St Augustines Kirkby in Cleveland

Welcome to the website of St Augustine’s – the Church of England in Kirkby-in-Cleveland and Great Broughton.  The inhabitants of our two villages have professed their Christian faith, and have worshipped on this site, for over a thousand years and we continue this wonderful tradition.

We are part of a four-church benefice, which includes the Parishes of Ingleby Greenhow, Kildale and Chop Gate, in the Diocese of York.

You will find information on the team, on the services in our church and on our support for all in the community at the key points in their lives, by scrolling through the following pages.  The calendar of services and the notice pages, which are regularly up-dated, are a good first point of reference.

The service for Sea Sunday, 14th July 2024, is Holy Communion at 9:30 am at St Andrew’s, Ingleby Greenhow.

There is a holiday workshop for children up to the age of 11, 1:30 – 3:00 pm on August 5th.

The readings are Amos 7:7-15; Psalm 85: 8-end; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:14-29.

Today’s Gospel reading is an insert into the overall narrative of Mark’s gospel. Jesus has just sent out the Twelve, the disciples given power to preach and to heal. In verse 30, they return, full of what they have done. Between the two we get this story of the execution of John the Baptist, who, of course, was a relative of Jesus and proclaimed him. We see here multiple misunderstandings of Jesus – he is thought to be one of the prophets, an inadequate understanding of the Son of God. Herod believes he is John returned to life, a bizarre thought. John is executed on a whim, without due process. This points to Jesus’ own execution. The success of the disciple’s mission is balanced by the shadow of the cross.

Jesus has been misunderstood in different ways in this passage. How do we understand Jesus today? A ‘good man’, a ‘good teacher’, a prophet, or as the unique Son of God?

Website up-dated  13th July 2024

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