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 life of 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 host 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, our Curate, Chris Lawton, was Licensed as the new Priest-in-Charge of the adjacent benefice of Lower Wensleydale. We are delighted that he has remained within the Wensley Deanery and wish him every blessing in his new ministry
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 want to be good stewards of what God has given and and recognise that our building is not being used to its full potential. Our aim is to ensure that St. Matthew’s 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. Inevitably there is a cost involved so, as part of our fundraising effort, we have opened an on-line donation account.
Every year, St Matthew's hosts a wide variety of events, including flower festivals, teas and concerts, that attract many visitors.
Meetings of The Filling Station are held at 7.00pm on the second Friday of each month (apart from August) in the Key Centre in Middleham. This is an ecumenical gathering to hear a range of inspirational speakers and engage in informal worship. It is an ideal venue to invite friends who have little experience of more formal church life
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!