Rector's Message

Dear Friends

Lives lost! Lives gained!

The month of November always reminds me of the Gunpowder Plot: the intrigue, the politics and the animosity between Catholic and Protestant resulting in the attempt at blowing Parliament up on 5th November.  It also reminds me of bonfires and fireworks, of a plot tea of sausages, baked potato and beans!

The 1st November marks All Saints Day and the following All Souls.  Both in different ways celebrate Christian faith expressed down the centuries and a time to remember them. Later on in the month we have Remembrance Sunday 12th November when we remember in churches up and down the land those who gave their lives in service to their country.  Perhaps since the recent conflicts of the Falklands, Bosnia, Afghanistan and the Gulf wars we have begun to appreciate again the commitment of our Armed Forces to maintain the peace and protect us.  At the end of the month we celebrate in the church the more modern Christ the King festival, recognising Christ's authority and position as God's son ascended and reigning in heaven.

Each of these special days focuses on individuals who have given their lives so that others may live.  Those who have served as Christ's soldiers fighting for peace and justice, those who have borne arms to fight against evil regimes and oppression, and Jesus Christ who died that we might live, and have life in all its fullness.

Join us as we give thanks and remember in this season.

On another celebratory note we have a special service at Escrick Church on 26 November at 10.45 am as we celebrate 20 years since the founding of the Escrick Branch of Mothers' Union.  Come and hear what the branch does and how relevant Mothers' Union is in this day and age.


Richard Kirkman


"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10)