Welcome to our Parish!
Next Sunday is April 12th; EASTER DAY
Services suspended until further notice – please read the message below from Reverends John and Abbie
18th March 2020
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The current climate is very challenging and unprecedented. As the coronavirus grips the world, and as the government asks every individual and every organisation to rethink its life, we are now asked as the Church of England in all its parishes, chaplaincies and ministries to suspend public worship for a season. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid-week gatherings will be put on hold for the foreseeable future. This does not mean that we have just closed up shop, just that we will minister in a different way.
We need to look at new ways of serving everyone:
- As far as practicable we will continue to hold Morning Prayer. This will not be public worship that everyone can attend, but an offering of prayer and praise for the nation and for the world. The church building will be open for private prayer each day. You are welcome to send in particular prayer requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by completing a prayer card in church.
- We will look to live-stream or record some worship from St Robert’s. This will enable the people of God and anyone and everyone who looks to God for support and meaning in this time of crisis to participate in the life of worship at home. We will also look at providing at-home worship and prayer resources available electronically or to pick up from church.
- We will continue to provide practical care and support for those in need. Much of this will be via telephone or video calls. We will be looking at other means to support our community alongside other organisations in the coming days/weeks.
- To help us stay in touch, please check the church website regularly for up to date information and encourage others to sign up to this weekly email. Our Facebook page will also have regular updates and messages.
Being a part of the Church of England is going to look very different in the days ahead. Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day. We may not be able to pray with people in the ways that we are used to, but we can certainly pray for people. And we can certainly offer practical care and support.
On this coming Sunday, Mothering Sunday (22nd March) there will be a day of prayer and action. Mothering Sunday has always been both a day of celebration for many and a sensitive and emotional day for some. Wherever you are this Sunday please do join in this day of prayer and action and remember specially those who are sick or anxious and all involved in our Health Service. As one action we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished. Candles with prayers will be available to collect from both churches from Thursday lunchtime to assist you to join in with this.
This is a defining moment for the Church of England, and us as the Benefice of Pannal with Beckwithshaw, as we are challenged to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world.
Please, therefore, join us in this great challenge; and pray for our government and nation, for each other, and especially those who work in our health and emergency services.
With every blessing
The Reverend John Smith & The Reverend Abbie Palmer
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St Robert of Knaresborough, Pannal is one part of a joint benefice with St Michael and All Angels, Beckwithshaw. This website serves the parish of St Robert’s
St Robert’s is a Church of England parish church serving the community of Pannal and Burn Bridge on the southern edge of Harrogate. It has a lively worshipping community with a flourishing Junior Church (usually over 70 children from 0-16), a good choir and a wide range of groups and activities.
St Michael’s is a traditional rural church with a strong bell-ringing community, serving the village of Beckwithshaw and its surrounding area. You will find its website at http://stmichaelsbeckwithshaw.org/
We hope you find what you are looking for on these pages. We would be very pleased to see you, either as a visitor or to join us in worship.