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A letter from our Priest-in-Charge, Jane Nattrass

Dear Friends

Alleluia, He is risen!

The season of Easter, bringing the promise of new life, of hope and peace beyond our imagining, continues during May until Ascension Day on Thursday 25 May.

Thank you to everyone who ensured that the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter were remarkable. The new life in the Vicarage garden meant that three of the four hens were taken with their hutch to St Olave’s on Easter Day.  It’s a form of Christian Hospitality which brought new life to us as we helped some children with disabilities, living in dire poverty in Uganda.

The hens were covered over and remained silent in church until the children revealed the Easter Garden. At the point, the hens began to cluck and continued to cackle all through the service (unfortunately they weren’t in tune with the beautiful choir music and hymn singing). At the end of the service we checked to see if the hens were alright. Daisy discovered that eggs had been laid! All three hens had laid their eggs during the service. What a surprise and what a delight.

The story of the hens has a sad post script. On the Tuesday after Easter, the carnage in the Vicarage Garden evidenced that a fox had visited. All four hens had been killed. The garden is now eerily quiet, a reminder of the empty tomb and the sadness of the disciples. 

The sadness at the death of the hens of course pails into insignificance when put alongside the Resurrection and the story of the road to Emmaus (the Gospel reading for the 2nd Sunday of Easter) or any painful experience we might have in life. The story of Jesus had filled the disciples with hope of a Messiah to redeem Israel. The fact that Jesus had died a terrible death simply added to the despair and gloom of the disciples.

Jesus accompanied them on their journey. Only when the disciples had finished did Jesus begin to talk. He took up the story where the disciples had left off. He opened their minds to a new way of looking at the scriptures. He showed them how all the prophets had foretold that the Messiah should suffer and die, and then enter into glory. The death of Jesus, far from being the end of the story, the end of the dream, was precisely the way in which it had been realised. It wasn’t until bread was broken that the disciples recognised the risen Christ. They had told their story, Jesus had listened and then talked to them. The journey to Emmaus was over and that’s when the disciples understood what had happened. That resonates with our lives. We may understand the history but not understand the story of today. We live our lives today and tomorrow – going forward but understand our experiences and our story backwards. We may never know at the time what Is happening to us. We have no perspective, no understanding. It’s only afterwards, sometimes a long time afterwards, that our eyes are opened and we begin to understand the experiences we’ve had.

For our deepest sorrows and pain in life, or when there are great changes happening, we might even, eventually, be grateful for the experience because we are the better for having been through it. And so we begin to understand the message of Jesus’s death and resurrection – glory achieved through suffering.

Through the experience and the telling of the story, the disciples were able to turn their lives around and live for their today and tomorrows. They had turned away from Jerusalem, lost faith. But their encounter with the risen Christ meant that they could return to Jerusalem to continue their discipleship. Jesus had helped the two disciples to tell their story so that it mingled with his. The story of Jesus, the Risen Christ is a story so closely connected to us, whether we recognised him or not. It is His story which makes sense of ours.

With love and prayers,


Prayers for use on Ascension Day

Let us pray
that the risen Christ
will lead us to eternal life
God our Father,
make us joyful
in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ.
May we follow him into the new creation,
for his ascension is our glory and our hope.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal

Blessed are you, Lord of heaven and earth,
to you be glory and praise for ever.
From the darkness of death you have raised your Christ
to the right hand of your majesty on high.
The pioneer of our faith, his passion accomplished,
has opened for us the way to heaven
and sends on us the promised Spirit.
May we be ready to follow the Way
and so be brought to the glory of his presence
where songs of triumph for ever sound:
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that as we believe your only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ
to have ascended into the heavens,
so we in heart and mind may also ascend
and with him continually dwell;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.Amen

Common Worship

Accomplish Update

Bring and share lunch St Olave’s Hall

There was a presentation about the work of Accomplish after Church on Sunday 23rd April during a bring-and-share lunch. Chris Action has stepped down from his treasurer’s work at St Olave’s to concentrate on working with Accomplish.  This is a Christian charity which seeks to support children and young adults with disability in Africa.  Its current work is in Uganda in the areas of education, medical outreach and income generation projects. It mainly funds the salaries of Ugandan staff including primary school teachers, vocational teachers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.  It also makes grants towards sustainable project resources.  

