• Helmsley Parish in the Diocese of York

     

    Dear Friends,

    Rise heart; thy Lord is risen.
    This wonderful opening to George Herbert’s Easter Hymn both evokes the joy of experiencing the  risen Jesus on Easter Day and the advent of spring, which an early Easter especially heralds. You can find the rest of the poem opposite.

    Easter Day always begins in Helmsley with the Dawn Service on Baxtons Bank. The Easter candle (or Pascal candle) is lit from a fire. Readings from the Old Testament tell us how it came to be necessary for Jesus to come, the Exsultet is sung, and later in the day we renew our baptism vows.

    Why I am telling you this now, after the event? Just as Lent lasts for forty days and forty nights, so does the season of Easter. This forty days takes us on the Ascension, when Jesus is finally taken up in to heaven. Ten days later, Pentecost, or Whit Sunday, the birthday of the Church arrives. Here, reported in the Book of Acts, the Holy Spirit comes to bring the power of God to the Jesus’ followers to enable them to continue the work of Jesus.
    What is the work of Jesus that we should continue now? That we should work for the coming of God’s kingdom through declaring his forgiveness and offering the food of Heaven. (It is all in the Lord’s Prayer!)
    Do you in your life carry with you the Holy Spirit? Has the flame of the Easter fire been lit in your heart? Are you working for the greater good? I ask these questions of myself too.
    The improving weather and the offer of sunshine will hopefully put a spring in our step! As we continue to celebrate Easter may you experience the risen Christ.
    Best Wishes
    Tim Robinson

     

    Helmsley's parish church, dedicated to All Saints, dates back a thousand years and more. The present building , built on Norman foundations, was dedicated in 1838. Helmsley Parish also includes Anglican churches at East Moors, Rievaulx and Sproxton.                 

    On Sundays in Helmsley there are two well-attended services and a regular midweek Holy Communion. Locals and visitors alike, of all traditions, are always very welcome to all our services. After Sunday's main 9.30 am service at Helmsley there is an opportunity to meet one another over refreshments.                  

    Helmsley Church is open every day as a place of interest and for private prayer from 9am - 5pm (summer) and 9am - 4pm (winter). St Columba's Chapel, in the south transept, has votive candles to aid people's own particular prayers.                                                         

    A Christian church has existed in Helmsley since AD 200, according to the 19th century wall-paintings in the north aisle. Certainly there was one on this site by the time of the Norman Conquest. (There's a 10th century hog-back tombstone in the porch and an entry in the Domesday Book of 1086.) The present building's splendid chancel arch, one of the largest in Yorkshire, dates from the 12th century (as does its counterpart over the entrance). Otherwise the handsome present day building is largely the result of major restoration in Victorian times, with the stained glass as well as the murals from this period too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  All this variety of history and interest makes Helmsley Church a very special place to visit and worship in. More information about our other churches is elsewhere on the website.

     

    Listen to a short welcome message from our vicar

    Tim Robinson, our vicar, says: "I love being vicar here. Helmsley is a great  community and I aim to serve everyone here be they part of the Church or not. Members of the congregation and I work with other community organisations for the common good. We have a special relationship with Helmsley in Business. Recently I accompanied the Archbishop of York (on his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing around the Diocese) to celebrate Helmsley's win as best Market Town in the Great British High Street competition at the The Feathers Hotel before he answered questions at an event called 'What's on your Mind' at Helmsley Church.

     

    "We are delighted you have taken the trouble to look at our website. We hope you will come and visit us soon."

     

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