Sunday Services and Diary

Sunday Worship

July 2017

30th Trinity 7
10.00am Benefice Service at St Martin’s
7.00pm Ecumenical Service at Crossgates Community Centre


August 2017

6th Trinity 8
9.30amBCP Morning Prayer with hymns and sermon
(Communion available at 9am at East Ayton (BCP) or 10.45am at Cayton (CW)
11.00am Modern Worship Service
2.00pm Baptisms

13th Trinity 9
9.30am Common Worship Communion Service
11.00am Shorter modern worship service
NO Word & Worship

20th Trinity 10
9.30am Common Worship Communion Service with children’s activities in the Church Room
11.00am Modern Worship Service

27th Trinity 11
9.30am Common Worship Communion Service
11.00am Modern Worship Service with Communion
7.00pm Ecumenical Service at Crossgates Community Centre


July 2017

Matthew 13: 31–33, 44–52; 1 Kings 3: 5–12; Psalm 119: 129–136; Romans 8: 26–39


August 2017

6th A taste of the kingdom
Matthew 14: 13–21; Isaiah 55: 1–5; Psalm 145: 8–9, 14–21; Romans 9: 1–5

13th Fragile faith
Matthew 14: 22–33; 1 Kings 19: 9–18; Psalm 85: 8–13; Romans 10: 5–15

20th For all people
Matthew 15: (10–20), 21–28; Isaiah 56: 1, 6–8; Psalm 67; Romans 11: 1–2a, 29–32

27th Identity
Matthew 16: 13–20; Isaiah 51: 16; Psalm 138; Romans 12: 1–8


August 2017

Wednesday 2nd and every Wednesday
1.00pm–3.00pm: Open Church—refreshments, chat, prayer

Thursday 3rd
12noon: Wedding of Heidi & Mark—choir requested
Today and every Thursday: 10.00am–12noon: coffee morning in the Church Room

Friday 4th and every Friday in August
10.00am–4.00pm: Open Church

Wednesday 9th Mary Sumner Day
2.00pm: Mothers’ Union service at Burton Agnes Church

Thursday 10th
12.15pm: Getalong lunch—book with Hazel

Wednesday 16th
1.00pm Liz’s lunch at Wydale—ask Mary re booking and lifts.

Saturday 19th
1.00pm: Wedding of Helen & Peter—choir requested

Friday 25th
10.00am–12noon: Crossgates coffee morning—all welcome

Saturday 26th
1.00pm: Wedding of Alice & Steven—choir requested

Tuesday 29th
12.00-2pm Teddy Bears’ Picnic in the Vicarage Garden
Bring packed lunch, drinks and cookies provided.

Dates for your diary

Open Church in August
In addition to the usual times (Wednesdays 1.00pm–3.00pm and Saturdays 10.00am–12noon), the church will be open every Friday in August from 10.00am–4.00pm. Please tell people! Many thanks to Jan Braidley and the WI for making this possible.

Brushstrokes Art Club Annual Exhibition at St Martin’s
Thursday 10th August–Wednesday 16th
10.00am–4.00pm in the church (Sunday 1.00pm–4.00pm)

Inspire 2017—New Wine gathering at Hollybush near Thirsk.
Friday 18th–Tuesday 22nd August
Booking and details please see New Wine website. Evening and day tickets available

Ignition Conference 2017 (Spring Tide)
Transforming Communities
Friday 15th September 7.30pm–9.00pm
Saturday 16th 9.30am–4.00pm
Main Speaker: Andy Hawthorne

Harvest Ceilidh
Following our parish ceilidh last year we can enjoy another night of fun, music and dancing in the Memorial Hall Seamer, on Saturday 30th September starting at 5.30pm. The Bedlam Band who played last year together, with Val their caller who directs the dances, will entertain us again, so there should be much fun, laughter and, if you wish, some serious dancing! The start time is to allow youngsters to join us and we will finish at some time before 9.00pm.
There will be a break for refreshments and to reduce the outlay for everyone, our ‘supper’ will be a ‘bring and share’ food table where we bring our own food to share with everyone. Non-alcoholic drinks will be provided. Tickets will be only £3.50 per head (a great price at less than the cost of one small pub drink!), and children under 18 will be free! Further information will follow nearer the time, so mark your diaries, and if you want to know more contact Richard or Clare Firth.
Put a date in your diary now for this Harvest social event!

Saturday 7th October
New Wine Women’s Day at St Martin’s—Dream bigger!
Led by Revd Linda Maslen, Regional Director for North East and Yorkshire
How do we seek out what God is doing, join in and let him fulfil His dreams through us?
Linda will share from her experience in running the growing ‘Saturday Gathering’ in Halifax.

Friday 13th–Sunday 15th October
Archbishop Sentamu’s visit to the Scarborough area.

Please check the News page for more information and updates.

Regular Activities

Monday to Thursday

8.30am–9.00am. Morning prayers are held in church every day. All welcome.


10.30am. Bell Close Service: Every third Tuesday in the month, come along and join us (Methodist and Anglican) in the Bell Close Community Centre
10am-12noon. Knit and Natter at Irton Garden Centre.


