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Castle Bolton Print For Sale

If you would like to buy a print of St. Oswald’s Church at Castle Bolton priced at £20 which are mounted and cellophane wrapped please contact the office (01969 663097) for further information.

Our church buildings at Aysgarth, Castle Bolton, Preston under Scar, Redmire and Wensley are usually open daily. 

We have now returned to services in our churches on a regular basis and are not having regular Zoom ones. Phone based services will continue.

Christmas Coffee Morning in aid of The Children’s Society: 10.30 am, Thursday December 9th at Cote Gill, West Witton. DL8 4LT. £2.50. There will also be a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

Prayer Fellowship: 7.30pm, Monday December 13th via Zoom. Please contact Tom for log on details.

Church Afternoon Teas 2pm - 4pm Wednesdays December 15th  and Wednesday January 19th, Redmire Village Hall

Church Coffee Morning: 10.30am-12noon, Wednesday January 5th, Redmire Village Hall.

Confirmation: If you would like to know more about a Confirmation Service for adults or children then please speak with Tom or Penny.

Living Advent Calendar
During December residents in Carperby, Thoralby and West Witton are once again turning their village into a ‘Living Advent Calendar’
They will decorate a window and include a number 1-24 which will be illuminated during Advent.
Take a walk around the villages and see the wonderful displays!

Advent 2021
'Hope' is the theme of four evenings together this Advent. Please join us by Zoom on Thursday evenings, at 7.30pm, beginning on Thurs 25th November, three days before our Advent Sunday service in Aysgarth, which will also celebrate St Andrew. Links will be sent out to those for whom we have email - simply 'click' at the appropriate time to join in. We have a short leaflet for each evening and the Revd Ringland  will email these around.

During Advent Revd Ringland will be praying at 12 noon in the churches just for 10 minutes or so. You are welcome to join him!
Monday – Aysgarth      Wednesday – Redmire
Thurs – West Witton     Friday – Preston under Scar

Traidcraft Christmas Cards are now on sale in St. Andrew’s Church.

Vicar's message: December 2021

Dear Friends,

One night at the beginning of November, Bev and I sat in the car on the moor road above Redmire and scanned the northern horizon.

Apparently, a mass of charged material was heading our way from the sun, and there was a good chance the aurora borealis – the northern lights – would be seen.

There was no moon, and as our eyes adjusted, so all we could see was the ribbon of road surprisingly lit up just by reflected starlight. The Milky Way spread across the sky, but sadly, there was no sign of the aurora.

Waiting – waiting for light, is a theme for the season of Advent. The season of Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas – so this year, on November 28th: almost the earliest possible date.

It also begins a new year for the Christian church, (so it is my diary ends on Nov 27th!). And I think it’s significant that we begin our year with waiting. Waiting and watching for God among us.

There is more than one way to wait. If I’m waiting for a delivery, I get on with other things, not thinking about it until the doorbell rings. On the other hand, if I’m waiting for a concert to begin, I’ll be far more attentive – reading the programme notes, watching the venue fill up – anticipating the music to come.

Advent waiting is alert in this way. We don’t want to miss anything.

I should have been more attentive to the internet in early November: a couple of days after our moor-side vigil, people in Redmire and West Burton both told me the northern lights had been well seen in the Dales … the previous night!

And so, in this season we prepare. We light up our homes and our villages in anticipation of the coming of the Light of the World. Carperby, Thoralby and West Witton will build the light as living Advent Calendars. Every night in December a new window will be lit as we journey towards Christmas.

In West Witton and Swinithwaite, knitted figures of Joseph and Mary will travel from home to home, before arriving at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve at St Bartholomew’s church.

Other Advent events and services will be in this issue of the Beacon. You are warmly invited to join in with these!

Bev and I didn’t see the northern lights on this occasion. However, we did see a wonderful night sky as we listened to the sound of the river – a muted roar in the valley below. It was worth the trip – we saw other lights, even as our wait for the aurora continues.

This advent and Christmas, in the midst of all the many things that have to be done, I pray there will be moments when you stop and watch and wait for the Light of the World – the Christ-child who became our Saviour – to touch your heart with Love. The Advent lesson is “Don’t rush, learn watchful waiting”!

Tom Ringland

From the latest Penhill Beacon - click here to read it all

Aysgarth church -

The following are now available online -

Aysgarth church - a guide

War Memorials and Graves at Aysgarth church 

Thy Kingdom Come
The Archbishops’ invitation to pray “Thy Kingdom Come” between Ascension and Pentecost is once again backed up with the “Thy Kingdom Come” app.

This is a wonderful discipleship tool for all ages, with content for adults, youth and children, created to spiritually nourish and encourages prayer during the eleven days of “Thy Kingdom Come”.

All of the key resources are featured on this free app and is an accessible way for individuals and families to journey through this time of prayer.

You can download the app from the google play store here and the app store here, and if you would like to share about this on social media you can find various graphics here.

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.
The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19. Please let your family and friends, who are not on internet, know about this. More information click here 

Hear To Help
Part of North Yorkshire Hospice Care community response to Covid-19.
Just B is offering emotional wellbeing support to people in the Harrogate District, Hambleton and Richmondshire, with its new Hear to Help phoneline, available to anyone who may be dealing with anxiety at this time. The line is manned by trained staff and volunteers and is available seven days a week, 8am-8pm. For more information see Hear to Help.

Revd Tom Ringland