Easingwold Deanery

Easingwold Deanery stretches from the north side of York along the A19, and into the Howardian Hills at the east. The market town of Easingwold sits at its heart, which is surrounded by villages including Sheriff Hutton, Coxwold and Strensall. Find out more about the churches in Easingwold Deanery here.

This week's journey...
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Today, Archbishop Sentamu arrived in Crayke. Mr Buttery, the headteacher, gave him a guided tour of the school and our beautiful grounds. He got to see all of the children working in their classrooms and seemed to enjoy meeting everyone.

Later on, the school had a special collective worship assembly. The children were excited to sing 'Oh When the Saints Go Marching In,' for the Archbishop. The children then had the opportunity to ask Dr John Sentamu a range of questions about his pilgrimage and being an Archbishop.

The school council commented "It was a privilege to have him in our school. We thoroughly enjoyed it and feel lucky to have had an Archbishop come to visit us."

Following the visit to the school, the Archbishop performed a baptism at St Cuthbert's Church in Crayke. Two of the pupils from Crayke School were fortunate enough to have been baptised by him.

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A packed congregation at Easingwold Parish Church was delighted to greet the Archbishop of York on Ascension Day as he nears the end of his long Pilgrimage through his Diocese. We heard readings of the Ascension story from the Acts of the Apostles and St Luke’s Gospel. In his inspiring address, Archbishop Sentamu invited us to let ourselves be filled with the Holy Spirit, likening its effect to that of the Typhoon aircraft which had recently startled Yorkshire with sonic booms!

After the final blessing, the clergy present invited us to come up for private prayers, and then we enjoyed refreshments while discussing a most moving service.


Michael Wansborough


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Pilgrimage Prayers at Strensall were followed by a ceremonial knocking down of part of the old church hall. The Archbishop did a great job, accompanied by 96 year old Gilbert Speare, a member of St Mary's congregation who has been a major contributor to the hall rebuild project.

We moved on to the local shops and then to Hurst Hall to meet Army personnel and families at their community breakfast.

St Wilfrid's Garrison Church was next port of call where the Lord's Prayer was said before moving to the Kidz Klub fundraiser which was linking St Mary's church to the Methodist church by making a paper prayer chain. The Archbishop stopped the traffic to clip the final link.

People of all ages warmly welcomed the Archbishop to the 'Ship Inn' for Q and A's. People asked some deep and meaningful questions which were answered with challenge, grace and love. A great day!

Revd Martin Harrison

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As the Archbishop of York came to the end of his pilgrimage stint in the Easingwold Deanery this week, he presided at a Eucharist in the Forest of Galtres benefice in St Helen and the Holy Cross, Sheriff Hutton.  On a beautiful sunny morning, Archbishop Sentamu was presented with a nosegay of sweet-smelling herbs by the churchwardens in the tradition of receiving pilgrims.

In his sermon, the Archbishop called on all local committed Christians to believe in the transforming power of Jesus Christ “from Glory to Glory” and to be released from the constraints of prison-like box pews to live a full community-connected life.

During his time with the congregation enjoying a finger buffet lunch, he met several of the parish team preparing for the interregnum and who are ready to take it forward with the next incumbent.

Roy Thompson, Churchwarden

3rd May 2016

8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Nicholas Husthwaite – all welcome. 9.15am visit Husthwaite CofE Primary School. Leave around 10.15am to walk to Oulston Village Hall for Community Soup Lunch – all welcome. Leave around 1.00pm to walk to Crayke – all welcome. 2.30pm visit Crayke CofE Primary School. Leave around 3.30pm to walk to St Cuthbert Crayke for Baptism Service at 4.00pm - all welcome. 5.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints, Newton on Ouse – all welcome.


4th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Giles, Skelton – all welcome. Leave Shipton Community Centre around 10.15am to walk to Forest of Galtres School – all welcome. 12noon visit St Peter’s School Brafferton. 1.45pm visit Alne Primary School. Leave around 3.45pm to walk to Tollerton – all welcome.

5th May 2016

7.30pm Ascension Day Service of prayer and praise at St John the Baptist and All Saints Easingwold – all welcome.


6th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary Raskelf – all welcome. Leave at 9.45am to walk to the Purple Partridge Café for breakfast – all welcome. 10.35am walk around Easingwold and market place. 12noon visit Easingwold School. 1.15pm visit Sutton on the Forest CofE School. 2.30pm visit Huby CE (VC) Primary School. Leave around 3.30pm to walk to Sutton on the Forest for Pilgrimage Prayers at 5.00pm – all welcome.

7th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary, Strensall – all welcome. Leave at 9.45am to walk to Hurst Hall for 10.15am. Leave around 10.45am to walk to Strensall Methodist Church – all welcome. Walk around village then at The Ship Inn at 11.45am for ‘Ask the Archbishop’ session – all welcome. 1.30pm in & around Stillington village then 3.00pm tea at Stillington Village Hall – all welcome. Leave around 3.45pm to walk to St Mary Marton for Pilgrimage Prayers at 5.00pm.


8th May 2016

10.30am Eucharist at St Helen and the Holy Cross, Sheriff Hutton – all welcome.


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