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A letter from Rev'd Derek Earis.

Dear Friends,

When was the last time the whole nation eagerly discussed a sermon? That is the achievement of Rt Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the USA, the preacher at the royal wedding, preaching on the power of love.

Perhaps we have forgotten just how powerful a sermon can be. Many have denigrated it as an outmoded form of communication and churches throughout the land have invested heavily in audio-visual equipment with screens, video projectors and PowerPoint presentations. Yet Bishop Curry showed us that the art of preaching is not dead, and neither is its effectiveness.

          He used many of the arts of the orator that would be familiar to preachers through the ages, such as the use of repetitive phrases.  Take this passage early on in his sermon as an example:

Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way.

Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way.

Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way.

Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way.

Imagine our world when love is the way.

No child would go to bed hungry in such a world as that

Poverty would become history in such a world as that.

The earth would be as a sanctuary in such a world as that.

Add to this the careful use of the cadences in each sentence, rising and falling (the Book of Common Prayer is a masterpiece of this), the use of quotations both from the Bible and elsewhere. The use of context. And, interestingly, for this is hardly ever done now, the use of gesture and body language. His was not just speech but a lively performance. His arms were active, he almost jumped up and down: his face was alive, his looks penetrating.

The famous Victorian nonconformist preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who regularly commanded a congregation of thousands at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, wrote a book “Lectures to my students” which contained detailed notes (and diagrams!) for the preacher on “Posture, actions, gesture”. Not that I’m suggesting that Bishop Curry consciously employed such techniques, which can appear contrived. He was natural, and it was clear that everything he did and said came from the heart.

Coming from the heart is surely what good preaching is about. Sharing with others the things that God has shown to you. Wanting the best for others both in understanding God and in the consequences for daily life.

The extraordinary pulpit, with sounding board, at All Saints Pavement has on it the words “Preach the word; be instant in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 12) and “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 29/18). On the sounding board is written “It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Corinthians 1.21). It is the same pulpit that John Wesley ascended to preach the word and revive the nation to faith. The inscriptions pretty much say it all. So, perhaps the pulpit is not redundant, and the art of preaching is not dead. Just perhaps, if another revival in the church comes (and it is overdue), it will not be with gadgets and gismos and PowerPoint presentations but with the good old-fashioned word and the oratory of the preacher proclaiming the Word of God.

Derek Earis.

Not the St Olave’s Lent Group

Long, long ago – in the days before iPlayers or video recorders – teenagers were often obliged to watch TV programmes in the company of their parents. There will have been many homes, including my own, where the following sentences were uttered: “What is this rubbish? I can’t think why you find it funny!” 

It is now nearly fifty years since the first ‘Monty Python’ broadcasts (1969) – a sobering thought for those of us who were once youthful ‘Python’ fans – and times have changed. During a sermon at St Olave’s, Stephen Griffith told us that he had used extracts from the 1979 film ‘Monty Python’s Life of Brian’ as part of his RE teaching. Before Stephen had time to finish his after-church coffee, thanks to some quick thinking from Frances Brock, he had agreed to offer this as a three session Lent Course in February and March.

Heavy snow led to the cancellation of the first meeting, so the course had to be completed after Easter. Not everyone could attend each session but there were at least eight people on each occasion. You didn’t have to be a ‘Python’ fan or to know the film as the focus wasn’t on Brian at all. (“He’s not the Messiah; he’s just a very naughty boy.”) Stephen chose short extracts to initiate discussion about Jesus, using his knowledge to increase our understanding of traditional Christian teaching, informed by modern scholarship, and encouraging us to share our own ideas and questions. There was ‘food for thought’ for all, no matter how much previous study anyone had done.

At the conclusion of the third session there was a strong sense that this should not be the ‘end’ of such a group and a hope that something similar will be offered in the near future (possibly using more recent material to stimulate discussion). Watch this space?

