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. We are 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 Leyburn, our plans to make our building far more accessible are now well under way. In 2017 at St Matthew's, we completed the car park, and level access for the less able bodied. Already this year we have completed the serving kitchen and installation of an accessible toilet. Wi-if facilities are now available, and repairs to internal plasterwork are due to commence shortly. As good stewards of what God has given we aim to ensure that St Matthew’s is a resource that can be used everyday. Following on from a series of public consultation meetings, our architect has prepared detailed plans to extend and re-develop our building to serve the community. Further details can be found on our separate website for the re-development project – www.leyburn.church   Inevitably there is a cost involved so, as part of our fundraising effort, we have opened an on-line donation account - Re-ordering Project.

    Sadly, at the end of November, our vicar Rev Michael Hepper retired, and our parishes entered an “interregnum”. However, we are delighted that Rev Stephen Hanscombe, currently Curate in the Benefice of Bedale, Leeming and Thornton Watlass, has been appointed as Vicar of Leyburn and Bellerby, and hopes to start in early October. Meantime, a strong lay Leadership team, supported by local clergy, will ensure that the activities of the two congregations will continue without interruption. Any queries should be addressed to our Reader, Bob Mathews on 01969-623289, in the first instance.

    Every year, St Matthew's hosts a wide variety of events, including flower festivals,  teas and concerts, that attract many visitors.    

    In Bellerby, we hold a range of fun and spiritual activities, including the Beating of the Bounds, the Christmas Sing-a-Long, a Wine & Cheese Evening, and annual themed meal evenings, most recently a very successful Eastern Promise Evening. Bellerby has a great village community and we are proud to be part of it.      

    Each July, St Matthew's clergy and congregation enter into the spirit of the 1940s weekend in Leyburn by donning suitable clothes and providing refreshments.                 

    On each Easter Day, some of the congregations participate in the annual service on top of Penhill at 6.30am!

     Our two parishes are heavily involved in the Church about the Dale and the Leyburn Auction Mart Chaplaincy.                     

    Members of both congregations erect a stall at a Friday market in December and serve mulled wine and mince pies to stall holders and shoppers alike.                    

    Meetings of The Filling Station are held at 7.00pm on the second Friday of each month (apart from August) in the Village Hall, Newton le Willows. 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.

    Both churches adhere to the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy  

    Please check out the rest of this website, including the tabs at the top and scrolling further down to see what is happening in the next four weeks      

    Last updated 13/6/19                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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