Southern Ryedale Deanery

The Deanery of Southern Ryedale covers the area of the Howardian Hills and runs along the A64. This is a very rural area with many medieval churches, and strong farming and racing links. At its heart is the market town of Malton, and its neighbour Norton. Find out more about the churches in Southern Ryedale Deanery here.

BBC Radio 4 Sunday 

If you missed this morning's BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme about Archbishop Sentamu's 6-Month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness & Blessing in the Diocese of York  -  what the journey has meant and the reaction from students at Norton College, people on the street and from volunteers at Norton Foodbank

here is the link:

BBC Radio York

Listen to the Archbishop talking to Richard Staples of BBC Radio York about his Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing in the Southern Ryedale Deanery at All Saints Church Hovingham. In this interview, the Archbishop explains the meaning of Pentecost - a wonderful celebration. 'Every day we need to pray to be renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Be open to the tremendous gift of God - let the Holy Spirit be unleashed and new life be poured out' (Listen in from 00:09:00 mins in)

This week's journey...
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Archbishop Sentamu visited Sherburn CE Primary School today. He visited our two classes at work and was enthusiastically greeted by the children, especially the younger ones! The Archbishop and his party took lunch with us sitting with the children.  He was asked questions throughout lunch including: 

How many churches were in the diocese? Does he have a bodyguard? What was his favourite hymn? How many times had he met the Queen? How did he become the Archbishop?

After lunch we went to the school field for photos and a visit to our spiritual garden.  

It was a joy to welcome the Archbishop and some of the children were visibly moved, they will remember the visit for a long time to come.

Mrs Stephenson, Headteacher


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After prayers at All Saints Settrington the Archbishop and his party walked from the church building, alongside Settrington Beck - the site of recent flooding, to All Saints Church of England Primary school where he met staff and pupils.

Following meeting with the staff and pupils the Archbishop and his party continued through Langton to the village of Leavening where the Church of England and the Methodist church have a close working relationship. In the village he joined in with the regular ‘drop-in’ held in the Methodist School Room and had tea and cake with a number of local people.

Rev Stephen Walker

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The Archbishop opened the day by leading us in worship in Terrington Church and then we went for an outdoor community breakfast at the village school. The chill Northerly wind quickly blew him inside the school to face deep theological questions from the children headlined by "Did he believe in Jesus" with a supplementary of "Did he believe in God".

As we set off to walk across country to our lunch in Welburn the Archbishop was transformed into the Pied Piper as all 200 Children from the village and Terrington Hall Schools fell in behind him and headed south for warmer climes. Once the children had been persuaded to return to school the pace picked up as we picked our way through the Howardian Hills to arrive in the Crown and Cushion for a Friendship lunch which the Archbishop enjoyed along with 74 friends. At the end of which we wished him well as he set off on the next part of his Pilgrimage.

Revd Taff Morgan

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A cool, sunny day began with Pilgrimage Prayers in St Michael’s, Malton (The church in the Market Place). As it was Market Day, the Archbishop mingled with customers and stall holders before moving to a dedicated outdoor prayer space where he prayed with individuals. Lunch at the Kingfisher café; then a walk through the Peasey Hills estate to Old Malton.  A time of quiet in St Mary’s Priory Church was followed by a delightful hour with residents and staff of the Croft Community (Camp Hill Trust). We walked backed to Malton for prayers at St Leonard’s RC church.

Revd Peter C Robinson

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Over 200 people from churches of all denominations around S. Ryedale gathered at Castle Howard on Pentecost Sunday afternoon for a service with the Archbishop. The hymns were accompanied by the Salvation Army band, there was a dramatised reading with children waving streamers and then the Archbishop spoke. As he began the sun shone! His talk was Spirit-filled and Spirit-inspiring. We need the power of the Spirit in our churches and it's there available to us. Many people came forward to be prayed to be filled - for the first time or again. There was even a baptism in the Atlas Fountain! It was a wonderful occasion celebrating our unity as the church in this area and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Revd Rachel Hirst

10th May 2016

9.00am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Andrew Rillington - all welcome. At 9.45am walk to Church Hall community cafe. 10.30am Visit Rillington Community Primary School. 11.45am Visit Sherburn CE Primary School. 1.15pm Visit Weaverthorpe CE Primary School. Leave around 2.00pm to walk to Helperthorpe - all welcome. Visit Jubilee Farm, Helperthorpe. Leave around 3.30pm to walk to East Lutton - all welcome. At 4.00pm call in at Bogg Bros Garage. Leave around 4.30pm to walk to St Mary, West Lutton for 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers- all welcome.


11th May 2016

8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Church, Settrington - all welcome. Leave around 9.15am to walk to Settrington Primary School. 10.45am Village Drop In, Leavening Methodist School Room. 12.30pm Visit Norton College. Leave around 2.00pm to walk to Norton Foodbank - all welcome. Leave around 3.15pm to walk to Spring Cottage Stables - all welcome. 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers at St Peter's Church, Norton - all welcome.


12th May 2016

8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Mary's Church, Gate Helmsley. Visit Sand Hutton CE Primary School. Leave around 10.30am to walk to Claxton - all welcome. 11.45am Barton le Willows Village Hall for lunch. 1.00pm Walk from Flaxton Church to Thornton le Clay, via Foston - all welcome. Visit Foston School. At 3.45pm walk through Howsham to St John's Church Howsham for 5.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers - all welcome.

13th May 2016

8.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Church, Terrington - all welcome. 9.15am Walk to Terrington Church of England Primary School for community breakfast - all welcome. Leave around 10.45am to walk to Welburn via Bulmer - all welcome. 12.00pm Friendship Lunch at the Crown and Cushion, Welburn. Visit Slingsby School. Leave around 3.00pm to walk to All Saints Church, Hovingham for 4.00pm Pilgrimage Prayers - all welcome. 7.00pm An Evening with Archbishop Sentamu at Malton School - all welcome.


14th May 2016

9.30am Pilgrimage Prayers at St Michael's Church, New Malton - all welcome. 10.15am Walk around New Malton. At 11.00am Prayer on the Street in New Malton: an opportunity to pray with the Archbishop - all welcome. 12.30pm Lunch at the Kingfisher Cafe. Leave at 1.15pm to walk around New and Old Malton, finishing at the Camphill Trust. Leave around 4.00pm to walk to St Leonard's Roman Catholic Church for 4.30pm Pilgrimage Prayers - all welcome.


15th May 2016

10.30am Sunday Worship and Pilgrimage Prayers at All Saints Church, Slingsby - all welcome. 2.00pm Meet with people in the grounds at Castle Howard. At 3.00pm Open Air Pentecost Service at Castle Howard (by the Atlas Fountain). All are welcome to attend the service; wristbands must be purchased in advance and are available from churches in the Southern Ryedale deanery.


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