcome back Revd Lesley Ashton to lead this service, and hope that service personnel from Alanbrooke Barracks will join us to participate in the laying of wreaths; all are most welcome.  


Sunday 21st November (Sunday before Advent) at 10.45 p.m.

Matins - A traditional service of Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer, led by the choir. Music will include congregational hymns, together with settings of the Responses, a Psalm, the Venite and Jubilate, and may include a setting of the Te Deum or Benedicite. 



*N.B. The PCC has undertaken all relevant risk assessments in the light of current Covid-19 guidance, and is reviewing these regularly. Measures are in place to ensure that all services can proceed as safely as possible.

Everyone is most welcome, but if you have any doubts about coming to join us do please check here or contact John Phillips (01845 577034) beforehand for further information; every effort will be made to accommodate you. When attending a service, please ensure that you follow the guidelines in place, especially:

oOo   Sanitise your hands when entering the building and again when leaving;

oOo   Wear a suitable face covering if you wish;

oOo   Leave contact details on each visit (these are kept only for 21 days then destroyed);

oOo   Please sit in the pews where indicated;  members of a household or support "bubble" may share a pew, but please leave space between households;

oOo   Leave any service sheets etc. in the pew;

oOo   Leave the church in rotation, leaving a suitable distance between yourself and others not in your household or "bubble".

THANK YOU - WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.