Many thanks to Stephen for agreeing to lead the course, to Frances for making it happen, and to Jane for offering hospitality and cake at the Vicarage!

Ruth Sillar

News from St Denys’

It’s been a busy May at St Denys’.

On the 14th our church architect, Andrew Boyce, and master mason Matthias Garn enthralled a large audience with an update on our great north aisle renewal, and some of the horrors and joys it has revealed. Then on the 20th we hosted the annual Wrens Service, this year celebrating the 40th anniversary of the York branch, with the Lord Mayor and Sheriff in attendance. Next, on Sunday 27th, we welcomed the Dovrefjell Disharmoniske Selskap choir from the mountains of Norway, who sang both during the service and in the hall. The proceedings were further enlivened when David Simpson (and friends) ‘danced before the Lord’ (or at least in the aisle). Afterwards soon-to-be-weds Claire and Sam cut a splendid pre-wedding cake kindly provided by Barbara.

Meanwhile the masons and glaziers are working full-pelt to get the aisle ready for the trio of June weddings. June is going to be an even busier month.  

Charles Kightly

PS: Also, the congregation of St Denys is planning a trip to Southwell Minster on Saturday 7th July.  In addition, we’ll be visiting Canon Peter Jones, formerly of York City Centre, for afternoon tea!  If you would like to join us, please contact Mary Brooks on or any of the clergy.

2018 CONCERTS & RECITALS at St Helen

Friday 8 June: A lunchtime concert at 12.30pm. FREE with retiring collection.

Friday 15 June: A lunchtime concert at 1.00pm given by Galina Vale, a guitar virtuoso whose performances combine a charismatic stage presence and dynamic playing style with an unusually wide ranging and technically demanding repertoire including classical music. Galina gave two recitals in 2017 and we are delighted to have her return with a programme inspired by the Festival of Ideas theme “Imagining the Impossible”


A Poetic Reflection on the Oslo Bach Choir Concert

Those who went to the Oslo Bach Choir concert at St Olave’s enjoyed a powerful and emotional experience. The singing was excellent, and the music had much energy, raw emotion, of sadness, yet hope for the future. It was truly wonderful.

I found I could not write more of a review, but have written a poem which tries to express my experience and feelings of the Requiem, which I would like to share with you here.


Dies irae, dies illa …

Power, judgement spring forth:

The music unsettles –

painting the turmoil of the words.

Kan eg vera trygg?  (1)

Is there no silence, to still the soul?

Yet in the tumult there is hope …

Hugs, hugs, hugs … (2)

Kyrie eleison

Christe eleison

We need your mercy, O Lord

          to weather the storm.

Kan eg vera trygg?

Can we live through the doubts,

trust the love of God?

Glimpses appear in music, in people, in life ...

In the silence of emptiness –

the music promises much, an uncertain hope.

Kan eg vera trygg?


 (1) Can I feel safe?

 (2) Remember, remember, remember …

Michael Buck

In Bulgaria, and in the North Sea

The Great War occurred because of longstanding political and territorial tensions between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Serbia, which came to a head with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand on 28th June 1914. Over the next five weeks Europe descended headlong into open conflict, and British troops were first engaged at the battle of Mons on 23rd August. It is however little appreciated that for the next four years, British and Imperial forces fought not only in the conflict on the Western Front, but also on the Italian Front, in Turkey during the Dardanelles campaign, in the Balkans and the Macedonian Front in Southern Europe, in East Africa, in Palestine and the Middle East, and in Northern Russia. The war on the Balkan Front was essentially fought between the Central Powers; Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria and Germany, and the Allies, including Serbia, Russia, France, and Britain. And that is how Tom Skelly, born in York, came to be buried at the Military Cemetery in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

His parents, John and Hannah were natives of York, and Tom, born in 1886, was their fourth child after Mary, John, and Albert. John senior died the following year, so Hannah will have had a difficult time in raising her four children alone. Nevertheless, Tom Skelly must have done well at school, as at the age of 15 he was working as a solicitor’s clerk. A decade later the family was living at 9 Walker Street, Marygate (now demolished). He volunteered early in the war, joined the Northumberland Fusiliers and by July 1915 was serving in France with the 2nd Battalion, which had been recalled from India. His battalion was part of 84th Brigade in the 28th Division at the Battle of Loos, and he was promoted to Corporal. 