The story of Jane’s hens helped to raise funds and awareness. This is not the end of the story………………….

Lenten Adresses – thank you

A call to give an address during Sunday services at St Olave, St Denys and Holy Trinity Micklegate was answered and people were given the theme The Games People Play. Their games were Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo and Snakes and Ladders as a basis for an address during Lent rather than a sermon, linking it to the Gospel. The addresses were well prepared and were appreciated by those who heard them. Jose Knowles has kindly agreed for her address to be printed….


The object of the game is to determine who murdered the game's victim, where the crime took place, and which weapon was used. Each player assumes the role of one of the six suspects, and attempts to deduce the correct answer by strategically moving around a game board representing the rooms of a mansion and collecting clues about the circumstances of the murder from the other players.

John 3, 1-17   Teaching Nicodemus. For God so loved the world

God so loved the world: He gave his only begotten son, so all who believe in him will be saved

How can we relate a Murder Mystery Game with “God so loved the World”? I have to admit, when I was aware of the choice of my game I wanted to hide under my duvet, as due to my son’s murder this is a very emotional subject for me. Without God’s love and guidance I could not have come through this horrendous journey, and it is that I wish to share with you.

I was anxious about shedding tears but on reflection, our Jesus wept, so please do not worry.

I received a call from someone living near my son to say something had happened to him. On phoning the hospital I was advised the police would come to see me. I did not think about death; however, whilst waiting for the police, I was compelled to read and keep saying the 23rd Psalm. Reflecting on this later, I believe God was reassuring me Simon was not alone when he died. This was and still is a great comfort to me.

On telling my other son about his beloved brother, he was curled into the foetal position then sprang up overcome with rage and said he was going to seek revenge. Travelling to the hospital I prayed quietly. Due to the circumstances we could not see Simon or be told any information – all we could do was wait at hospital. The Chaplain came and he and I went to pray. I felt God’s love and was also compelled to pray for Simon’s fiancée, who had killed him. Returning to my son there was a peace around him and he was calm and told me not to worry: he would not do anything. There was a strong sense of peace around us; this could only have come from God.

We went through a long drawn out journey filled with confusion, disbelief, anger, deep grief and despair. 

God knew what we were going through. After all no matter how we dress it up, his son, our saviour Jesus was murdered.

When all seemed too much or unfair, I questioned Him relentlessly, often hearing  a calm voice saying “I know, Jose, I know,” and of course, he does. After all, Jesus went through many unfair trials.

Simon was not the only victim; his death impacted his children, his family and friends, his fiancée and her family. This is the same for all murder victims.

I was and still am thankful Simon has a new life in Heaven. I am not sure of what that looks like but I know it will be good, and God’s good, exceeds all our expectations.

Nicodemus (Prominent Jewish Leader)

Nicodemus could not understand how a person could be re-born: how could a fully grown person re-enter their mother’s womb?

Jesus explained it is not a re-born as in the human understanding but is a re-born by a change from within through the Holy Spirit.

We often hear the expression “I’m or you’re a changed person”, the inward change can often impact bodily appearance e.g. happier, more peaceful looking.

Apostle Paul (Saul)

The phrase “Damascus Road experience” is used to describe a conversion which is dramatic and startling. Many people receive Christ in a life-changing, instantaneous experience, although many others describe their conversion as more of a gradual understanding of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But both types of experiences have several things in common. First, salvation is of the Lord, by His will and according to His plan and purpose (Acts 22:14). As He does one way or another to each of us, Jesus made it clear to Saul that he had gone his own way for long enough. Now he was to become an instrument in the hands of the Master to do His will as He had foreordained it.

Second, the response of both Saul and all those who are redeemed by Christ is the same: “What do you want me to do?”  Like Saul, we do not bargain, negotiate, question, or come halfway. The response of the redeemed is obedience. When God truly touches our hearts, our only response can be, “Lord, may your will be done and may you use me to do it.” Such was the experience of Saul on the Damascus Road.

Saul’s dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus was the beginning of an incredible journey. And while not all conversions are as startling as Saul’s, each of us is commissioned by Jesus to live in obedience to Him (John 14:15), love one another in His name (1 John 2:23), “know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,” (Philippians 3:10), and tell the world of the wonderful riches in Christ.

