Sunday Services and Diary

April 2017

Sunday Worship

2nd Passion Sunday
9.30am  BCP Communion Service
11.00am Modern Worship Service with Sunday Club
2.00pm  Baptisms

9th Palm Sunday 
9.30am Common Worship Communion Service
11.00am All-age service
7.00pm Word & Worship

16th Easter Day
9.30am Common Worship Communion Service
11.00am Modern Communion Service with Sunday Club

23rd St George’s Day
9.30am Common Worship Communion Service
11.00am Modern Worship Service with Sunday Club

30th Easter 3
10.00am Benefice Service at St John’s, East Ayton
7.00pm Ecumenical Service at Crossgates Community Centre


2nd Passion Sunday—Dead or alive?
John 11, 1–45 (Ezekiel 37, 1–14; Romans 8, 6–11)

9th Palm Sunday—Making an entrance:
Matthew 21, 1–11 (Isaiah 50, 4–9a; Philippians 2, 5–11)

16th Easter Day—Opening up
Matthew 28, 1–10 (Acts 10, 34–43; Colossians 3, 1–4)

23d Easter 2—Trust the story
John 20, 19–31 (Acts 2, 14a, 22–32; 1 Peter 1, 3–9)

Extra Services for Easter

Maundy Thursday
7.00pm Holy Communion (St John’s, East Ayton)

Good Friday
2.00pm  An hour at the Cross (St Martin’s)


Friday March 31st
10.00am to 12.00noon Crossgates Coffee Morning—all welcome


Tuesday 4th
Open Day–MU Caravan at Blue Dolphin.
7.00pm for 7.30pm Church Annual Meetings in the Church Room.

Wednesdays 5th and 12th
Lenten Quiet Days at Wydale—Encountering Jesus.
9.45am–4.00pm £12 including a light lunch.
Each day will be led by local clergy and include holy communion.

Wednesday 5th and every Wednesday
1.00pm-3.00pm Open Church begins again.

Saturday 15th
2.00pm Wedding of Andrew and Tina-Louise

Wednesday 19th
2.15pm Mothers’ Union

Thursday 20th
12.15pm Getalong Lunch at Walkers. All welcome, please book with Hazel 862615

Tuesday 25th
2.00pm ABC in the Church Room

Friday 28th
10.00am–12noon Coffee morning at Crossgates Community Centre

Upcoming events

Tuesday April 4th
St Martin’s APCM (Annual meetings)
Church Room 7.00 for 7.30pm—wine and nibbles from 7.00pm

Tuesday April 18th–Sunday 23rd
ECG 2017 Conference at the Spa
Celebration, fellowship, worship, teaching. Morning Bible studies, seminars, varied programme of other events. More details and booking online. Enquiries 01782 524200.

Dates for your diary

Saturday July 1st
St Martin’s Summer Fun Day

Thursday 10th August–Wednesday 16th
Brushstrokes Art Club Annual Exhibition at St Martin’s

Friday 18th–Tuesday 22nd August
Inspire 2017
New Wine gathering near Thirsk.
Booking via New Wine website:
adults £95, under 18s £50, under 5s free.

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
Knit and Natter at Irton Garden Centre 10am-12noon.


12.30–3.00pm. 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.

7.00pm. 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 of March, May, August and November at St Martin’s, and alternating with St John’s over the year. This will be the only service in the benefice that day and all the children will stay in the service. 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.


All Age Services

Thank you for your support in this. The welcome we give is second to none and good numbers are attending. We have introduced this seeker-friendly service at 11am on the 2nd Sunday of the month for a variety of reasons and aim to keep the service to about 50 minutes. I pray that you will find it helpful in encouraging friends to come to church. Baptisms will take place in this service and I anticipate that the uniformed organisations will be involved too. Please continue to pray for the development of the All Age Service, that it would be the beginning of many new friendships through which we will have the joy of seeing young and old come to Christ.


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 12noon to 2.30pm 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