Thought for November

A Prayer for Saint Andrew's Day (30 November)

Almighty God who gave such grace to your apostle Saint Andrew that he readily obeyed the call of your Son Jesus Christ and brought his brother with him: call us by your Holy Word and give us grace to follow you without delay and to tell the Good News of your Kingdom through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


The services on Sunday 3rd December 2023 at St Augustine’s are 8 am Holy Communion and 9:30 am Praise, Worship, and Fun with Baptism.

Everyone is welcome.


Midweek Services at St Augustine's

Thursday Services in

October will be 10 a.m. on 5th and 12th

November 2nd and 9th

December 7th and 14th

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Coffee and Cakes

10am - 11.30am on the first Thursday of the month.

In Kirkby Church Hall                                     All welcome!

Any queries contact Anna 712797

Sheila 712321



12th November - Please note the time of the Remembrance Sunday Service – service at 9am. 


Changes to the Family Service

From Sunday May 1st the 9.30am Family service will change to Thirty Minutes of Prayer. 

All are warmly invited. This will be a NON eucharistic service.

Holy Communion will continue to be available at the 8am service,

on the first Sunday of the month

conducted by Revd Dr Anne Heading.

Please join us for our Thursday 10am Holy Communion Services on the first two Thursdays of the month.

From September 2024 all Benefice Services will commence at 10 am.


On Tuesday 7th November at 1:30 pm there will be a Jump the Rainbow Steps Service for all pre-school children. (N.B. Tuesday)


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Funeral Service 

Sadly, Jean Hugill formerly of Dromonby has died aged 87 years.

Her Memorial Service for her will take place on Friday 8th December at
12 noon  in the Church. A private cremation will take place earlier in
the day




Organist Wanted!

We need a replacement Organist at St Augustine's, starting as soon as possible. There are two, occasionally three, morning services per month; adding in the special services at Christmas, etc., this totals about 38 per year The organ is a Copeman Hart two-manual instrument; it was installed in 1998 and is one of the best in the area. There is a considerable library of both organ and choral music. We understand that a pianist of Grade 4 standard would have the right level of technical competence to be able to transition effectively to the organ. Please contact Anne Heading for further details.




WHEN - WEDNESDAY 15th NOV,  TIME - 2.00 - 4.00

WHERE - Kirkby Church Hall

The ‘knit in’ is being held to make hats, scarves, mittens/gloves and neck warmers  

 for Middlesbrough Rotary to distribute to those who are in need of them.

Please bring some needles and any wool if you have it.                       Patterns and wool available if required.

Contributions of surplus wool from projects welcomed.                      They can be put in the box outside Kirkby Church Hall.


Charity Against Breast Cancer 


  WOW!  There has been an amazing response to the request.

 All the bras donated have been saved from landfill and are being used by  

the Charity Against Breast Cancer to fund research into breast cancer.

  The box will be removed at the end of October and all the bras will be taken to a bra bank.

  Many, many thanks to all who have contributed.


Our Eco Group Gains Bronze Award

St Augustine's is part of an initiative by the Church of England to Care for God's Earth called Eco Church. The aim is to engage Christians of all denominations with stewardship of God's creation, the earth we all share. At St Augustine's the green team have been working towards achieving the Bronze Standard through interaction with the local community especially the Primary School, increasing the biodiversity of the churchyard and encouraging involvement in green issues in the Benefice. Thanks to all who have supported us in any way as we achieved our Bronze Award on the 5th October. Many congratulations to the Eco Group on the Bronze Award!


Kirkby Church Hall

We wondered if there are any students out there wanting to boost their bank accounts over the Christmas vacation?The paths and car park surround are in need of attention and we would welcome help in tidying the areas up.

Please contact Sheila (01642 712321) if you would be interested.


Church Flowers                                                             Ash + OAK Love Flowers We would welcome anyone in arranging flowers

once a year.

Please contact Gill Sockett 712432



Do you have any unwanted coats , hats , gloves or scarves in your wardrobe?

Especially, good quality ladies , men's and children's warm outer clothing .

Leave items in Church Porch 8.00am to 5.00pm 30th October - 12th November 2023, for Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club to distribute to various charities for people who are in need in our local area .

Contact Neil Glover Tel . 01642 712344



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CHRISTMAS GREETINGS - You will have found a Christian Aid donation envelope in this newsletter. If you wish to send Christmas greetings to friends in the villages simply put a donation in the envelope and follow the instructions on the slip which is attached to the envelope. Please do not put the slip inside the envelope. Your names will then appear on a greetings card in the December newsletter.

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This is on Friday 15th December in Kirkby Church Hall at 7.30p.m.

Tickets are £12.50 and this includes your first drink.

