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We can claim the tax back from your donation if it's given in the Gift WELL WITH SNAPE & WEST TANFIELD
Aid envelope. Please complete with your address, date and box Candlemas 8.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
ticked. Help us to receive this vital extra income. Thank you. February 2nd 9.15 a.m. Healey Holy Communion
9.15 a.m. North Stainley Holy Communion
LOOP SYSTEMS have been installed at Masham, Healey, North Stainley, Well 10.45 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
and West Tanfield for the benefit of those who are hard of hearing. Please switch 10.45 a.m. Well Holy Communion
the button on your hearing aid to the 'T' position. 10.45 a.m. West Tanfield Holy Communion

WEBSITE for the Masham Group of Parishes: Monday 3rd 1.30 p.m. Masham Funeral of Alan Hoyle
3.30 p.m. ‘Jesus and Me’ at North Stainley Village Hall
THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, (formerly the Women's World Day of Prayer) is the
largest ecumenical movement in the world and takes place globally on the first Friday in Tuesday 4th 11.00 a.m. Pop-In Coffee at 10 Millgate, Masham
March every year. This year's service has been prepared by the Christian women of 2.30 p.m. North Stainley Parochial Church Council meet
Zimbabwe, who call us all to join with them to pray for their needs and hopes for a full at Holmtree House, North Stainley
reconciliation in their country and throughout the world. They invite us to "RISE! TAKE
YOUR MAT AND WALK" on Friday March 6th at 7.00 p.m. in St. Mary's, Masham. Wednesday 5th 10.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
11.00 a.m. Masham Little Lambs
LITTLE LAMBS (Previously ‘Play and Chat’) is for little people and their mums, dads or 2.30 p.m. Well and Snape Parochial Church Council
grandparents. Refreshments are available, and songs, stories and a craft activity. The next meet at Lyme Brook, Snape
session is on Wednesday 5th February, 10.45 a.m. to 12 noon in St. Mary’s, Masham.
Thursday 6th 9.00 a.m. North Stainley Bacon Church
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BACON CHURCH 9.00 a.m. St. Mary’s, North Stainley. Thursdays 6 & 20 February 7.30 p.m. Masham and Healey Parochial Church
Bacon rolls, real coffee & a short time of worship to start the day. All welcome. Councils meet in St. Mary’s Church, Masham
7.30 p.m. Bible Study, 9 Swinburn Court, Masham
PRAM PRAISE St. Mary’s, Masham A service for young children and their parents/carers.
Wednesday 12thFebruary at 11.00 a.m. Please note the new day and time. Third Sunday 8.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
This is to allow us to have more people sharing in leading the sessions and to see if this is a before Lent 9.30 a.m. West Tanfield Family Service and Baptism
better time for more people to be able to attend. A very short and informal service, followed February 9th 10.45 a.m. Masham Family Service
by toys to play with and a chance for adults to chat over coffee/tea. The service is geared to 10.45 a.m. Snape Holy Communion
the needs of very young, pre-school, children. 4.00 p.m. Healey Evensong
4.00 p.m. North Stainley Revive
PRAYING FOR THE FUTURE OF THE CHURCH A joint prayer group from St. Mary’s
and Masham Methodist Church meets to pray for the future of the Church in Masham. The Second Sunday 9.15 a.m. Healey Holy Communion
next session is on Monday 10th February at 7.30 p.m. in Masham Methodist Church. All before Lent 9.15 a.m. North Stainley Holy Communion
are welcome as we meet to ask for God’s guidance on how the Church in Masham February 26th 10.45 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
10.45 a.m. Well Holy Communion
A MUSIC CONCERT by the children of Masham CE Primary School. Come and enjoy a 4.00 p.m. West Tanfield Evensong
variety of musical performances by the children at St. Mary’s Church, Masham on Thursday REFLECTION Hebrews is firm on Christ’s genuine humanity. This is what enables us to
February 13th at 2.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. Tickets will be available from the school office see him as truly one of us, and enables him to be our representative before God, just like the
from the beginning of February priced at £5.00 for adults and £3.00 for children. high priest in the temple of old. Luke tells of Mary’s humble keeping of the Jewish law
Refreshments will be available for a donation. All proceeds will go towards the much needed relating to childbirth. As the new world is born, the old is superseded but not despised. It is
renovation of the school grounds. surely helpful to see Jesus as our go-between. He has a foot on either side and joins the two
together. Our devotion can be glad of the past even as the future dawns and draws our eyes.