God did not go to all the trouble of sending his son merely to point an accusing finger at the world. No, he came so the world may be put right. All who acknowledge the Son may be saved, they welcome God’s light and strive to live in the Spirit of God, i.e. re changing thoughts, feelings actions.

We are all called to change our ways of thinking so we become more like Christ.

It was the Jesus in me that has brought me through everything; I dare not imagine the dark place I would be without his love and teaching.

God helped me forgive [name removed], not just from my lips but from my heart. He helped me to have empathy for her. It made me conscious and in awe of the enormity of God’s love and forgiveness.

Murder is portrayed as a game, a book, film and TV. I had to work to forgive this frivolous action, as they do not know what they do or the hurt it causes to all impacted by murder.

We must forgive as we are forgiven, we cannot cherry pick, by forgiving some things but not others. After all we are not here to judge.

Anyone who believes in Jesus Christ for salvation is forgiven, no matter what sins they have committed (Romans 6:23; John 3:16). Now, a murderer will likely still face serious consequences (legal, relational, etc.) for their actions – more so than someone who was “just” a liar. But a murderer’s sins are completely and permanently forgiven the moment they believe and place their faith in Christ.

I am at peace and actually joyful that [name removed] is loved and forgiven; I am not sure if she is truly sorry or if she has a relationship with God but I leave that in God’s hands.
One of the most wonderful truths of Scripture is that God freely forgives sin. Because God’s grace is infinite, there is no limit to the sin God is willing to forgive in Christ. No sin is beyond the reach of God’s grace. “Where sin increased, grace increased all the more” (Romans 5:20).

God's love is personal. He knows each of us individually and loves us personally. His is a mighty love that has no beginning and no end. Amen                                                                       

Jose Knowles, St Denys

Congratulations to our ordinands!

Congratulations to James Kenny from St Lawrence and Maxine Waller from St Denys who have both been recommended to train for the priesthood. We are all very pleased for them both. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for formation, study and new experiences.  

These congratulations add to a growing list…. Also to David Hobman, who will be ordained as a Deacon in July and Peter Wells, who will be licensed as a Reader in November. There will be more news soon of others who have been to selection conferences.

Deanery Synod – all change

At the Annual Parochial Church Meetings the elections took place for Deanery Synod.  Thank you to those of you who have served. There will be more elections at the Deanery Synod to election a Deanery Leadership Team as the structure and purposes of Deanery Synod are changing. Our Rural Dean will be an Area Dean and a Deanery Leadership Team will be put in place to encourage working together across the Deanery. This will link to the Diocesan strategy. The Archbishop and his leadership team are offering three specific goals to every parish and the whole Diocese alike:
1. Reach the people we currently don’t
2. Move to growth
3. Establish sustainable finances

Our Deanery Synod members are:-

All Saints Pavement

St Denys

St Helen with St Martin

St Olave

Joanna Finlay

James Gaughan


Mary Brooks

Maxine Waller (ex-officio Diocesan Synod)

Andrew Hingston

Margaret Hammersley

(ex-offico Diocesan Synod)

Ruth Sillar

Margaret Eyre

Paul Tyack

Doreen Gurrey

St Lawrence

Holy Trinity Micklegate


Graham Martin

Sarah McTiernan


Tim Moore



Advance notice – there will  a service at York Minster on Saturday 23rd September to commission the new deanery structures.  Please support this even if you are not a Deanery Synod member.

Sunday School

The children at St Olave’s enjoyed the events of Good Friday and Easter Day. They were asked to keep the plans for the Easter service under wraps. Some very excited children arrived for the service…. (read Jane’s letter). The children will be following the lectionary for the next few weeks, both at St Olave and St Lawrence.

7 May 2017

John 10:1-10 The Good shepherd

make sheep

14 May 2017

John 14:1-4 Jesus comforts his disciples

Design a cross full of people who care and comfort

21 May 2017

John 14:15-21 Jesus promises the Holy Spirit


28 May 2017



4 June Pentecost


flame headdresses

11 June 2017

Trinity Sunday

Charlotte and Nina

Father, Son and Holy Spirit

18 June 2017

Matthew 9:35-10:8 The workers are few


Who works in church?