1.00–3.00pm. Open Church. Come in for a coffee or a cuppa soup, bring your lunch and have a chat, find out more about the church or just enjoy the peace and quiet.
5.15pm. Recorder Group, at Jenny Bland’s House.
7.30pm. Prayer Group, Church Rooms


10.00am–12noon Coffee morning in the Church Room. All welcome

Get Along’ lunch: for anyone who wants to ‘do lunch’, visiting local eating establishments every second Thursday of the month.

6.00pm. Danceforce in the church room.  Time of gentle exercise to music. Everyone is welcome to come along either frequently or just every now and again. A lighthearted way of exercising in good company. A small charge of £1 is made.

7.00–9.00pm. Seamer Stitchers at the Mayfield.


9.30am and 2.00pm. ‘Brushstrokes’—£2 per person towards expenses—please see Jean Fiedler first if you want to join.


10.00am–12noon. Open Church, chat, prayer, refreshments, book stall, all welcome.

9.00am–9.30am. Morning prayers held in church. All welcome.

Additional Information

Tea/Coffee will be served between the 9:30am and 11:00am the hope is that this will give us a chance to meet with each other, so those coming to the 11:00am please consider coming earlier to share coffee with each other.

Sunday Club is open to all under 14; we also have toilets and baby changing facilities in the church. For those with toddlers there is a play corner as well, all children are welcome.

Baptisms at St Martin’s Church

We ask that all those seeking their children to be baptised/christened at St Martin’s to start attending any of our Sunday services. We ask you to attend at least twice before booking a baptism. We do hope you will come as often as possible before the baptism and also consider attending at least once a month afterwards. You will also need to go through a baptism preparation course which lasts an hour. Adults wishing to be baptised must attend church regularly and also attend a seeker course (Christians basics Course/Alpha or Start Courses).
If you live in another parish you must seek the permission and goodwill of your parish priest. As they have pastoral responsibility for you, you need to explain your reasons to them and to us as to why you are intending to ask for baptism at St Martin’s.

5th Sundays of the month

We come together as a benefice on the 5th Sundays in the year. Each of our churches hosting these occasions: St Martin’s, Seamer, St John the Baptist, East Ayton and Cayton Parish Church. This is a great opportunity for fellowship, worship and sharing Holy Communion together, so I hope that we will all come and enjoy the benefits of being one big family. I know this service is an answer to prayer and I believe we can really be a blessing and encouragement to each other. Please continue to pray for these gatherings that God would be glorified and his church will grow.


Prayer is the bedrock of all that we do. We meet for Morning Prayer at 8.30am – 9am (see note above) and Wednesday evening at 7.30pm in Church Rooms

Bell Close Service

Every third Tuesday in the month at 10:30am, come along and join us (Methodist and Anglican) in the Bell Close Community Centre

Recorder Group

Recorder group is at Jenny Bland’s house. This is open to adults and children, beginners and more advanced alike. It will be on every Tuesday from 5.15. The sessions will be free, but any donations will go towards Luke’s Swaziland trip. (Not during August)

Seamer Stitchers

Meet in the Mayfield Hotel Seamer weekly on Thursday evenings, between 7–9pm. They do knitting and sewing together, as well as chat, and help with ongoing work. No cost to join, pay just 50p a session. See the photo of the snowmen they knitted for each child at Seamer pre school. New members very welcome.

‘Home Groups’

Church During The Week
These groups are Church during the week, for some this will be their church due to work or other commitments, for others an addition to the Sunday worship coming together.  It is good to have times to come together as a larger group but also to be discipled in smaller church groups, both are important.  If you want to join one have a word with Laura or with one of the Life Group leaders.

Christian Basics Course

This is for those who want to explore the basics of the Christian faith or prepare for Confirmation. Who is God? What is a Christian? What is my purpose? Who are the church and what do they do? Questions like these will be unpacked and discussed in a small safe group where all questions and opinions are welcome. The course will begin in May. Further details will follow when everyone interested has signed up. Please put your name on the sheet at the back of church or contact Andrew.

Open Church

Open Church will take place twice a week, on Wednesdays from 1.00pm–3.00pm as well as Saturdays 10.00am–12noon. Please publicise these opportunities to visit our wonderful old church, to look round, to enjoy coffee and a chat, to borrow books from our extensive library of Christian books or simply to have peace and quiet for prayer or reflection.

Social Groups

We have women’s and a men’s social event during the month contact Richard Firth or the Vicar if you want to come along. Both groups usually meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

‘Getalong’ Lunch

For anyone who wants to ‘do lunch’, visiting local eating establishments every second Thursday of the month—speak to Mary Otway or Hazel Hall if you wish to join.

Sunday Club

Every Sunday at St Martin’s, (for children up to 13) during the 11:00am service Please note: Sunday Club is open to all under 14; we also have toilets and baby changing facilities in the church. There is a play corner as well, all children are welcome.


Fridays 9:30am in the Church Room. Cost: £2 per morning towards expenses. There is a waiting list at the moment – please see Jean Fiedler if you want to add your name.

Adults Babies Children (ABC)

Join us for a short Bible story and song followed by refreshments and chat at St. Martin’s Church on last Tuesday of the month at 2:00pm