Christmas Around our Benefice

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Christmas Around our Benefice


Our celebration of Christmastide commences in Green Hammerton on Sunday, December 3rd, with an Advent Carol Service commencing at 6.30 where we welcome the forthcoming of Jesus Christ into our world.

Green Hammerton will also be holding a special Crib Service on December 17th at 4.00, which welcomes everyone to this special event.

On December 21st, Whixley will hold its Lessons and Carol service at 7.00 The Whixley Village Carollers will be singing around the village on Tuesday, December 19th meeting at Barker’s farm at 6.30.

The Church of the Ascension at Whixley, is delighted to be hosting the Benefice Christmas Eve Mass at 11.30 pm – what a wonderful start to the season!

Again, on Christmas Eve, at 4.00 pm, we’ll be having our ever-popular Christingle service, which is popular with grown-ups and children alike.

Elsewhere in the Benefice, on Sunday, December 17th, there is a Carol Praise at Great Ouseburn commencing at 10.30 and on the same day and time, a Carol Service will be held at Marton-cum-Grafton.

There will be a Carol Service at Little Ouseburn on Wednesday December 20th at 7.30, and on Christmas Eve, at 4.00, Crib Services at Marton-cum-Grafton and Great Ouseburn.  The Rev. Joan will be taking the latter service and has requested that children (and adults!) dress in clothing consistent with the Nativity scene, which should be quite a spectacle!

As already mentioned, Christmas Praise will take place at Green Hammerton, starting off at 10.30.

On behalf of the whole team responsible for the formation, printing and distribution of the Parish News, may we wish every one of our readers, a happy and blessed Christmastide. Visit the Church website page regularly for details of month services.

Special Event on December 31st. 

Following on from the United Benefice Service you are warmly invited to hear Arek Hersh tell of his survival through the holocaust at St Thomas’ Chapel of Ease, Green Hammerton on Sunday 31st December 2017. Come at 10.30am for the United Benefice Service or join us for refreshments at 11.15am. Arek will speak to us at 11.30am.

Jean and Arek Hersh visited the Church of the Ascension Whixley in September and Arek told us of his survival through numerous concentration camps in Germany. His story was very moving and we were held by his gracious accounts of some of the most harrowing events of history. We hope that you will be able to join us and think about how a new year should bring new beginnings and pray for peace and justice for all the peoples of the world.