Churches gear up for special Sunday as Tour de France passes by

York Press: A tourist takes a picture of a row of yellow bikes outside St Michael Le Belfrey church. A tourist takes a picture of a row of yellow bikes outside St Michael Le Belfrey church.

CHURCHES along the route of the Tour de France will be celebrating a Sunday with a difference when the race arrives next month.

Normal services are being replaced at some churches on Sunday July 6 by a range of special activities, and several will serve up refreshments with a French twist.

St Michael le Belfrey, near York Minster, where a row of yellow bikes decorates the outside of the church, has cancelled its Sunday morning services and will instead be hosting a café inside the church and a party in the forecourt.

Staff dressed up as 'French men' will supervise giant inflatables including a bouncy castle, sumo wrestling and pillow jousting, and there will also be face painting and other entertainment for the family. The church will also have a large screen showing le Tour inside the church for people to follow its progress.

Life Cycles Recycled, an inclusive community art project, will also display a dome of bike wheels decorated by 'excluded' groups, which takes inspiration from York Minster's Rose Window, outside the church on the Sunday.

St Philip and St James church in Clifton is already decorated with yellow bikes, including one on the tower, and the vicar, the Reverend David Casswell, has written a song about the Tour, called “It’s the Tour de France”, which has been recorded by 25 Year Five children from Clifton Green Primary School.

On the day of the race, the church will be serving refreshments all morning, and hosting games including a slow bike ride competition.

St Olave’s church in Marygate will be serving coffee, brioche and French fancies to visitors from 12pm to 3pm, while St Martin’s church, Coney Street, will host a bell ringers extravaganza, with demonstrations and the opportunity for people to have a go, from 12pm to 5pm, with tea, coffee and cakes available. Nearby St Helen’s church will hold a Songs of Praise service at 6pm.

At Poppleton, St Everilda’s and All Saints churches will be teaming up with Poppleton Methodist Church to welcome cyclists and visitors. From 11.45, the churches will serve refreshments and host games and treasure hunts on the village green, with an outdoor praise service at 1.30pm and a free barbecue in the afternoon.

The Reverend Jeremy Sylvester, Vicar of Poppleton, said villagers were being asked to decorate bikes and bring them to the church on the Saturday. "Then on the Sunday we will have them lining the path to the church," he said.

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8:36am Fri 27 Jun 14

Platform9 says...

"St Philip and St James church in Clifton is already decorated with yellow bikes, including one on the tower"

It also has had one of this papers reporters writing the advertising board outside the church as I see it is offering "Refresh Ments" on the day
"St Philip and St James church in Clifton is already decorated with yellow bikes, including one on the tower" It also has had one of this papers reporters writing the advertising board outside the church as I see it is offering "Refresh Ments" on the day Platform9
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1:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Dan Atkinson says...

Are churches expecting a rise in people with a crisis of faith?

"God, that cyclist is fast! Huh, I wonder if there's a God..."
Are churches expecting a rise in people with a crisis of faith? "God, that cyclist is fast! Huh, I wonder if there's a God..." Dan Atkinson
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1:50pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France).

Give up this gimmick.
How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France). Give up this gimmick. Justin7
  • Score: -9

2:00pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bob123456789 says...

shame to see that everyone is so negative about the churches wanting to help bring the community together. didn't realise the people of York had such closed minds and were cynical.
shame to see that everyone is so negative about the churches wanting to help bring the community together. didn't realise the people of York had such closed minds and were cynical. bob123456789
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2:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

sheps lad says...

bob123456789 wrote:
shame to see that everyone is so negative about the churches wanting to help bring the community together. didn't realise the people of York had such closed minds and were cynical.
I take it you've just discovered this comments page?
[quote][p][bold]bob123456789[/bold] wrote: shame to see that everyone is so negative about the churches wanting to help bring the community together. didn't realise the people of York had such closed minds and were cynical.[/p][/quote]I take it you've just discovered this comments page? sheps lad
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3:06pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Tom6187 says...

I'm going to do something really cool and original! I'll spray paint a bike yellow and put it on display to show everyone how wacky and interesting I am. I bet nobody else has thought of doing it.........
I'm going to do something really cool and original! I'll spray paint a bike yellow and put it on display to show everyone how wacky and interesting I am. I bet nobody else has thought of doing it......... Tom6187
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4:44pm Fri 27 Jun 14

DEKKA says...

Justin7 wrote:
How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France).

Give up this gimmick.
Well, apart from the 20,000 attending at the race course, let's how many will be lining the route out of York. The real racing will have already begun on the Leeds/Harrogate stage and will start as soon as the peleton crosses the ring road on its way along the A59.
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France). Give up this gimmick.[/p][/quote]Well, apart from the 20,000 attending at the race course, let's how many will be lining the route out of York. The real racing will have already begun on the Leeds/Harrogate stage and will start as soon as the peleton crosses the ring road on its way along the A59. DEKKA
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5:49pm Fri 27 Jun 14

StarB74 says...

Cynics,

Just embrace this celebration of your area. My gosh. That, or be sure to stay hidden under your rock come July.
Cynics, Just embrace this celebration of your area. My gosh. That, or be sure to stay hidden under your rock come July. StarB74
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12:08pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

DEKKA wrote:
Justin7 wrote:
How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France).

Give up this gimmick.
Well, apart from the 20,000 attending at the race course, let's how many will be lining the route out of York. The real racing will have already begun on the Leeds/Harrogate stage and will start as soon as the peleton crosses the ring road on its way along the A59.
Oh, just 20,000 now? It was 2 million, then 200,000 now 20,000.

Point in case!
[quote][p][bold]DEKKA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France). Give up this gimmick.[/p][/quote]Well, apart from the 20,000 attending at the race course, let's how many will be lining the route out of York. The real racing will have already begun on the Leeds/Harrogate stage and will start as soon as the peleton crosses the ring road on its way along the A59.[/p][/quote]Oh, just 20,000 now? It was 2 million, then 200,000 now 20,000. Point in case! Justin7
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2:28pm Sat 28 Jun 14

DEKKA says...

Justin7 wrote:
DEKKA wrote:
Justin7 wrote:
How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France).

Give up this gimmick.
Well, apart from the 20,000 attending at the race course, let's how many will be lining the route out of York. The real racing will have already begun on the Leeds/Harrogate stage and will start as soon as the peleton crosses the ring road on its way along the A59.
Oh, just 20,000 now? It was 2 million, then 200,000 now 20,000.

Point in case!
2 million...at the racecourse!!...where did you here that?
[quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DEKKA[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Justin7[/bold] wrote: How sad. I don't know anyone who has any interest in watching a few foreigners in tight shorts whizz past on bikes (not that they'll be racing until they get to France). Give up this gimmick.[/p][/quote]Well, apart from the 20,000 attending at the race course, let's how many will be lining the route out of York. The real racing will have already begun on the Leeds/Harrogate stage and will start as soon as the peleton crosses the ring road on its way along the A59.[/p][/quote]Oh, just 20,000 now? It was 2 million, then 200,000 now 20,000. Point in case![/p][/quote]2 million...at the racecourse!!...where did you here that? DEKKA
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