In November 1915, Corporal Skelly’s division and battalion were part of the force sent to assist the Serbians on the Macedonian Front. We do not know of the exact circumstances that led to his death, but by July 1916, troops of the 28th brigade were attempting to push across the Struma River in Western Bulgaria. Daily patrols and raiding parties on enemy trenches took a toll, and malaria was endemic in the area. Typically, the battalion diary of the Cheshire Regiment (also in the 84th Brigade) record that on the 15th September, following a preparatory artillery bombardment, two parties consisting of one officer and 50 Other Ranks (OR) set out to capture enemy soldiers in order to gain intelligence about the Bulgarian troops opposing them. However, owing to heavy hostile rifle and machine-gun fire, it was found impossible to get through gaps in the barbed wire, and the raiding parties returned empty handed, but at a cost of one man killed, and 14 OR and one officer wounded and sent to hospital. Tom Skelly may have been wounded in similar circumstances, but whatever the cause, he died in hospital on 1st October, aged 30. After the Great War, the bodies of soldiers that had been buried locally, were recovered and reinterred in Sofia. Tom’s name also appears on the St Olave’s Memorial.

Not all casualties were as a result of enemy action. Lt. Fred Richardson RNR, was another son of York, whose parents William and Mary lived at 13 Bootham Crescent. He had been baptised at St Thomas’s church in Lowther Street in 1892, and, on leaving school, had become an apprentice in the Merchant Navy. At some stage he must have joined the Royal Naval Reserve, and later volunteered for the submarine service. By 1917 Fred was serving in HM Submarine ‘G9’. The ‘G’ class of diesel-electric submarines had been introduced in 1914 and carried a crew of three officers and 27 seamen. They were armed with three torpedo tubes, a 2-inch and a 3-inch gun, so were a formidable threat both to German surface ships and to U boats (submarines), which were to sink 2439 British and Neutral merchant ships in 1917 alone.

On 9th September 1917, G9 sailed out of Scapa Flow to patrol the North Sea between the Shetland Isles and Norway. Meanwhile HMS Pasley, an M class (submarine) destroyer was tasked with finding and escorting stray merchant vessels between Norway and Lerwick in the Shetlands. Both G9 and Pasley were aware of the presence of U-boat activity in the area.  On the night of 16th September, the weather was foul and visibility was poor. On the surface, at about 2.30 a.m., the Commander of G9 spotted what he thought was a U-boat, and fired two torpedoes, one of which missed, the other hitting its target but failing to detonate. On board HMS Pasley, the Officer of the Watch saw what he thought was a U-boat firing two torpedoes, one of which glanced off Pasley’s starboard side, so turned his ship in the direction of the “enemy submarine” preparing to ram it at full speed. That submarine was in fact G9, which attempted to signal to Pasley, but too late, and with engines stopped, Pasley hit G9 cutting her almost in two. G9 sank inside a minute, and although five of her crew managed to escape, only one survived. Fred Richardson died along with the other 28 crewmen. His name appears on the St Olave’s Memorial, and on the Royal Naval Memorial, at Southsea Common, Portsmouth. The subsequent Admiralty Enquiry decided that the loss of HMS G9 had been a tragic accident, and that HMS Pasley’s Officer of the Watch had been both prompt and correct in his decision to ram.

John Stanton


(Peter Wells offers us his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Angela Tilby’s comments on evangelicalism in the Anglican Church.)

A vigorous debate has developed on the Church Times website and other media, in response to an article by Angela Tilby entitled Deliver us from the Evangelical Takeover.

