November 2020

November 2020


Parishes of Middleton, Newton and Sinnington, and Kirby Misperton with Normanby and Salton

Vicar: Revd Rob Barker (Tel.01751 476686)

Reader: Mrs Margaret Brough 


Welcome to this first issue of our monthly newsletter. It is hoped to issue this each month, mainly via email, but please free to print a copy to pass on if you wish and let me or Churchwardens know of anyone who would like a copy regularly who is not already included. More than ever it is important for us to keep in contact in any way we can and I know many of you are looking out for each other. As winter approaches and the Coronavirus continues to impact our lives, please ensure that keeping well yourselves and supporting others is underpinned by regularly engaging with and finding strength from your faith. Even if you are unable to join worship in church at this time, know that you are part of a much bigger worshipping community. Join worship online, use bible reading notes, read, listen to music, pray as you walk – whatever helps you connect with God who is always there whenever and wherever we call on Him. These letters will always include some thoughts for the season, prayer and book resources etc. Margaret Brough.


A reflection from Bishop Graham and Revd Jackie Cray:

This is a season of Remembrance as we begin with All Souls/ All Saints at the beginning of the month and move to Remembrance Day. It is a time to be encouraged by the example of the saints and to recall that Christ likeness may grow in the ordinary circumstances as well as the extraordinary crises of human living. We are living through a global crisis and soon we will remember the extraordinary sacrifices many made in the world wars. The most familiar scriptures like Psalm 23 can be the most comforting in times like these. The Psalm reminds us that God is with us in every circumstance of loss both personal and national. When we are grieving or afraid God is with us, promising us his comfort in the darkest places. (Psalm 23v 4). Darkness and fear do not last for ever in this life and as Christians we have the promise of life in God’s presence now and for eternity. (Psalm 23 v 6)


Grant to us Lord God, to trust you, not for ourselves alone

But for those whom we love and who are hidden from us by the shadow of death;

That as we believe your power to have raised our Lord Jesus from the dead

So may we trust you to give eternal life to all who believe in him

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


Ever-living God, we remember those whom you have gathered

from the storm of war into the peace of your presence;

may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples

and establish harmony among the nations,

Through Jesus Christ our lord. Amen

Prayers for your use:

The following two prayers were part of an online service (  11.10.20.) focussing on those living in Care homes and supported living. Some of its sentiments perhaps apply to many of us in these times

Father, as the years advance and I cannot do the things I once did,

Help me to change the focus, as I would with a camera,

From sweeping panoramas to the beauty of things seen close.

Help me to enjoy the flowers on the windowsill, as I once loved a garden;

The birds at a feeder, as the birds I used to see on country roads;

The play on TV, when theatre was a joy;

The cup of tea with a friend, instead of a party;

My small, cosy room instead of my old house.

Help me to realise that enjoyment lies not in things, but in my attitude to them.

Grant me I pray the ability to find uncommon joy in common things.  Amen.

(Author unknown)


A prayer of Blessing:

The love of the faithful Creator,

The peace of the wounded Healer,

The joy of the challenging Spirit

The hope of the Three in One

Surround and encourage us

Today, tonight and forever.  Amen.


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

If you would like to do some special reading during this season here are a couple of suggestions: 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. Margaret Brough.


Donations for Langa – Message from Ann Bishop

Thank you to all those very kind people who have donated to the Langa fund. I don’t yet know how much we have but I’m sure it will be very gratefully received by the people who run the soup kitchen.

If you haven’t yet donated there is still time to do so. The fund will close at the end of the year.

Make your cheques payable to:-  ‘Middleton, Newton and Sinnington PCC’

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

Some of you apologised for not being able give more. It made me feel very humble. The most important thing is that you care! And it is the caring that means so much to the people of St Cyprian’s. The connection with us is so important. They really believe that God has sent us to them and it makes them feel they are not forgotten.


‘Toy Service’ Gifts for Holy Trinity, North Ormesby

In the last couple of years you have been very generous in supporting our Toy Service when we have collected gifts which were passed on to our friends at Holy Trinity in North Ormesby for distribution among their very needy families at Christmas. This year we will not be collecting physical gifts to pass to them to avoid risk of virus spread as far as possible. However we are holding a financial collection to give to Holy Trinity to support their efforts with the families they work with at Christmas time. If you can support this collection please make your contribution as soon as possible to the:

Treasurer at Middleton Church – Mr Gordon Halkyard (38, Northway, Pickering YO18 8NN) – cash or cheques welcome. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Middleton Newton and Sinnington PCC’.

Please ensure your donation reaches Gordon by Sunday 22nd November 2020 so we have enough time to send it on to Holy Trinity for their use before Christmas. Many thanks for your support in this. Margaret Brough