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Living and Sharing the Love of Jesus Christ in the Community



Our church buildings at Aysgarth, Castle Bolton, Preston under Scar, Redmire and Wensley are usually open daily but closed for two days before a service ie on Fridays and Saturdays if there is a service on a Sunday. See Our Churches for list of services. 

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.

The evensong and Yorkshire Pudding Party planned on Saturday July 31st has been cancelled.

Keeping safe

We have sought to make our church buildings as safe as possible. Please do still wear a face covering, use the test and trace facility and use the hand sanitiser. 

The responsibility for keeping buildings clean and the public safe  rests with the members of each church council along with myself as Vicar. We show our care for the community by only opening after we have studied the guidance and made a careful risk assessment.

The church (as the family of God), of course, has remained active and alive throughout the health crisis. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if we can be of help.

Revd Tom Ringland

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

Aysgarth church -

As, due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are no printed guides available in the church at present and it is difficult to access the war memorial plaque the following are now available online -

Aysgarth church - a guide

War Memorials and Graves at Aysgarth church 

 Scroll down to message of March 21 for details about baptisms, funerals and weddings. 


 The April to May 2021 edition of the Penhill Beacon will be delivered to residents but can also be read here
Vicar’s Letter - June and July  2021

Dear Everyone,


I hope by the time you read this, our summer will have finally materialised.

I am writing on the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Frosts and cool days have proliferated. We still have a fortnight before the next stage in the roadmap out of lock-down. Some pubs are serving out of doors, but the chill makes it all a bit of an ordeal.

If summer has arrived, it has probably done so in a rush – in the blink of an eye, the trees are in full leaf, the wildflowers in bloom and the visitors to the Dale will have arrived in numbers!

The message for this season has to be the Latin saying, ‘Carpe Diem’ – ‘seize the day’. Make the most of the long-awaited freedom, after months where we have followed the restrictions. Doubtless precautions remain and new
threats may yet present – but where there is the opportunity, ‘Carpe Diem!’

Living in the present moment is a good goal. Sometimes we live for a future as yet unrealised. Sometimes we live in the past, clinging to times that have gone.

There is a prayer in the Anglican pattern of Daily Prayer which always catches my attention. It begins: ‘As we rejoice in the gift of this new day…’

It assumes we will rejoice, always receiving the new day as a gift.

Each new morning comes pregnant with possibilities – it is indeed a gift – to be received and rejoiced in!

This is a truth found in an unlikely source in the Old Testament. Jeremiah wrote his ‘Lamentations’ after his people had been conquered and the top echelons of society had been deported to Babylon. But in Lam. 3:22-23 we read:

22The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
John Keble, the 19th century Oxford vicar and poet, inspired by these verses wrote the magnificent hymn ‘New every morning’. It’s not so often sung these days, but very much worthy of recovery and reflection.

I commend it this summer!

Carpe Diem,