• Debbie Thrower

'As we journey through this world...' – taking a moment to reflect in Ripley

Updated: Aug 26, 2021

'As for mortals, their days are like the grass; they flourish like a flower of the field' Psalm 103

Full marks to All Saints Church, Ripley, North Yorkshire, for making visitors welcome. On a recent weekend in the area, I much appreciated a beautiful prayer with a lit candle beside it for visitors to read and reflect upon.

Dear God, As we journey through this world give us the grace to allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. Help us to speak, think and work with honesty and compassion, To celebrate all that is life-giving, To restore hope where it has been lost, And to bring about change where it is needed. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen

Ripley is one of about a dozen privately owned villages in the country – the Ingleby family having held sway there for some 700 years. The area is a magnet for visitors to the castle and for the 'world-famous' ice cream. There are many countryside walks and picturesque views to enjoy.

The church dates from the fourteenth century and was mainly rebuilt in 1567 and most definitely encourages all and sundry to 'come as you are', as seen on the notice advertising their regular Thursday cafe.

Flower arrangements were fresh from a wedding the day before, when I visited. A waitress in the the Boar's Head hotel reported they're currently catering for three weddings every weekend! Such is the backlog cause by Covid.

Just outside the main church door is a well-kept Easter garden, complete with miniature empty tomb.