On Sunday at St Oswald’s church in Lythe, members of the parish were baptised and confirmed by Archbishop Sentamu, in a very special and unique way.
The Archbishop conducted the service with his usual charm and brio. Delighting the packed congregation with his references to Yorkshire, and the attention he paid to the baptism and confirmations, assisted by his chaplain, the Rev Richard Carew.
It was thanks to Rev Josephine Evetts-Secker who organised the confirmations that this was such memorable day.
Rural dean Rev Barry Pyke’s own daughter Hannah Elizabeth was confirmed along with four children from the Cornforth family – Thomas Edward, Louise Annie, James David and Daniel Mark. Also brother and sister Elena Luisa Bloor, Luca Mathew Bloor, Sheila Sloan, Toby Jack Arthur Welford and Adam Parker.
Baptised was Cohen James William Wass, who charmed the Archbishop into walking him around the church for all to admire.
Rev Barry Pyke followed the Archbishop’s lead and then sprinkled holy water across all as he walked around the aisles, so that everyone was blessed.
Archbishop Sentamu gave a sermon about our perception of goodness, and how it is not enough just to do the right thing, but to strive for more.
The newly confirmed were each given a candle and had their photographs taken with the Archbishop once the service was over.
Lythe School gave the congregation a drumming performance which saw the Archbishop roll up his sleeves and join in.
Lisa Armstrong, the new headteacher at Lythe School, was impressed as her pupils went to extra choir practice to make sure they were note perfect on the day.
“It was a proper community gathering, joyful and delightful to be there,” she said.
Nikki Summers, the music co-ordinator and class one teacher, said: “I took a spare drum just in case. The children’s faces lit up and it was really something special that the Archbishop joined in.”