Starting ostensibly with a discussion of the counselling role of GPs, Tilby abruptly veers into a rant about the Evangelical movement, based on her perception of Thy Kingdom Come, the ‘global wave of prayer’ which our city centre churches celebrated this year between Ascension and Pentecost. Tilby claims that, in the publicity for this event, phraseology such as ‘letting Jesus into our lives’ was used in such a way as to imply that “there is simply no other way of speaking of the Christian faith.” She accuses evangelicals of ‘patronising’ behaviour and a “faux inclusivity” that “infantilises” people, and states that she will use the event to pray “for an escape from the Evangelical takeover of the Church”.

Her fears are not, of course, entirely groundless. There are indeed extreme elements among evangelicals, as in all branches of the Church, some of whom feel able to dismiss fellow-Anglicans as ‘non-Christians’. Evangelicals have developed their own Bible (NIV), recruiting body (CPAS), hymnbooks, retreats, courses and spiritual directors. There are moments when one wonders whether the differences between us are actually not of degree, but of kind.

On the other hand, there is much to value in the evangelical tradition. In my experience, evangelicals generally offer a good quality of pastoral care for their flocks, are often in the forefront of charitable work in the world and their local neighbourhoods, and offer worship which can be both heartfelt and inspirational. Tilby herself, in the podcast discussion that followed her article, announces, somewhat surprisingly, that she ‘respects’ the movement, which has been “really, really important” to her “for many reasons”.

In her article, however, Tilby is scornful of some alleged evangelical practices, stereotyping them as “playing with tea lights and cutting out little paper flames.” She would be better occupied in addressing some of the less helpful evangelical doctrines, such as this account of the Atonement: Till on that cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied (from Stuart Townend: In Christ Alone).

          Instead, as she reaches the climax of her article, all Tilby has to offer, as an alternative to evangelicalism, is traditional religion, with its respect for privacy and the slow nurturing of the person through unconsciously memorised texts and gentle counsel.” I’m afraid that, valuable as these qualities are, they do not seem to me likely to address the needs of the people she started out with – those who go to their GPs suffering from “existential distress.”

When I read the New Testament, I do not find, principally, ‘privacy’, ‘slow nurturing’, or ‘gentle counsel’. I find the story of a young man prepared to die a terrible death for His beliefs, others rising up to follow Him, a gospel spreading like wildfire, and sudden outbreaks of unparalleled joy. Programmes such as Songs of Praise introduce us to people who have been saved, as they see it, from addiction, depression or crime, by an encounter with Jesus. Their witness should not be ignored just because the story of our lives has been different.

Evangelical doctrines and practices are gaining traction in society because, over the past few decades, unlike the ‘traditional’ churches, evangelicals have been forthright and enthusiastic in expressing their beliefs to outsiders, filling the vacuum that we, generally speaking, have left. We should, therefore, respond to their success not with sarcasm or snobbery, but with renewed resolve. Our traditional churches, with their rich resources of architecture, liturgy and music, are called to be, not the hiding place of the Holy Spirit, but His launching pad.

