Welcome to the Benefice of Leyburn with Bellerby web site
The Benefice consists of the parishes of Leyburn, a small market town in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, with St Matthew's Church, and Bellerby, a small village less than two miles away, with the church of St John the Evangelist.
Our Vicar, Michael Hepper, is very keen to see the church as an integral part of the lifeof the wider community.
At the heart of our Faith is a God of grace; a God who loves to give and to bless. With this in mind we organise a range of events for the town and village that we trust will bring some joy and happiness in the midst of the difficult times that many are facing. Please visit this site from time to time to discover what is being planned each month.
In July 2014 the Benefice welcomed its first Curate! Chris Lawton was Ordained at Ripon Cathedral, supported by many of the congregations from Leyburn and Bellerby. Click on Ordination for more photos.
InLeyburn, we are looking forward to putting in place some car parking spaces and a ramp to assist those with reduced mobility. This will be the forerunner to our plans to make the building far more accessible to the wider community. We recognise that we have a building that is only used on an occasional basis. We want to be good stewards of what God has given and ensure that the building is a resource that can be used every day. Several open meetings have helped the architect to draw up an imaginative plan to extend and redevelop our building to serve the community in this way. This will be expensive so, as part of our fundraising effort, we have opened an on-line donation account;-
20/6/16 St Matthew's held a very successful Flower Festival over the weekend- click on Flower video to watch a video/slideshow of the exhibits.
In May 2013, the first Filling Station , an ecumenical gathering for worship, was held in the Oak Room at Thornborough Hall in Leyburn. Further meetings are being held on the second Friday each month in the Middleham Key Centre. All are welcome.
From 20th August to 2nd September 2013, Rev Michael Hepper (now Area Dean)completed a pilgrimage, visiting all 50 places of worship across Wensley Deanery, accompanied by members of various congregations on the way.
On 22nd July 2017, St Matthew's clergy and congregation entered into the spirit of the 1940s weekend in Leyburn by donning suitable clothes and providing refreshments.
On Easter Day, Rev Michael, as Area Dean, holds the annual service on top of Penhill at 6.30am!