St Gregory's Minster Kirkdale


(See additionally the pages of the Friends)

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CHRISTIANITY AMONG THE ENGLISH, which is now some 1500 years old, was probably only two hundred years old when the foundations of St Gregory's Minster were first laid in Kirkdale. Its tranquil setting in the lovely wooded dale alongside Hodge Beck gives shelter to this ancient minster, its cloud of witnesses from generations gone by, and its ongoing ministry to the modern world.

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WORSHIP AT ST GREGORY'S MINSTER (weekly throughout the year) is ordered largely on the basis of the Book of Common Prayer. The Minster nurtures a strong choral tradition under the leadership of its Director of Music, John Hastie. The choir sings an increasingly wide selection of music at weekly services, from Gregorian Chant to present day composers.

The church community is pleased to welcome visitors from all over the world who, judging by their comments in the visitors' book, are delighted to find the church open during the day. During summer weekends, volunteer stewards are on hand to help people make the most of their visit. By prior arrangement it is usually possible for groups to be given a guided tour of this Grade 1 Listed Building.

For many years, the Parish of Kirkdale has been in Local Ecumenical Partnership with our daughter church, St Hilda's, Beadlam.


The church is open daily from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. (or dusk, if earlier). There is an adjacent car park. The stone-flagged path to the church door is a fairly steep gradient (take special care in bad weather conditions). A movable ramp for wheelchair access to the church is available. An induction loop is used during services. Grid ref: SE676858. Postcode for SatNav: YO62 7TZ. From the A170, four miles east of Helmsley (or one and a half miles west of Kirkbymoorside) turn off into minor road (signposted St Gregory's Minster, opposite signposting to Welburn). Follow signposting about half a mile to the church. See also the Locator in the links at the top of the page.

ST GREGORYS MINSTER CHOIR welcomes new members with a good ear, the ability to read music and a love of Church music.  Please ring Gordon Mellor, choir member and Churchwarden for more information: 01653 668320.

   St Gregory’s Minster Choir with Dr Francis Jackson as he celebrated his 100th birthday in October 2017









A cluster of commemorations

Cuthbert of Lindisfarne : Detail from a Romanesque wall-painting in the Galilee Chapel, Durham Cathedral

The Feast Day of Gregory the Great, Patron of Kirkdale, is September 3rd.

The Feast Day of Cuthbert of Lindisfarne is March 20th.

Those who like to track local and national history in the annual cycle of the (Anglican) Church Calendar will have noted that October is the month for commemoration of a little cluster of worthies of relevance to the early (Anglo-Saxon) Northumbrian Church.

On October 10th the Church commemorates Paulinus, the bishop who led the Christian mission from Canterbury to York in 627. On October 11th Ethelburga is remembered - the already baptised queen of king Edwin who, urged by Pope Boniface, assisted Paulinus in Edwin’s conversion. On October 12th remembrance is made of Wilfrid, bishop of York and builder of Ripon and Hexham churches (the latter recently visited in a joint excursion between the Friends of Kirkdale and of Lastingham), the ancient crypts of which still survive and can be viewed. And on October 13th the Church honours the king whose name appears in the Anglo-Saxon inscription on Kirkdale’s ancient sundial. It was in Eadward dagum cyning - ‘in the days of king Edward’ - that Orm Gamalson rebuilt the ruined St Gregory’s Minster. This king Edward was Edward the Confessor (died 1066) who founded Westminster Abbey, and is remembered on this day.

York Minster publishes the current Calendar online (York Minster Service Scheme).




2nd April Good Friday

Service at Beadlam

4th April Easter Sunday

Service at Beadlam

11th April
2nd Sunday of Easter

Service at Beadlam

18th April
3rd Sunday of Easter

11.00am Choral Eucharist Rev’d S Binks

25th April
4th Sunday of Easter

11.00am Choral Eucharist Rev’d B Page

2nd May
5th Sunday of Easter

11.00am Choral Eucharist Fr A Pritchett

9th May
6th Sunday of Easter

6.00pm Choral Evensong Rev’d S Binks

16th May
7th Sunday of Easter 
Sunday after Ascension

11.00am Choral Eucharist Rev’d S Binks

23rd May Pentecost

11.00am Choral Eucharist Rev’d B Page

30th May Trinity Sunday

11.00am Choral Eucharist Rev’d S Binks

  For more detailed history of the church, and for information about the Friends of St Gregory's Minster, go to the Friends of St Gregory's Minster pages.