'I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has made my time here so special. I have been made to feel so welcome and a real part of the Church's community over 3 years. I have so many happy memories with you all that I shall treasure dearly. Heslington Church will always hold a very special place in my heart...'
(a student who recently finished her degree)
Heslington Church, affectionately known as "Hes", is the nearest church to campus and ministry to the students and families in the area is a main focus.
We feel Heslington Church is unique among the many churches in York, because we are a truly ecumenical community, welcoming people from very different traditions to journey together into the knowledge of God's love. And no, we aren't 'wishy-washy', we are daring and honest, and seek to bring the best out in each other.
Students are invited to be involved in the various areas of church life, such as assisting in worship, being involved with children's work, attending or helping at social occasions or being involved in the church's work in the community. Since 2015 one or more students have become interns in the church to run projects for the students.
There is a music group and choir which welcomes new members (singing or instrumental), just speak to them after the service.
We also have a thriving children's group who really bring life into the church. We are always looking for volunteers to help out. If you think that is you talk to Elisa at church who will talk you through the process.
Once a term we do a student led service where everyone gets to contribute to every aspect of that family service from hymns, to prayers and readings. It's a really exciting way to explore and grow your faith amongst friends and our church is very receptive to new ideas. Why not come along? It would be lovely to see you! If you want to get involved just pop along on a Sunday and speak to the student intern. Our service last term was a huge success so we are hoping to build on that and make this one even better!
In the summer term, there is the Chaplaincy Barbecue every other Sunday starting on the Sunday at the end of freshers week. The food is plentiful and free and anyone who wants to come is fed well.
Some of the highlights of recent academic years have been the Doctor Who sermon and a couple of great walks with the University Anglican and Catholic Societies to Fountains Abbey and the Three Peaks Challenge.
A number of the students here attend Anglican Society (AngSoc) meetings at the Anglican Chaplaincy, on Wednesday evenings, again details can be found on the AngSoc Facebook page. AngSoc is a great way to meet Christians that go to other churches in York. A number of us also attend Catholic Society (CasSoc) which is on Thursdays, again see Facebook for details. Joining these societies is a great way to explore you faith and get to know a huge range of people. Why not come along and give it a go?