A double winner

Welcome to our Church Village Draw Club – a great way for you to support us whilst having a bit of fun! Here’s how it works…..

You complete and sign a membership form and standing order mandate for £5 a month (or £60 annually) or pay by cheque.

(Forms are available from the back of church or electronically by contacting one of the draw administrators named below)

This buys you one membership number (we will allocate), which enters you into the monthly draw. All participants must be over 16 years of age.

The draw will take place on the third Sunday of each month. The first draw takes place on 21st July 2019. To be eligible for this draw we need to receive your application by the 14t 

If you win, a cheque will be posted to your home address and the winning numbers will be placed on the church notice board and on the  church website (

The prize money will be 40% of the membership fee taken that month. The remaining 60% goes to the Church fabric fund which is to pay for any works to the building both inside and out and to replace, repair, alter or add to furnishings or equipment that improves the service provided by St John The Baptist Church Bishop Monkton.

Contacts: Jenny Goodman – email: Tel 01765 677492
Sue Hargreaves - email: Tel 01765 677523
Maggie Wood – email: Tel 01765 677159

They will arrange for forms to be sent to you.



Fabric fund reaches £25,000

The Church's Fabric Fund has now passed the £25,000 total and work will start soon on repairing the front area of the church which has been out of bounds for several months.

Donations and pledges have also been received bringing the fund total to just short of £25,000 excluding gift aid. Thank you so much to all those who have given so generously.

 If you would like to support the appeal, donation and pledge forms can be collected from the back of church which is open every day or you can e-mail me ( for an electronic copy.


Abseiler raises £600 for fund

Bishop Monkton Parish Church choir member Christine Ewalt pictured abseiling down Ripon Cathedral on a recent Sunday. She made her spectacular descent to raise £800 for charity. Of this £600 will go to the Bishop Monkton Parish Church Fabric Fund and £200 will go to the Cathedral. 


Hog Roast stand raises £225

A total of £225 was raised on the Church's second hand Rose Stall on Hog Roast Day.

Thanks go to everyone who donated goods , those who bought items and those who ran the stand.


Five years of coffee and cake mornings

Dean John with members of the team.

Pip Garside from the Coffee & Cake Morning Team thanked the Bishop Monkton Primary School Choir for their wonderful performance whicheven included dancing and added that the choir always make our Coffee & Cake Mornings so special.

A record number of 68 people were present at the Party. Pip thanked them for being there and for all their support over the past 5 years. She also thanked Sheila Kindon fororganising the Party and making a such an amazing birthday cake.

The Coffee & Cake Morning team had decided that all the takings from the Birthday Party event should go towards the Church Fabric Fundraising Appeal and after the party £180.10 was handed to Treasurer Maggie Wood.

We were honoured that Dean John came to join us during the morning and enjoyed a piece of cake! 

The Coffee & Cake Morning team would like to thank all the kind people who bake great cakes each month, our strong team of helpers whomove all the pews, bring the tables up from the cellar, then return them after the event and we must not forget our team of washer-uppers!


Church faces big repair bills

As many of you will be aware, an exclusion zone has been established round the front door of the Parish Church. This is necessary because of the risk of masonry falling from the tower. The repairs will cost about £7,000 and work will be undertaken in the next few months. In the meantime access to the church is via the back door so services and events will continue as normal. In addition, because parts of the building are not watertight, another £8,000 will need to be spent on putting this right. In the longer term the inspectors said the whole roof would need to be completely stripped and retiled with new underlay and battens installed at a cost of up to £250,000.  An appeal fund for the repairs has already been opened and donations will be welcomed by Stuart Newsome, Sue Hargreaves, Maggie Wood or Rev. Sheila.


Forthcoming events

7 June – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon.  

We will be celebrating the Queen’s official birthday. Everyone welcome.

22 June - Let's Do Lunch.

30 June All Age service

5 July  – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon with a “Wimbledon theme''. Bishop Monkton School Choir will be performing at 10 30am. Everyone welcome.

2 August  – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon.   We will be celebrating Yorkshire Day. Everyone welcome.

6 September  – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon.     Everyone welcome.

4 October  – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon.  
A special event to celebrate the Yorkshire 2019 UCI Road Cycle Championships which are taking place from, September 21 to 29 in our area. Everyone welcome.

1 November  – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon.  
Theme:  Fireworks!. Everyone welcome.

16 November - Safari Supper.

6 December  – Monthly Coffee & Cake Morning at Parish Church 9.45am to 12 noon.  
Theme: 'Christmas'. Bishop Monkton School Choir will be performing at 10 30am..  Everyone welcome.