St. Mary’s Church, Masham @ 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. 12 noon. Refreshments available. From 12 noon to 1.00 p.m. Jacket potato lunch with a
Supper, followed by a talk. choice of puddings. All ages welcome.
Tickets from Kate (01765 689255 or email at £5.00 each.
SINGING FOR FUN We sing songs from the shows, musicals and popular music. Men or
Thursday March 5th Major Christine McCutcheon from the Salvation Army in Ripon. women of any age and of any ability are always welcome. Our next meeting is on Tuesday
Christine will speak about the work of the Ripon Food Bank which our group of churches 11th February at 1.15 p.m. until 2.15 pm in Masham church. Just come along.
Thursday March 12th Edward Stourton: ‘The Blind Spot – Religion and Broadcasting’. HEBREWS 2: 14 TO END Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself
Edward Stourton is a BBC broadcaster and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the
Sunday, Radio 4's religious and ethical current affairs programme, and a contributor to the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by
Today programme, where for ten years he was one of the main presenters. Edward presented the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of
a four-part series about the Catholic church, entitled Absolute Truth. In 2001, he won the Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that
Amnesty International Award for best television documentary for an episode of he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of
Correspondent about the Khiam detention centre during the Israeli occupation of Southern atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he
Lebanon. is able to help those who are being tested.
Thursday March 19th The Reverend Canon Robin Gamble - Bishop's Adviser for LUKE 2: 22-40 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses,
Church Growth: Sharing the faith in the countryside. Robin is a Bradfordian. Three
they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the
times he has removed himself from the city and each time he has returned to walk its hills,
Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a
support its football team, paint its landscapes, read its literature and to eat its curries and fish
sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two
n’ chips. Former Vicar of Holy Trinity, Idle, he is also the Bishop’s advisor in growing the
young pigeons.’
church. He has authored various books and booklets, produced the ‘START’ course, and
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and
heads up the nationally acknowledged ‘Leading Your Church Into Growth’ project.
devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had
been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the
Thursday March 26th Des Scott - Chief Executive Officer of the Church Army’: ‘A Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents
fractured society’. Des was appointed Interim CEO in July 2019. In this role, he leads a
brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took
team of over 500 people, working across the British Isles and Ireland. Des has been part of
him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in
Church Army for almost 30 years, starting initially as a youth worker in charge of a youth
peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have
project in London. He has also led the Marylebone Project and the Initial Training Team,
prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to
delivering the change from a three-year residential model of training to the current, part-time
your people Israel.’ And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said
model. Up until recently, Des has had oversight for Church Army’s Operational Team,
about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined
and the Marylebone Project, Amber Project and Cardiff Residential Services, as well as
for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that
direct line management of many of the central team including Finance, HR and Services. He
the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’
held the post of Deputy Chief Executive since 2012. Des’s passion is for social justice and
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a
seeing people and communities have the opportunity to attain their full potential.
great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow
to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and
LICENSED BAR A licensed bar will be available – please do not bring your own alcoholic
prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about
drink as this will contravene our licence conditions.
the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee,
POP-IN COFFEE Tuesday 4th February. 10 Millgate, Masham. All welcome for coffee,
to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and
cake and a chat.
the favour of God was upon him.

DROP IN AND DRAW St. Mary’s Church, Masham. Tuesday 18th February. 10.00 a.m. –