​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​​​​

Services in December
2nd          Canon Richard       
9th           Canon Michael                 
16th        10.30a.m.  Revd. Martin Bull
                   4p.m. Santa Lucia Carol Service  Canon Richard
23rd        Dean John
25th         Canon Richard
30th         Michelle Dearlove (Service of the Word)

All services at 10.30a.m.
Advent Sunday
At the service on the first Sunday in Advent, St. Michael's began their time of preparation and waiting for the coming of the baby Jesus into the world at Christmas. Canon Richard took the service at which the first candle on the Advent ring was lit.
Samaritan's Purse
Twenty-nine shoe boxes and several teddies were collected by Ron with Iris Alderson and Glenys Gittings there to give a helping hand. The church committee would like to thank everyone who donated a box for their generosity.
We will remember them.
A full church, resplendent with poppies for Remembrance Day, enjoyed a wonderful service led by Canon Richard. Sylvia Grice organised the making of the poppies having got members of the congregation and friends to help her with the knitting. A wreath of poppies had been made to be placed in the Garden of Remembrance - see the photo of Sylvia Grice and Canon Richard below.
Samaritan's Purse
If you feel you could donate a shoe box for this year's appeal, forms are available from church. The boxes will be collected on Thursday 15th November so please deliver your box to church by Sunday 11th November.
Harvest Festival
The people who attended the harvest festival (which was conducted by Canon Richard) were in for a treat as the church was beautifully decorated once again. Gifts had been donated by worshippers, villagers and children from Appletrees Day Nursery. The children brought leaves they had made and one very young boy was obviously very proud of his as he wasn't too sure about leaving it at church! The talented ladies from church had, as they always do, used these donations to produce wonderful displays. Of course, the mice were there again and this year there was also a lovely corn dolly (see the photo below). 
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.

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.
Welcome to Canon Richard Cooper
​Canon Richard Cooper is joining the set-up at St Michael's. He will be the church's link with the cathedral and will take one service every month with cathedral/retired clergy taking the rest. He will be available to give advice to the church wardens, do pastoral visiting, take communion to the sick and housebound and attend committee meetings. Canon Richard has written the following to introduce himself.
Wise-men say that it is not always a good thing to return to one’s roots and they may prove to be right. It is over 50 years ago that I left Littlethorpe and so the Village has changed and those that do remember me will be glad to hear that I have changed too!
The Coopers came in 1946 to the newly built Wycke Cottage (now Lodge) and my parents would be the last to leave in 1970. The Church was an important part of our lives, both Ruth and I were baptised here, father was a sidesman, mother did the flowers and cleaned the brass and Robin and I sang in the choir. It was a very happy childhood and a great place in which to be brought up.

After Ripon Grammar School and a ‘year out’ doing various jobs, I was accepted for Training for the Ministry. I took a degree in English and Religious Studies at Leeds University and then went on to the College of the Resurrection at Mirfield to complete my Ordination Training. In 1971 I was ordained in Ripon Cathedral by Bishop John Moorman.
​I have spent all my life and ministry in the old Diocese of Ripon, mostly in the north, retiring in 2009 as the Rector of Richmond.  In 1997 I was appointed an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral and in 2003 I had the honour of being appointed Chaplain to The Queen, a post I held until 2016 when at the age of 70 I had to retire.

When the Dean asked me, now that we live in Ripon, if I would consider being the link person between the Cathedral and St.Michael’s I was delighted. The Dean wishes the Services to continue to be conducted on a rota, of which I shall be a regular member, but I am also here to support the churchwardens and congregation as well.
It was the poet T.S.Eliot who wrote – ‘My end is my beginning’. Littlethorpe was a good place to start and will be a good place to end. I look forward to meeting new friends where once there were so many.
​With the best of wishes,
Richard Cooper

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.