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Pentecost Joy on Pilgrimage

Friday 6th May 2016

Archbishop Sentamu’s 6-Month Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing in the Diocese of York now has just two weeks remaining ending on Trinity Sunday at York Minster on 22 May 2016.

Next week, the Archbishop will be journeying through the Southern Ryedale Deanery (10 to 15 May 2016) where he will lead an open-air Pentecost Service at Castle Howard on Sunday at 3pm and is to meet with people in the grounds from 2pm onwards (see details below for access); he will be meeting with people on the street at Malton Town Centre on Saturday at 10.15am; and will be at the Open Evening at Malton High School on Friday at 7pm – all are welcome to attend.

During this penultimate week of the Pilgrimage, the Archbishop is calling in at a pig farm at Helperthorpe; visiting Bogg Bros Garage who specialise in carburettor conversions; meeting the volunteers at Norton Foodbank and the racehorse chaplaincy team at the stables of Brian Ellison racing.

Pilgrimage Prayers will be offered at 12 local churches and ten schools will be visited at Rillington, Sherburn, Weaverthorpe, Settrington, Norton, Sand Hutton, Foston, Terrington, Slingsby and Malton. Pilgrimage walks take place every day – all are welcome to join the Archbishop on his journey.

On Tuesday 10 May at around 2.30pm, the walk departs from Weaverthorpe Primary School to Helperthorpe, and then on to East Lutton. On Wednesday 11 May at 2pm, the walk is from Norton College to the Foodbank.  On Thursday 12 May, there is a 10.30am walk from Sand Hutton Primary School to Claxton; a 1pm walk from Flaxton Church to Thornton Le Clay and a walk through Howsham at around 3.45pm. On Friday 13 May, there is a walk from Terrington Hall School at approx. 10.45am to walk to Welburn via Bulmer and at 3pm join the Archbishop to walk from Slingsby School to Hovingham.  On Saturday 14 May, there will be a 1.15pm walk departing from the Kingfisher Café in and around New and Old Malton.

To watch the video:

To share in the Archbishop’s Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing, please visit:   

The Archbishop’s 6-Month Pilgrimage started at St Mary’s Whitby on 1 December 2015 and is to finish at York Minster on 22 May 2016. His final week on Pilgrimage will be 17-22 May 2016 in the York Deanery.

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BBC Radio York - Interview 

Listen to the Archbishop talking to Richard Staples of BBC Radio York about his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing in the Southern Ryedale Deanery at All Saints Church Hovingham. In this interview, the Archbishop explains the meaning of Pentecost - a wonderful celebration. 'Every day we need to pray to be renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Be open to the tremendous gift of God - let the Holy Spirit be unleashed and new life be poured out' ( Listen in from 00:09:00 mins in)

Access to the Pentecost Open-Air Service at Castle Howard

Normal ticket prices for entry to Castle Howard house and gardens apply.  Anyone visiting Castle Howard is welcome to join the service

Alternatively you can purchase a wristband in advance for the service at any of the local churches (£1 for adults, 50p for children).  This permits entry to the service and Castle Howard grounds only from 1.30pm onwards.

Wristbands are available from churches in the Southern Ryedale Deanery – see list of all churches here:

On Sunday 15 May, at 10.30am, the Archbishop is also preaching at All Saints Church, Slingsby –all are welcome to attend.

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