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Who are we?

"We are an eclectic mix of ages, backgrounds and nationalities. We seek to be an open, caring and inclusive church."

Heslington Church is a local ecumenical partnership between the Church of England and the Methodist Church together with the Roman Catholic Chaplaincy to the University of York. All services of worship are held jointly between Anglicans and Methodists. Our congregation is an eclectic mix of ages, backgrounds and nationalities. We seek to be an open, caring and inclusive church and everyone is welcome to worship with us. This website gives you a glimpse of our church life to help you find fellowship among us and so feel part of this church community. See our diary and read about our groups and activities.

What has Heslington Church ever done for you?

The church serves the local community by bringing together a diverse group of wonderful people who feel united by their faith.

  • We keep alive a tradition of Christian worship which goes back for centuries. We try to do this in ways that are relevant, accessible and up-to-date.
  • We persistently pray for all who live, work and study in Heslington.
  • We help you celebrate and mark important moments in your life by conducting baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • We help you explore spirituality through prayer, reflection and Christian teaching. Without providing all the answers, we offer space and opportunity to find out more about the meaning of life. 
  • We support many charities and encourage everyone to use their gifts and talents to make a real difference in the world.
  • We try to be a listening and learning community. We want to adapt to the particular needs of the local community. 
  • We publish and distribute the Heslington Outlook newsletter.
  • We offer practical and flexible meeting rooms at low rental charges.  
  • We are radically inclusive. There is a place for everyone in our church family.
Who pays for all of this? 

Contrary to what many people think, the church does not receive any goverment funding and is entirely dependent on donations. Read more and download finance leaflet.

Holy Week and Easter Services
  • Palm Sunday 9th April: Blessing of Palms at 10am.
  • Holy Week Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Devotions at 7pm 
  • Maundy Thursday: Holy Communion at 9.15am and 7pm
  • Good Friday: Devotions at 10am
  • Easter Sunday 16th April: Easter Communion at 10am.
The preacher on Maundy Thursday evening, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday will be The Revd. Stephen Burgess, Chairman of York and Hull Methodist District. 

Where are we?
The church building is on the edge of the University of York campus, in the village of Heslington, close to the city of York. The church was extended in 1973 and now seats around 250 people. It also has a beautifully decorated side chapel which is used for small services and quiet prayer. How to find us.

News: Gardening volunteers needed!

The churchyard is maintained by a keen group of local volunteers. Are you in a position to do some volunteer gardening for a couple of hours each week (or month) at Heslington church? More info here.

News: Church Re-ordering

Between January and April 2016 a re-ordering project has taken place in the church. Some old choir pews were removed, the tower room was refurbished, and most importantly of all, the South entrance was improved with a new glass inner porch in order for it to be reinstated as the main entrance to the church. Visit the church for more information. 

Prayer Requests
Would you like us to pray for you? Please leave your request here.


To donate to Heslington Church using your mobile, text the message YORK11 followed by the amount you wish to donate (choose between £2, £5 or £10) to 70070. For example, to donate £10, text the message 'YORK11 £10' to number 70070. Every penny will go to Heslington Church. Many thanks! 

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