• 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.


  • This Week


  • News

    New 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.

    Advent and Christmas Services

    We have a number of services around the benefice for this special season and they don't follow our regular monthly pattern. See here for what is on where and when.

    And for Christmas generally see this video from the Leeds office.


    Teddy Church

    See details of the new Teddy Church in Melsonby

    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. The first public ringing will be on Sunday 11 November at 7.05pm as part of the 'Battle's Over' Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice at the end of World War 1. The band hopes to continue ringing for regular services subsequently.

    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'

    Diocesan Newsletter

    The digital copy of each month's Diocesan Newsletter is here  November 2018 December 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.


  • Poll

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