Tickets are available from the usual committee members or call 01642 712458


Advent Trail

It's a fabulous way to dive into December - think community and think the celebration of Christmas

We are going for our fourth year, please join us!

Anything Christmassy in your window would be fabulous

You can light, stuff, stick, inflate, draw, doodle, stencil,

- be creative or keep it simple!

Keep your window lit from your given day from dusk to bedtime through to 31st Dec.

Please let us know if you wish to participate by 15th Nov.

You will receive your map and number by the 25th.

Email with your Name and Address.

Let's bring that extra Christmas cheer to our Villages!

Noelle and Lucy


Parkinsons Seasonal Sing Along - Kirkby Church Hall -

Wed 22nd Nov 3-5.00pm

Come along with friends and family to listen to One Accord a local guitar group who have volunteered to play for us and will be encouraging us to join in with the choruses.

This is a free event with tea and cake refreshments.

There will be the opportunity to make a donation to Parkinsons UK.

If you would like to come please let Sheila Hayton know so we can keep a track on numbers.

Sheila Hayton 01642 712321


Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital

Can you please save used stamps to help fund their Voluntary Car Service. Just post them through the letterbox of 46 Kirkby Lane, opposite Gt Broughton School.

Also check their website for cheap postage stamps offer. Thanks Heather Stamp 


Recycling at Gt Broughton Village Hall

Please use the allocated recycling bins in the entrance hall for stamps and plastic milk bottle tops (only)

Two charities are being supported by these recycling schemes:

Stamps - Parkinson’s UK

Plastic milk bottle tops - Marie Curie (Cancer Care)

Thank you, GBVH Committee


The Churchyard

The Churchyard is a tranquil, peaceful and welcoming space for all who visit and we encourage the placing of floral tributes on individual graves in memory of those who are no longer with us. However, please do not use glass containers; biodegradable materials are preferable, where possible. Flowers (and their containers) should be removed when they are past their best and we are grateful to those who do this. We ensure that the grass is cut and trimmed regularly during the summer months and a small team puts a lot of effort to keep the whole area tidy and the paths clear of debris. We would only move containers if they obstruct grass cutting. Please could you ensure that any item that does not comply with these guidelines is removed. With many thanks. We are always happy to welcome volunteers to help us look after the Churchyard and keep it in good order for future generations in our parish.


Kirkby Church Hall

Is there anyone living in Kirkby or Great Broughton with a few hours to spare who would like to join the small (but very friendly) team of volunteers who run Kirkby Church Hall? This is a well appointed hall that is popular with our regular hirers and we are only able to keep the rental charges down because it is administered by volunteers. Duties would include occasional opening up or closing the hall for one-off hirers, being a key holder, helping with Christmas decorations etc. If are interested please contact Sheila (01642-71232

Kirkby Church Hall is available for hire. Contact Sheila 712321


Church Warden Needed.

The PCC is seeking a churchwarden - if you can serve as Warden then please contact Ros Tomlinson to discuss the role Tel. 01642 711796.

We offer thanks to Ros Tomlinson who has served as Churchwarden for Kirkby and Great Broughton parish for a number of years. We hope to honour Ros’ work and the support of Maurice at one of the services during the summer.

Many thanks Ros from us all!


Electoral Roll

If anyone would like to go onto the Electoral roll of the churches in the Benefice

(through being resident in the parish and baptized), please let Anne Heading know

(Tel. 710045 or e-mail ).

Electoral Roll Enrollment Form

Please consider joining the Electoral Roll for our parish, it gives a stake in the local Christian community and supports the wellbeing of the parish church. A person enrolled in this way may vote in our church meeting and is eligible to take on certain responsibilites such as that of Churchwarden.  The criteria for joining the Roll and details of who to contact may be found in the Application Document (click on the link below.) 

 You are welcome to join us! Rev Dr Anne Heading, Vicar.

           Electoral Form


The BBC continues to broadcast the Sunday service at 8.10 am on Radio 4.  In addition, the services, and the wide range of readings and prayers, on the Church of England, Diocese of York and York Minster websites – and – continue to provide a spiritual resource and re-assurance.

There are a number of resources both on air and on line which we hope you will find helpful.  These include:

  • the service each Sunday on BBC Radio 4 at 8.10 am;
  • a Hymn for the Day and the Sunday Service from the Royal School of Church Music (, to which St Augustine’s is affiliated;
  •  both the Church of England ( and the Diocese of York(, they provide a wide range of readings and prayers of support and encouragement.

The Parish Newsletter for November has been published and can be accessed here

The Book of Psalms can be a great source of comfort and inspiration; Psalms 16 - Preserve me, O God, 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd -  and 121 – I will lift up mine eyes to the hills – are commended.

The Church has a Facebook page  - St Augustine’s, Kirkby & Great Broughton - which, like the website, is regularly up-dated