25 June 2017

Matthew 10:24-39 Peace

Make peace doves

2 July 2017

Matthew 10:40-42 the welcome

welcome signs

9 July 2017

Matthew 11:16-19 A friend of tax collectors and sinners

Craft to join up friends

16 July 2017

Matthew 13:1-9 The sower

Plant seeds in the garden

23 July 2017

Matthew 13:24-30 Parable of the weeds

Talking to the gardener

30 July 2017

Matthew 13:31-33 and 44-52 The parable of the mustard seed

Grow mustard seeds

Annual Parochial Church Meetings

At the Annual meetings we heard about the good work across the churches in the year ended 31 December 2016 and we look forward to see what God might have in store for us this year.

Election of churchwardens

All Saints Pavement: James Finlay and Trinh Diep

St Denys: Rodney Troubridge and Charles Kightly

St Helen with St Martin: Anthony and Margaret Hammersley

St Olave: Ben Pugh, Chris Acton, Paul Towers + one vacancy

Holy Trinity Micklegate: Dick Lane and John Linford

St Lawrence: Kevin Atkinson and Iain Milne

Please pray for the churchwardens and the work they do.

Closing remarks by the Rev’d Jane Nattrass

I begin with a huge and well deserved thank you to officers and PCC members and everyone who takes an active part in the life of our churches.

In 2016 our churches continued to join in where we see God at work in this city.

All Saints Pavement has had some very successful services which are well supported by a small dedicated team from the church who ensure a warm welcome. In January they welcomed the Dean of Canterbury as a visiting preaching with the Merchant Adventurers. At St Denys, the Friends of St Denys was born. This is a group from church who are seeking ways to grow a community to support the church as it brings to fruition plans for the Heritage Lottery Funded scheme to repair the north aisle. The enthusiasm and creativity of the group has meant that St Denys is looking outwards to serve the community.  St Helens’, the emphasis on Celtic Christianity and classical music in the Eucharists, at St Helen’s continues to strengthen. There are plans to change the service pattern so that most services will be on a Saturday from September 2017. St Martin’s has moved into a new phase with the emphasis on peace and reconciliation and the start of a praying community of the cross of nails as well as hosting Bumps, Babies and Toddlers – where over 140 children have been welcomed in the past year. St Olave’s success has been in attracting new members of the church, a programme of social events and a strong Sunday School thanks to the commitment of the parents and a strong choir thanks to the work of Keith Wright and to Max Elliott. 

For all of our churches, weddings have increased. In 2016, there were 54 taken and/or booked. This brings new people to the churches and of course increases income. It is a delight to see PCC members and officers who started attending because they were getting married. 

We thank Chris Acton for line-managing the work of the Youth and Children Coordinator. During the year, that post was made redundant. We record our thanks to the work of Jo Jones. We also owe a debt of gratitude to Jess Galley and others who continue to strengthen the work of Bumps, Babies and Toddlers.  

Growing is a blessing and a challenge as we try to find ways to practice Christian hospitality.

There is no doubt that 2016 was a year of building challenges. Each church has a story to tell about repairs and projects. All Saints Pavement clock is now back safely in place and the Benefaction Boards have been restored – a very special thank you to James Finlay for his work. St Denys has been exploring how to deal with a north wall which seems to be leaving the church building – thank you to Charles Kightly, Rodney Troubridge and others for seeking ways to address the building issues at St Denys. The pinnacle repairs at St Martin and the bells at St Helen are very public examples but much unseen work has been done at St Helen – thank you to Anthony and Margaret Hammersley. At  St Olave, work on the roof which should have been finished by December 2015 extended until June – thank you to Chris Acton, Ben Pugh, Helen Fields and the late George Wells. We were grateful to Holy Trinity Micklegate for welcoming the congregation for several months. The plans for an inside toilet and new access for those who require assistance and for families with pushchairs etc  have come to fruition at Easter 2017.  Work at St Crux to refurbish the kitchen was completed – we thank Dorothy Lee for her work at St Crux. Thank you to all of the churchwardens for their unstinting commitment to  ensure that our buildings are the best they can be.

Our churches continue to provide hospitality for services and events. St Helen’s continues to lead the way by joining in, for example, with the University of York’s Festival of Ideas and has successfully built relationships, both locally, nationally and internationally to secure future bookings. Publicity for the City’s Festivals is superb with the use of printed brochures, website, hashtags, tweets etc. The churchwardens in St Helens, St Martins and All Saints Pavement and St Denys have provided us with best practice in that every time there is an event, people from the church acts as hosts. This has been invaluable work to welcome many to our churches.

