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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.


Summer reflections

After a very busy June with major events at Rievaulx Abbey and Welburn Hall School, and a polyphony of meetings, conferences and the unexpected, it is possible that there may now be some quiet to reflect.

Some time ago a parishioner, before I came to Helmsley Parish in 2010, had the idea of raising the foundation stone (weighing four tons!) on a plinth so that it could be used for worship and a sign of living Christian presence. With the help of the Archbishop of York and English Heritage, Chris Bryant's vision was realised.

Rievaulx Abbey

Dedication of the newly built up high altar and Eucharist for The Day of Thanksgiving
for the Institution of Holy Communion (Corpus Christi)
The Most Revd and Right Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York
The Rt Revd Paul Ferguson, Bishop of Whitby
The Rt Revd Terry Drainey, Bishop of Middlesbrough
Fr Terence Richardson, Prior of Ampleforth Abbey
The Revd Stephen Burgess, Chair of the Methodist District of York and Hull

On a gloriously warm summer's day over 300 people came to celebrate with us, including Chris Bryant's family and friends and some generous donors from abroad.

On the following Sunday, 78 children and their families celebrated a day of fun and activity called Pentecost Praise. With a wonderful working group and financial and expert support from York Diocese we celebrated the generosity of the Holy Spirit.

After all this endeavour it is time for calm. In Jesus' life activity was always followed by quiet and reflection. Time too for thanksgiving, and for me, planning. That is the meaning of holi-day, holy days to be put aside for refreshment, renewal and prayer. I wish you time for reflection wherever you are.

Tim Robinson
Vicar of Helmsley and Upper Ryedale


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!

All Saints Church, Helmsley with snowdrops


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