The largest deanery in the Diocese of York, Northern Ryedale is a primarily rural area. It covers the southern side of the North York Moors, with the market towns of Helmsley, Pickering and Kirkbymoorside along the A170. It is also home to the medieval Rievaulx, Byland, and Ampleforth Abbeys. Find out more about the churches in Northern Ryedale Deanery here.
Archbishop Sentamu recently visited the Northern Ryedale Deanery on his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness & Blessing. We hear from the Archbishop about the baptism of Amelia Florence in a brook at Ruston and about praying on his Pilgrimage whilst at the Helmsley Walled Gardens. Click here to listen to the interview.
7th January 2016
8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at Hutton Buscel Church. Leave around 9.00am to walk to Wykeham Church. Leave Wykeham School around 10.00am to walk to Brompton. Leave Glaves Butchers Brompton around 11.30 to walk to Wydale Hall. Snainton School and church. Around 2.45pm visit St Hilda's Church Ellerburn. Leave around 3.00pm to walk to Thornton Dale. 3.45pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Old Grammar SchoolPostcard
We were delighted to welcome the Archbishop of York to Wykeham School this week. As well as being `interviewed’ by Juniors and joining in with the Infants’ RE lesson, the Archbishop found out about the research on `inspirational people’ which our Year 5 and 6 children had completed, as part of their Youth Leaders Award. We sang a special song of hope together during our Collective Worship and the Archbishop delivered a blessing before he left to continue his pilgrimage.
Mrs Helen Isaac, Headteacher
8th January 2016
8.45am Pilgrimage Prayers at St John the Baptist Church Levisham. Cedar Barn Farm Shop. Leave around 9.30am to walk to Pickeringe. Leave around 11.30am to walk to St Andrew's Church Middleton. Leave around 12.15pm to walk to Wrelton. Newton on Rawcliffe. Visit Quiet PC, Brawby. 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Laurence's Church Kirby Misperton. 7.30pm Q & A at All Saints Church Helmsley.
9th January 2016
9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Aidan's Church Gillamoor. Leave around 9.30am to walk to All Saints Church Kirkbymoorside. 11.00am Coffee morning. Leave around 11.45am to walk to St Gregory's Minster for 12.30pm Prayers. Walk round Helmsley from 2.25pm. Visit Walled Garden. 4.00pm Helmsley Brewery. 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Church Old Byland.Postcard
When I met the Archbishop and his party at the fast flowing ford near the church, they had already walked from Gillamoor via Kirkbymoorside in the heavy rain. Archbishop Sentamu prayed over the waters and then crossed the footbridge to reach the church; the waters didn't stop flowing but the rain ceased!
After prayers at St Gregory’s we walked through Welburn where the Archbishop prayed for Welburn School, then onwards to Wombleton to have lunch at the Plough Inn. Those who had been walking since early on dried out in front of the welcome wood burning stove. After lunch the party drove to Helmsley to the Walled Garden and micro-brewery.
Revd Andrew De Smet
10th January 2016
8.15am Morning Prayer at St Hilda's Ampleforth. Leave around 9.00am to walk to Holy Cross Gilling for coffee. Appleton le Moors. Leave around 11.15am to walk to Lastingham. 12.30pm Eucharist at St Mary's Church Lastingham.Postcard
When Archbishop Sentamu visited the Ampleforth Benefice, parishioners enjoyed a joyful morning of worship and walking. The Archbishop led the singing of “Happy Birthday” for Ellie who was 10 today. Those walking included a good number of friends from the Roman Catholic communities of the Benefice. Later at Ampleforth Golf Club, the Archbishop met Abbot Cuthbert of Ampleforth Abbey and there were prayers with young boarders from St Martin’s School, including visitors from Madrid. At Holy Cross, Gilling the Archbishop met a crowd of parishioners who enjoyed refreshments together with him followed by worship together.
Revd Sue Bond, Vicar of Ampleforth Benefice
We walked into Ruston.
A small hamlet with a stream and ford
The family was waiting
Waiting for the Archbishop
Grandparents, parents and baby in pram
"We want the child to be baptised soon," they said
"Let’s do it now," said the Archbishop
The Archbishop stood in the ford
The child was baptised
Everyone was filled with joy.
And the Holy Spirit
Three times he led our prayer
Each given prayer beads
Three minutes of Taize chant
The prayer of adoration
Three iterations of the Kirie
Three iterations of the Lord’s Prayer
One pilgrimage prayer
No more than ten minutes
Ten minutes of opening ourselves to God
We took away our prayer beads
And I use them still.
He walks fast
"Do you walk regularly?"
"No, but I go to the gym"
"4 miles each day on the treadmill"
Full of enthusiasm
And time for all.
By, Ian Henley