We continue to be grateful to the retired clergy for their wisdom and experience in many areas of church life – Malcolm Grundy, Sue Rushton, Brian Harris and Gwynne Wright. Stephen Griffith has strengthened this willing band of retired clergy. We were also pleased to welcome Rev’d Nia Williams, Padre with 2 Signals and Rev’d John Hanks, a deacon, who now take services at All Saints Pavement. And we thank David Simpson , Derek Earis, and Eric Robinson for all they do as well as Janet Fox, Tony Hunt, Kingsley Boulton, Peter Marsland and Dave Hobman as Readers, alongside Peter Wells, who is training to be a Reader. There is now a recognised parish assistant, Jack Ward, who helps with the children’s work at St Lawrence and at St Lawrence School. Thank you to Jess Galley and the parents at St Olave for the children’s work. Holy Trinity Micklegate now has Messy Church and initiated the Advent Sleepout in December to raise funds for the Church Urban Fund.

We give thanks for the gifts and work of Tim Hone, Keith Wright, Max Elliott, Thomas Hawkes, Adrian Crawford, James Kenny, Alan Hardwick, Jonty Ward and Alison Bailey, who are Directors of Music, Assistant Directors of Music, organists and scholars. Thank you for the music and for leading and encouraging the choirs to enhance worship.

We said we would continue to develop digital communication and maintain the printed edition of Touch Base alongside the website, Facebook, Twitter etc.  Many thanks to Peter Wells, Alison Bailey, Lucie Hunter and others for their work on this. Please look at Facebook for York City Centre Churches – like and share what you find.

All Saints Pavement also successfully launched The Sunday Feed for the homeless, based initially at St Crux is now held at St Michael Spurriergate under the aegis of All Saints Pavement. Thank you to Dave Hobman for driving this project and thank you to all who volunteer.

The workload increased as Peter Jones left us for Farnsfield. A new full time priest has accepted the post, to be based at St Lawrence, with a remit to support the Priest-in-Charge. An announcement will be made hopefully in June 2017.

Join me in giving thanks for the work of PCC members. We especially thank Peter Hulbert who is not standing for PCC at All Saints Pavement – he has served for 48 years. Thank you to our treasurers, Chris, Alan, James, Ken, Adam, Margaret, Rex and Adam, and  to our secretaries Janet, Kingsley, Maxine and Joanna. To all of our churchwardens and lay chairs who do sterling work – thank you. Thank you to all who exercise a public ministry – clergy, Readers, sidespeople, servers, organists, choirs, florists, cleaners, coffee providers, gardeners, sacristans, bellringers…. and thank you to all who do work unseen. The annual report is full of news of the good things that happen in our churches and in the streets of York    thank you for offering to serve and for all you do.

All of this work is done so that we can help to be faithful to the words of Jesus “I came that they should have life and life in abundance.” All we have to do is join in and say as Jesus also said “Come and you will see”.


School Governors

St Lawrence C of E Primary School is looking for Foundation Governors who will contribute and strengthen the work of the Local Governing Committee at St Lawrence. The school is part of the Pathfinder Academy.  The school is a delightful community with many interesting challenges. Are you being called to serve?  Please contact Rev’d Jane Nattrass

The York Design Awards competition was judged in April and we are waiting for the results which be announced on Monday 26 June at the Racecourse.

Our churches feature in four entries:-

1.     The Rigg Memorial in St Lawrence Churchyard

2.     Pocket Park at All Saints Pavement

3.     The Afghanistan Window at All Saints Pavement

4.     The Peace Bells at Holy Trinity Goodramgate, Merchant Adventurers Gardens and St Paul’s Bookshop, Fossgate – a project by All Saints Pavement.

The above link is for the voting for the York Design Awards 2017 People's Choice Award.  Please cast your vote, and pass on the link!

The official launch of the 2017 York Design Awards took place on Monday 6th February 2017 at The Hiscox Building, York. Curator, writer and cultural consultant Lewis Biggs was the keynote speaker at the 2017 launch. It was fascinating to hear about his extensive experience including delivering a number of culturally significant developments in the UK and overseas over the past two decades. Lewis previously positions as Director of Liverpool Biennial and Director of Tate Liverpool.