Peter Wells

The Call of the Nightjar

Clive Goodhead brings us a very interesting article, through his sister, where the author, Cathy Buckle, describes current life in Zimbabwe.
I met a man on a riverbank on a sunny morning under a bright blue Zimbabwean sky. It was Independence Day, the 18th April 2018.  Mountains shimmered hazy and blue on the far horizon and cow bells clanged somewhere in the thick bush nearby. The man was in his late thirties, tall and barefoot and carrying a large, battered, red book. When I called out a greeting to him, a huge smile lit his face and he came closer. The chat was of general pleasantries and then he suddenly said: “They promised us all an education long back you know,” patting the book with his hand. “They said: we’ll teach you all how to read and write, but look what it got me! Look at me now! No shoes! No work! But,” huge smile, patting the book again, “at least I can read!”
          I wasn’t sure who “they” were that the man referred to and would have loved to have known what the book was that he carried, but decided not to ask; not wanting to spoil the encounter. The man continued: “But I’ve had enough to eat this morning so I’m happy today.” I smiled and nodded and soon afterwards he said goodbye, waved, and went on his way. Smiling and joking in the face of hardship has become Zimbabwe’s trademark.  
          Not far away, at a point on the river where the water cascaded over some rocks and formed a pool, a woman and child were doing their laundry. It looked like a grandmother and grand-daughter, and they smiled and waved in response to my lifted hand. They made kneeling on the rocks washing clothes in the river and then lugging huge buckets home on their heads, look like such a happy, normal thing to do. Bearing such primitive burdens in this modern world are the norm in Zimbabwe 38 years after Independence.
          In the distance I heard the siren of a single emergency vehicle; at last, I thought. Nearly an hour before, I and scores of others had witnessed the carnage left by a terrible accident on the highway. A truck and a car, many dead bodies, mangled wreckage.  More and more cars backed up in both directions. Ten, twenty, thirty minutes but still no sign of police or ambulance. Some men alighted from parked cars and were doing what they could. No one was in charge but somehow they were doing everything that could be done: moving, covering, clearing; quietly, efficiently and with respect. Everyone asked where the emergency services were. Why were they taking so long?  There was no answer, but ordinary Zimbabweans did what they have become so good at doing: they coped in a crisis and helped each other.  
          I couldn’t help but think what would happen to the victims in this tragic accident because just the day before, on the eve of Zimbabwe’s 38th anniversary of Independence, we had all been shocked to the core when Zimbabwe’s Vice President Chiwenga announced that over fifteen thousand government nurses, who had been on strike for one day, had been fired with immediate effect. There are only sixteen thousand government nurses in the country. It had been our first taste of the very heavy hand of Zimbabwe’s new leadership and it left us chilled, wondering what’s in store for the times ahead.
          The morning after the accident and the riverbank meeting, with memories of the day before still fresh on my mind, I stepped outside just before dawn. It was 5.30 in the morning and a nightjar landed on a leafless branch overlooking a kopje. In the pre-dawn twilight it was only a silhouette but the moment it sings, its identity is unmistakable. “Good Lord Deliver Us,” the fiery-necked nightjar sings, its call answered from somewhere in the thickets of the deep, dense valley below. Three or four times the nightjar calls, disappearing just as the soft orange glow of dawn lights the new day.

The call of the nightjar, “Good Lord Deliver Us,” is so appropriate for Zimbabwe today as we approach new elections. People’s lives are filled with such struggle, toil and suffering. A placard carried by a man demonstrating against a diamond mining company in Chiadzwa this week says it all: ‘Poverty in the Land of Plenty.’

To find more of Cathy’s work visit 

The Music of Hubert Parry

Anniversaries are excellent times for taking stock of, and re-evaluating, the work of creative artists – ask the BBC, or any gallery, bookshop or theatre! This year marks the centenary of the death of Hubert Parry (1848-1918), whose name might not be as well-known as the names of Elgar and Purcell, but whose music resonates with the public at large as much as anything they (or other figures such as Vaughan Williams and Britten) ever produced. Parry’s most enduring legacy is, of course, the Last Night of the Proms favourite, Jerusalem. This one song (it might be difficult, when push comes to shove, to describe it as a hymn) has been adopted by scores of organisations looking for an ‘English’ national anthem, and whilst we might say that this is because Blake’s words celebrate ‘England’s green and pleasant land’, the truth is that if the music hadn’t been so well crafted, the poem might have sunk into obscurity.

          Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was born into a family made wealthy by commerce, and despite sitting (and passing) the Oxford BMus examination whilst still a scholar at Eton, he was not expected to pursue a career in music, and instead read Law and Modern History at Oxford, and his first paid employment was with Lloyd’s, the insurers. His interest in music became a consuming passion at exactly the moment that his interest in insurance fizzled out and died: he pursued studies in composing in Germany as well as in England, and went to work under George Grove on his Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Shortly afterwards, at the age of 35, he was appointed to the Royal College of Music as Professor of Composition and Music History, and the flow of new works began, with symphonies, a piano concerto, chamber music and songs standing alongside major choral pieces such as Blest Pair of Sirens.

          His parallel careers as composer and educator continued until his death in 1918. Although there are four published symphonies, an opera, several oratorios, a significant number of piano pieces and several solo songs in his output, he is primarily remembered as a composer for choir and organ. The organ music amounts to two large pieces (a Toccata and Fugue known as The Wanderer, and a Fantasia and Fugue in G) and a generous handful of smaller pieces based on hymn-tunes, making around 90 minutes of music in total. The choral music is where he really made his mark, however: in his three large-scale anthems (Blest Pair of Sirens, Hear my Words, and the work commissioned for the 1902 Coronation: I was Glad), we hear a voice which combines the artistry and craft of Brahms with the dramatic harmonic language of Wagner, distilled through thoroughly English eyes and ears. In these pieces the broad sweep of melody, the depth of the harmonic support, the richness of the texture, and the quality of the word-setting combine to create a sound-world which is unmistakeable.

          Come and hear for yourself on Saturday 30 June at 7.00 pm (please note the starting time), when the Choir of St Olave’s will be conducted by Keith Wright, with the organist Daniel Hyde, in a programme of large- and small-scale choral and organ music by Parry. Daniel is Organist at St Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York – where former York Minster organist Thomas Tertius Noble had been organist from 1913-43 – and is one of the finest players of his generation, having been (amongst other things) Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, a finalist in the Royal College of Organists’ Performer of the Year competition, and a soloist at the BBC Proms. 

… and the St Olave’s Church Summer Music Festival

Daniel Hyde’s visit forms part of our Summer Music Festival at St Olave’s:

Beginning on Saturday 23 June at 8.00 pm, when the Academy of St Olave’s will give their 40th anniversary concert, the festival continues with a solo organ recital from Daniel Hyde, featuring music by Bach, Byrd and Mendelssohn, amongst others, on Wednesday 27 June at 7.30 pm.

          The Parry centenary concert on Saturday 30 June is followed by two free organ recitals: on Wednesday 4 July at 7.30 pm Timothy Hone (former Organist at Newcastle upon Tyne, and now Liturgy Manager at the Minster, as well as Organist at All Saints Pavement) will give a varied programme including the first movement of Widor’s Fifth Symphony, Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor and one of Reger’s colossal chorale-fantasias, on Hallelujah! Gott zu loben, alongside music by Bach, Lübeck, Karg-Elert and Schumann; Keith Wright will finish off the Festival with a recital on Saturday 14 July featuring music from Buxtehude, Bach, Alcock, Karg-Elert and Louis Vierne.

          Following several years of awaiting repairs (both to itself and to the building around it), the organ at St Olave’s is now in excellent health, and sounding at its very best. One of the region’s most versatile and complete instruments, it deserves to be better known: please do come and support our concerts, and spread the word far and wide!

Keith Wright

COMMUNITY OF THE CROSS OF NAILS – Healing the Wounds of History

Refugee Week: 18-24 JUNE 2018

The humanitarian tragedy of huge numbers of refugees around the world fleeing war and persecution, and the impact this has, cannot escape notice. Every year since 2009 when we began providing pew prayers at St Martin Coney Street, where the York group of the Community of the Cross of Nails is based, refugees have featured in these prayers and continue to do so as we regularly pray the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation each week.

This year, Refugee Week celebrates 20 years since it began in 1998, and is inviting individuals and organisations to join in celebrating their 20-year milestone of action. It suggests 20 Simple Acts that you could choose from if you want to be part of their celebration, and at the same time learn more about the lives of refugees.

