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Parish notices: 17 April 2022

Revision of electoral roll

Revision of the parish electoral roll will take place between 23 April and 7 May. If you are not currently on the electoral roll and wish to be, see our Electoral Roll Officer Catherine Sirrell or one of our churchwardens for an application form. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected]

Become a research volunteer at Temple Newsam

Have you ever wanted to dig into the fashions, passions, and influences of those who lived at Temple Newsam House? The Leeds Museums & Galleries team are looking for a volunteer to work with their curators and uncover new stories. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, why not read more?

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Parish Notices: 10 April 2022

Holy Week and Easter at Whitkirk

Said Eucharists for Holy Week

This Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30 pm

Sung Eucharist for Maundy Thursday
with the washing of feet and the Watch

This Thursday 14 April at 7.30 pm

Messy Church on Good Friday

This Friday 15 April at 10.00 am

The Liturgy of Good Friday

This Friday 15 April at 2.30 pm

The Stations of the Cross

This Friday 15 April at 7.30 pm

The Easter Vigil

Next Sunday 17 April at 6.00 am

Sung Eucharist for Easter Day

Next Sunday 17 April at 10.00 am


Revision of electoral roll

Revision of the parish electoral roll will take place between 23 April and 7 May. If you are not currently on the electoral roll and wish to be, see our Electoral Roll Officer Catherine Sirrell or one of our churchwardens for an application form. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected]

Stations of the Cross

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. In the 1500s, villages all over Europe started creating replicas of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem – a way to make this small part of a pilgrimage accessible without travelling to the Holy Land. Eventually, these shrines became the set of fourteen Stations we now know and which are placed in so many Churches in the world.

This Good Friday you’re invited to join us in person at 7.30 pm as we travel the Stations, or you can follow the journey yourself on our website at whitkirkchurch.org.uk/stations, either on your own or guided by our recordings.

Confirmation of Adam Kelly

We’re delighted to share the news that Adam will be confirmed by the Bishop of Leeds at Bradford Cathedral on Easter Eve at 7.00 pm. You are welcome to join in person or online – see their website for more details.

Become a research volunteer at Temple Newsam

Have you ever wanted to dig into the fashions, passions, and influences of those who lived at Temple Newsam House? The Leeds Museums & Galleries team are looking for a volunteer to work with their curators and uncover new stories. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, why not read more?

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Parish Notices: 3 April 2022

Prayers during Lent

Throughout Lent, we’re offering a time and space for prayer. On Tuesdays at 5.00 pm you can join us for the prayer for the day, either in person in the church, or online. On Thursdays, round off the day at 9.00 pm by joining us online for the calm of the night prayer.

Find out more at whitkirkchurch.org.uk/prayers.

Revision of electoral roll

Revision of the parish electoral roll will take place between 23 April and 7 May. If you are not currently on the electoral roll and wish to be, see our Electoral Roll Officer Catherine Sirrell or one of our churchwardens for an application form. Alternatively, send an email to [email protected]

Stations of the Cross

From the earliest of days, followers of Jesus told the story of his passion, death and resurrection. In the 1500s, villages all over Europe started creating replicas of the way of the cross, with small shrines commemorating the places along the route in Jerusalem – a way to make this small part of a pilgrimage accessible without travelling to the Holy Land. Eventually, these shrines became the set of fourteen Stations we now know and which are placed in so many Churches in the world.

This Good Friday you’re invited to join us in person at 7.30 pm as we travel the Stations, or you can follow the journey yourself on our website at whitkirkchurch.org.uk/stations, either on your own or guided by our recordings.

Ripon Cathedral 1,350th

This year Ripon Cathedral is marking an incredible milestone, celebrating 1,350 years since its consecration by St Wilfrid in 672 AD.

The Cathedral is hosting a series of events to mark this.  For more details, please visit www.riponcathedral.org.uk/1350th.

Easter Egg-stravaganza holiday club

In partnership with churches in East Leeds, Connecting Crossgates will be providing food and activities and covering the Easter story for over 100 children and families over the Easter school break, and would love more people from across the churches to join in.

