​St. Michael's Church

Welcome to St. Michael & All Angels

Holy Eucharist is held every Sunday at 10.30a.m.
For baptisms, weddings, funerals and interment of ashes, please contact one of the church wardens.
(See 'Organisation' section)


​St. Michael's link with Ripon Cathedral
​Canon Richard Cooper
​​Church Wardens 
Iris Alderson - Tel: 01765 677644
Peter Moss - Tel: 01765 450663
Glenys Gittings
Treasurer - Christine Curtis
Tel: 01765 603786
Secretary - Sandra Crawford Porter
Caretaker - Glenys Gittings

Sideperson rota
1st Sunday -   Glenys Gittings / Anne Crossley 
2nd Sunday -  Carol Edmonstone / Madeleine Staniland-Dixon
3rd Sunday -   Sylvia Grice / Anne Lancaster     
4th Sunday -   Margaret Plunkett / Yvonne Coupe
5th Sunday -   Margaret Heywood / Nicola Routledge

Services, events & activities​​​​

From the Parish Registers: Holy Matrimony 8th September 2018
Rachel Goodier and James Nelson were married by Revd. Dan Sladden from Ripon Cathedral. Despite the rain, everyone was in good spirits and, after the service, the guests left for a tepee reception.

James' sister Irena with her son Cyrus who is James' godson.

Services in September
2nd           Canon Ailsa            
9 th          Canon Richard         
16th         Revd. Martin Bull
23rd         Revd. Caitlin Carmichael-Davis
30th         Nina Harrison
All services at 10.30a.m. and all Holy Eucharist except for the 30th which is  a Service of the Word.
From the Parish Registers: Holy Baptism 12th August 2018
Max Charlie Griffin is the son of Claire Greenough (whose family has lived in the village for years) and Craig Griffin. Max's great grandparents, Arthur and Margaret Lund, attended the service (many people will remember them) and also their daughter Janet who is Max’s grandma. The service was conducted by Canon Richard, his first baptism at St.Michael's and, as he pointed out, he was baptised in the same font a few years ago!  
Last Service
Revd. Kenneth Crossley took his last service at St. Michael's on Sunday 5th in front of a 40-strong congregation. His wish of not wanting a fuss was respected but church wardens Iris Alderson and Peter Moss presented him with a card and cheque to thank him for everything he has done for St. Michael's. His wife Ann also received a bouquet of flowers. The congregation received a piece of cake as they left and, on telling Ann they hoped to still see them, Ann was heard to say, "You're not getting rid of us as easily as that!" Ken and Ann will continue to worship at St. Michael's.
Ripon Community Poppy Project
Sylvia Grice organised the production of the poppies which were ready to be handed over to Ripon City Council on Sunday 8th July. Over 700 poppies were knitted or crocheted by members and friends of the church. The poppies were blessed by Nina Harrison before being taken outside where some of the ladies who made them gathered in the Garden of Remembrance. They were joined by a few other members of the congregation. Thank you to everyone who supported this project.
Brian Render
In memory of Brian Render who died at the end of May aged 91. He was a regular worshipper at St. Michael's and will be greatly missed by the congregation there.
Canon Richard's first Service at St. Michael's
The large congregation at St. Michael's was treated to a very entertaining service, on Sunday 17th June, given by Canon Richard Cooper. It was his first service at St. Michael's since becoming its new link with the Cathedral.
Wedding of Jeremy Banyard
​Jeremy married Katie Kay on Saturday 28th April with the service being conducted by Revd. Kenneth Crossley.
​The Swan

Cob or pen, it matters not
Whether it be a cock or a hen,
White and clean they glide
Over the waters smooth and serene.
A neck turned so graceful
With wings tucked so neat,
Theirs is the manor
And the royal retreat.
A swan gives the heart a glow
It shows a man the way to go:
A pair make the sign of the heart
Once seen they will never part.
To know a swan is to love a swan
They are cared for by royalty
A swan in your life is a joy to behold
Your life will be fully complete.

