Holy Trinity, Stonegrave

Due to Covid-19, our church is closed for communal worship until further notice.

However, Stonegrave Minster is open for private prayer on Sundays from noon until 3 pm.  Anyone wishing to take advantage of these times is requested to scan the tracing QR code on the noticeboard in the porch if they have a suitable phone. If not, please fill in the sheet that will be on the table just inside the door. If you are visiting in a family “bubble”, or as a single person, please wear a mask inside the Minster. David Nelson will be in attendance and can advise further on the details.

As always, there are comestibles for sale: Lemon Lime and Ginger Marmalade, and the last supplies of Elderberry and Apple jelly (with Port or Calvados or plain). Add it to your gravy for the Turkey or Goose….magic!

Preview of January produce: if Brexit does not curtail the supply of Seville oranges, there will be orange marmalade on sale sometime around end of January….stay tuned!

This small village has 24 dwellings and another 25 or so within the parish boundary, with a total population of 87 souls.  Of these, 10 are retired, including 2 who are over 90, and there are 13 children.  There are 3 working farms.  Other adults work outside the village, many at Ampleforth College.  About half the school age children attend the College, others attend Ryedale Comprehensive School and local primary schools.  The Minster is the only public building in the village (no pub, shop or village hall).

Holy Trinity Stonegrave or Stonegrave Minster is the oldest church in the Benefice.  There has been a place of Christian worship on the site since 757 AD.   The tower dates back to the 12th century and the Victorians in their programme of “improvements” preserved large parts of original stonework and raised the roof!   The Saxon wheel head cross, the pre-reformation rood screen and stone carvings attract visitors interested in its history.  As stewards and guardians, this presents us with opportunities to share this Christian heritage.

There are 9 people on the electoral roll, 4 of whom attend church regularly.