Wednesday 20th June is United Nations World Refugee Day:

“This is not about sharing a burden. It is about sharing a global responsibility, based not only on the broad idea of our common humanity but also on the very specific obligations of international law. The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

On Friday, 22nd June, the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation will be prayed in St Martin’s at 12noon.  The Rev’d Kingsley Boulton, Deacon, who conducts this short service each week with a topical reflection, plans to give a reflection about refugees. You will be most welcome to join us. Fair Trade coffee/tea and biscuits are always available afterwards, or you can bring your own snack lunch. If you cannot come to this service, you will find Kingsley’s reflection on St Martin’s website:

Either could count as a ‘simple act’

Don’t miss! York Art Gallery exhibition “The Sea is the Limit” open until 2 September 2018.

We live in challenging times.  “An unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18” (UNHCR).  York is already  “sharing a global responsibility”.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” Matthew 25:35

Monica Lawrence

York Inner Wheel Club

After some amazing work and quick fingers and thumbs, the York Inner Wheel Club has managed to create over 2000 knitted, crocheted and felt poppies, of many shapes and sizes. They have sensed great inspiration from the All Saints Pavement Poppy Project, set to be held in November in remembrance of the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice signing. (We are also reliably informed that there are several hundred more currently in hand!)

York Christians in Science

We met for our inaugural meeting in January at Holy Trinity Micklegate with great success. Around 25 people attended the talk given by Prof Tom Mcleish, Professor of Natural Philosophy at University of York.

          Our next meeting will be on Saturday 16th June 2018 at 10.30 am in Holy Trinity Church, Micklegate. We will be given a talk by Dr Rhoda Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Physics at University of Sheffield. Dr Hawkins received her PhD at University of Leeds in 2005 and has completed several postdoc positions around the world. Her main research area is in theoretical biological physics which she describes as ‘using approaches from theoretical physics to study biology and biologically inspired systems.’

Dr Hawkins’s talk will be followed by a Q & A and refreshments. Come and see!

If you require any more information, please do get in touch at: or see Liam Page (St Olave’s) or Mark Kingaby-Daly (Holy Trinity)

Bible Study Afresh 2018

At 11.00 a.m. in the Vicarage, 52 Bootham on the fourth Thursday of the month (unless otherwise informed).

The dates are:

Thursday 28 June, Thursday 26 July, Thursday 23 August, Thursday 27 September, Thursday 25 October, Thursday 22 November (no meeting in December)

Janet Fox introduces us to various themes during the year.

Running/Pilgrim Course

9 June, 16 June, 23 June, 30 June

Run and study … A four-week course for Sunday School leaders and friends. The aims are to explore Christianity, deepen our faith, relate our faith to our lives and equip us to tell the story of Christianity to others (running before the meeting is optional but should be fun). Children are welcome at The Vicarage.

Run from 9.15am, coffee and study 10am – 11am on Saturday mornings for 4 weeks at The Vicarage, 52 Bootham (join in the running if you wish or arrive at The Vicarage to welcome the runners) If you want to run, meet at the Vicarage at 9.15am, you can leave the children with Jane if you wish.


York & District Organists’ Association Programme

Sat 30th June 2018: ‘East Riding Churches by John Loughborough Pearson’, Presented by Evan McWilliams - visits to the following churches: St Anne’s church, Ellerker; St Leonards church, Scorborough and St Mary’s church, South Dalton.

Sun 22nd – Fri 27th July 2018: IAO Festival, Peterborough

Sat 18th August 2018 – 11.00: ‘King and Queen of Holderness’- visits to the following churches: St Augustine’s church, Hedon; St Germain’s church, Winestead and St Patrick’s church, Patrington.

Sat 29th September 2018 – 19.00: ‘The General’ 1926 film, accompanied by Leonard Sanderman – St Olave’s church, York.

Sat 20th October 2018 – 14.00: Organ Recital by Robert Sharpe – All Saints church, North Street, York; AGM.

For more information contact Max Elliott