Stokesley Deanery covers the area south of Middlesbrough. It includes the towns of Ingleby Barwick, Hemlington and Stokesley, as well as the rural areas around Great Ayton, Whorlton and Potto. At its easternmost edge stands the 1,049ft high hill Roseberry Topping. Find out more about the churches in Stokesley Deanery here.
Archbishop Sentamu recorded a Christmas Day Message whilst on his Pilgrimage for BBC Radio York.
22nd December 2015
8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary's Nunthorpe. Leave around 9.00am to walk through Nunthorpe. Hemlington from 10.45am. Around 1.00pm leave St Timothy's to walk to Brookfield then Stainton. 2.15pm Prayers at Stainton Memorial Hall. At Ingleby Barwick from 2.45pm. 5.00pm Prayers at St Francis of Assisi, Ingleby Barwick.Post card
Yesterday Archbishop Sentamu met members of staff at the Ingleby Barwick Tesco. At the entrance, I spoke to a man doing his shopping who recognized him straightaway and said the Archbishop was a bit of a hero of his. I encouraged him to go and say hello but he declined, not wanting to bother him. Later on, walking around the shop, Archbishop Sentamu stopped him, not knowing what he had said to me when he came in. The look on his face said it all. A great moment unplanned but very special!
23rd December 2015
8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Crathorne. Visit The Hub Community Cafe, Hutton Rudby. 11.30am Prayers at All Saints Hutton Rudby. 12.30pm Prayers at top of Carlton Bank. 2.30pm Prayers at Faceby Church. Swainby Church Hall around 3.30pm. 4.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers Swainby Church.Postcard
The day in the benefice started from the top of Carlton Bank looking out over the Tees Valley against a very strong, cold wind. The Archbishop prayed for the area and blessed the people who lived and worked there. We retreated from the cold wind to a warm welcome in Lord Stones Cafe for lunch. After thawing out we all went to Carlton Village Hall to meet people and pray with them, and then to Faceby Church where the children were waiting patiently and busied themselves drawing while they waited to welcome the Archbishop. Two of the children presented the Archbishop with a Christmas Card and we prayed for the new family service to start in January. From Faceby we made our way to Swainby, popping in to the village shop before meeting again for a tea break in the Church Hall. The service after in the Church was appreciated by all, who found the prayer with the Archbishop inspiring. Revd Linda Shipp
24th December 2015
8.15am Pilgrimage Prayers at Christ Church Great Ayton. Leave at 8.45am to walk around village. 10.00am Prayers at St Cuthert's Kildale. 10.30am meet at Co-op Food Showfield, Springfield, to walk around Stokesley and market. 1.15pm meet at Kirkby Church Hall to walk around Kirkby and Great Broughton. 4.30pm and 6.00pm Crib Services at St Peter and St Paul, Stokesley. 11.30pm Midnight Eucharist at Christ Church Great Ayton .Postcard
Stopping to pray in the communities where Captain Cook grew up; being greeted by shopkeepers, store managers and shoppers; receiving a pork pie from Petch's; carol singing for Yatton House centre for adults with disabilities; chatting in a market; praying for the bereaved and for the emergency services; crossing a pack horse bridge on an old pilgrims' route; rolling out gingerbread at a children's crib service; and sharing the good news to packed houses at a later crib service in Stokesley and at midnight in Great Ayton. All in a day's pilgrimage on Christmas Eve
Revds Paul Peverell and Paul Hutchinson
Christmas Eve available to listen to on http://www.christchurchgreatayton.org.uk/audio
25th December 2015
10.00am Morning Service at HMP Kirklevington Grange. Visit Ayresome Court Nursing Home. Leave around 12noon to walk through Yarm ending with prayers at Yarm Town Hall around 1.00pm.Postcard
The Archbishop spent Christmas Day morning at Kirklevington Grange Prison, celebrating the Holy Eucharist and joining in Carol singing, before spending time with the prisoners and staff. He then went to Ayresome Court nursing home where he prayed with the residents and spent time talking to residents and staff. The Archbishop then continued his Pilgrimage praying for the people of Yarm beside the war memorial outside the Town Hall. In his prayers the Archbishop remembered those are serving in the armed forces as well as those who had given their lives in war. He gave thanks for the town and people of Yarm before blessing the town and all who live, work or pass through it.
Revd Canon John Ford