Welcome

We are a group of five anglican churches nestled in-between Ripon and Harrogate. 

Between our churches we aim to offer a variety of worship opportunities and worship styles.  You can find a bit about what types of service we have where on the Worship page.

We believe the Christian journey is not just constrained to a Sunday morning, so look to offer other ways of engaging with faith - whether through our various home and study groups, or the more practical outworking of our Cafe in All Saints' through the Summer.  Check the Events page for full details of what's on across the benefice.

A great way to stay up-to-date on what's happening, or just to get a sense of what we get up to, is to join our newsletter.

For a printable 3-month summary of what's going on, check out the quarterly bulletin.

Wherever you are in your journey of faith, we would love to have you join with us as we explore together.

Welcome!

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  • Videos of our livestream and other services can be found on the Engage! and Worship pages of this site, on our facebook page.
  • Our Church buildings are now closed to help prevent the spread of infection and keep people safe. But we still have plenty going on - read on for details.
  • Some people have been asking about financial aid for those who are struggling because of the current crisis, here's a couple of options, both if you want to support others, or are in need:
    • North Yorks County Council has launched a hardship scheme to help those are having difficulty affording to pay for food and shopping needs and who are self isolating owing to having symptoms (or the virus), are over 70 or who fall into a vulnerable group.  Contact Nidderdale Plus if you are suffering from financial hardship and need help to pay for food and basic needs. There are criteria that Nidd Plus can run through with you on the phone or by email to see if you qualify.   Tel: 01423 714953. Email:  admin@nidderdaleplus.org.uk
    • The Lord John Craven Charity (no 232291) is an historic charity to help those in need in the are of the old Ripley Parish.  Please be in touch if you would like to donate to this fund, or are interested in making an application.
  • For information about baptisms, weddings, and funerals, please see the Life Events page.

You have probably heard by now that the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are calling for Church of England churches to put public worship on hold and become a “different sort of church” in the coming months to face the challenge of coronavirus.  If you would like to read the full Church of England press release, you can find that here.  Following this advice, we are immediately suspending all public worship, and all other church events, including choir and Sunday Stars.

 

First and foremost, I would like to stress that this is not the church 'closing down'.  The church has always been a movement of people, it just happens to have for a period used certain buildings at certain times.  We are still those people, the people of God, and we are still called to witness to him in how we live, how we speak, and how we act.  We are still a people of faith, hope, and love, and each of us is still very much open, to the Spirit, and to his activity in the world.

 

But whilst we continue to 'be' church, we do need to change how we 'do' church for the time being.  It may even be that the things we discover forced upon us serve us so well that we continue in them when the crisis has passed.

 

We have spent a lot of time thinking about what we might be able to provide over the coming days - to support ourselves as a faith community, and also to support those around us.  Some of those changes are detailed below.

 

Worship

 

Until further notice, therefore, whilst all public worship is suspended, we are:

  • Be livestreaming Morning Prayer Mon-Thu on our Facebook page (fb.com/ourfivechurches)

  • On Sunday mornings the eucharist will, whilst possible, be celebrated by a priest in our Benefice, on behalf of our benefice.  

  • On Sunday mornings we will post to our new 'Engage!' page on the website (www.theunitedbenefice.org/engage or www.allsaintsripley.org/engage) a reflection on the readings for the week.  There is the possibility on this page for people to post comments, and engage in discussion around the theme.  On a Sunday morning, this page will be monitored by a member of the leadership team so they can join in with any discussion.

  • We will shortly be introducing a Wednesday morning communion using the platform Zoom.

  • Our church buildings are now closed to help prevent the spread of infection and keep people safe.

 

Over the next few days:

  • we will be preparing resources to help the celebration and observance of Holy Week at home.

  • we would be interested in exploring ways of establishing virtual cell groups, for conversation and mutual spiritual support.  Our current plan is to use WhatsApp groups, starting initially with two, one with Linda as an administrator, and one with myself.  If you would be interested in being in one of these groups, please do be in touch and let us know.

  • we are how other technologies such as virtual conferencing can support what we do.

 

We would also remind people that there are other easily accessible ways to remain a part of the worshipping part of the church at a distance - for instance:

 

Social and Pastoral Care

The advice we are operating under from the government means we have taken the decision to suspend all visits in person, including into schools and other organisations.

 

However, we still very much want to support and care for our church and wider communities.  So we will over the next few days be:

  • working to liaise with community groups and organisations to work together as much as possible.

  • working to develop as robust a telephone support system as possible.  If you are, or are aware of, anyone who might appreciate some level of phone support, then please let us know.  The easiest way, if you are able to, is if you can fill out this form, as that keeps all our records neat, tidy, and in one place: https://forms.churchdesk.com/f/DVT2kVYaEH  (phone support can also include skype etc.)

  • working to help make it easier for people who want to help others to do so.  We are looking for people who might be happy to do some simple shopping for essentials for others, such as bread, milk, toilet paper etc. and leave it on doorsteps if needed.  We're not asking people to make personal contact, or take on any undue risk.  If that's something you are interested in helping with, please fill out this form here  https://forms.churchdesk.com/f/3G3wg-hAgx  This is in review as the terms of the lockdown are taken into account.

Finance

I know it's not nice to talk about it, but I'm sorry to say I do need to mention money.  As you're probably aware the church's income, which finances it's capacity to serve and exists, comes almost exclusively from donations.  There is no central or government funding.  And a lot of those donations come in on collection plates during public worship.  Please, if it is at all possible, if you could consider setting up a standing order in place of the collection, that really would help secure our future going forwards.  You can make a donation just here.

 

A great way to stay up-to-date on what's happening, or just to get a sense of what we get up to, is to join our newsletter.

Wherever you are in your journey of faith, we would love to have you join with us as we explore together.

Safeguarding

Promoting a Safer Church

The care and protection of children, young people, and adults involved in church activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the church.

Our Commitments

  • Promoting a safer environment and culture
  • Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults
  • Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
  • Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse or other affected persons
  • Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns/allegations of abuse and other affected persons
  • Responding to those that may pose a present risk.

If you are concerned that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please
seek advice from a Safeguarding Adviser or if necessary report the matter to the Local Authority Social Care Services or the Police without delay.


Helpline Numbers

  • NSPCC: 0808 800 5000
  • Childline: 0800 1111
  • Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900
  • NAPAC: 0808 801 0331
  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • Family Lives: 0808 800 2222
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247
  • Action On Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141

Reporting a concern to us

If you have a Safeguarding concern you would like to report to us, you can find our benefice and diocese safeguarding contact details on the poster below.  Please click any of the thumbnails to open the full documents.

Safeguarding poster (with contact details) and policy documents

Promoting a Safer Church Parish Poster with contact detailsPromoting a Safer Church Policy BookletParish Safeguarding HandbookTruth Project Booklet