The Parish Church of All Saints Slingsby lies on the western side of the village. The present church was built in the late 1860s in the image of its predecessor on the site, which had to be demolished. It is therefore mainly 15th century in style with Victorian modifications.
Along with neighbouring parishes, Slingsby’s Anglican church belongs to the Benefice of the Street Parishes, which is part of the Diocese of York.
All Saints Church has published two new updated guides to the church building arising from recent research by Dr. Dav Smith from the University of York. Local History Group members and Slingsby School were also involved with the preparation of these. The two colourful guides give the history of the church and point out the key features. The adult guide costs £2.50 and the children’s guide 75p. Both are available from the church.
The original Slingsby Church Time Capsule of 1867 was unearthed in 2015 and a new one buried in 2016. More details HERE
A major appeal started in 2009 to raise funds to restore the church tower. Work eventually commenced in March 2012 and was sucessfully completed in May 2012. Read more about the All Saints Church tower restoration and appeal here.
If you wish to help protect Slingsby’s heritage and one its its most important buildings, please consider becoming a Friend of All Saints Church Building. Please email email@example.com for more information.
LATEST NEWS (December 2016)
Lead theft update
The damaged roof has been made watertight with agricultural sheeting while the PCC investigates alternative materials for permanent replacement. These have to be of long life, and be of suitable appearance for an historic building. Restoring the lead would only lead to more thefts and replacing it on the lower areas of the roof would also allow the installation of modern insulation, which would help keep the building warmer. The use of tern-coated stainless steel, which has no scrap value, is being considered. This looks much like lead and has been permitted by Historic England on other vulnerable churches. The total cost, including insulation will be about £60,000. Permissions for the change will have to be sought and grants applied for, and grant aid will have to be match funded. Insurance payment for the lead theft is likely to be limited to about £7,000 and the cost of temporary repair is already eating into this sum. Hence the need for fund raising now.
Thank you: The PCC is very grateful for the generosity of those who have already rallied to help t us over the last few weeks. We hope that Slingsby will continue to support our fundraising efforts over the next months, as they have in the past. For those who value the heritage of the village, the church building is a key repository for village history, parts of it dating back to early medieval times. It has strong associations with the original Slingsby Castle.
Following advice from insurers and the police, work will be carried out to some of the trees in the churchyard to open up the view of the church on the southern boundary to improve overlooking and security. Both the Council and the Diocese of York have granted permission to do this. Bayes Trees will be carrying out the work, subject to suitable weather, in December 2016. More large yew trees will be cut into pyramids and some others will be removed. Work will also be carried out to the huge sycamore tree to cut back heavy overhanging low branches.
All Saints’ church is kept open by the hard work and dedication of a very small – and ageing – congregation. Although attendance at Sunday services is often very small, we know that people in Slingsby love All Saints, and appreciate it being there for Festivals, Marriages, Christenings and Funerals. We would warmly welcome new members of the congregation. Please do feel free to just ‘turn up’ whenever is convenient. Alternatively, if you can’t make Sundays but have a great idea for alternative times and dates, do let us know what might suit you …..some of us are very interested in more church-in-the-pub events.
All Saints Church contacts
Reverend Martin Allwood [[[ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ]]]
Churchwarden: Ann Wilson 01653 628853
PCC Chair: Kate Giles: email email@example.com
Street Parishes Website: http://www.thestreetparishes.org.uk/slingsby.html
Slingsby Methodist Church
The Methodist Chapel was built in the late 1830s on a site adjacent to the village green. John Wesley himself had preached in Slingsby in 1757. Chapel and Church hold regular combined services.
Methodist Chapel contacts
Rachel Prest 01653 628277;
Audrey Foster 01653 628643
Little Adventurers, Adventure Club and YAZ (Youth Adventure Zone), the Womens Fellowship and Wednesday fellowship Group all continue to meet and we offer a warm invitation to all to join us.
The latest news and events from Slingsby Methodist Church can be found below:-
Sunday September 24th – Slingsby Methodist Church Harvest Festival service at 10-30am. The preacher is Rev. Mark Haynes. Musical items by Slingsby Worship Group.
This will be followed by a Harvest Lunch in the Schoolroom. Come and celebrate the gathering in of another harvest. All are welcome .
Wednesday 20th September at 12 noon in Slingsby Methodist Chapel Schoolroom. Soupa lunch – Come along for soup, sandwiches, a pudding and good chat.There is no charge but donations are welcome. No need to book, just come along, all are welcome. Contacts are Stephen & Rachel Prest 628277.
Researching your family history? View the local burial records guide.