Our new Rector arrives...
The Reverend Elizabeth Hassall conducted her first regular service at St Nicholas Church on the 10th February and by way of a warm welcome from the Church Council and congregation, John Ovenston presented her with a card and a small gift. Liz is the new Rector of Husthwaite but will also be responsible for six other parishes in our Benefice and that of Crayke with Brandsby.
Liz was inducted at a splendid service in a packed Coxwold Parish Church on the 30th January by Bishop Martin of Selby assisted by the Archdeacon of York, the Rural Dean of Easingwold and the Bishop's Chaplain, the Rev.Nigel Chapman. Husthwaite was represented by our Churchwarden Joyce Wise and Lay Worship Leader Liz Crawshaw. Children from the schools of Husthwaite and Crayke sang "The Lord's my Shepherd" and the Phoenix Choir Stainer's "God so loved the World".
It was a very moving service and much enjoyed by all in the congregation. A very successful evening was followed by a sumptuous cold buffet and wine in Coxwold Village Hall where we had the opportunity of congratulating Liz personally on her induction and warmly welcoming her to the area.