Latest News from the Parish of Great Snaith


Monday 23th February 2015 - Inheritance Passion Play by Riding Lights on 28th March 2015


An Important Date for your Diaries - Saturday, 28th March 2015.

The “Riding Lights Theatre Company” is based in York and performs in their own theatre in York and in venues around the country. The Great Snaith PCC has booked them to perform their 2015 Passion Play, “Inheritance,” in Snaith Priory on Saturday, 28th March at 7:30pm.

Book this date in your diaries now and make sure that you do not miss this professional Christian theatre company’s visit to Snaith.

This is an exciting venture, and an opportunity to see this great theatre group in our parish. “Inheritance” is a communal experience of theatre and worship, and provides an opportunity to reflect on Christ’s Passion, with space for the audience to make their own response at the foot of the cross.

“On a dusty road leading to Jerusalem, a woman stumbles towards her judgement. Just weeks later, Jesus will take the same road, leading to the cross…

In Capernaum, the town they both call home, they are rejected. In the temple where they worship, they are condemned. The synagogue leader plots to destroy them both.

Inheritance” weaves the strands of biblical passion into a dramatic new narrative. It evokes the community where Jesus lived, the people who knew him, the powers that brought him to execution. And, in the shadow of the cross, it makes space for some of the women who Jesus stands alongside, sharing their suffering.
Echoing through time, it renews our expectations of the kingdom of heaven and who might share its inheritance.

Inheritance is a communal experience of theatre and worship. The performance provides an opportunity to reflect on Christ’s Passion and space for the audience to make their own response at the foot of the Cross.

“It is the Passion story in close-up: intense, intimate …a piece of perfection”
(Church Times review)

This is a major event in the Great Snaith parish, and is not-to-missed. Tickets are available from the Rectory on 01405 860866, from Rev Peter Warren on 01405 862925, from the Paper Shop in Snaith, and there are also tickets available in all of the churches in the Parish of Great Snaith. There is a recommended minimum donation of £5, which can be gifted-aided if you are a tax payer.

Because this event is happening on a Saturday night and is expected to be very busy, the Snaith School have very kindly offered to let us use the parking facilities at the school.

Don’t forget book it in your diaries NOW!

Click on the PLAY button below to view the official Riding Lights trailer for "Inheritance".


Monday 15th December 2014 - Parish Singing Group

The new Parish Singing Group is going very well. We have met four times and rehearsed new and traditional carols for Christmas, and we performed for the first time at the Carol Service on Sunday 14th December.

Next on the agenda is to learn some of the new "Gloria" settings. New members are always welcome, and we are a friendly bunch with no pre-conceptions about talent. We meet for fun and companionship, and anyone is welcome. See the weekly Parish Newsletter for dates and times of the next rehearsals.

Thursday 14th August 2014

Our memorial services throughout the parish to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 were very well attended, and moving. Each fallen soldier had a candle lit in their memory, and the church bell was tolled for the number of people that perished. In Hensall we also remembered a woman who was killed who worked as a Nurse at the front.

Please do look out for other service that will commemorate this anniversary.

Monday 4th August 2014 - Services to Commemorate Start of WW1

Short services will be held in each of the churches in the Parish of Great Snaith to commemorate and remember the start of World War 1. The times are as follows:

10 am St John the Baptist - Great Heck
11 am St Paul's - Hensall
12 noon St John the Baptist - Pollington
2 pm Holy Trinity Cowick
4 pm Snaith Priory - Snaith

Click on the small image to the right to see the full-size poster.

Monday 21st July 2014 - New Hymn Books

Following local agreement by each DCC, the Great Snaith PCC approved the purchase of new hymn books to be used throughout the parish. The hymn books will replace the existing books in each church, but it was noted that many of the previous hymn books had been offered by parishioners, so it was agreed that care must be taken to preserve the memories contained.

The hymn book chosen for the Parish of Great Snaith is "Ancient & Modern: Hymns and songs for refreshing worship" (see for full details). This title was chosen following discussion with the Bishop's Advisor for Music, Helen Bent, who advised that this represented the best opportunity of maintaining traditional hymns, whilst also allowing the use of more modern worship music.

Monday 14th July 2014 - General Synod Says "Yes" to Women Bishops

Following years of debate, and the problems caused by the previous Synod vote against in November 2012, the General Synod in York approved the appointment of women Bishops. Whilst it was expected to be a very close vote, in the end 95% of the House of Bishops, 87% of the House of Clergy and 77% of the House of Laity voted in favour, far more than the two-thirds majority required.

So, what happens next? This explanation is provided by Revd Canon Ian Smith from Warmsworth:

"What happens after today's vote in favour of allowing the consecration of women as bishops? The legislation will now move to the ecclesiastical committee of parliament where it will be considered.

Then, subject to parliamentary approval, the measure will return to the General Synod in November when it will come into force following its promulgation (a formal legal announcement). That means the first women bishop could be appointed by the end of the year.

This news is obviously very significant, and we must remember to pray for those people who, in good conscience, find it difficult to accept the change.

Thursday 14th June 2014 - New Area Dean for Snaith & Hatfield

Rev Liz Turner-Loisel was licensed as Priest-in-Charge of Hatfield on Thursday 19th June.

In addition to her duties at Hatfield, Liz has also been appointed as Area Dean for the Snaith & Hatfield Deanery. We look forward to seeing her in Great Snaith soon, and wish her all the best in her new ministry.


Monday 28 October 2013 - New Rector!

Reverend Eleanor Robertshaw was Collated as Rector of the Benefice of Great Snaith. The service took take place at Snaith Priory, and was be conducted by Bishop Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster. Eleanor was installed in her post by the Venerable Steve Wilcockson, Archdeacon of Doncaster.