News and Information
Safeguarding - please see scroll down panel to the right.
If you know someone without internet access who is missing services please see here.
The three parishes of the Stanwick Group have registered for the Parish Giving Scheme, now the Church of England preferred method of making a regular gift to your church.
Lay Worship Leader
Ruth Abbey has recently completed her training as a Lay Worship Leader and will commence her ministry at the opening of St James the Great, Melsonby in November. Congratulations to Ruth on the successful completion of a year's intensive study.
Sadly, but understandably, Government guidelines still make it very difficult for us to have Teddy Church in church.
Details will be here when Teddies can next meet.
Winter Online Book Group
This is an initiative by the Diocesan Lay Training section. Details on our Lay Training Opportunities page.
Rhythm of Life
See details of this follow on from the Diocesan Lay Conference of 2018. It can also be found in our Lay Training section.
If you have anything at all that you would appreciate prayer for in the strictest confidence,
our Prayer Circle would be delighted to support you in this way.
All requests are in the strictest confidence and will remain within the small group of people who make up the Prayer Circle.
No prayer request is too small (or large!)
If you would like to request prayer support or to join the circle, please contact us by email at
or speak to Rev’d Camilla Campling-Denton
Work at Melsonby
The work at Melsonby was well under way when the corona virus lock down was announced and it had to come to a halt. Here is a video about the work so far by Churchwarden Ian Black. More about the church and its history here. It is now almost completed and the church should be opened in December.
If you wwould like to know more about a vocations and ordination in the Church of England, please see this video from the Diocesan Ordinations Team.
We support 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. There are boxes for your food bank donations in Aldbrough, Forcett, Melsonby and East Layton churches and donations are taken regularly to the food banks in Richmond and Darlington.
Bell-ringing in the benefice
There is now a band in Melsonby. If you have rung or are interested in learning, see here
A group has now started ringing under the tutelage of Rob Kirby. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30pm. New ringers, either experienced or learners, are welcome.
BELL RINGING IN THE BENEFICE IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL THE END OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK AND WORK AT MELSONBY.
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.
Following the delivery of the April 2020 edition, the production of the Leeds Diocesan News has been temporarily suspended because of the current coronavirus crisis. Production will be back under way as soon as possible.
Back copies can be found on the Diocesan site here.