Welcome to the Benefice of Leyburn with Bellerby web site
The Benefice consists of the parishes of Leyburn, a small market town in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, with St Matthew's Church, and Bellerby, a small village less than two miles away, with the church of St John the Evangelist.
Our Vicar, Michael Hepper, is very keen to see the church as an integral part of the life of the wider community.
At the heart of our Faith is a God of grace; a God who loves to give and to bless. With this in mind we host a range of events for the town and village that we trust will bring some joy and happiness in the midst of the difficult times that many are facing. Please visit this site from time to time to discover what is being planned each month.
In July, our Curate, Chris Lawton, was Licensed as the new Priest-in-Charge of the adjacent benefice of Lower Wensleydale. We are delighted that he has remained within the Wensley Deanery and wish him every blessing in his new ministry
InLeyburn, our plans to make our building far more accessible are now well under way. In 2017 we completed the car park, and level access for the less able bodied. Already this year we have completed the serving kitchen and installation of an accessible toilet. Wi-if facilities are now available, and repairs to internal plasterwork are due to commence shortly.
As good stewards of what God has given we aim to ensure that St Matthew’s is a resource that can be used everyday. Following on from a series of public consultation meetings, our architect has prepared detailed plans to extend and re-develop our building to serve the community. Further details can be found on our separate website for the re-development project – www.leyburn.church
Inevitably there is a cost involved so, as part of our fundraising effort, we have opened an on-line donation account.
Every year, St Matthew's hosts a wide variety of events, including flower festivals, teas and concerts, that attract many visitors.
Meetings of The Filling Station are held at 7.00pm on the second Friday of each month (apart from August) in the Key Centre in Middleham. This is an ecumenical gathering to hear a range of inspirational speakers and engage in informal worship. It is an ideal venue to invite friends who have little experience of more formal church life
On 22nd July 2017, St Matthew's clergy and congregation entered into the spirit of the 1940s weekend in Leyburn by donning suitable clothes and providing refreshments.
On Easter Day, Rev Michael, as Area Dean, holds the annual service on top of Penhill at 6.30am!