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Over 50 attend Covenant Service


School Room news!

Our last newsletter outlined plans to put a new kitchen into our current vestry. To move forward we need to do some fund raising

Much thought has gone into how to raise funds because we do not want to duplicate fund raisers that other groups/organisatiopns in the village hold each year.

Our plans are as follows. (All ticketed events):.

Every Monday afternoon during March:  Angie and Florence will be showing videos of the village taken by the late Eddie Bowes. (Only 20 people per session).

June 13th: Afternoon tea to be held in the Schoolroom.

June 27th: Clay pigeon shoot and picnic.

August 31st: Bank Holiday Village BBQ.

October 17th: Twenties (Great Gatsby) dance and buffet.

Wednesdays:: Possible Wednesday cafe (if help is offered).

On top of these dates there will be our usual Spud and Puds and summer lunch to raise money for local and overseas charities.

The Schoolroom and new kitchen are being updated for all villagers to use.

To register an interest in any of the above or offer help in any way e-mail or ring 677834.

See also WHAT'S ON.


A time to look forward

The Methodist Church was full with members from around the Ripon area to celebrate with a United Service on Sunday, December 29. 

The service was led by Deacon Nigel Perrott who provided us with a very thoughtful reminder that after the joys of Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Christ we must now turn our thoughts to doing the tasks set us by God through Jesus and prepare ourselves to renew our commitment to do his work that we will make at the Covenant Service on January 12. 

At a busy, but relaxed coffee gathering after the service we shared our Christmas experiences from across the area.


A delightful Christingle Service 

To start our Advent Celebrations a delightful Christingle Service was led by the Rev. Ruth Parry who challenged us all to look forward to the coming of Jesus and marvel in his world.

God’s world of many wonders and many problems that Jesus came to save and to give hope to its people. We shared the meaning of the Christingle and delighted in ‘Spreading the Light’ as we lit the candles till the church glowed with warmth and hope.

During the after service coffee we were surprised to be told that this year’s Christingle Service was the latest in over 20 years of us starting Advent in this way with this hopeful and reflective service 

  Record attendance at Spud & Pud Lunch 

A record 50 tickets were sold for this event and we were again treated to some very nice spuds and fillings, followed by delicious puddings. The event raised £353 (incl. some additional donations) for the TASC Madagascar charity that supports a school in Madagascar.

A very big thank you must go to all who supported the Lunch and also go to those who donated the food and to the team of workers who prepared and delivered the lunch. In particular to Angie Archbold who led and co-ordinated the team. 05/01/2020


Thanks for all who contributed to Food Bank

The Church would like to thank all those who contributed to the Harvest Sunday Collection of tinned and packed food for our local Food Bank.


£500 raised for Jenny Ruth Workshops 

This year’s Summer Lunch organised by the Bishop Monkton. Methodist Church on Monday August 5, and widely supported by the village, raised the sum of £500 in support of the Jenny Ruth Workshops.

Fifty people sat down to a very tempting array of food for the first course, representing the best of Yorkshire. The puddings that followed were delightful and are a great credit to the volunteers who made and donated them to this good cause.

The Bishop Monkton Methodist Church especially wishes to thank those who came along and supported the lunch as well as those who, when unable to be there on the day, gave a donation to the event.

Finally, thanks must go to those who set up the room, laid tables, washed up and vacuumed, without these people events like this are not possible.