Lastingham has been a centre of Worship and devotion since the 7th Century. As we welcome you to this ancient and beautiful church, we hope that you will share with us the joyous sense of peace and enjoy the heritage of centuries of Christianity in this church where, in the words of the hymn: "Brothers we are treading where the saints have trod".
Annual Pilgrimage from Chimney Bank Top to St.Mary's, Lastingham
TUESDAY 22nd MARCH
We had the Stations of the Cross walk this morning, very well organised by Alice O'Neil. Starting from Rosedale chimney bank top, walking to Ana Cross and then down to Lastingham. Revd David Purdy led the readings at each Station as we went. It was a glorious morning and everyone enjoyed the wonderful views across the moor. A very atmospheric and moving service in the crypt completed the occasion. On our return to Barmoors Alice provided excellent soup, bread and cheese as well as cake and Chelsea buns! Well done Alice for the logistics of cars, passengers, drivers and lunch! Thank you.
A Welcome from the Reverend Michael Sinclair,
Parish Priest of
THE CHURCHES OF THE BENEFICE OF LASTINGHAM
Christ Church, Appleton-le Moors, St Gregory, Cropton, St Chad, Hutton-le-Hole,
St Mary, Lastingham and St Mary & St Laurence, Rosedale Abbey
Thank you for finding our website and we hope that you will be able to visit our Benefice of Lastingham, located in its beautiful setting on the southern edge of the North York Moors.
Our Mother Church is the historically famous Church of St Mary, Lastingham, with it’s wonderful Crypt. It was founded as a monastery in the Celtic tradition by St Cedd in 7th century, who came from Lindisfarne. Cedd was followed as Abbot of Lastingham by his brother, St Chad, who was to go on and found Lichfield Cathedral. St Cedd’s grave is close to the altar in the Crypt. It is a truly spirit filled place and pilgrims from across the world come to Lastingham, to pray and reflect in the stillness of this ancient and holy site.
All five of the Churches in our tightly knit group, in their attractive villages, are well worth visiting. A visual and verbal description of each is included on this site together with a map showing their locations. Also included is a current list of Sunday services, and in addition, on Wednesdays at 9.30am, the eucharist is celebrated in Lastingham Crypt.
We do encourage you to take the time to come here and you will be most welcome. I hope you will find it a stimulating, interesting and spiritually rewarding experience.
Northern Ryedale Deanery Action Day
Saturday 13th February at Middleton Village Hall.
The day started full of promise and just got better and better. Twenty-five of us gathered at Middleton Village Hall representing every benefice, a mix of clergy and laity. We were made welcome by the Village Hall Committee with home cake and biscuits to accompany our morning coffee.
The focus of the day was a commitment to action. The Revd. Tim Robinson, our Rural Dean, emphasized that by the end of the day he was determined to have a range of projects identified, from the full spectrum of Deanery life, complete with outline strategies and timescales.
A short act of worship was followed by a little light-hearted ice-breaking activity, including lots laughter! Then there was a little gentle theology, supplemented by some Bible Study. The gathering was invited to consider, working in small groups, what was the most important activity for a Christian disciple: ‘being or doing’. It was refreshing to debate and reflect with Synod members who perhaps in the past you have only had the chance to nod a quick greeting.
The atmosphere was electric, the discussion lively, a real sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit, guiding and challenging us. We came to a real sense of renewal and optimism that the Deanery is a lovely place to come together, and that with the rich abundance of gifts in our midst, we can with confidence proclaim the Good News of the Gospel to our neighbours.
Following an excellent lunch - a delicious and creative mix of Yorkshire sandwiches and exquisite Korean cooking, everyone was invited to join a working group of their choice, including justice, media and communication, telling story, worship, and fun and fellowship. Within an hour or so each group had at least one project to offer.
Watch this space, as the A170 weaves its way through our Deanery we are all going to be on a journey of worship, fellowship and fun. There are going to be so many events to enjoy, to be involved in and to invite our parishes and communities to. The action has been set in motion; do join us.
The Rev’d Susan Binks