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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:

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

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

Services in December

Sunday December 5th
9.30am Telephone Service
9.30am Holy Communion, St. Margaret’s, Preston under Scar
9.30am Morning Prayer, St. Mary’s, Redmire
11am Holy Communion, St. Andrew’s, Aysgarth
11am Holy Communion, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton.

Sunday December 12th
9.30am Telephone Service
10.30am Penhill Together Service with Advent Carols and Readings,
St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton.

Friday December 17th
6pm Carols at Holy Trinity, Wensley

Saturday December 18th
2pm Carols at Thoralby Village

Sunday December 19th
9.30am Telephone Service
11am Holy Communion with Carols, St. Andrew's, Aysgarth
3pm Carol Service, Thornton Rust Mission Room
4pm Carol Service, St. Mary's, Redmire
6pm Carol Service, St. Margaret’s, Preston under Scar
6pm Carol Service, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton

Christmas Eve
3.30pm Crib Service, St. Mary’s, Redmire
4pm Crib Service, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton
8pm Holy Communion, St. Mary’s, Redmire
11.30pm Midnight Holy Communion, St. Andrew’s, Aysgarth

Christmas Day
9.45am Holy Communion, Holy Trinity, Wensley
11am Family Service, St. Andrew’s, Aysgarth

Sunday December 26th
9.30am Telephone Service
10.30am Holy Communion Benefice Service, with Readings and Carols
St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton

December Mid-Week Services: Thursday 9th & 23rd at 9.30am, Holy Communion, St. Bartholomew’s, West Witton

Prayer Topics For Each Day Of The Week

Sundays: Pray for neighbours or friends and opportunities to listen to, encourage or help someone.

Mondays: Pray for children and teachers at school settling into a more stable learning environment.

Tuesdays: Pray for progress with climate change initiatives resulting from the COP 26 Summit in Glasgow, and for all affected by recent disasters.

Wednesdays: Pray for all those whose jobs and livelihoods have been affected during the pandemic, and for renewed confidence and peace of mind.

Thursdays: Pray for our local farmers and food producers and show support by eating local or British produce.

Fridays: Pray for military personnel and their families. Respectfully remember the sacrifice of those whose lives continue to be cut short or changed by injury for ever.

Saturdays: Pray for all the genuine refugees and asylum seekers and all those involved in helping them towards a life of peace and prosperity in Britain.