Welcome to our website. We’re glad you’re here! I’m Revd Catherine and I have the enormous privilege of being the Vicar of the four rural village churches in our benefice group. We can be found within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sitting at the South West foot of the North York Moors National Park. The four churches in the Ampleforth Benefice are: St Hilda’s, Ampleforth; St Oswald’s, Oswaldkirk, Holy Cross, Gilling East, and Holy Trinity, Stonegrave. Our benefice is a part of the Deanery of Northern Ryedale, in the Diocese of York.

We enjoy an active ministry of Christian witness and service in our local communities, and we contribute to the life of the villages in a number of ways, from organising concerts and open days, to summer fairs and wider community events, to offering food and fellowship in the context of bigger church festivals, such as Christmas, Harvest, and Easter. Our friendship and partnership with the Roman Catholic churches is an important part of this.

We are keen to share the Christian hope and the experience of love that we have come to know in Christ, and we look for this to inform and inspire all that we do as a Christian community. We treasure our ministry to families and young people, and have regular all-age and family worship throughout the benefice, as well as a weekly children’s club on Wednesdays and a youth church on Sunday evenings. I visit our church school, St Hilda’s, weekly, and lead collective worship, as well as work with pupils to plan and deliver collective worship themselves.

I also have the privilege of working with a benefice ministry team, which includes Readers and other lay ministers, such as Recognised Parish Assistants (RPA), and we work closely together on mission and ministry across all four parishes.

So, if you’re visiting relatives, or perhaps coming on holiday, or moving to the area, please do pop in to one of the benefice churches, which are open daily for prayer, or see details here for weekly church services across our church group.

With every blessing,

Revd Catherine
The Revd Dr C E Reid
Vicar of Ampleforth with Oswaldkirk,. Gilling East and Stonegrave