Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby aka the Stanwick Group of Churches
This site has been created mainly as an additional information source for the people of the three parishes of Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby, but we hope that if you are from outside the area you will get a flavour of an area that is pleasant to live in.
You'll find out why it's called the Stanwick Group of Churches further on.
We hope we have included the information you are looking for on who we are and what we do as a benefice. If you feel there are any additional pages that would be useful please contact the webmaster
If you are contacting us to ask about a wedding, please do not use the 'webmaster' link. Go to Contact Information where there is a specific email link direct to the vicar.
Churches in our Benefice
Click on the picture to link to the page about that church
Aldbrough St John
|St James the Great, Melsonby
|St John the Baptist,
Stanwick St John
Former parish church now redundant and vested in the Churches Conservation Trust
Private chapel used for public worship
(Chapel of ease)
(Now permanently closed)
Elsewhere on the web
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Events outside our Benefice
The Diocesan Office and our Cathedral at Ripon plus other parishes and benefices in the area often send us details of events that could well be of interest. We have a section of this site specifically for Lay Training events, usually organised by the Diocese but occasionally by other bodies. For those events which are for interest or enjoyment, please look in the section From the Diocese and Wider Church where we have another folder with details of events.
In most cases the information we publish is a copy of their poster which is linked to the apprpriate website with fuller information.
Rock Concert in Melsonby
21 July - see details of a Flush Fund-raiser
Fund raising concert by Barnsley Youth Choir
6 August - see details of this amazing event.
See details of the new Teddy Church in Melsonby
2 September 7.00pm East Layton - see details
We are now supporting the Richmond Storehouse Foodbank with donations. See this page about the foodbank. When you come to church, please consider bringing a tin, jar or packet of something suitable for the foodbank collection.
Bell-ringing in the benefice
There is some interest in Melsonby for starting a new bell-ringing band. If you have rung or are interested in learning, see here
A group has now started ringing under the tutelage of ringers from St Mary's, Richmond. They hope to be able to start ringing for services before too long but it is not as easy as many people think it is!
800 Years without a loo!
See details of the St James Building Project. here.
You can also now make a donation via JustGiving Click on the 'G' symbol to go to their page or donate by text from a smart-phone: Text 'ETCX23 £10' to 70070. If you wish to give a different amount just put that in instead of '£10'
The digital copy of each month's Diocesan Newsletter is here May 2018 June 2018 July 2018
Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.
Thanks, Celebration, Commemoration
Take a look at our Thanks, Celebration and Commemoration pages. If you would like to give thanks, or celebrate or commemorate a person or event, we can add a short message there.