The aim of the York Design Awards is to encourage and promote excellence in design and conservation, striving for the highest standards which will delight present and future generations.

These prestigious Awards are open to all developments within the City of York Council boundary, normally completed within the last three years.

Entries within each category do not compete against each other. An award is given if an entry meets the criteria of the awards, and so several or no awards can be given to each category. Therefore, to receive an award can be perceived as achieving a high design standard, as viewed by the judges.

Applicants were asked to suggest a category their scheme fits and then the judging panel will make a final allocation. In addition to this, entries are also eligible for three special awards irrespective of the category they are considered under. There is one award made for each of these. The Lord Mayor’s Award is for an exceptional design. The Sustainability Award is for an exceptional application of sustainable principles. The panel of judges considers both of these. Finally, the People’s Choice Award is made by a public vote organised by the York Press. Entries opt in to this public vote.

Judging Criteria:

The following criteria are used when assessing schemes:

Quality of Design


Materials & Workmanship


Ability to Delight

Work at St Olave’s

The work to widen the ramp and install the toilet is almost complete and it is looking splendid. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in bringing the plans to fruition. Watch for details of a service to dedicate the roof, ramp and toilet!

Thy Kingdom Come

25 May to 4 June 2017

Pray as one with Christians around the world for people to know Jesus Christ.

The Archbishop's of Canterbury and York have invited all churches to take part in 'Thy Kingdom Come' in its second year. This global prayer movement taking place between Ascension and Pentecost has taken on an ecumenical feel this year with support from Churches Together in England. The Diocese will be holding a 'Beacon Event' in York Minster on Pentecost Sunday, 4 June at 7.00pm. This will be a prayer and praise event aimed at young people - but all are welcome. It is important that parishes take up the call to pray. The wave of prayer has three simple aims:

 - people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family;

 - churches will hold prayer events in different ways and different places;

 - people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding a new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

York Organ Concerts 2017

All Saints’ Church, North Street

Last Fridays April -Sept

All Saints’ Church, Pavement

May Day and Summer Bank Holidays

Central Methodist Church

1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays

15th June - 5th October

St Helen, Stonegate

4th Wednesdays at 1.10pm

May - September

St Martin’s Church, Coney Street

**Organ Plus Concerts**

2nd Thursdays May - Sept

York Minster

Nave Console—Last Friday in April

Every Friday in May

Quire Console - Last Saturday in July

Every Saturday in August

Well done to Timothy Hone who gave the Organ Concert on 1st May at All Saints Pavement. The audience were enchanted by pieces by Bach, Bridge, Whitlock, Jongen and Vierne. The word of the day was ‘charming’ – there was some utterly charming music.

The Friends of St Lawrence

The Friends of St Lawrence was founded in 1958 as an independent social society, "open to all persons interested in the welfare of St Lawrence", and "united by a common desire to aid in its maintenance, development, and well-being".

The Friends' main current activity is running a programme of monthly Friday night talks by guest speakers. Recent subjects have included the chocolate boxes sent to York soldiers during the First World War and the thank you letters the soldiers wrote; the life of the church today in Zimbabwe; and British gardens. The Friends also organise other occasional events (such as the "Edwardian Christmas" social do which has proved popular for the past couple of years, and a large display of local history photographs), and generally promote fellowship and friendship amongst members.

The next meeting is the AGM on Saturday 20 May 2017. Evensong is at 4pm followed by tea. Please let James Kenny know if you would like to attend.

The Honley Ladies Choir came to sing at a wedding for one of their members. They loved it so much that they arranged to come back to give a concert. Please support them.

Giving to Churches

Weekly or monthly, your generous offerings pay for the ministry which ensures that our churches are alive and seeking to serve. We are all aware that the way we deal with our personal finances has changed over the last few years. Now there are several to ways give to the church. Please consider to give via the internet – it is a great help to the money counters, those who bank and the treasurers.

-        Joining the stewardship scheme which allows you to give monthly through envelopes

-        Joining the stewardship scheme and giving by standing order

-        Internet banking

-        By mobile phone using text messaging – currently St Helen with St Martin and St Olave

-        On the collection plate at services or by using the donations safes.

-        Leave a legacy to the church in your will.

