• Aldbrough St John, Forcett and Melsonby

    This site is primarily 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 on our Welcome page.

    We hope you'll find the information you are looking for on who we are and what we do as a benefice. If you feel that anything is missing, please contact the webmaster

    If you want 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.

    If you are a member of one of our parishes and want to be involved in our activities at any level, under GDPR we now need your signed consent to be allowed to contact you specifically. To give this please see the appropriate parish section in the Benefice Administration menu above and download the form.

    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 for fun rather than a serious enquiry so please feel free to take part. It only records 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, not necessarily with his actual opinions but does like to stir a bit!

    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 of interest. We now have a section specifically for Lay Training sessions, 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 appropriate website with fuller information.


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     If you have any Safeguarding concerns involving anyone in the Benefice, please click on the poster to see details of who to contact in a larger version.

    The parishes in the Benefice have also adopted this document from the House of Bishops regarding Safeguarding.

    Further information about poliies and practice at Diocesan level can be found here.

    Benefice Logo

    The new Vision Group in the benefice has adopted a Vision Statement which we have put into our new logo. Expect to see it with or without its strapline on church documents etc in the future.

    Training and study Groups

    Lots of new short courses from the Diocese in the Lay Training Opportunities section.

    Teddy Church

    See details of the new Teddy Church in Melsonby
    NB Teddy Church is CANCELLED for 12 May because of the Duck race in Melsonby that afternoon

    New Prayer Circle

    The churches of Stanwick Benefice have set up a prayer circle. If you have anything at all that you would appreciate prayer for, the group would be delighted to support you in this way.  All requests are in the strictest confidence and will remain within the group. No prayer request is too small (or large!).  If you would like to request prayer support or join the circle, please contact us by email at stanwickprayers@gmail.com.

    Confirmation Classes

    There will be a confirmation service at St Mary's, Richmond, on Sunday 23 June at 6.30pm. Young people and adults from all churches in the deanery are invited to be confirmed at this service.

    Confirmation classes will be held with Revd Camilla at Aldbrough Rectory on the following Monday evenings leading up to the confirmation. Please do get in touch with Revd Camilla if you'd be interested in joining these classes or other classes running in the deanery.

    Mon 13 May
    Mon 20 May
    Mon 3rJune
    Mon 10 June

    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 Rob Kirby. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 8.30pm. New ringers, either experienced or learners, are welcome.

    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.

    Diocesan Newsletter

    The digital copy of each month's Diocesan Newsletter is here April 2019 May2019

    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.


  • Poll

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    What are you doing to recognise Lent this year?
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