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REVIVE Sunday February 23rd. 4.00 p.m. at North Stainley. A meditation on the Second Sunday 9.15 a.m. Healey Holy Communion
transfiguration, using an icon by one of the greatest maste4rs of icon painting Theophanes before Lent 9.15 a.m. North Stainley Holy Communion
the Greek. February 16th 10.45 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
10.45 a.m. Well Holy Communion
ASH WEDNESDAY marks the beginning of Lent - a season of penance, reflection, and 4.00 p.m. West Tanfield Evensong
fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Ash Wednesday comes
from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting. The practice includes the marking Monday 17th 12.30 p.m. Pie & Pint at the Bay Horse, Masham
of a cross in ash on a person’s forehead. The ashes symbolize the dust from which God made 7.00 p.m. Masham Open Meeting on Diocesan
us. Ashes also symbolize grief, in this case, grief that we have sinned and caused division Strategy and Finance
from God. There will be two services of Communion on Ash Wednesday – February 26th,
both at Masham – 10.00 a.m. (with Year 6 children from Masham School) and 7.30 p.m. Tuesday 18th 10.00 a.m. Masham Drop in and Draw
with the imposition of ashes.
Wednesday 5th 10.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
LENT MEDITATIONS 2020 will be exploring the stages of Jesus’ life, and our own too,
Thursday 20th 9.00 a.m. North Stainley Bacon Church
through poetry and music. Over the 4 weeks we will look at:
7.30 p.m. Bible Study Group at 10 Westholme Rd,
• The Incarnation-- birthing— beginnings
• Christ’s journeying and teaching-- exploration-- mission
• Christ’s Passion— pain— illness-- loss—grief Sunday next 8.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
• Resurrection—renewal— hope—fulfilment before Lent 10.45 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
The person leading will present one or two poems each week, and anyone who wishes can February 23rd 10.45 a.m. West Tanfield Holy Communion
bring and read a poem of their choice. Pictures following the theme are also welcome. There 4.00 p.m. Healey Evensong
will be, music and a period of silence, and it will be held in candlelight. Sunday evenings in 4.00 p.m. North Stainley Revive
March: 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd, at 6.00 p.m., at Cogden House, 34 Market Place, Masham and 4.00 p.m. Snape Evensong
everyone is most welcome to come.
Ash Wednesday 10.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
BACON CHURCH 9.00 a.m. St. Mary’s, North Stainley. Thursdays 20th February February 26th 7.30 p.m. Masham Holy Communion with the
Bacon rolls, real coffee & a short time of worship to start the day. All welcome. imposition of ashes

THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER, (formerly the Women's World Day of Prayer) is the First Sunday 8.00 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
largest ecumenical movement in the world and takes place globally on the first Friday in of Lent 9.15 a.m. Healey Holy Communion
March every year. This year's service has been prepared by the Christian women of March 1st 9.15 a.m. North Stainley Holy Communion
Zimbabwe, who call us all to join with them to pray for their needs and hopes for a full 10.45 a.m. Masham Holy Communion
reconciliation in their country and throughout the world. They invite us to "RISE! TAKE 10.45 a.m. Well Holy Communion
YOUR MAT AND WALK" on Friday March 6th at 7.00 p.m. in St. Mary's, Masham. 10.45 a.m. West Tanfield Holy Communion

DROP IN AND DRAW St. Mary’s Church, Masham. Tuesday 18th February. 10.00 a.m. – THE ALTAR FLOWERS at Masham this week have been given in memory of Malcolm
12 noon. Refreshments available. From 12 noon to 1.00 p.m. Jacket potato lunch with a Charlesworth.
choice of toppings. All ages welcome.
STRATEGY AND FINANCE An Open Meeting on Monday 17th February. 7.00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Church, Masham. There will be two speakers: Bishop Helen Ann on the
Diocesan Strategy & Janet Edmond from the Diocese on Parish Share, how the Diocesan
budget is spent, planned giving and the Parish Giving Scheme. All welcome.
