Notices of Week of 27 November 2023

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Handbag Sale

The handbag sale last Saturday raised £535.00 for the YMCA! Many thanks to Dot for all her hard work and to all those who attended.

Renew Ripon

Renew Ripon will not be opening on Christmas Day and Boxing Day 2023, HOWEVER, the Renew Ripon service WILL be open on Wednesday 27th December (6.30 – 8.30pm) and Friday 29th December (11.30am – 1.30pm). Please feel free to pop in to this warm space – you will be made very welcome, and cake will be available!

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

Journey with Bishop Arun Arora through the Archbishop of York’s Advent book 2023. Within these daily readings, Arun Arora guides us in reflecting on the biblical representation of the Church as a global assembly, consisting of individuals from diverse backgrounds, languages, and nations. Advent Study

Coming up:-

Clothes Swish 1 December 7.30 pm

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.

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 The First Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 64.1-9
Mark 13.24-end

9 am Holy Communion, in church

10.30 am Altogether Holy Communion in church

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 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

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 ..

Latest update from the Walshes Update

Other News

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

Ripon Cathedral latest news Ripon Cathedral .

Training and Events to Help Shape your Leadership Online Events

A Rocha here is the November news letter: A Rocha.

Dementia Forward December Message November issue

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 .

Spring Harvest Christmas Playlist .

Harrogate & Dales Newsletter

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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