May 2021

May 2021


Some thoughts from Margaret Brough, Reader:

This May we see several major Festivals in the Christian calendar with Ascension, Pentecost and Trinity Sunday all falling later in the month. It is also the month when we traditionally mark Rogationtide. At Rogation we meet and ask God’s blessing on the new crops and, perhaps by extension, seek God’s blessing on all our endeavours made in his name. We may not this year gather for a particular Rogation service, but we are blessed to live where we can still easily give thanks for God’s bounty and the beauty of his creation and to seek his blessing as we work together in his world for its growth and development.

Locally, as restrictions on our day to day activities ease and more things are possible, we too can feel greater freedom and growth. With that freedom comes responsibility. In regard to COVID-19 we have a responsibility to each other, to ensure each other’s safety and to promote one another’s wellbeing – physically, mentally and spiritually. We often hear the phrase ‘getting back to normal’ but what is normal? I would suggest this is not quite as simple as a return to how things were before the pandemic, nor should it be. We need to look, in our church life, to what are priorities now and in the future, what we must hold onto and equally what we need to let go. Whether we are able to worship together or apart as the months go by, let’s work together on a common purpose, common values and desires for the wellbeing and growth in all our communities – seeking God’s blessing to grow his Kingdom here in this place.

As Rev Rob noted last month, Archbishop Stephen has called us to engage with the Diocese wide initiative to review how we can ‘Live Christ’s Story’. Our PCCs will be meeting soon to discuss this further. Please look up further detail for yourselves and consider how these ideas may take shape here in our context: PCC members will need to feedback views and ideas. Do pass your thoughts to Leaders or Churchwardens.

Thy Kingdom Come 2021

This takes place between Ascension Day and Pentecost: 13th – 23rd May this year.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. Christians from more than 170 countries and 65 denominations have taken part. For more details look at

Prayers for your use


A Yoruba poem from West Africa where our plenty could seem like heaven itself –

‘Enjoy the earth gently, enjoy the earth gently, for if the earth is spoiled it cannot be repaired. Enjoy the earth gently.’

From ARC resources –

Creator God, who sustains all you have made by the power of your Spirit, help us to rejoice in your bounty, to rely on your providence and to ensure the fertility of the land, as we work together with you to produce food for the body and delight for the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


O thou who camest from above, the pure celestial fire to impart, kindle a flame of sacred love on the mean altar of my heart.

There let it for thy glory burn with inextinguishable blaze, and trembling to its source return in humble prayer and fervent praise. [Charles Wesley]


O God beyond us, give us faith

O Christ beside us, give us peace.

O Spirit within us, give us life.

Ever one, sacred three, Holy God the Trinity.

[John Pritchard – The Intercessions Handbook]

The Lent Soup Kitchen Appeal for Langa – a message from Adrian and Ann Bishop

Thank you to everyone who so kindly donated. A sum of £465 was raised – well done!

The soup kitchen opened last month and there are pictures at the back of the churches taken on a day when 101 meals were served.

APCM dates

Parish of Middleton, Newton and Sinnington –

Thursday 29th April 2021, 7pm in St Andrew’s Church

Parish of Kirby Misperton with Normanby and Salton –

Monday 17th May 2021, 7pm in Kirby Misperton Village Hall

[usual social distancing, etc., rules in place for both meetings]

Date for your diaries – Visit by the Bishop of Whitby

Rev Rob is formally to become our Incumbent rather than Priest-in-charge. To mark this occasion there is a special service with the Bishop of Whitby, Rt Revd Paul Ferguson on:

Thursday 10th June at 7pm in St Andrew’s Church, Middleton.

Church Services for May

2nd May (Easter 5)

9.30am Newton – Holy Communion,

10.00am Great Habton – Family Half-hour

10.00am Salton – Holy Communion

11.00am Middleton – Methodist tradition

6.15pm Sinnington – Joint Evening service in CHURCH

9th May (Easter 6)

9.00am Kirby Misperton – Holy Communion

11.00am Middleton – Holy Communion

6.00pm Normanby – Holy Communion

16th May (Easter 7)

*9.00am* Sinnington – Holy Communion. *Note earlier time, see below.

11.00am Great Habton – Holy Communion

6.00pm Butterwick – Holy Communion

*Note: the service time for Sinnington has been adjusted to allow time for the Vicar to travel and prepare adequately for another morning service elsewhere.

23rd May (Pentecost)

9.00am St Chads Habton – Morning Prayer (Moved from Kirby Misperton)

11.00am Middleton – Holy Communion

6.00pm Salton – Evening Prayer

30th May (Trinity Sunday)

10.00am Sinnington – Holy Communion

10.00am Normanby – Holy Communion