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Newsletter for Easter, April 2020

This Newsletter is prepared by the Local Ecumenical Partnership.  All are most welcome to attend ANY service, social function, gathering or to bring concerns to any of our clergy:

Roman Catholic:  Father Bill Charlton: stjoseph.stokesley@gmail.com  Tel: 01642 710239

Methodist:  Rev Andrew Robinson: rev.andrewr@gmail.com  Tel: 01642 710358

Anglican:  Rev Robert Opala:  rector@huttonrudbychurch.org.uk     Tel: 01642 701245

‘Go and tell the others’ (Matthew 28:10) – By Father Bill Charlton 

Peter and John found the fullness of faith through the good news brought to them by a woman, Mary Magdalene. At first Mary mistook the Risen Christ for a gardener, until Jesus made himself known and asked her to ‘Go and tell the others.’ Down through the ages, women have been wonderful evangelizers. They have passed on the Christian faith from generation to generation. 

On Easter Day we celebrate with great joy, our risen Saviour. Jesus died and rose again for all. Let us be challenged by this Easter message as were John and Peter, so that we may be caught up in the joyful privilege of sharing the Good News. Women, men, girls and boys, the new life of Easter is for you. To pass on the Easter message is the vocation of everyone. Jesus asks you, just as he asked Magdalene, ‘Go and tell the others’.  Let us share our Easter joy with everyone we meet.

Christ is risen, alleluia!

Notices and Events

The Christian Aid Coffee Morning will be on Saturday 16th May (virus permitting).  Would anyone willing to help on the day, provide cakes, tombola or raffle prizes, please contact Diane Gent 700895. Please watch out for updated information regarding this event.

Leven online radio is now broadcasting a weekly ’What’s Happening in the Churches’ slot – at 6 pm on a Friday and at various other times.  You can listen online or on YouTube.

Go to www.radiolevenonline.com and click on ‘Listen Now’ or access it by the Facebook page Leven.online.radio.  Full schedule of programmes on the website.  This is a community radio, with a Christian ethos, for everyone.  There will also be special programmes on levenonlineradio.com, tune in for details.

Easter Garden

Su Reid will be putting an ‘Easter Garden’ in All Saints’ Church, and also a garden-in-pots in the church porch with plants probably grown by the monks at Mount Grace.  It will be started with germinated seeds planted during Morning Prayer in January. Contributions (in pots) will be welcomed.

Important Days and Dates:

5th April Palm Sunday

10th April Good Friday

12th April Easter Day 

Messages from Our Churches


As the Archbishops said, we are not closing our churches in this time of national and international crisis.  Public services are suspended but the Church is alive and prays. In all our parishes of the Benefice of Whorlton, the clergy and ministers will keep praying on behalf of all people who live in Hutton Rudby and other villages of the Whorlton Benefice. Daily Eucharist will be celebrated by one of our priests, all of you are welcome to join the service on-line in a special YouTube Channel called Whorlton Church.  During this time of crisis it is important that each one of us find time for prayer. St Teresa of Avila, the great Spanish mystic said: Nada de turbe (let nothing trouble you), God will suffice. So, with this faith in our compassionate God, let us pray for one another. But let us also be obedient to civil and ecclesial authorities who work for our wellbeing. Stay calm and trust in God’s providence as nothing will happen to us without His knowledge and will. God bless all of you. Robert.


Because of the current situation, all events and meetings at the Hub have been cancelled until further notice.  There is also information on http://www.methodist.org.uk.  Worship is also suspended in all Methodist Churches.  It is hoped to open Chapel on Sunday mornings between 10 am and 11.30 am for people to pop in for prayer.  There will be music and prayers to read. 

Roman Catholics

All public services at St Mary’s Catholic Church, Crathorne are suspended until further notice. St Joseph’s, Stokesley will be open during the day for private prayer & visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Mass will be celebrated daily but without congregation. Further enquiries ring 01642 710239

The production of this News Sheet is coordinated by Bob and Diana Baker 01642 700672 or robert.baker14@btinternet.com   If you wish to submit information for inclusion please contact them by the 15th of the month preceding the issue required (e.g. 15th April for the May Issue).