Thought for May

Jesus led them out as far as Bethany and lifting up His Hands He blessed them. While He blessed them He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. And they returned to Jerusalem with great joy and were continually in the temple praising God.

(St Luke's Gospel chapter 24 verses 50-53)

May 26th is celebrated as Ascention Day

Are you continually praising God?


Tomorrow is the Sixth Sunday of Easter. There will be a United Benefice Service of Holy Communion at St Hilda’s, Chop Gate, at 10 am; we hope that you will be able to join us.

On Thursday, we celebrate Ascension Day, when our Lord ascended to God the father in heaven and there will be a Service of Holy Communion at 10 am.


Changes to the Family Service

From Sunday May 1st the 9.30am Family service will change to Thirty Minutes of Prayer, Praise and Fun. All are warmly invited. This will be a NON eucharistic service. Holy Communion will continue to be available at the 8am service.


Pram Service “Steps”

Pram Service “Steps” for all babies and toddlers and those who care for them.

 9 th May, 13 th June at 1.30pm in Kirkby.

On the 11 th April we held a special Steps extended to all primary age children for Holy Week and Easter. Seven children took part in a wide range of activities. Congratulations and thanks to Ros Tomlinson and Sarah Weyell for all their enthusiasm and hard work, resulting in an excellent Steps for Holy Week afternoon. 


Celebratory Service for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

Looking ahead, the celebration of the Platinum Jubilee in the Parish will take place on Thursday 2 June and will commence with a service in Church at 10 am – more details shortly.

Help is needed with the forthcoming Jubilee Celebrations. If you are able to offer help setting up tables or using organisational skills to meet numerous essential tasks please contact any of the following people. Harry Newbould, Ros Tomlinson, Roy Parsonage, Geoff Taylor, Sheila Hayton. We hope to have a day of celebrations and many hands make light work. Nothing is written in stone and we are just beginning to plan so the more thoughts and offers of help we have the more we will achieve.


Church Warden Needed.

The PCC is seeking a churchwarden - if you can serve as Warden then please contact Ros Tomlinson to discuss the role Tel. 01642 711796.

We offer thanks to Ros Tomlinson who has served as Churchwarden for Kirkby and Great Broughton parish for a number of years. We hope to honour Ros’ work and the support of Maurice at one of the services during the summer.

Many thanks Ros from us all!


Coffee Morning

Many thanks to the Men for the Men's Coffee morning £358.80 which will be donated on behalf of the Church to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal


Christian Aid

 Christian Aid week is from 15th - 21st May and we are holding our soup lunch on Saturday 21st May in Kirkby Church Hall from 12.00 onwards.

For those new to the village the system is this :- There is a donation envelope with this newsletter. Simply put your donation in the envelope, bring it to the soup lunch and exchange it for your meal. Only one envelope per family is required. If you are unable to attend the lunch but would still like to donate you will find the instructions on the envelope where to deliver your donation.

Please do support this worthwhile cause to help alleviate the hunger, poverty and suffering of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Claiming dates - as previously Drinks on the lawn at Westfields, Kirkby on Sunday 17th July



Electoral Roll Enrollment Form

Please consider joining the Electoral Roll for our parish, it gives a stake in the local Christian community and supports the wellbeing of the parish church. A person enrolled in this way may vote in our church meeting and is eligible to take on certain responsibilites such as that of Churchwarden.  The criteria for joining the Roll and details of who to contact may be found in the Application Document (click on the link below.) 

 You are welcome to join us! Rev Dr Anne Heading, Vicar.

           Electoral Form


 Churchyard Maintenance

We have a beautiful, tranquil churchyard but it does need care. Are you available to occassionally join a group of volunteers to generally tidy round e.g. sweep paths, remove leaves?

The Churchyard is a special place for so many of us and it needs your help to keep it special.

Many thanks to the two people who have volunteered. Their efforts are much appreciated. 

However, there is still much work to be done and anybody wishing to join our small group please contact me, 

Ros Tomlinson 01642 711796, you can work individually or part of a group.

The BBC continues to broadcast the Sunday service at 8.10 am on Radio 4.  In addition, the services, and the wide range of readings and prayers, on the Church of England, Diocese of York and York Minster websites – and – continue to provide a spiritual resource and re-assurance.

There are a number of resources both on air and on line which we hope you will find helpful.  These include:

  • the service each Sunday on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10 am;
  • a Hymn for the Day and the Sunday Service from the Royal School of Church Music (, to which St Augustine’s is affiliated;
  •  both the Church of England ( and the Diocese of York(, they provide a wide range of readings and prayers of support and encouragement.

The Parish Newsletter for May has been published and can be accessed here

The Book of Psalms can be a great source of comfort and inspiration; Psalms 16 - Preserve me, O God, 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd -  and 121 – I will lift up mine eyes to the hills – are commended.

The Church has a Facebook page  - St Augustine’s, Kirkby & Great Broughton - which, like the website, is regularly up-dated