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The Website of Helmsley Parish

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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.

A Message for Holy Week and Easter

'Greater love hath no man than he lay down his life for his friends’. John 15.13

The message of the cross is simple. Jesus, who is God, died to show God’s love for us us. Whether or not you are a Christian it is difficult to ignore the significance of the notion of God dying! Nietzsche wrote of the death of God, that the idea of God is not longer pertinent in Western thought. The death of Jesus, a historical fact some 2000 years ago suggests quite the opposite: that humankind needs God more than ever before.

The story of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, which we celebrate on Palm Sunday, is familiar. The last super (Maundy Thursday) and his subsequent death on a cross (Good Friday) tells the sorry tale of triumph and tragedy. At the beginning of the week Jesus is hailed as a king by the Jews and palms are scattered before his feet, at the end there is nothing but humiliation and suffering and death. The Jews were fickle in their support of Jesus Christ.


All Saints Church, Helmsley with snowdrops

But Christians live in the knowledge of the resurrection. In this very moving account in St John’s Gospel it is Mary Magdalene, the lowliest of women, who first greets the risen Lord:

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!

Christians believe that in this recognition of the risen Jesus that they have hope for heaven, both heaven on earth and after death. Jesus’ dying was not pointless, brutal though it was. No, rather Jesus dying allows human being to die to their own selves and to live their lives serving others. Whether not you would call yourself a Christian there could be no better hope for the world than this.

With best wishes for Holy week and a joyous Easter.

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!


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