Help is needed with craft activities on tables, serving refreshments, wiping tables and tidying up. If you can spare an hour between 9.30 am and 2.30 pm, it would be appreciated!

Monday 4 April and Tuesday 5th April at St Richards Church in Seacroft Wednesday 6 April and Thursday 7th April at Manston St James Parish Hall

If you’re interested, email [email protected] or telephone Kären on 07985 035125.

A service of thanks & action

Today at 3.30 pm
St Richard’s Church, Seacroft

Join the Bishop of Leeds, Rt Revd Nick Baines, for a service of thanks and action supporting those in food crisis.

The food bank at St Richard’s Church continues to support hundreds of families during the ongoing cost of living crisis, and all are welcome to join this service, pray, offer thanks for the hard work and generosity so far and reflect on what can be done to ultimately bring an end to the hunger experienced by too many.

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

This Thursday 7 April at 7.30 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course explores our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’re reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

Pre-Easter retreat day with Bishop Nick

This Saturday 9 April at 10.00 am
St Paul’s Church, Ireland Wood

Take a break from parish life and come to this day on the theme of “Preparing for Surprise: Deserts, Oases and Hope”. Based on Isaiah 40-55, this day led by Bishop Nick works alongside the Rhythm of Life initiative from the Diocese of Leeds.

The day is free, and drinks are provided, but you’ll need to bring your own packed lunch. To book onto the day, please get in touch with [email protected] and say how many places you would like.

Sung Eucharist for Palm Sunday with procession and dramatic reading of the Passion

Next Sunday 10 April at 10.00 am
St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk

Celebrate Jesus’s entrance to Jerusalem with us as we head into Holy Week by processing in song from the Community Centre to the church. Then during the service, we hear a dramatic reading of the Passion, setting our minds for the week to come.

Messy Church

Next Sunday 10 April at 4.00 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

Church, but more hands-on. Join us in the Community Centre for drinks and a biscuit, get stuck in with activities around the week’s theme, and then end with a short, informal act of worship in the church.

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Parish Notices: 27 March 2022

Christian Aid Ukraine Appeal

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, with over a million people already having fled their homes. Christian Aid are working with partner organisations to offer assistance, and their website at christianaid.org.uk offers several ways you can help ranging from donations through prayer to writing to your elected representatives.

Prayers during Lent

Throughout Lent, we’re offering a time and space for prayer. On Tuesdays at 5.00 pm you can join us for the prayer for the day, either in person in the church, or online. On Thursdays, round off the day at 9.00 pm by joining us online for the calm of the night prayer.

Find out more at whitkirkchurch.org.uk/prayers.

A thank you to the Co-op

Thank you to the Co-op Food and Co-op Funeralcare in Whitkirk, who have generously provided the daffodils for this morning’s service.

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

Next Thursday 31 March at 7.30 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course explores our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’re reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

Thank God It’s Friday

Next Friday 1 April at 6.30 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

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Parish Notices: 20 March 2022

Christian Aid Ukraine Appeal

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, with over a million people already having fled their homes. Christian Aid are working with partner organisations to offer assistance, and their website at christianaid.org.uk offers several ways you can help ranging from donations through prayer to writing to your elected representatives.

Conversation Club is looking for volunteers

Have you ever thought that you would like to help refugees and asylum seekers, but didn’t know how? If you like meeting new people and enjoy a chat, Conversation Club Leeds wants to hear from you.

They’re a charity that provides a safe space for refugees and asylum seekers to socialise and practise speaking English, and they need volunteers for people to chat to and befriend for an hour or two at their twice-weekly meetings. You will need to have great people skills, lots of empathy and a good sense of humour, but you will get a lot in return!

If you’re interested, drop them an email at [email protected]

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

Next Thursday 24 March at 7.30 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course explores our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’re reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

Sung Eucharist for Mothering Sunday

Next Sunday 27 March at 9.00 am
St Mary’s Church, Whitkirk

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Parish Notices: 13 March 2022

Ukraine Crisis Appeal

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, with over a million people already having fled their homes.

Christian Aid are working with partner organisations to offer assistance, and their website offers several ways you can help ranging from donations through prayer to writing to your elected representatives.

