Groups and Activities
During the pandemic, some of these groups and activities are unfortunately suspended. We look forward to their return when circumstances permit.
The church is blessed by the solid commitment of our all-year-round musicians. We are always on the lookout for more musicians - we have space for everyone who wants to contribute. Find Peter after the service if you want to help with the organ music, or if you want to play any other instrument, please come and practice immediately before the service. We already have an unusual mix of instruments and voices. The title of 'instrument you're least likely to see in another church' now officially belongs to Johnny's cor anglais, which always sounds fantastic. Whether you're a sousaphone player or an expert on the spoons, you'll have a place.
Tea, coffee, refreshments and friendly conversation are available each Wednesday lunchtime in the church Library. Just drop in!
MU meets on the third Thursday of each month in the meeting room (2.00 pm in winter and 7.30 pm in summer) with a varied programme of speakers. In summer there is an outing in July and a Christmas lunch in December. They also meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 10am for a corporate Communion in the Church followed by Bible study. The Branch, attached to the York Deanery, welcomes everyone and supports overseas members and local charities.
The Prayer Group meets fortnightly on a Tuesday morning at 10.00 am in the Community Room at Heslington Court. Members take it in turns to lead the meeting, each person doing it in their own way. Our prayers are far ranging and include the clergy, people and events in the parish and the world. This is followed by coffee and fellowship. Please join us if you can.
Churchyard Gardening Group
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?
20/20 Social Group
The 20/20 Social Group caters for those aged 20 upwards. We meet on the third Saturday of each month for social activities such as 10-pin bowling, safari supper, BBQ, games evening, theatre trip, quiz, video evening, etc. The meetings take place in someone's home, usually with a shared supper unless it is a trip out. There is no formal membership and anyone is welcome to turn up. Full details of each event will be given nearer the actual date.
The Vicarage Home Group
This group meets weekly or fortnightly on Tuesdays for food, fellowship and open-minded discussion. Seasonal study courses are advertised in church. All are Welcome.
Friends Plus meets twice a month on Wednesday afternoons in each other's homes for friendship, tea and discussion on a Christian theme.
Flowers & Banners Group
The church is very appreciative of the beautiful flower arrangements produced each week. They are done by members of the flower group, who also are instrumental in the creation and sometimes restoration of our seasonal banners. We welcome anyone who might be interested in doing flowers, perhaps to celebrate an anniversary or in memory of a loved one.
Church Walking Group
The Church Walking Group meets at Heslington Vicarage at 9.30 am, usually on the third Saturday of the month, for walks in the Howardian Hills, the Wolds or the North York Moors. Historical or religious interest is often part of the planning. The distance is normally about 10 miles, with a shorter route of about 5 miles for those who prefer it. The walks are most ably led by our trusty leader, Ruth Ellison. Bring your own lunch and don't be put off by the nettles, brambles and mud that are a guaranteed feature of every walk. You don't have to be super-fit to join us - walkers of all levels of experience and age are welcome. Numbers involved have ranged from three to twenty-four and ages from two to over 70.