St Matthew's Leyburn

St Matthew's ChurchBuilt in 1868, Leyburn Parish Church remained as a daughter church to the parish of Wensley until 1956. It is the only church built by the architect Christopher George Wray but he also designed the Docks Offices, now the Maritime Museum, in Hull and the Cairo.

The church is light and airy and many visitors comment on its peaceful atmosphere and its simple beauty. A small Prayer Chapel offers opportunity for private prayer and you may light a candle or leave a request on the prayer board for the prayers of the parishioners. Information on church and town is displayed and the building is usually open every day from Easter to the end of September.

We have drawn up ambitious plans to extend and develop the church to serve the community in the 21st century. For more details, click on Leyburn Church Reshaping

Repair to the roof drainage system was completed early this year, supported by a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund.
Work will shortly commence work on the car park and new entrance to start delivery of Phases 1 and 2 of our re-development program. We expect that toilet and servery facilities, as well as the car park, should be available around the year end. We are awaiting the result of grant applications, though are pleased to have received £1500 towards these costs from Allchurches Trust.
We will also be starting to plan significant additional repair work required to refurbish our landmark clock tower as well as replacement of the main slate roof. Separate grant applications have been submitted in connection with this work.

If you would like to support this work you are invited to click on the following link;- Re-Ordering Project or visit;-

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

The warm and friendly congregation is small but growing and aims to be fully involved in the life of the town, supporting the local police, medical centre and farmers as well as residents, businesses and visitors. You are assured of a warm welcome at the services.

To find us, click on MAP  

Rev Michael Hepper
The Vicarage
Ianson Close
North Yorkshire
Tel: (01969) 622251

                                                     Palm Sunday Procession

Every Sunday at 10:45 AM we have a Parish Communion, although there are occasional exceptions when we have a combined Benefice Service with St. John's,

 Please check the CALENDAR for changes or special services

St Matthew's Church is open daily on Tuesdays to Sundays and all Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am to 5pm or phone 01969 622251 Tours by arrangement.


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Mothers Union Re-Launch
The Leyburn and Bellerby Branch of Mothers Union was relaunched
Open 'Mothers Union Re-Launch'

Lambing Service April 2013
A lambing Service was held at St Matthew's on 21st April 2013
Open 'Lambing Service April 2013'

St Matthew's Flower Festival
A very successful Flower Festival

St Matthew's Re-ordering
Planned re-structuring of the church