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

    Lent Course

    Lent starts on Ash Wednesday,14 February and we shall be running the York Lent Course in the benefice. Details here. Dates are on the Calendar.

    Lent Lunches

    There are two Lent lunches in the benefice this year on 9 and 19 March, with a simple meal of soup, bread and cheese. They are free but donations are encouraged.Full details on the Calendar.

    Good Friday Devotion - The Cross of Christ

    Our choir will be joined by the choir of St Mary's, Richmond to sing 'The Cross of Christ' a devotion for Good Friday. Full details on our News page.

    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.

    New Diocesan Newsletter

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


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