This Sunday is a very special service because Rev Gill Smith Riley is stepping back from ‘up-front’ ministry and will be preaching her final official sermon after more than 60 years in the pulpit, so to speak. We will, however, continue to benefit from her wisdom and fellowship in other ways.
Gill was ordained Deacon in 1994, then Priest in 1995 by the Bishop of Liverpool the Rt Revd David Sheppard, and since then has ministered for very nearly 30 years all over the country. Even before that she had an amazing ministry. Already a registered nurse and then a registered midwife, Gill began her preaching ministry while at Mount Hermon Missionary College (now All Nations College) in 1962 before being licensed as a Parish Worker in Leicester in 1964. She later ministered alongside her late husband Revd Ray Smith first in the East End of London and later Chile, while bringing up their young family. Her ministry has taken her to many places over the years finally arriving in Fulford, via Scarborough, with her husband John at the start of the Covid pandemic.
Gill explains her reasons for stepping down at this time … “It is a requirement of the diocese of York that once a retired Anglican priest reaches the age of 80 that to continue in an upfront ministry/leadership role that their Permission to Officiate (PTO) has to be applied for annually. When I arrived in York from Scarborough having served at St Mary’s as part of the team over a number of years, I was already 80. On arriving in York and when the time came for renewal I applied and since Feb 2020 have successfully re-applied annually. With advancing age and reduced mobility I have over the past year prayed about whether it was now time to step down. Increasingly I felt this was the right decision as I didn’t want to continue to the point where it was becoming increasingly obvious I had gone past my ‘sell by date’! Sue was kept in the picture and I want to pay tribute to her unwavering support of me and my role in these past few years. I wrote to both the Archbishop and to the Bishop of Selby explaining my reasons of not renewing from the end of February 2024 and thanking them for the support and encouragement given over my time here. It is a loss and has not been an easy decision but I believe the time is right. The encouragement and appreciation expressed to me from St Oswald has meant so much and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Believing God’s call is for life on any disciple I shall continue in that calling even though it will take a different direction. With love in His service. Gill”
Yours in Christ … Sue S
Rev Canon, Interim Minister t. 01904 633261 / m. 07521 778195 e. [email protected] The Vicarage, 1 Fulford Park, YO10 4QE (not available on a Friday) WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST OSWALD’S CHURCH SERVICES + Our regular Sunday and Wednesday 10am services take place in church
After the service, do come for refreshments in the church hall – everyone is welcome!
12 NOON – BAPTISM SERVICE
SCHOOL HALF TERM EVENTS TAKING A WEEK’S BREAK! Community Cafe (Tuesday/Wednesday) Praying for the World service (Tuesday) St Oswald’s Tots (Thursday) MONDAY 12 FEBRUARY 10AM MORNING PRAYER
WEDNESDAY 14 FEBUARY The first day of Lent 10AM HOLY COMMUNION (Book of Common Prayer)
7PM HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE with Ashing There is a box at the back of church for food donations – thank you!
A couple more helpers needed so, if you can help during the morning, please contact Carolyn Blain & Victoria Burles FRIDAY 16 FEBRUARY
12 NOON Wedding of David Josiah Lasky & Lydia Maureen Brehm
Angela McClean has done a fantastic job of taking the minutes of the bi-monthly PCC meetings but she would now like to step down from the role. Could you spare a few hours every other month to help us? You would need to attend the PCC meeting, make notes and then type them up. Training and help and support would be given. If you are interested please speak to Rev Sue Sheriff, Angela McClean, Bryan Milner or Sue Baughan.
NEXT HOUSE GROUP MEETINGS LENT COURSES
Wednesday 21 February 7.30pm (Redman Close Group) contact Jackie Tuvey-Smith e.[email protected] Wednesday 21 February 11.15am (Sir John J. Hunt Meeting Room Group) contact Lesley Milner t.01904 652782
Thursday 22 February 7.30pm (Heslington LaneGroup meeting at 5 Broadway West) contact Caroline Moore, e. [email protected] If you would like to join a group
ST OSWALD’S CHURCH PRAYER CHAIN ST OSWALD’S CHURCH WHATSAPP GROUP Contact Pippa Ensor, e. [email protected] m. 07949 844395CHURCH SERVICES RADIO/ONLINE > 8.10AM – BBC RADIO 4 SUNDAY WORSHIP 92-95FM | 198LW | Digital
What am I made for? Rachel Gardner and Dr Krish Kandiah OBE discuss matters of identity and love raised by the blockbuster film Barbie in advance of Valentine’s Day. Readings: 1 Cor 13, Psalm 139.
Keep the whole family entertained this half-term with activities designed to help young explorers discover the medieval Minster. Don’t forget, kids go free at York Minster! Up to four children aged 17 and under can visit the Minster for free with each paying adult. Entry is free for all York residents with a valid York Card or proof of address.
Lent Events 2024 One of the more modern understandings of Lent is a time for ‘taking up’ rather than ‘giving up’. This newsletter offers a few new things for Lent that you can take up, in centre or online. To view, click HERE
York International Women’s Week You are warmly invited to take part in YIWW 2024 Events that honour women’s achievements locally and globally, while also working towards more knowledge and practical ways of effecting change in women’s lives. The main programme offers 47 events. The range is wide: from talks to crafting, from wellbeing to music, from swapping clothes to exhibitions, from making feminist friends to whittling – and more. Why not take a risk and try something new: find out about women’s lives locally and elsewhere, or sign up for drumming, sewing, writing, singing with your new baby, or speaking out loud with spoken word poetry or beginners improv comedy? We are very keen to enable as many women as possible to participate, and organisers have worked hard to make most events free, while many also ask for an optional donation to a women’s charity or group. Organisers have also tried to choose venues and activities that make events as accessible as possible, though we know we have a way to go. Disabled access is listed for all events, and a few events are online. To view the brochure, click HEREREMINDER YORK FOOD BANK – HELPING LOCAL PEOPLE IN CRISIS. The foodbank relies on your goodwill and support. DONATING FOOD: There are collection boxes in the church & church hall Currently needing: Bags For Life/Carrier Bags (Urgently Needed), Tinned Meat, Instant Mash Potato, Packets of Rice, Tinned Fruit, Gluten Free Items, Long Life Cartons of Fruit Juice, Powdered Milk, Household Cleaning Sprays, Toilet Rolls There are also food collection points: for items bought in store at Waitrose (Foss Islands), Asda (Monks Cross), Tesco (Askham Bar), and at Food Warehouse (Clifton Moor) DONATING MONEY: You can also support the Food Bank work by donating via this link hereREMINDER ST OSWALD’S CHURCH HALL RECYCLING HUB Recycle More Plastics poster (not cheese packets, toothbrushes/paste) What can you recycle? Check it out HERE! Clean cans, foil + tablet blister packs (all in bags) can be put in the Christian Aid bin on the right What will we be singing this Sunday morning?