Conversation Club Leeds is looking for volunteers

Have you ever thought that you would like to help refugees and asylum seekers, but didn’t know how? If you like meeting new people and enjoy a chat, Conversation Club Leeds wants to hear from you. They’re a charity that provides a safe space for refugees and asylum seekers to socialise and practise speaking English, and they need volunteers for people to chat to and befriend for an hour or two at their twice-weekly meetings. You will need to have great people skills, lots of empathy and a good sense of humour, but you will get a lot in return!

If you’re interested, drop them an email at [email protected].

Messy Church

Today at 4.00 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

Worship for all ages, starting with drinks, a snack and activities in the Community Centre and finishing with an informal act of worship in the church.

Thank God It’s Friday

Next Friday 18 March at 6.30 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

Unwind at the end of the week with us – drop in to grab a drink, play some games, order a takeaway, or even just to chat.

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

Thursdays in Lent, continuing 10 March at 7.30 pm
The Smeaton Room, Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course explores our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’re reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

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Parish Notices: 6 March 2022

Ukraine Crisis Appeal

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine is threatening the lives and livelihoods of civilians across the country, with over a million people already having fled their homes.

Christian Aid are working with partner organisations to offer assistance, and their website offers several ways you can help ranging from donations through prayer to writing to your elected representatives.

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

Thursdays in Lent, continuing 10 March at 7.30 pm
The Smeaton Room, Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course explores our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’re reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

Messy Church

Next Sunday 13 March at 4.00 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

Worship for all ages, starting with drinks, a snack and activities in the Community Centre and finishing with an informal act of worship in the church.

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Parish Notices: 27 February 2022

Our current COVID precautions

To reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus we continue to recommend that you wear a face covering if you can. Communion is once again available as both bread and wine, although if you wish to receive only the bread this is your choice and is still considered to be full communion by the Church of England.

We suggest that you continue to take precautions such as taking regular rapid lateral flow tests, keeping your distance, and being respectful of the wishes of others. You’ll still need to sanitise your hands as you enter the building, and avoid handshakes during the Peace.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, remember that you must self-isolate and get a PCR test. As always, we will continue to stream all our services live on our website and YouTube channel, as well as make them available to listen to later by phone or podcast.

Funeral of David Grice

Tuesday 1 March at 1.30 pm

Canon David Grice who – with Cynthia – moved to the parish when he retired from stipendiary ministry died on the 13th February. We have the opportunity to give thanks for his life and ministry amongst us at his funeral, which will be within the context of the Holy Eucharist, and in the meantime hold Cynthia and his family in our prayers.

Pancake Social

Tuesday 1 March at 6.00 pm
Whitkirk Community Centre

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with traditional pancakes, and join us for games, races and quizzes. We’ll bring the pancakes, the sugar and the lemon, and please bring along your own extra nibbles or any special favourite toppings.

Free entry for all, with donations accepted, and perfect for the whole family.

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 2 March
Said Eucharist at 10.00 am
Sung Eucharist at 7.30 pm

Using ash made from last year’s Palm Crosses, Lent begins with a cross inscribed on each person’s forehead as a reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return.

If you wish to return your Palm Crosses from last year to be burned, please bring them next Sunday.

Lent Course 2022: The Screwtape Letters

Thursdays in Lent, Starting Thursday 3 March at 7.30 pm
The Smeaton Room, Whitkirk Community Centre

This year’s Lent Course will explore our lives and faith through C.S. Lewis’ classic book ‘The Screwtape Letters’. First published in 1941, this collection of letters from a senior devil to his nephew providing advice on leading his assigned human astray, is still witty, readable, and recognisable. Over six weeks we’ll be reading passages from the book alongside scripture, and discussing and learning together.

You do not need to have read the whole book beforehand, and the relevant extracts will be provided for you at each session. However, we recommend you do read it if you can, if for no other reason than it’s a fantastic book! It is still in print today and is also easy to find second hand.

Service for World Day of Prayer

Friday 4 March at 2.00 pm
Crossgates Methodist Church

The World Day of Prayer service is held every year on the first Sunday in March. It is prepared by women from a different country each year. This year’s service has been prepared by Christian women from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All are welcome.

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