In due course we are expecting cheques to disappear from financial systems but the treasurers have all of that in hand. They will be pleased to talk to you about how to give or speak to the clergy. Each parish has a gift aid secretary to ensure confidentiality in regard to your giving. Please try to Gift Aid if you can as this allows the churches to reclaim income tax on your gift. Of course this can only happen if you had paid the tax.

1.              Internet Banking – if you are looking at this on the website then please contact the church treasurers for details.

St Denys

If you wish to contribute via a BACs payment please use

sort code 40-47-31, account number 30726400 payable to St Denys PCC

Please let the treasurer know if you are doing this and gift aid if possible

All Saints Pavement

If you wish to contribute e via a BACS payment please use

sort code 20-99-56  account 00113549 payable to All Saints Pavement PCC

Please let the treasurer know if you are doing this and gift aid if possible

St Helen with St Martin

If you wish to contribute e via a BACS payment please use

sort code 40-52-40  account 00012035  payable to St Helen with St Martin PCC

Please let the treasurer know if you are doing this and gift aid if possible. 

St Olave

If you wish to contribute via a BACs payment please use

sort code 40 52 40, account number 00007806 payable to St Olave’s PCC

Please let the treasurer know if you are doing this and gift aid if possible

Holy Trinity Micklegate

If you wish to contribute via a BACs payment please use 

Sort code : 05-04-54, account number 16846098, payable to Holy Trinity Micklegate PCC

Please let the treasurer know if you are doing this and gift aid if possible

St Lawrence

If you wish to contribute via a BACs payment please use

Sort Code 05-09-94, account A/c 25485880m payable to St Lawrence's PCC

Please let the treasurer know if you are doing this and gift aid if possible

2.     Textgiving using your mobile phone        

There are notices in some of our churches detailing how to do this. It is aimed at visitors, guests at weddings etc. We are not charged a fee for this service but individuals will be charged the usual text fee depending on the contract.

St Helens and St Martin

Text SHSM14 followed by the amount you want to give to 70070

Eg to give £10 SHSM14£10 to 70070 

St Olaves

Text olav15 followed by the amount you want to give to 70070

Eg to give £10  olav15£10 to 70070


Look out for the wedding booklets in our churches. At least once a week, a couple will phone to arrange an appointment to meet to discuss how they can get married in our churches. We are always very pleased to welcome and support them in the preparations for their wedding day. 

To book a wedding contact Rev’d Jane Nattrass 07568 530503

Quarterly Newsletter for the Friends of St Denys Summer 2017

Welcome to the second of a series of regular quarterly bulletins for the community of Friends of St Denys. Please let us have your feedback on the newsletter – what is of interest to you and what isn’t! And if you have any ideas of what else should be included, do tell us. You can email us:

2017, an important year at St Denys

To continue the story: early in 2016 St Denys PCC made a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding to address major concerns with the built fabric of our beloved Church – the north aisle was very evidently moving away from the main structure! This being a challenge to congregation, community AND conservationists of important heritage, we determined that a process of engaging community friends, alongside the urgent and important exploratory building works agenda, was a priority. And it encouraged us to seek the help of our friends ie YOU... That journey is now progressing well....journey with us!

Since sending you our Spring newsletter, we have been working hard to complete –to the satisfaction of our HLF scrutineers - a report on Phase 1 of the project and to submit a major funding bid for Phase 2 which, if successful, will involve development work across 2017 ending March 2018.

 Opening our Doors – what we’ve done and what we shall do…………. 

Holy Week 2017  Open Church days:

“welcomers” from the congregation open church three half days per week;

 Continuing...                                 Local groups share our space & hospitality:

February 2017  New organ scholar now engaged with St Denys

February 2017  Shakespeare in Love: a successful evening of love poetry & songs for St Valentine’s DayMarch 2017      

Joska & Anthony in concert: entertained an appreciative audience with music from around the world.

 April 2017        St Crux fundraiser

Worship for All


Regular services, Sundays at 10am with BSL signed service first Sunday of month plus Wednesday mornings at 9.30am

29/4 10-4pm: a popular event bringing our story into the heart of York Do join us....

April 2017                              Crowd-funding launch

As an important part of our fundraising work for the North Aisle we are moving towards a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). At the same time, the congregation must fund a large part of the work: £100,000! Hence, our appeal to friends for crowd-funding support at the above address

You can help us in two ways. You can donate directly to the website by visiting the site and following instructions!

