St. Augustine's Skirlaugh

Open for Private Prayer

Now that churches can open for Sunday worship the church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays only from 9am to 4pm.

This is because churches have to remain closed for 72 hours after a service and again after being open for private prayer.

St Lawrence's, Sigglesthorne is open on Fridays from 2pm to 4pm

St Margaret's, Long Riston is open on Saturdays from 10am to 12 noon (except when there is a service the next day)

You will have heard on the news the change making face coverings mandatory for public acts of worship from 8th August. This has caused me to rethink what we do.

Live streaming with a face covering is not ideal so I will commence doing two services, one live streamed without a face covering and then another attended Benefice service, each Sunday.

Rev Andy

Holy Communion on Sunday 9th August

10am Live streamed from St Augustine's, Skirlaugh and available for catch-up

11am Attended service at St Augustine's, Skirlaugh for the whole Benefice

Ministers are not allowed to travel from one church service to another, so there's only one attended service each Sunday and this is for the whole Benefice. All are welcome although those over 70 are advised not to attend.

Sunday services are short (25 mins) open to all and follow strict guidelines. Face masks must be worn.

  • Sunday 16th August 10am Closed service at St Augustine's (streamed), 11am Open service at All Saints, Rise

  • Sunday 23rd August 10am Closed service at St Margaret's, Long Riston (streamed), 11am Open service at St Margaret's, Long Riston

Tea Time Church

A new 10-minutes service on Thursdays at 6pm, especially for families with primary school age children - but everyone is welcome! Live streamed on Facebook and this website and available for catch up afterwards.

Bible Study

Rev Andy has an online Bible Study using Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm following Evening Prayer. Email him ( for more details.

Food Bank

There is a box outside the Vicarage door in which you can place items for the Food Bank. Please help if you can.

They will especially welcome UHT milk, UHT fruit juice, pasta, cereal, tinned tomatoes, toothpaste. shampoo and deodorant. They have plenty of baked beans and soup.

CHURCH GIVING : A message from Rev Andy

With the suspension of services and fund-raising events, your Parish Church will feel the strain financially. If you would like to contribute you can do so online here. Please mark your contribution with CV19 and the village church you wish to contribute to (if required) and the funds will be distributed accordingly.

Alternatively for St Augustine's, cash or cheques (payable to "St Augustine's, Skirlaugh") can be posted in envelopes through Church Cottage door. Thank You!


Please read the warning from York Diocese about possible fraud>

Church is currently closed

except for private prayer from 9am to 4pm on Wednesdays and Sunday services at 10am

We are an Anglican and Methodist Local Ecumenical Partnership (LEP) and aim to offer a warm and friendly welcome to everyone but services in church are currently suspended due to Covid-19.

Currently the Vicar is streaming Holy Communion at 10am on Sundays, Evening Prayer at 7pm on Tuesdays, a new Tea Time Service especially for families on Thursdays at 6pm (see Video Services) and a Bible Study on Zoom on Tuesdays at 7.30pm . Please see the Methodist website ( for details of services - these are varying due to the change of Minister (see below).

The Cornerstone Coffee Shop normally opens weekly in church on Tuesday mornings from 9.30 to 11.30 serving fresh Fairtrade coffee, tea and home-made cakes but is currently closed.

Our Grade 1 listed church building is one of the finest examples of perpendicular architecture in the country and we look forward to welcoming visitors from approximately 9am to 4pm daily when restrictions are eased.

Toilet facilities are currently not available

Our Tuesday Coffee Shop is currently closed due to the coronavirus.


The Benefice Safeguarding Officer can be contacted on Our safeguarding policy can be viewed in church, on request, or on the button above.

Revd Andy Simpson

Our Clergy

Vicar : Revd Andy Simpson

Deanery Priest : Vacancy

Methodist Ministers: Revds Ron & Diane Hicks

Revd Andy's facebook page

Revd Diane Hicks

Revd Ron Hicks

Changes in our Methodist Circuit

There are significant changes in the Circuit. After several years with us, Revd Robert Amos retired at the end of June. We thank him for all that he did for us and wish him a long and happy retirement. On 27th June Revd Richard Teal became President of the Methodist Conference for a year and consequently his national duties will take him away from our Circuit.
In July we welcome Revd Ron Hicks and Revd Diane Hicks from Knaresborough and in September they will be joined by Deacon Jackie Fowler from Haworth.