​The church looked particularly splendid for the well-attended Easter Day service (conducted by Revd. Kenneth Crossley - organist Ken Ridley) with flower arrangements by Nicky Routledge, Judith Steele, Glenys Gittings, Elizabeth Thompson, Karen Gill, Margaret Heywood and Carol Edmonstone - even the porch was decorated. The Easter celebrations began on Palm Sunday, with a service led by Canon Barry Pike, and finished today with everyone receiving Easter eggs as they left.
Mothering Sunday
​The church was awash with colour for Mothering Sunday as flowering plants, courtesy of Elizabeth Thompson, covered the font. At the end of the service, all the ladies were given a plant as a gift. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.
​Thoughts about John
​We live in an age of celebrity in which people with little talent insist on telling the world how wonderful they are. John was the opposite to this. His contribution to the development and manufacture of hip joints replacement was immense and helped thousands of people throughout the world.
​A stranger would need to learn of this from someone else because John would never mention it, nor would he divulge that he was awarded the OBE for his services to the Health Service.
According to John, much of his success was because he was lucky enough to have a good team around him.
​John's great sporting love was cricket and he once captured nine wickets for 21 runs - the stuff of dreams for any bowler. He could not pass this off as having a good team around him (I know some of them) but he did find a way to downplay his remarkable feat:- "We must have been playing the West of Yore Hunt third eleven the day after the night of the Hunt Ball." This was John. Able but modest and always ready to deflect praise towards others.
​John took great pleasure in simple things. Walking, having discussions on a wide range of topics, watching cricket, having a beer (not lager) in a country pub, spending time in The Manor gardens and singing in St. Michael's.
John found his spiritual home in Littlethorpe. He was a lovely gentle, open and honest man and we will miss him greatly.
​Roly Curtis
Lent Project 2018
​​Last year, St. Michael's supported the Red Cross as its Lent Project and this year's chosen charity is the Children's Society.
​The Children's Society says:
"Our collection box scheme is one of our most powerful legacies and is one of the simplest and easiest ways that people of all ages choose to support us."
​If you would like to support the church in this venture, collection boxes are available from anyone at St. Michael's.
​Ready for Christmas
​St. Michael's was looking wonderful in the run-up to Christmas with the stable awaiting the arrival of the baby Jesus on Christmas Day and the advent ring with one more candle to be lit. (The crib will be blessed on Christmas Day at the 10.30a.m. service.) The beautiful altar flowers were arranged by Liz Tite and the church was also displaying its latest additions - new cushions. The red pew cushions were donated in memory of Sandra Moss and the blue altar kneeling cushions were donated in memory of Nicholas, the son of Judith and Tom Steele.     
Santa Lucia Carol Service
​Lots of people gathered in St. Michael's for the annual Santa Lucia Carol Service and I am reliably informed that a new record may have been set - 3 sets of twins attended!
Eva Joussemet was this year's Santa Lucia and she and her attendants looked lovely. The service consisted of carols and readings with the children singing the first verse of 'Away in a Manger' on their own. The readers were Bill Richardson, Margaret Plunkett, Sylvia Grice, Jacob Ryder, Roly Curtis, Margaret Lloyd-Hughes and Rev. Ken Crossley. Afterwards, there were mince pies, chocolates and gluhwein (German mulled wine). Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.
Samaritan's Purse
The shoe boxes for this appeal were collected today (16th) and, although there weren't as many donations as last year, a good number are now on their way to underprivileged children. The Church Committee would like to thank everyone for their generosity.
Remembrance Service
​At the Remembrance Service, Brian Render (who will be 91 later this year) read the citation. He is pictured below with some of the younger members of the congregation.
Samaritan's Purse
​If you feel you would like to support this worthwhile cause and fill a shoebox (woolly and other items of clothing, small ‘safe’ toys, crayons, pencils and other educational things would all be highly acceptable), you will need a leaflet giving you detailed instructions on how to fill and return your box. These leaflets will be available in church from tomorrow morning (8th) so, if you don't go to church, just pop along before or after the service to get one. The filled shoe boxes need to back at church for the 1st week in November. If you are unable to get to church but would like to take part, just contact one of the church wardens.
​​Harvest Festival
​It all began on Friday morning when gifts began to arrive and the church was visited by children from Appletrees Day Nursery. They brought food items, plants in wellies (see photo below) and art work. Each child was lifted up to place an item of fruit in the basket on the the font, they were shown round the church by Iris Alderson (Church Warden) and left with a dough mouse each and a mouse story book for the nursery. 
A delightful and unexpected event occurred this morning at St Michael's Church in Littlethorpe. The Church was being prepared for Harvest Festival   So, armed with flowers, foliage and other essentials I entered what I thought would be a quiet church.  It was, but what I saw gave me such pleasure and delight. Sitting in a semi circle in front of the choir stalls were eleven of mthe most delightful small children, dressed beautifully and listening quietly to their carers from AppleTree Nursery on Pottery Lane. The staff were talking to the children about the Church and the Harvest Festival they had come to support.

But it was not long before these kids found their feet, and began to explore. Small boys and girls, all under four years old, scampered like little mice into the choir stalls, up to the altar, round the pews and then to the font. There they listened again to the dedicated nursery staff who this time invited each child to place a piece of fruit in a basket placed with decorative style on top of the font to be seen by all who enter Church for the Harvest Festival Service on Sunday.  

The children had brought other gifts too. A line of tiny Wellington boots each filled with a flowering Pansy plant rested against the wall in the entrance to the church, and at the side of which was stacked a multitude of assorted tins of food, all given with thought and care.

Eventually it was time for them all to leave, each child clutching a gift from the Church of a salt dough harvest mouse. But what a blessing it was for me to share smiles and happiness with this delightful little crowd of tomorrows adults. I hope, as I certainly will, that these beautiful children will remember the day they brought their Harvest Festival gifts to St Michael's Church - and be glad.

Judith Steele

​​On Saturday morning, more gifts arrived with the ladies out in force decorating the church and, when they had finished, it looked beautiful. Finally, on Sunday morning, the church was packed for the service which was taken by Rev. Ken Crossley.​ The tins will go to the Salvation Army food bank and the fresh produce to the elderly. Read the comments on the 'Guestbook' page.
Trevor Retires
​Father Trevor gave his last service at St. Michael's today (25th) to a packed church. He was given gifts which included an album of photos and cards from churchgoers and villagers and a specially designed candle and a cheque which were presented to him by church wardens Iris Alderson and Peter Moss. Following the service, there was a buffet lunch, in the village hall, provided by members of the congregation and villagers to which the Dean of Ripon came. A special cake had been made which, along with a variety of other gifts, had a Burnley theme. Roly Curtis (Littlethorpe's Poet Laureate!) recited one of his now famous poems then gave Trevor a framed Burnley shirt signed by all the players. Other gifts included a Burnley hoodie, a Burnley pen and a photo album of memories of St. Michael's. Trevor's fiancee, Jennifer, also received flowers. It was a lovely occasion and, hopefully, one which Trevor will remember for a long time to come. All the best Trevor! Read the comment on the 'Guestbook' page.