News From Revd. Tim Robinson

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Tim Robinson took members of the newly formed Northern Ryedale Cathedral Singers to Blackburn to sing the Cathedral services over the late (and hot) Bank Holiday in August.  Within three services we sang hymns, psalms, anthems and responses to a very high standard.

Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby, accompanied us brilliantly on the mighty Blackburn Cathedral organ, dazzling the congregations with colour and virtuosity.  We had a great time and hope to sing again, in another cathedral next year.




All Saints, Helmsley                                                                                                                  The Vicarage

St Mary Magdalene, East Moors                                                                                               Baxtons Road

St Mary, Rievaulx                                                                                                                       Helmsley

St Chad, Sproxton                                                                                                                      YO62 5HT


September 2019


Dear Friends

May I once more invite your gifts to our Church on Friday 27 September 2019 between 9am and 2pm. This year we have a tent in the Market Place.

At the heart of our activity is quiet prayer and meditation in the midst of our community and a troubled wider world. Candles may be lit in the side chapel in All Saints just behind the organ. As well as our Sunday and midweek services we are also privileged to be able to host many services which mark significant times in our lives. We hope too that everyone in the community will feel able to use our buildings to find peace and stillness. 

I continue to continue to work with the people of All Saints and the smaller congregations of Rievaulx, Sproxton and East Moors in developing our worship and witness. I am vicar for everyone who lives in Helmsley Parish. I am available for baptisms, blessings, weddings and funerals. We as a church community are here to serve.

Some years ago we were lucky to receive an £800,000 legacy from our late parishioners Joan and Alan Webster. Half of this been used for reordering the church to make a community space at the West end and to make All Saints fit for the twenty first century. We, church members, now wish to use the rest of the money imaginatively. We have to secure Helmsley Church for the very long term by fixing its roof and doing other structural repairs. But we also want to use some of this wealth to do something useful and of service in the community, We are prayerfully discerning what this might be and we would be pleased to receive suggestions. Further, we cannot and should not just rely on this money. Generosity in giving is at the heart of Jesus’ message. I am asking everyone to be a little more generous so that we can pay for our activities week by week without dipping in to our reserves. I have increased my giving – are you able to?

This letter comes to you with our traditional Gift Day envelope enclosed, in the hope that you will be able to give us a little extra help with our running costs – by placing a donation in the envelope and returning it to us, or giving it to me on Gift Day itself, 9am – 2pm on Friday 27th  September. It will also be very helpful if you feel able to complete the Gift Aid details on the back of the envelope, enabling us to reclaim £2.50 from the Inland Revenue for every £10 that you give.

I appeal to you for a Gift Day donation to help us to meet our running costs of our own churches and ministry and our contributions to the wider costs of the Church of England. Unlike our continental neighbours no money is given from the State to support the fabric of our churches. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Do keep in touch with parish news and forthcoming events through the monthly Helmsley Herald magazine and our website,

                                                With best wishes

                                                                                    Tim Robinson  (Vicar)







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