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The Website of Helmsley Parish

Dear Website Visitors: Welcome!

This website offers a great deal of information about All Saints, Helmsley and its three associated hamlet churches of Rievaulx, Sproxton and East Moors. Do browse our web pages. Even better, come and visit us. We offer a very warm welcome to everyone.

Remember, remember

This month is a time for both public and private remembering.

All Saints Day on 1st November recalls the billions of Christians throughout the ages who have led and indeed lead quiet unpublished lives of faith and hope in the Gospel. The following day, All Souls, calls to mind those who have died recently and our loved ones who have gone before us. At All Saints Church we will keep our patronal festival on 2nd November, and All Souls in the evening when we will light candles and read out the names of those who rest in peace.

'Remember, remember the 5th of November' calls to mind Guy Fawkes and the Gunpower Plot of 1605 . Today our security services do an outstanding but necessarily quiet job of keeping us safe from modern day terrorists.

All Saints Church, Helmsley with snowdrops

Remembrance Sunday is on 9th November this year, especially significant this year as we observe the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war. Along with millions or people across the world we will hold our service in remembrance and thanksgiving for those who have died and continue to be prepared to die for sake of our liberty. There will be a muffled quarter peal of bells later that day in Helmsley. We cannot thank those who serve in our armed forces enough for their willingness to lose their lives for the rest of us. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends'. (John 15.13). On Armistice Day, 11th November, a service of reflection is held at St Mary's Roman Catholic Church at 7.30pm to which all denominations are invited to participate.

To remember is to put back together in our hearts and minds events of some time ago. We have collective and private memories. How and what we remember is influenced by who we are now. Memories also contribute in large part to our own individual character. All this is given and sustained by God who loves us and cares for each one of us. God accepts us as we are, with both painful and joyful memories which allow us to become fully ourselves and closer to the kingdom of God.

Helmsley Church's tower is clearly visible from all approaches to the town. It is a clear symbol of God's presence, a place of holiness and quiet, interest and inspiration. We are open every day. You are most welcome at any of our services. You may find it helpful to light a candle for a concern or a loved one in the north transept.

All Saints is the parish church of Helmsley, the historic market town at the south-western corner of the North York Moors. Our hamlet churches too are places of retreat and quiet, as well as of historical and architectural interest. Rievaulx and Sproxton churches are also open every day.

Do come and see us!

With best wishes -

Tim Robinson
Vicar of Helmsley and Upper Ryedale.


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