Now the party is over…
We had a great weekend for our 150th anniversary celebrations. Thank you to all those who contributed.
So, what is next in the life of the Christian church in Helmsley?
We need to think about the next 150 years and beyond.
How can we do this? We should pray, of course.
To pray for our world and especially our country as our politicians debate how best to move forward with leaving the European Community.
For our life as the Anglican Christian community in Helmsley and the surrounding villages.
To build up our congregation in numbers and in spirit.
To offer individual needs to God.
Prayer is a vital part of being a Christian. Being quiet before God can help everyone of faith or none to live through good times and bad. Christians, let alone church goers, would not pretend to have all the answers but prayer
allows us to believe in hope.
During the second weekend of September we are holding a Weekend of Prayer. We hope you will join with us for some or all of this time. Further details will be in the next edition of the Helmsley Herald and elsewhere.
These events are intended for absolutely everyone and not just those who come to church regularly.
Prayer can start off with just sitting in the garden (whilst we have lovely weather) and being quiet.
I wish you a happy and blessed Summer.
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."