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Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week

Please don’t forget that this is Christian Aid Week and although we can’t meet for coffee as we usually would, we can still support their important work among the poorest people of the world. If you would like to join us for a virtual ‘coffee and chat’ please do using this link: click here to join – we meet at 11am and have a chat, pray together and we really enjoy seeing one another!

The Prayer Sheet for our Prayer Meeting can be printed from  here


If you would like to make a donation to Christian Aid there are several ways to do this either:

call 020 7523 2269 to donate by telephone. 
For details on how to pay money directly into the Christian Aid bank account please call 020 7523 2226.
Rev Anna Burr
Priest in Charge Hambleton, Haddlesey and Birkin, Carlton and Drax

Website to Host Benefice Services

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

The Benefice of Carlton & Drax

The Benefice of Haddlesey, Hambleton & Birkin


Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops wrote to clergy in support of the measures   This support was repeated  on 27 March,  Our churches are now closed both for private worship and public services and we look for ways to enable our church communities to continue to engage at this difficult and challenging time in the life of the nation and the world.

The Website of The Church of St Mary, Hambleton is now being used to enable access to all worship material together with Services which will take place for the foreseeable future. Services will be led by Revd Anna Burr; Revd Becky Allright or Janys Cliff, our Lay Reader here in Hambleton.

A new Menu Tab ‘Benefice Services’ has been added to our Main Menu found at the top right of our screen.

Benefice Services Menu

Using that menu will allow access to all worship material and Services. Occasionally Services may be more ‘specific’ to either Benefice, but we encourage you to join those as well.

‘Hovering’ over The Top Menu ‘BENEFICE SERVICES‘ will cause the ‘BENEFICE SERVICE’ Menu to appear and in turn that will reveal the two subsequent menu’s.

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CLICKING on The Top Menu will reveal the Benefice Services Page where all such Services will be presented in a selectable list. Clicking on Benefit Service will reveal the next ‘posted’ Service.

Revd Becky’s Mid Week Reflections are available through the ‘Carlton and Drax’ Menu.

An experience to share

Friday 20th March 2020 – 10am

As we all deal with the necessary changes to the way we must live for the months to come and the implications of  ‘Social distancing‘; for the first time in five days I walked, ever conscious of the advice with which we all should comply.  I took my camera; in truth I’m not certain why.   As I stood looking around and at the village and community in which I have lived for over 35 years, I understood.

My camera provided the means and LiveLent the quiet peace of mind.

For years The Hough was covered in Scots Pines and Larch – a ‘wooded mound’ perched at the bottom of the Vale of York.  They were cut down to be replaced by native broadleaf trees of past times. Now planted in great numbers tips of green are beginning to appear as nature springs eternal.  As they grow, so the view will diminish and change.

Please enjoy my view from the top of Hambleton Hough and click here to watch the video on YouTube.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What we are doing

[Last updated:  Thur 9 APR 2020 17:10]

We are being Guided by The Church of England which is examining the latest advice from Government and Public Health England and we will update our website as is necessary.

In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice.

In consequence all Services are now suspended and the church will not be open during published service times.

Please click here to see the latest advice from the Church of England.

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We feel it is worth highlighting some of the content, as,  for those of us who are stuck at home and unable to access church, there is something fresh everyday.

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What is currently available?

There are a range of Christian resources already available:

  • #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – The Church of England’s Lent campaign for 2020. With weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This daily audio content is available via the app and daily emails. Sign up hereThe BBC’s Daily Service and Sunday Worship radio programmes will be using some of the themes from #LiveLent as part of their broadcasts. Find out more online.
  • Prayer for the day – each day the Church of England publishes audio and text of the Prayer for the Day
  • Smart speakers – daily prayer and #LiveLent audio content can be accessed via our smart speaker apps. Enable our smart speaker app 
  • Live streaming services from churches – now lists hundreds of churches offering livestreams of services from across the country. Churches need to add the ‘Livestream’ tag to their services and events that will be broadcast. Remember to add into the description how people can watch this. You add a link to the platform you’re using to stream, such as your Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. Find out more about live streaming services and events.

Prayer and liturgy

Advice for marking Holy Week and Easter has been prepared. It includes practical activities to do at home, suggestions for prayer and Bible study, live-streaming services, and useful guidance for dioceses and churches.  


This page contains prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet.

These resources are offered to help those who are struggling to find words at this difficult and stressful time, and to enable Christians to worship in solidarity with one another even if it is not possible to gather in church. “


Family Concert – St Oswald’s Church, Fulford – 16th November 2019

St Oswald’s Church Fulford are holding a Family Concert with the Stamford Bridge Community Choir on Saturday 16 November at 7.00-8.30pm.

There is free parking and disabled access – refreshments and a raffle.

Tickets are £8 & £5 concessions – accompanied children under 12 free.
Tickets are available from ‘The Village Cafe’ in St Oswalds Church Hall on Tues, Wed, Thurs 9am-12noon / from Sue 07963 001478 & Tricia 07851 950192 / on the door (bring a cushion!).

St Oswald’s are fundraising for the first stage of the St Oswald’s Church 150+ project to repair the roof, windows and heating of the church.