A Prayerful Community Renewing the Church’s Mission – not just a venue

News April 2016 Number 24

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Wydale Hall
York Diocesan Centre
Brompton by Sawdon
YO13 9DG


01723 859270
Let's Give Thanks!
We have had a good first few months of 2016 at Wydale.  We've had more guests than in the same period for some years and we have much to thank God for in his provision for us.  We have been delighted to welcome back some old friends and groups and also to have contact with many new groups.  There is a sense of us being in a new season.  As we pray each morning at Wydale we do our best to remember to thank God for all he has done with us and not just to ask him for more!  

Easter was a special time for us at Wydale.  Over 100 people participated in our 'Journey to the Cross' which was a prayer walk around the grounds of Wydale in Holy Week.  We received some lovely comments from folk who took time to come: "Beautiful journey - thank you for the space/ prompts for enabling me to engage with God", and "Following Jesus is certainly not easy but being human we often hope differently.  So glad I came - such a beautiful and serene place." 

We also had a thought-provoking service on Good Friday and enjoyed celebrating in Easter Sunday worship in various local churches.

We are delighted that JO BRADLEY has joined our staff team as part of our housekeeping staff.  Jo has been working with us on a casual basis on and off for sometime but she now has a contract with us and it's a joy to have her on the team.  She and Kate form the backbone of our amazing housekeeping team.  Robert and Lucy continue to work very hard in the kitchen with regular help from Janet.  Ken is our gardener and Charlie looks after all things practical for us. We have an amazing staff team and want to pay a tribute to them all for working so hard over the past year and putting up with a variety of changes!  We are still on the look-out for a permanent part-time staff member for the kitchen so if you know of anyone who might be interested.....

Up and Coming
Plant Sale
The gardens are beginning to wake up after winter and Ken and our gardening volunteers have been working so hard that we have extra plants available this year!  We are therefore having a plant sale from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 April.  Do pop in and see what's on offer.  Refreshments will be available all day as well if you just want to make the most of the Wydale grounds.

Day Conference: "The Church's Response to Society's Need"
Thursday 2 June 9.45am to 4.00pm. An extra event to those advertised in our annual programme.  The Dean of York, the Very Rev'd Vivian Faull, will be sharing some of her experience and discussing some of the social, political and economic issues which face the Church today.  We are very fortunate to have Viv with us for the day - do come along if you can.  £25.00 which includes refreshments and lunch.  Contact the office to book or go to the events pages of

Day Conference: "How Messy is Your Church?"
Saturday 25 June 9.45am to 4.00pm.  Another event which is not on our programme.  Messy church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality. £25.00 including lunch and refreshments.    The day will be led by one of the Messy Church experts, Jane Leadbetter and is for anyone who is already involved and wants further inspiration or for people who think they might like to have a go! Again, details from the office or website.

Thy Kingdom Come 
24 hours of prayer at Wydale 6pm Friday 13th May to 6pm Saturday 14th May. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have made a call to prayer during the week in the week before Pentecost and we feel it's right to join in! We will be setting aside the small chapel at Wydale for prayer 13-14 May, 6pm to 6pm.  There will be some creative prayer stations in the chapel, some set times of led prayer and an outside prayer walk for those who are hardy!  Refreshments will be available all the time and there will be breakfast for those who are with us at 0845 on Saturday. We hope that some of you will decide to come and join us to pray.  You can see much more about how our prayer initiative fits in with the wider national picture on the Diocese of York website here.

Bundles of Joy
We have decided that we would like to partner with a new charitable organisation in York - Bundles of Joy. Their aim is to help families and expectant parents in the community who are in need of some extra support.  Through practical donations of clothes, moses baskets, nappies, toiletries etc they make up bundles of baby essentials and distribute them to recipients (who are identified by Health Care professionals and other agencies).  Wydale will be a receiving base for any donations of gifts to go into the bundles.  If you would like to participate please do just drop off a gift or contact us for more details.  As a community we will also be praying regularly for Bundles of Joy!

The Wydale Blanket Project
Many of you will know that guests of and visitors to Wydale have been knitting squares like mad for the past year.   Well, a blanket has been produced!  We can safely say that it includes squares knitted by Anglicans, Methodists, Quakers, Baptists, Non-Conformists and even a Bishop (we think an Archdeacon may have dropped a stitch or two but have no proof).  We have decided that we would like to auction off the blanket in aid of Bundles of Joy (see above) to enable them to buy a few more gifts for young families in need.  Therefore we are having a silent auction.  Please either email ( or post your bid for the blanket to Wydale by 5pm on Tuesday 31 May.  The blanket will go to the highest bidder!  Don't be shy.  It will look great on any bed and the proceeds will be put to good use.  And don't worry - the knitting hasn't stopped, we are gathering squares again for the next one....

We were thrilled earlier this year to have a visit from Archbishop Sentamu as part of his pilgrimage around the Diocese.  He shared some of his experiences 'on the road' left us sets of prayer beads and prayed a prayer which reminded us of why we are here doing what we do:  "Father in Heaven, mould me into Christlikeness; and stir up in me the fire of your love.  Holy Spirit, fill me with your power and help me to tell of the love and salvation in Jesus of Nazareth".  We hope that in some small way the ministry of Wydale is playing a part in doing just that.

With all good wishes, 

Mark, Diana, Helen and all the team at Wydale.

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