Derwent Deanery

The Deanery of Derwent runs along the east side of York down the A19 towards Selby. It is made up of villages that form part of York’s suburbs, as well as more rural villages such as Bubwith, Stillingfleet and Thorganby. Find out more about the churches in Derwent Deanery here.



Listen to the Archbishop as he reflects on his week of Pilgrimage of Prayer Witness and Blessing in the Derwent Deanery on BBC Radio York. In this interview - the Archbishop talks about his journey, the greatest thing about the christian faith being God's constant forgiveness and the levels of learning, teaching and enthusiasm in our schools. ( from 08 mins 20 in) http://bbc.in/1YCyEfG


This week's journey...
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The team of craftsmen and women at Barley Studio were delighted to welcome Archbishop Sentamu and his colleagues on a rainy day in Dunnington. Director Keith Barley MBE explained the traditional craft of stained glass as well as modern methods for its protection, while artist Helen Whittaker presented her newly commissioned ‘Tree of Jesse’ for St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny, in Wales.  Conservator Alison Gilchrist showed historic glass undergoing conservation in the Studio. The Archbishop thanked us all for our time and efforts, giving us prayer cards, before donning his waterproofs once again and setting off to Warthill.

Alison Gilchrist

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Escrick C of E Primary school was delighted today to host a visit from the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu. When he arrived he got a very warm welcome from Miss Miller our Headteacher. We were very lucky to be chosen to talk to the Archbishop about a display in the hall that describes our local church.

The Archbishop then visited each of the classes in our school and spent time talking to the children. He was asking and answering lots of questions. The highlight of the day was when we had assembly. He told us about his Pilgrimage and where he was going. He told us he was originally from Uganda and spotted an African drum in our hall. We were amazed and loved it when he played the drum to us. The Archbishop said a blessing and then we sang one of our favourite hymns to him.

It was lovely to have him in our school and we’d like to say thank you very much for coming.

Hannah Gibson and James Watson

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It has been an exciting week with the Archbishop perambulating around our Deanery from North East York to the bottom of the Derwent. Flooded fields, excitable children and lots of tea and cakes. The weather has been both appalling and kind and the sun has shone on the Archbishop as he mingled amongst us. Today at St. Helen's Church we not only welcomed the Archbishop but also the Bishop of Selby and the Archdeacon of York to our church. The church being almost full reflected both young and old, suburban and rural churches as we listened to the Archbishop as he encouraged us to be bold and full of the Holy Spirit.

I felt that the Archbishop has encouraged us in our prayer life, challenged us and told us to persevere. As the service of the word reflected the journey of all our pilgrimages we were reminded that God is with us, that Christ is with us and that we live and share the gospel in the power of the Spirit and not only in our own strength.

Revd. Richard Kirkman. Rector

12th April 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Nicholas Dunnington - all welcome. Leave around 9.45am to walk through Dunnington to Barley Studios - all welcome. Leave around 11am to walk to Warthill Primary School (if time allows) for 11.55am visit. Walk to Stockton on the Forest calling at Dean's Garden Centre around 2.00pm - all welcome. Visit Stockton on the Forest Primary School then 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Holy Trinity, Stockton-on-Forest - all welcome.

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13th April 2016

8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Bubwith - all welcome. Visit Bubwith Community Primary School. 10.15am call in at church tea club - all welcome. From 11.00am walk around North Duffield village calling in at playgroup. Pause for prayer at St Helen's Church Skipwith around 12noon. Visit Queen Margaret's School. Leave around 1.30pm to walk to Escrick Primary School - all welcome. 3.00pm call in at community tea at Escrick & Deighton Social Club - all welcome. 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at Stillingfleet Methodist Church - all welcome.

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14th April 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Thomas Osbaldwick - all welcome. Visit Tiddlywinks Nursery. 10.15am join coffee morning at St Thomas - all welcome. Walk to travellers' community for 11.15am. 12noon call in at St James’ Murton. 12.30pm visit Yorkshire Museum of Farming. 2.00pm visit Grimston Court Residential Care Home. Visit Murton Hall. 4.00pm visit the Derwenthorpe development. 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Thomas Osbaldwick - all welcome. 7.30pm An Evening with Archbishop Sentamu at St Mary Riccall - all welcome.

15th April 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary’s East Cottingwith - all welcome. 9.45am Drive to Hagg Bridge then walk to Sutton on Derwent. Around 10.00am call in at RK & CE Smallwood. 10.40am call in at Sutton on Derwent village hall for coffee. Leave around 11.10am to walk to Elvington - all welcome. Visit Elvington Primary School then drive to Elvington Industrial Estate. 1.00pm call in at Hop Studio Micro Brewery. 2.00pm call in to Wheldrake Village Hall - all welcome. Leave around 2.15pm to walk to Thorganby CE Primary School for 2.30pm visit. Around 4.30pm walk from Church Cottage, Wheldrake to Thorganby - all welcome. 5.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Helen Thorganby - all welcome.

16th April 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary Riccall - all welcome. Leave around 9.45am to walk to Barlby - all welcome. 11.15am visit Abbey Lea Care Home. 12noon lunch at All Saints Barlby. Leave around 1.00pm to walk to Selby Garden Centre. 2.30pm meet with Community History Group at Hemingbrough Memorial Garden. 3.30 Prayers at St Andrew’s Cliffe. 7.30pm Evening Fundraising Concert by Railway Institute Band at St Mary Hemingbrough.

17th April 2016

10.30am Eucahrist at St Nicholas Dunnington - all welcome. 3.00pm Deanery Celebration Service at St Helen Escrick - all welcome.

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Derwent photo gallery