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Penhill Benefice - Churches

Penhill Benefice

Living and Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ in the Community

medieval artOur Churches

The places of worship in Penhill Benefice range from the 13th century church at Wensley described as one of the most beautiful and interesting in Yorkshire, to the small traditional barn which serves Thornton Rust as a Mission Room. (left: medieval art at Wensley church)

The Anglo-Saxon cross at West Witton church is indicative of the long history of Christianity in Wensleydale. That church was rebuilt in in 1875 but, in additiona to that at Wensley, there are others which still retain their medieval orgins – at Castle Bolton and Redmire. Interior decoration ranges from the 20th century mural at Preston under Scar to the superb work of the medieval craftsmen who created the Jervaulx Screen at Aysgarth church.

Do come and enjoy them and the beautiful countryside in which they are situated.

Our church buildings are usually open on the following days - but will be closed for two days before a service

Preston under Scar and Wensley -  Daily
Aysgarth -  daily 
Castle Bolton -  daily
Redmire - Daily
West Witton - daily 

sanitiser is available at the entrances, plus forms for test and trace.. 

We have now returned to having services at our churches on a regular basis.
Phone based services will continue.

Services in September

Sunday September 12th
9.30am Telephone Service
10.30am Holy Communion, Penhill Together, St. Mary’s, Redmire
Speaker: Simon Eastwood, Director of the Jonas Centre in Redmire. The collection from this service will go to the host church. There will also be opportunity to donate to the Jonas Centre.

Sunday September 19th
9.30am Telephone Service
9.30am Holy Communion, St. Mary's, Redmire
9.30am Morning Prayer, St. Margaret’s, Preston under Scar
11am Holy Communion, St. Andrew's, Aysgarth
11am Morning Prayer, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton

Sunday September 26th
9.30am Telephone Service
9.30am Holy Communion, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton
11am Holy Communion, St. Andrew’s, Aysgarth
6pm Harvest Service, Thornton Rust Mission Room

September Mid-Week Services
Thursday 2nd, 16th & 30th at 9.30am Holy Communion, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton

 Prayer Topics For Each Day Of The Week

Sunday: The Universal Church, Bishops, Synods and all who lead the Church, the leaders of the nations, the natural world and the resources of the earth, all who are in any kind of need.

Monday: The media and the arts, farming and fishing, commerce and industry, those whose work is unfulfilling, stressful or fraught with danger, all who are unemployed.

Tuesday: All who are sick in body, mind or spirit. Victims of abuse and violence intolerance and prejudice. Those who are bereaved. All who work in the medical and healing professions.

Wednesday: The social services, all who work in the criminal justice system, victims and perpetrators of crime. The work of aid agencies throughout the world. Those living in poverty or under oppression.

Thursday: Local government, community leaders. All who provide local services. Those who work with young or elderly people. Schools, colleges and universities. Emergency and rescue services.

Friday: The Queen, members of parliament and the armed forces. Peace and justice in the world. Those who work for reconciliation. All whose lives are devastated by war and civil strife. Prisoners, refugees and the homeless.

Saturday: Our homes, families, friends and all whom we love. Those whose time is spent caring for others. Those who are close to death. Those who have lost hope. The worship of the church.

A Cycle of Prayer - from The Church of England
Circle me O God, Keep hope within, Despair without. Circle me O God, Keep peace within, Keep turmoil out. Circle me O God, Keep Strength within, Keep weakness out. Amen.

A Prayer to start the day: O Lord, prepare us for all the events of the day, for we know not what a day may bring forth. Give us grace to deny ourselves, to take up our cross daily, and to follow in the steps of our Lord and Master. Amen. (Matthew Henry)

A Prayer to end the day: O Lord my God, thank you for bringing this day to a close; thank you for giving me rest in body and soul. Your hand has been over me and guard and preserved me. Forgive my lack of faith and any wrong that I have done today, and help me to forgive all who have wronged me. Let me sleep in peace under your protection and keep me from all the temptations of darkness. Into your hands I commend my loved ones and all who dwell in this house; I commend to you my body and soul. O God, your holy name be praised. Amen. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)