During November on three different occasions we put back together, or bring to mind, that which is in our past. We celebrate All Saints, Helmsley Church’s patronal festival, on 1st November. Some people think that All Saints is a ‘mop up’ of all those who have not quite made it to the top rank. In the New Testament the word saint applies to all Christian people - you and me. So All Saints Day is a celebration of 2000 years of Christian witness. The following day our minds turn to All Souls, those loved ones who have gone before us, whose memory we treasure. Guy Fawkes cannot escape our attention on 5th November. Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday commemorates those who have died for our country in battle for whom we give humble and hearty thanks, for without them we could not be the way we live now. Whilst in Helmsley this will be the last parade in which the British Legion formally participate I believe that it is more important than ever that the parade continues each succeeding year lest we forget:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
We give thanks for the work of Tom Hutchinson and the British Legion. As we remember so much this month may we know the presence of God as we continue to live our lives to His praise and glory.
Helmsley Parish in the Diocese of York
Helmsley's parish church, dedicated to All Saints, dates back a thousand years and more. The present building , built on Norman foundations, was dedicated in 1838. Helmsley Parish also includes Anglican churches at East Moors, Rievaulx and Sproxton.
On Sundays in Helmsley there are two well-attended services and a regular midweek Holy Communion. Locals and visitors alike, of all traditions, are always very welcome to all our services. After Sunday's main 9.30 am service at Helmsley there is an opportunity to meet one another over refreshments.
Helmsley Church is open every day as a place of interest and for private prayer from 9am - 5pm (summer) and 9am - 4pm (winter). St Columba's Chapel, in the south transept, has votive candles to aid people's own particular prayers.
A Christian church has existed in Helmsley since AD 200, according to the 19th century wall-paintings in the north aisle. Certainly there was one on this site by the time of the Norman Conquest. (There's a 10th century hog-back tombstone in the porch and an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086.) The present building's splendid chancel arch, one of the largest in Yorkshire, dates from the 12th century (as does its counterpart over the entrance). Otherwise the handsome present day building is largely the result of major restoration in Victorian times, with the stained glass as well as the murals from this period too. All this variety of history and interest makes Helmsley Church a very special place to visit and worship in. More information about our other churches is elsewhere on the website.
Tim Robinson, our vicar, says: "I love being vicar here. Helmsley is a great community and I aim to serve everyone here be they part of the Church or not. Members of the congregation and I work with other community organisations for the common good. We have a special relationship with Helmsley in Business. Recently I accompanied the Archbishop of York (on his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing around the Diocese) to celebrate Helmsley's win as best Market Town in the Great British High Street competition at the The Feathers Hotel before he answered questions at an event called 'What's on your Mind' at Helmsley Church.
"We are delighted you have taken the trouble to look at our website. We hope you will come and visit us soon."