And/or, importantly, you can share the link with your family, friends and colleagues who might wish help. The good news is that in just three weeks the site has attracted donations of £1025

May 2017                    Refreshing St Denys website

Do check this update of our proud legacy and future activities with new images and new text, at

Summer 2017                      Stories from St Denys

A new series of 3 local history talks on people and places around St Denys and York: (May 15/ June 12/July 10, Mondays at this space for further details...

July 2017                    Brunch & Bubbly with the Vicar @ 52 Bootham July 23rd  , 12noon,

We would like to invite you to join us at the Vicarage in Bootham for a summer get together of light refreshments after the church service at St Denys (you are welcome to join us at 10 am)

As a fundraiser for the North Aisle appeal there will be a modest entry fee of £7 per person... tickets available on request to

Trinity Sunday 11 June Picnic = either in St Olave’s Churchyard or the Museum Gardens. Bring a picnic and join us after the service.

2 July 2017 York Minster Ordination of Deacons – including Dave Hobman

15 July Mediaeval Day at St Olave’s. Guided talks, children’s activities, refreshments and crafts. Part of York Archaeological Trust’s Mediaeval Festival

Sat 18 Nov Ceilidh, more details nearer the time.


15 June 2017 at 7.30pm in All Saints Pavement. Part of the Festival of Ideas ‘The Story of Things.

Confirmation Service in 2017

If you would like to be Confirmed this year , please speak to the clergy or send an e-mail to So far, there are candidates for All Saints Pavement, St Olave, St Lawrence and Holy Trinity Micklegate – it’s not too late to ask.  No date has been set yet.


Hamlet’s Revenge!

7.30 Friday 5th May St. Olave’s Church Hall

Are you a budding Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot?                  

Can you solve the mystery?              

Take the opportunity to exercise your ‘little grey cells’ and solve the mysterious death of an actor who fails to rise from his death scene for the curtain call! “Hamlet’s Revenge” will both challenge and entertain you. With an all-star cast gathered entirely from the St. Olave’s congregation come along, take up the challenge and enjoy the fun. Bring a bottle, and nibbles will be provided.

(no previous knowledge of ‘Hamlet’ required!)

On 30 April 2017 , St Helen Stonegate was full as we gathered for a Eucharist and thanksgiving for the restoration of the bells. It was a truly wonderful occasion. Come and you will see. Invitations were sent out and people responded positively. It was good to see donors who had given generously to the project and especially to see so many of the Feoffees from All Saints Pavement and St Helen with St Martin.

Extract from the sermon based on the Road to Emmaus ……….

There is no doubt that this church of St Helen has a story to tell. It’s a story of its history, a story of today and a story of all of its tomorrows. It’s a story of St Helen, the mother of Constantine, of a Christian life here in York. It’s a story of the bell founders, of architects and churchwardens over the years, it’s a story the people who have worshipped here and it’s our story of today, of people joining in community to worship God and to follow in the steps of Jesus so that we can show others the way to life and life in abundance.

The sound of the bells were heard from this church for over 3 centuries. There sound and their story were lost in the 1990s. And now, thanks to the generosity of donors and the work of the Anthony and Margaret Hammersley, churchwardens, the bells at St Helen’s ring once more adding to the sound scape of the bells in York and the story of Christianity in this city. It is pleasing that John Bradbury composed the introit music for the start of this service and dedicated it to St Helen’s.  It is a pity that Canon Derek Earis cannot be with us tonight because of illness. It is particularly relevant that the bells have been restored as part of the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1 which we will mark next year. During War time, some church bells were not rung under war time legislation. The story of the bells continues and none of the story is lost.

Through the experience and the telling of the story on the Road to Emmaus, the disciples were able to turn their lives around and live for their today and tomorrows. They had turned away from Jerusalem, lost faith. But their encounter with the risen Christ meant that they could return to Jerusalem to continue their discipleship. Jesus had helped the two disciples to tell their story so that it mingled with his. May the bells of St Helen continue to call people to worship the risen, ascended Christ;  to announce the time by means of quarterly chimes and the striking of the hours; to ring out when there is a wedding and toll when there is a funeral. May they mark the significant times of people’s lives and continue to be part of the story of Jesus whose story is so closely connected to us, whether we recognised him or not. It is His story which makes sense of ours.