A large, Perpendicular Gothic church,
serving the Parish of Thirsk in the Diocese of York

The Benefice of Thirsk
Rector: Revd. Canon Richard Rowling
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St Mary's Church Thirsk: Timetable for Regular Services

This page lists all the services that take place regularly on a weekly or monthly basis. Please note that this schedule is subject to change, particularly during festival periods. Specific changes, shown on the CALENDAR page will take precedence over times shown here.

Sunday Services :


Please check the CALENDAR for Sunday Services as there is no regular Evening Service on Sundays and as we no longer have a Curate there will be no 8.00am Holy Communion Service(Book of Common Prayer) when the Revd. Canon Richard Rowling is on holiday or unable to take the service.

10.15am: Parish Communion usually on the 1st,3rd and 4th Sunday in the month

10.15am Benefice Communion on the 5th Sunday.

All Age Worship at 10.15am, usually on the 2nd Sunday of month, is a shorter service without Holy Communion(with the exception of Easter and other major festivals). The aim of 'All Age Worship' is to be child friendly. Children are invited to sit near the front so they can more easily be involved. Some of the older children from the Ark Club do the readings and prayers and all the children are encouraged to participate in the service. They are certainly not expected to be seen and not heard!

After Service Refreshments : First come,first served!

First come,first served!
Whether it is Parish Communion, All Age Worship or a 10.15am service celebrating a religious festival everyone is welcome to stay after the service and we hope that visitors will join us .

Please don't rush off after the service as after service fellowship is very important. You are sure of a warm welcome if you join us for a chat over a cup of tea / coffee and biscuits - and there is juice for the youngsters.


On special occasions - and we're not sure which these will be - some of the Ark Club mums treat us to their homemade cakes.

Other Services :

Evening Prayer: 7.00pm Monday evenings
Holy Communion: 10am Thursday

Reflective service: This is an act of worship with space for silent reflection and prayer with the help of music and readings.It usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.
Please check the CALENDAR for the next service as future dates are not yet confirmed.

All Age Worship :


Getting ready for the service.
The leaders, some mums and children from the Ark Club and the Little Ark Club made this All Age Worship service very special. The children took a full part in everything from opening prayers, telling and illustrating the story of Noah's Ark, teaching us new hymns -with actions-responsorial prayer,taking the elements to the altar and collecting free will offerings. After the penitential prayers the children went with their leaders into the crypt for time on their own before returning for blessings.

The children dressed up specially for Noah's Ark and the wonderful papier mache heads of giraffes, zebras and lion (with which they won first prize at Thirsk Festival some years ago)were put to good use on the little stage around the Ark.