Parish Letter


Dear All,

We are delighted to invite you to some wonderful services and events across our four Churches and villages this Advent and Christmas (full details of all these can be found on the home page and ordinary services throughout the seasons on the Services page).

Killinghall Church are holding a Festive Family Fun Day on Saturday 1st December from 10am-4pm which includes a free Christmas craft session, stalls and games, Carols around the Christmas Tree and plenty of refreshments are available throughout the day.

Our first special service of the season is the wonderfully atmospheric candlelit Advent Choral Evening Worship, at 6.30pm on Sunday 2nd December at Birstwith Church.  As well as a selection of choral pieces and Advent Carols, there are a variety of readings to help us to reflect on the coming of the Son of God as a small helpless baby.

Each Church retells the amazing story of the coming of Christ in the traditional services of Nine Lessons and Carols, which are always a real treat for the senses with Christmas Carols to join in with singing, as well as some Choir led pieces, Bible readings read by members of the communities, and seasonal refreshments.

One of our new initiatives this year is the Roving Nativity in Hampsthwaite Village, a live performance of the Christmas story beginning at the Memorial Hall at 4pm on Sunday 23rd December and continuing throughout the village, culminating in Hampsthwaite Church and followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.

Our Benefice Crib Service is at the slightly earlier time of 1.30pm at Birstwith Church on Christmas Eve, owing to the seasonal demands on the other star of the proceedings, Nigel the donkey!

The popular Christmas Eve Bethlehem Mass at Killinghall is at 9.15pm and traditional Midnight Mass at Hampsthwaite is at 11.15pm.  If you can’t make one, you are very welcome indeed at the other.  On Christmas Day, there are Family Services of Holy Communion at 10.30am at both Hampsthwaite and Birstwith Churches, which are always truly joyful occasions – why not come and worship with us this year?

Hopefully, there is something for everyone throughout Advent and Christmas and we very much look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends, your neighbours and…everyone!

A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all,

With every blessing,


Rev Chrissy Wilson


But the angel said to them ‘Do not be afraid; for see –

I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people’

Luke 2.10