The Launch of the Friends of St John’s

2016 saw the beginning of a new chapter in the life of St. John’s, Sharow, when it became only the fifth Church in the Diocese of Leeds to gain an ECO Church Award. In 2017 an extensive programme of restoration work on the stained glass and wall paintings was put in hand, alongside the construction…

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Prepare for the Angel Festival

Friday 7th December 12noon-2pm, 4pm-7pm, St Johns. Setting up time for Angel Festival Bring your Angel and install it in church. Saturday 8th December, 10am, St John’s, Angel Festival. Time to put the finishing touches to your entry for our Angel Festival. Lots of categories to enter in, so let your imagination run riot! (Set…

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Harvest Celebrations at St Johns and Holy Innocents

Saying Thank you to God for his goodness and enjoying food and fellowship with one another are essential parts of the Harvest Season. St John’s, Sharow, and Holy Innocents’ Copt Hewick are both celebrating this year. On 7th October at 11:00am at Copt Hewick Village Hall there will be a Harvest Festival and Blessing of…

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Church Throws Open its Doors

After a long period of conservation and restoration works, the church of St John’s, Sharow is opening its doors to the public once again. For months, the church was shrouded by inside and out as contractors and conservators worked on stained glass, wall paintings and the construction of new, modern facilities. Now, nearly half a…

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Silent Auction

AUCTION NOW CLOSED Thank you to all who have participated. Winners will be informed and Instructions for payment will be issued by email within the next 48hrs All monies raised from this auction will be shared three ways: Nth’n Aldborough Festival, Ripon Choral Society, St John’s Church Personal information disclosed in making your on-line bid…

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The Story Behind ‘Come and Sing Messiah’

Fans of Handel’s ‘Messiah’ from across the world have been invited to take part in a performance of the oratorio at St John’s Church, Sharow. Ripon Choral Society member Bridget Taylor-Connor has organised a Come and Sing Messiah event to raise money for both the church and Yorkshire Cancer Research, a charity she has supported…

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In Conversation with David Page, Artist

David joins us in March for his largest ever exhibition and sale of paintings. See here for more. Of course, everyone in the Ripon Choral Society knows David Page, but it was only during our recent trip to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall, that he and I really got to know each other.…

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St John’s Vision Project Update

Phase 2 commenced with the appointment of a Heritage Learning Officer, Joe Priestley, who works half his week at St John’s. The other half of his week was with Ripon Cathedral but is now with the National Trust at Beningborough Hall. Joe has had a number of notable successes, particularly in environmental and educational initiatives…

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It’s the taking part that counts!

Thank you to all who voted for Roundabout, our Parish Magazine, on Aviva Community Fund’s website. Whilst we didn’t get through to the next round, we did gain a lot of votes and received £100 for our efforts. Thanks to the efforts of the committee, Roundabout is in a much better position into 2018. Well…

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Stained Glass Update

Many of you will have passed St John’s and noticed the scaffolders, men in high visibility gear and conservators in their zip-up suits. In fact, you would be hard pressed not to notice them! But what many won’t have been able to see is the skilled, delicate work which is being carried out on our…

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