December Newsletter

December Newsletter


From our vicar, Rev Rob Barker:

Travelling towards Christmas (Together)

This, as I am pretty sure you all know, has been far from normal times, and now we are approaching the day and season in which we particularly remember the wonderful news of the birth of Jesus the Saviour of the world. And hopefully we will want to celebrate this wonderful truth both in our hearts and in sharing that love with others, friends, family, neighbours etc. I’m praying and I hope many of you are also praying that this can and will happen. Can I encourage you to pick up your Bibles and re read the nativity accounts in Matthew and Luke.  Over the Christmas season of celebration, we can tend to forget that Joseph and Mary didn’t travel an easy path full of comfort and joy, though deep in their hearts it would have been there to some degree along with faith and courage. No, they had to travel in a way that must have at times been a real struggle. Jesus is born in a stable, and soon under the threat of King Herod. Not easy times.

But be encouraged, on more than a few occasions you will read of the angels saying ‘Do not fear’. What followed we can read in all four gospels, the amazing things done through Jesus and his disciples, despite on many occasions the struggles. But ultimately what Jesus came to accomplish he did, and he has promised to those who trust him, that he will never leave nor forsake us. There will be an end to this Covid struggle one day. God’s goodness will prevail over it, and already is in many ways, including through his people, as I have witnessed the love, generosity and comfort that has and is being shared by many of you at this difficult time across our villages. Thank you.

A prayer from the ‘Comfort and Joy’ booklet’ that will be available to all of us over the Christmas period.

God of comfort and Joy, may we know your presence with us today and bring your gentle, joyful love to others, this Christmas and always. Amen

Love and blessings

Rev Rob

Advent is coming! – Sunday 29th November to be exact

As noted last month, here are a couple of suggestions for special reading during Advent:

  1. Brf Advent Book – ‘At Home in Advent’ by Gordon Giles £8.99 from or Amazon.
  2. Our new Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell has written many books, one such is ‘Walking Backwards to Christmas’ 2013, £6.99 from Amazon (or less if a Kindle version),
  3. ‘The Art of Advent’ by Jane Williams 2018 £7.78 from Amazon and less in Kindle version – an artwork each day with commentary. I have a paperback copy of this if anyone would like to borrow it.

May I remind you about the online Advent study / reflections Rev Rob circulated this week – ‘Light in the Darkness’. Also look out for the ‘Comfort and Joy’ booklet mentioned by Rob which will be available soon. MB.


‘Toy service’ financial gifts: Thank you very much to all who have contributed. This collection is now closed and I am delighted to report the collection for families in need in North Ormesby has totalled around £1000. MB

Support for Langa: Our Parishes donation towards the running of the soup kitchen in Langa will be sent in January. If you have not yet donated and would like to do so, Ann and Adrian Bishop will be pleased to hear from you: Make your cheques payable to:-  ‘Middleton, Newton and Sinnington PCC’

and send to – Ann & Adrian Bishop, 6, Spire View, Pickering, York. YO18 7DE.


More prayers for the season for your use (all taken from ’The Book of a 1000 Prayers’ compiled by Angela Ashwin) :

Advent: God of all hope and Joy, open our hearts in welcome, that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.

Come, Lord Jesus, come as King. Rule in our hearts, come as love. Rule in our minds, come as peace. Rule in our actions, come as power. Rule in our days, come as joy. Rule in our darkness, come as light. Rule in our bodies, come as health. Rule in our labours, come as hope. Thy Kingdom come among us. Amen. (David Adam)

Christmas: O God of peace, you fill our hearts with hope at every    Christmastide, for we remember again that this is the world that you have loved. May that hope, peace and joy fill our hearts this night.  Amen.

O God, we thank you for the message of peace that Christmas brings to our distracted world. Give peace among nations, peace in our land, peace in our homes and peace in our hearts, as we remember the birth at Bethlehem of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Services for December

As news emerges this week we are hopeful we will be able to gather in our churches during Advent and Christmas. We welcome you to the services below as our churches reopen – please contact the Churchwardens to check details if necessary.

We stress that everyone attending services must wear a face covering, use sanitiser as directed and sign the ‘track and trace’ forms.

In order that different households/ family ‘bubbles’ can to be safely distanced, the number of people allowed into our buildings is limited.
So please come early and follow guidance given about seating.


6th December (Advent 2)

9.30am    Holy Communion – Newton

10.00am    Family Half Hour – Great Habton

11.00am    Morning Worship (Methodist Form) – Middleton

6.00pm    Advent Service – Kirby Misperton

6.15pm    Evening Worship – Sinnington CHAPEL


13th December (Advent 3)

11.00am    Holy Communion – Middleton

11.00am    Holy Communion with Carols – Great Habton


20th December (Advent 4)

11.00am    Morning Worship – Middleton

4.00pm    ‘Service of Christmas music and Readings’– Sinnington CHURCH

4.00pm    ‘Christingle in a bag’ – Kirby Misperton

6.00pm    Holy Communion – Butterwick


24th December (Christmas Eve)

4.00pm- 4.30pm(and at 5.00pm if needed) – Crib service – Normanby

6.00pm    Holy Communion – Middleton

11.30pm    Holy Communion – Sinnington


25th December (Christmas Day)

9.30am    Holy Communion – Salton

10.00am    Holy Communion – Newton


27th December (Christmas 1)

No Services


3rd January 2021 (Christmas 2/ Epiphany)

9.30am    Holy Communion – Newton

11.00am   Morning Worship (Methodist Form) – Middleton

6.00pm    Holy Communion – Butterwick

6.15pm    Evening Worship (Covenant Service) – Sinnington CHAPEL