All Are Welcome

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

Who are we?

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.

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.

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.

Prayer Requests
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Holy Week and Easter at Heslington Church

We are delighted to welcome The Venerable Sarah Bullock as our preacher on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Sarah was appointed Archdeacon of York in February 2013. Archbishop John Sentamu recommends her as "a very gifted priest with a wide range of experience. She has a lively and engaging faith coupled with a wise pastoral attitude". During Holy Week there will also be meditations on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, led by the clergy. 

Maundy Thursday - 7pm Holy Communion
Good Friday - 10am Service of the Cross
Easter Sunday - 6am Sunrise Service 
Easter Sunday - 10am Holy Communion with Baptism

News: AGM 2014

The Annual Meeting took place on Sunday 6th April as part of the 10am service. The Annual Report is available here

News: Carols at Heslington

Lots of people joined us on Sunday 8th December to sing traditional carols in the village, finishing in The Deramore Arms pub for mulled wine and mince pies. The evening was a great success, and will be repeated in 2014.

News: Harvest Fair 

Heslington Church held a traditional Harvest Fair, raising £1400. The weather wasn't great, and visitor numbers were lower than expected and deserved! We joined forces with the local primary schools for a record-breaking food collection in support of local charities Carecent and the York Foodbank. Thanks to all involved!

News: Grill the Bishop

Heslington Church said farewell to retiring bishop Martin of Selby at a very successful and enjoyable evening of questions and conversation on Friday 26th April. The Heslington Scouts were in charge of the free BBQ, and did a brilliant job feeding over 100 people. Thanks very much to everyone involved!
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