Welcome to the website of the United Benefice of Kirklington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill, four parishes lying between the North Yorkshire moors and the Yorkshire Dales, both areas of outstanding natural beauty.  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.

From June 2015, we shall be in interregnum; we shall be supported by our Readers Pete Snowdon and Sheila Lee-Woolhouse, visiting clergy and also the eight churchwardens of the four churches.  For contact details during this period, see Contact Details on this site.

NEWS – 22nd Nov 2015

The Revd Stephen Gamble, currently serving as Vicar of the Benefice of Kirby Misperton and the Benefice of Middleton in the Diocese of York has been appointed as Incumbent of the United Benefice of Kirklington, Burneston, Wath and Pickhill in the Ripon Episcopal Area. A licensing date will be announced shortly.


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, a house group and a monthly luncheon club.  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?