We are following the current guidance issued by the Church of England, in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For information, please go to https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches
In the light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that all public worship is suspended until further notice as of Tuesday 17th March. All churches are closed to both clergy and public. We will continue update this page with further information. Until further notice baptisms, weddings and funerals cannot take place in Church.
Sadly we cannot offer The Helmsley Herald in its traditional form this month as we cannot reasonably ask people to deliver and the Church is closed for collection. Please look on this website for material to encourage and cheer you!
Updated 31 March
Please join us for Midweek Morning Prayer
Time: Wednesday April 1st, 2020 10:00 AM London
To join the Zoom Meeting copy and paste:
Meeting ID: 592930892
Please join us on PALM SUNDAY - to include a Reading of the The Passion
Time: April 5th, 2020 10:00 AM London
To join the Zoom Meeting copy and paste:
Meeting ID: 881 858 578
Since Mothering Sunday, when following a Eucharist, Annika, Lucy, Judith and Keith delivered flowers to some sixty parishioners, the country has been in lockdown and our churches closed.
Thank you to Annika who made all the posies and our intrepid team of deliverers for doing this service. I have received many emails and phone calls of thanks which I have passed on to this Fab Four. This is a wonderful way of doing church differently, and yet we now have to think again in the light of Government restrictions to protect us, all and prevent our wonderful National Health Service from being overwhelmed.
What can we do? Pray! Our Reader, Lucy Willshaw, has set up a WhatsApp prayer group. Do send prayer requests to me or to her at email@example.com. At Morning Prayer (10am) and Evening Prayer (5pm) I am praying for everyone by name and road. The list is under the Prayers section. Do pray along with me if you can. I use the Daily Prayer app published by the Church of England.
I am also very happy (actually delighted!) to receive contributions for the website - please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our website: https://www.helmsleyparish.org.uk/
Foodbank vouchers remain available by emailing me, email@example.com or by 'phoning 01439 770983.
We have a small group of people in the community who are able to respond to emergencies. Do not hesitate to be in touch if we can assist.
I hope in time to live stream or at least record some worship, but I haven’t quite worked out how to do it yet!!!
Although I am be in isolation I am available by 'phone or email at any time.
May God continue to grant you peace, resilience and steadfastness during this time.
Prayers and very best wishes
Tim Robinson, Vicar
01439 770983 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
Helmsley Parish in the Diocese of York
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.