REFLECTION The Gospel reading focuses on the everyday needs of food and clothing for PIE AND PINT An opportunity to share a meal, talk and enjoy each other’s company. Join
survival in this imperfect world. Nature’s abundance provides Jesus with examples of a us for a Pie and Pint at the Bay Horse pub, Silver Street, Masham on Monday 17 th February
divine perspective on human society. Sowing, reaping, gathering were male concerns in an at 12.30 p.m. Please book via Jim Hunter on 01765 689828.
agricultural community; preparing food, finding water, making clothes the preoccupations
of women. Both need to learn to not be anxious. That God provided food for the birds was CHURCH ANNUAL MEETINGS
a common Jewish thought. Wild flowers abounded in fields – their life short, for grass and For the election of churchwardens, Deanery Synod representatives and members of the
weeds were common oven fuel. Jesus uses a rabbinic style of argument, from the lesser to Parochial Church Council. Nomination forms are at the back of each church
the greater: ‘Are you not of more value than ....Is not the life more than ...... Will he not much
more ......’ The fact that in the 21st century wild flowers and birds can be decimated by Masham
pollution and the whole ecology distorted by human greed does not detract from God’s Sunday 15th March after the morning service
generous provision for all his creatures. Lent will be a time for renewing priorities. Three representatives to be elected to the Deanery Synod
Four members of the Parochial Church Council to be elected
PANCAKE PARTY Sunday 1st March. 3.00 -5.00 p.m. North Stainley Village Hall. Fun
for all the family. Games, craft activities, pancakes and worship. All ages welcome. Well with Snape
Tuesday 24th March 2020. 7.00 p.m. in Well Institute
FOOD FOR THOUGHT Two representatives on the Deanery Synod to be elected
St. Mary’s Church, Masham @ 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. Members of the Parochial Church Council to be elected
Supper followed by a talk.
Tickets from Kate (01765 689255 or email at £5.00 each. West Tanfield
LICENSED BAR A licensed bar will be available – please do not bring your own alcoholic Wednesday 25th March. 7.00 p.m. in the church.
drink as this will contravene our licence conditions. Three representatives to be elected to the Deanery Synod
Two members of the Parochial Church Council to be elected
Thursday March 5th Major Christine McCutcheon from the Salvation Army in Ripon.
Christine will speak about the work of the Ripon Food Bank which our group of churches North Stainley
support. Tuesday 31st March 2020
7.00 p.m. in the church
Thursday March 12th Edward Stourton: ‘The Blind Spot – Religion and Broadcasting’. One representative on the Deanery Synod to be elected
Edward Stourton is a BBC broadcaster and presenter of the BBC Radio 4 programme Members of the Parochial Church Council to be elected
Sunday, and a frequent contributor to the Today programme, where for ten years he was one
of the main presenters. Edward is a Roman Catholic who regularly presents Sunday, Radio Healey
4's religious and ethical current affairs programme. Thursday 16th April, 7.30 p.m. in the church.
Two representatives to be elected to the Deanery Synod
Thursday March 19th The Reverend Canon Robin Gamble - Bishop’s Adviser for Three members of the Parochial Church Council to be elected
Church Growth: 'One to One' sharing faith in a rural context. Robin is a Bradfordian.
Three times he has removed himself from the city and each time he has returned. Former
THE ELECTORAL ROLL A church’s Electoral Roll is a list of the names and addresses of
Vicar of Holy Trinity, Idle, he is also the Bishop’s advisor in growing the church. He has
those who regard themselves as regular worshippers and attenders. Being on the electoral
authored various books and booklets, produced the ‘START’ course, and heads up the
roll is the basic sign of membership of the Church of England and if you consider that you
nationally acknowledged ‘Leading Your Church into Growth’ project.
‘belong’ to your parish (and are baptized) your name should be on it. It enables you to take
part, if you want, in the business meetings of whichever church you attend and to vote in
Thursday March 26th Des Scott - Chief Executive Officer of the Church Army’: ‘A elections. The electoral roll is confidential and the information cannot be shared with other
fractured society’. Des was appointed Interim CEO in July 2019. In this role, he leads a
organisations. Whilst it does not need to include telephone number or email addresses, it
team of over 500 people, working across the British Isles and Ireland. Des has been part of
does help us communicate with you on church business if you include that information. In
Church Army for almost 30 years, starting initially as a youth worker in charge of a youth
each church, you can pick up the form and return it to the relevant Electoral Roll Officer
project in London. Des’s passion is for social justice and seeing people and communities
whose name and address is on the bottom of the form.
have the opportunity to attain their full potential.