Notices of Week of 20 November 2023

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Wild Flower Area

We have received a donation of £100.00 from the Ripon Recycling Fund which will go towards benches for the new flower garden! Please support this fund by donating any scrap metal. Details

Carol Service Choir

Would you like to be part of the choir at our Carol Service on Sunday December 17 at 6.30 pm?

Ideally we would like the choir to be made up of the four parts: sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. It is always difficult to find tenors! So if you can sing tenor we would very much like you to join us. As well as the usual well-known carols sung by everyone, we are hoping that the choir will be able to sing two carols. These will be: The angel Gabriel from heaven came and The Shepherds’ Song. You may not be familiar with the latter, but it is easy to pick up.

We will need to have rehearsals and the dates we have chosen for these will be on three Tuesday evenings – Nov 28th, Dec 5th & Dec 12th in church at 7.30pm. It would also be helpful to have a final rehearsal on the day just before the service at 5.30pm.

If you feel confident to be part of a four part choir and would like to be part of it, would you please let David know or 01765 609394.

Christmas Cards at Trinity

We all know people on their own or at a distance who need that Christmas card contact during the festive season, but before folk get down to some serious Christmas card writing this is just to let you know that we’re going to have a board at the back of Church for people to attach one card with Christmas wishes for all their friends at Trinity, which will hopefully save on time, finger muscle stress and a tree or two.

As a Church family it makes sense to send one card to include everyone, and maybe youngsters (or oldsters!) would like to make a card to go on the board. Look out for the board soon.


Of course, the events around the world in places like Ukraine, and Israel and Gaza have impacted on all of us. We are promoting prayer for these situations – not to take sides but to pray for peace!

A small group are still meeting every weekday morning to pray between 7 and 8 am in the arches. All are welcome to join in this.

Michelle announced on Sunday that the next Trinity Tuesday will be focusing on praying for peace too. Keep the evening of the 5th December clear if you wish to join in on this.

This week we have received a message from Revd. Ros Latham (Chaplain – St Mary Magdalen) about an initiative to hold a silent vigil for peace in the Market Square between 10 and 10.30 am every Monday starting on 20 November. All welcome to this too.

Advent Study

We hope many folk will want to read this year’s recommended Advent Book: “Stick with Love”. Details of the book and some study options including a “Book Club” gathering in December are here: Advent Study

Coming up:-

Ladies Social – Friday 24 November 7.30 pm – a great chance to unwind and socialise, details and sign-up here: Ladies Social

Handbag Sale – Saturday 25 November 10 am – these make great Christmas Gifts, details here: Handbag Sale

Christian Aid Quiz – Saturday 25 November 7 pm, back in The Arches, everyone welcome Details

Clothes Swish 1 December 7.30 pm

Save the date and save your clothes for our clothes swish event coming soon!

Click here for details. Clothes Switch

Tell your friends. All women welcome!

Other Events and Activities at Holy Trinity

To find out a full listing of what is happening please scroll down the list below to see all our activities and services.

Requests for Help

Graham has been working hard on the rotas for the additional Christmas services. If you receive an e-mail and can help – please let him know.

We have received a message about a Ukranian family (Mum and 13 year old son) who need accommodation in Ripon. They have settled here but need a new host. If you can help contact the office. The request letter here gives more details: Host Required

Help supporting a fundraising stall. Molly, John & Cathie’s granddaughter, is going to Ghana on a school expedition in summer 2024 to help in a primary school. To help her fund raising, they will have a stall in the Arches entrance on Sun Dec 3rd, and would be grateful for any support.

This Week’s Services:

Monday to Thursday

8.30 am Morning Prayer everyone welcome over ZOOM


11.30 am Holy Communion a quiet, reflective and said Holy Communion held in room 3


This Sunday’s theme is Faith at Work : Work in the Bible and Sabbath rest

Genesis 1 : 31 – 2 : 3
Mark 2 : 23 – 38

9 am Holy Communion, in church

10.30 am Morning Worship in church

10.30 am Family Church downstairs

Mission Partners – Prayer

Our current Mission Partner Prayer Focus is Jennyruth Workshops. Click here Jennyruth to see all the latest news for your prayers; but see the points below too:

Give thanks for the excitement at Jennyruth as the workers move into the new extension!

There are still some jobs to be completed. Prayer is requested for success with sales at the many stalls and shows coming up soon, including:
Christmas Gift and Food Fair at Ripon Cathedral on 24 Nov – 25 Nov 9.30 – 4.30
Christmas Fair Copt Hewick Sat 2 Dec
Jennyruth workshops Christmas Fair Wed 13 Dec 1pm – 4pm
Please also pray that the workers may enjoy a peaceful Christmas and well-deserved rest after an exceptionally busy year.

Other Mission Partner Information

Diocese of Lake Rukwa here is a letter and some great pictures from the new Bishop Lake Rukwa..

CPAS Autumn Newsletter CPAS.

Walsh Family update: Update

Kajo Keji – the latest newsletter KKC

YMCA Ripon have recently been successful in gaining long term grant aid to grow their Youth Work and are now looking for 3 new members of staff: a Youth and Community Manager; an Activity Worker; and an Administrator. Details of these positions can be found here: YMCA Jobs.

In2Out Christmas Appeal. If you would like to contribute to the work of In2Out with a charitable donation at this time of year In2Out have an on-line campaign that will be match funded – in effect doubling donations. To do this follow this link: A new start for people leaving prison Our church mission partnership payment of £2500 will go to In2Out in December and thus will be worth £5000! Prayer update

Other News

Diocese news from the Diocese of Leeds: Diocesan e-news

Ripon Cathedral latest news Ripon Cathedral

A Rocha here is the November news letter: A Rocha

North Yorkshire Council news NYC News

Saltshaker Here is November’s Saltshaker Salt

Christmas Present Appeal If you like to donate Christmas presents for children, here is a local scheme being run through the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

St Olav Christian Bookshop St Olav

Advent and Christmas

Make sure you keep checking our services and events page as there have been some additions since last week! Advent and Christmas (Note we will move this item further down the post next week once you have had a look to see what is coming.)

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