What an achievement! On June 26th, at a ceremony in the Chapel of York St John University, our very own Muriel Daniel received an honorary degree from the university Vice Chancellor in recognition of services to education and for her inspirational work with generations of young people.
Outstanding in her class: Muriel Daniel!
Church Closed (except for services!):
Organ Update: Our new organ is being splendidly installed bit by bit with heavy lifting and fiddly adjustments being done every day this week. Here are just some of the 690 odd pipes all laid out... Thank you to everyone who is helping! What a beast of an effort!
Church Open! We are opening our church doors to all and sundry over Holy Week and then again after Easter weekend. These are times:
Thank you to everyone who joined us for York Residents Weekend! We were blessed with two hundred visitors on a lively and wonderful Saturday as we shared music, history, and cups of tea with York's residents. We also had a visit from Radio York. Our segment can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/
Congratulations! to our very own Prof. Dianne Willcocks has been awarded an honourary doctorate!
Dianne recieving her doctorate from the Archbishop
Candlelit Prayer and Reflection: From October 8th 2018 the church will be open every Monday (except holidays) from 7-8pm for an hour of silent prayer and reflection in candlelight. Do feel free join us to pray, mediate, or simply sit in quiet reflection. The church is open to all and is at its most beautiful in the warmth of candlelight.
And we are done! The building and conservation work has been completed on our north aisle! Its been a massive effort by a huge number of people (much to huge to be able to mention here) but thank you, thank you, thank you, everyone who has helped us reach this important and monumental moment. THANK YOU!
All the beautiful, important, glorious glass back where it belongs!
Brunch and Bubbly 2! Our second annual Brunch and Bubbly was a rip-roaring success! Thank you to everyone who joined us.
Our bubbly Vicar and our bubbly Maxine!
Trip to Southwell Minster! A wonderful time was had by us all as we headed to Southwell Minster for the day, saw a ginormous Norman arch, and caught up with our friend Rev. Peter Jones. Next trip - St. Denys, Paris!?!?
Part of our congregation beneath Southwell's North Entrance
Visit to the Glaziers! Our congregation and friends were treated to a trip to the glaziers to see the repair work on our glass and others... including some beautfiul modern pieces and nineteenth-century pieces!
Our people but not our glass - our glass is better!
New Tracery: Its Spring, its time for something new!
Our lovely new tracery 'good as old!'
Stonemasons Visit: A fabulous time was had by the congregation as we went to see up close and personal the work being done to restore and conserve our precious building.
The art and craft of stonemasonry being explained.
Residents Festival. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Residents Festival open day. A great day was had by all with fantastic singing, talks, teas, coffees, and even our own film crew...
Happy New Year! 2018 is an exciting year for us at St. D's. We look forward to the completion of our HLF funded conservation project, the installation of a new Organ, weddings, lectures, and many other happy unforeseens.
Christmas Carol Service. Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Christmas Carol service and made it such a special evening.
End to the works... for now. The work on the north aisle has come to a temporary hiatus for Christmas. We are left with a lighter church and a beautifully reparied gable. Find out more here.
Old Church, New Gable
What a difference no stained glass makes...
The Hoardings Beautification Project. While our church is being saved from collapse, we've got hoardings up. But hoardings are ugly so we're making them pretty!
Simon (hoardings mastermind) putting the finishing touches to the heraldic shield of St. Denys.
Jose Reader! Our dear Jose, in training to be a Reader, preached her first sermon to a well-filled church at St.Denys’s last Sunday. Her young helpers distributed packets of seeds to grow and pass on, as a reminder of God’s continuing love and care for us all.
Our Jose Sermonizing!
Open Day: A big thank you to everyone who joined us on Saturday 7th as we celebrated York's 50+ festival!
Folk Night. On the 5th October Joska and Anthony's monthly folk and world music concerts at St. D's featured Joshua Burnell. Find out more on the York Press website here.
Work Begins! Having successfully secured a HLF grant to save our north aisle from collapse work has begun at St. D's. Please note that we are still open for services on Sunday at 10am. To find out more about the project please visit our fundraising page here.
The cabins are in place and the scaffolding is going up!
Harvest. Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest celebrations. Many a bag of food is on its way to Carecent. To find out about all there good work please click here.
Congratulations to Colin on being made a Freeman of the City of York!
Great Success at St. Crux! The sun shone, the crowds flocked and we raised £1103! Thank you so much to everyone who visited us at St. Crux. We had a number of friends from outside of the congregation to whom we offer our most hearfelt thanks!
Super Saturday at St. Crux
Brilliant Brunch and Bubbly! We celebrated the successes of the last year royally at the home of our priest-in-charge, Jane Nattrass, and with congregation members providing a splendid feast. And we were able to enjoy, in welcoming sunshine, Jane’s beautiful garden and gracious home - joined by friends from who have helped us with our fundraising bids this year. So many, many warm thanks to all from St Denys’ and here's to the next year!
Brunch and Bubbly!
Big Thank You! Thank you to everyone who joined us for the final talk by Fiona Shaw. It was a great event and we raised over £100!!! We hope to have a new series of talks ready for Spring 2018.
Glee! On the 15th June, St. D's hosted the Glee singers from the University of York. The concerted was themed around 'True Colours', an included songs such as, 'Josephs' Coat of Many Colours', 'Blackbird', and 'Black and Red' from Les Mis.
The Glee Singers
Great News! Marie Taylor, who many of our regular congregation will know as the chairperson for the York Branch of the Wrens, has been awarded a British Empire Medal. Well done Marie Taylor BEM! Read more about Marie and other York heroes here.
Book Group: On the 29th June the St. D's book group will be discussing the second half of John Pritchard's 'Something More' (so rich a text that it needs two weeks!). It doesn't matter if you haven't read the first half as the chapters all stand alone: don't believe me? Read it! Do come along. Find out more here.
Thank you! A big thank you to Professor Bill Sheils from the University of York for his talk on the medieval parishes of York. A great evening!
Prof. Shiels Lecture
Monthly Music: The first of Joska and Anthony's monthly concerts at St. D's was absolutely brilliant. Make sure you don't miss out on the next one: 6th July. Find out more here.
Joska and Anthony
Tusen Takk!: A big thank you from all of us at St. D's to the visiting Norweigan Choir who joined us for our service on Sunday and delighted us with an impromptu sing along afterwards.
The Visiting Choir
Great News! Jose Knowles has been accepted to train as a reader in the Church of England! We are all so happy and proud! Well done Jose!!!
Success! The first of our talks was a great success. Many thanks to Dr. Charles Kightly for a fascinating lecture on the history of St Denys. And we raised over £150.00 to save our north aisle! Thank you to everyone who came and gave so generously. Please join us next month for the second in our series by Professor Bill Sheils on the medieval parishes of York. Find out more here.
Dr Kightly in Action
A Big Thank You! Thank you to everyone who supported us yesterday at St. Crux! We raised over £950! A great way to spend the bank holiday weekend.