|Welcome to the website of the United Benefice of Kirklington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill, four parishes in the Diocese of Leeds, lying between the North Yorkshire moors and the Yorkshire Dales. We are situated on either side of the A1M around five miles north of Ripon and some three miles west of Thirsk and have around fifteen villages within the parish covered by the four parish churches of St Michael in Kirklington, St Lambert in Burneston, St Mary in Wath and All Saints in Pickhill.
Our congregations take an active role in the life of the church and the ministry of God within our villages. We offer a full range of church worship styles from the traditional Holy Communion from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer to a Contemporary Service which uses a mixture of visual, musical and oral styles to both stimulate and challenge our congregations.
Our churches take an active and often leading role in the daily lives of our villages especially within the schools at Burneston and Pickhill, and village involvement varies from children taking part in church services to an annual donkey procession each Palm Sunday from Carthorpe Methodist Church to St Lambert’s Burneston.
We have a number of groups meeting regularly including a parish prayer group and a house group. We have a strong musical tradition with choirs being formed for important church festivals and are very blessed with having a number of talented musicians amongst our congregations.
Why not come along to one of our regular Sunday services at your local church where you will be assured of a warm welcome?
Special Lent Course !
`I smashed the roof of the cave with my axe, and stood up into the blinding glare of a perfect day. I felt watched. Something in the crescent of summits and ridges looked down on me and waited. I stepped from the wreckage of the cave, and started to climb down. I was about to die; I knew it, and they knew it.‘
Exploring the Void is a Lent course, based on the internationally-acclaimed film Touching the Void. The book and film tell the gripping true-life tale of two climbers’ fight for survival when disaster strikes during an expedition in the Andes.
Using the film as a starting point for discussion, Exploring the Void is arranged into five group sessions, it relates themes and issues raised by this gripping story to our own journey through life: Travelling companions; Plateaux and summits; Breaking free; Decision making; Out of the void.
Each session includes extracts from the film, questions for group discussion, personal reflection and worship.
A Joint Lent Course with Melmerby & Carthopre Methodists, & the Benefice of Kirklington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill.
@ Carthorpe Chapel Community Rooms, 7.30 pm, Thursdays in Lent. 22nd February, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd of March.