Stanwick Group of Churches

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    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

    St Paul's,
    Aldbrough St John
    Parish church
    St James the Great, Melsonby
    Parish Church
    St Cuthbert's,
    Parish Church
    St John the Baptist,
    Stanwick St John
    Former parish church now redundant and vested in the Churches Conservation Trust
    Christ Church,
    East Layton
    Private chapel used for public worship
    St Hilda's,
    Licensed building
    (Chapel of ease)
    (Now permanently closed)

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    Our Polls

    The poll in the column below right is intended as fun rather than a serious enquiry so do feel free to take part as it does not record anything other than the number of people who have voted. There will be no catastrophic events as a result of it. We know of one former benefice resident who regularly participates and does not necessarily respond with his actual opinions but does like to stir a bit.


  • This Week


  • News

    Lambing Service

    On 22 April the 10.45am service at East Layton will be a 'Lambing Service, a sheep farmer's equivalent of Harvest Festival. We will give thanks for those lambs already born, offer prayers for the save delivery of those yet to be born and show our sadness at those lost due to these year's adverse weather conditions.

    If you have a toy lamb or sheep, it would be lovely to see it there too. We will be visited by Bonny, a sheep reared as a pet with her recently born lamb, Daphne. They will be outside the church in a small pen and we will go outside for the final Blessing of the Lambs, represented by Daphne.

    Richmond Deanery 'Thy Kingdom Come' Walks for 2018

    The Deanery walks will take place from Ascension Day (10 May) to Pentecost (20 May) and will visit a number of churches across the Richmond Deanery. On Ascension Day the walk will be joined by Bishop Helen-Ann and on Fridy 11 May the walk starts at Manfield then visits St Paul's, Aldbrough, ending in St James', Melsonby. Mosy of them start at 8.00am

    Full details are here.

    Foodbank Donations

    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!

    This new section will have all the latest news about the St James Building Project

    You can also now make a donation via JustGiving Click on the 'G' symbol to go to their page or donate by text with the message

    Melsonby's "Flush Fund" now has a Just Giving option 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 faculty has now been granted so fund raising becomes even more important.

    Watch their video about the Project too.

    Diocesan Newsletter

    The digital copy of each month's Diocesan Newsletter is here March 2018  and April 2018

    Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.

    New Bishop of Ripon

    We would like to welcome the new Bishop of Ripon, Rt Revd Dr Helen-Ann Hartley who was formally installed to the office in Ripon Cathedral on 4 February 2018. The full story is here.

    We hope we will be able to invite Bishop Helen-Ann to the benefice before too long.

    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.


  • Poll

    Cast Your Vote

      Grass kept short and cuttings cleared
      Grass cut regularly but it's not too often, not too short.
      Grass cuttings and flowers left as natural compost
      Great place for a wildlife haven. Cut infrequently.

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    How do you like your churchyards?
    Grass kept short and cuttings cleared0
    Grass cut regularly but it's not too often, not too short.0
    Grass cuttings and flowers left as natural compost0
    Great place for a wildlife haven. Cut infrequently.3