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,
Do browse our web pages. Even better, come and visit us. We offer a very
warm welcome to everyone.
Put like this Jesus’
message is for everyone. It is changing the world. Our mission as a church
is to proclaim this message to the people we serve. We do this through public
worship and by demonstrating in our lives that we hold Jesus’ teachings
to be true. We are here to serve all the people of Helmsley, the surrounding
area and our many visitors.
It is said by some that we are in a secular age. But judging by church
attendances in Helmsley over this Christmas nothing could be further
than the truth. Whether people believe in God or not the Christian
stories of the birth of Jesus and his subsequent life, death and resurrection
have a universal appeal.
would argue with the teachings of Jesus, which still form the basis
of the values of British society today.
What are these
teachings of Jesus? In
- If someone
strikes you on one cheek offer him the other. (Matthew 5.39, Luke
6.29).Violence is best met with peace.
- The first
will be last, and the last will be first. (Matthew 19.30 and 20.16,
Mark 10.31). Everyone counts, or no-one does.
- Love your
neighbour as yourself. (Matthew 2.39). Learn empathy. Forgive.
We are also concerned
to make the churches in our care more welcoming. At All Saints the installation
of a sound system has already allowed greater participation in worship.
Improvements in amenities and lighting will soon follow. We hope too in
time to create a more open space for worship. There will soon be a votive
candle stand for everyone’s use at Rievaulx.
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
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.
churches are also open every day.
Do come and see us!
With best wishes -
Vicar of Helmsley and Upper Ryedale.