There are a variety of groups and activities connected with the Church or which meet in the Community Centre. Please contact the organisers as listed below or through the ‘contact us’ page.


There has always been a strong tradition of choral music as part of the worship at St Mary’s Whitkirk and we are always looking to recruit new choristers to ensure that this tradition is maintained both now and for future generations.

The choir comprises soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers and is open to boys and girls (from the age of 7) and to men and women. The choristers sing every Sunday morning at the Sung Eucharist and on the first Sunday of each month at Choral Evensong. They also sing once a year at a special civic service, attended by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, which is held in the Long Gallery at Temple Newsam House.

Choristers attend choir practices every Sunday as well as two Saturday rehearsals each month. If you are interested in joining the choir and would like to attend a short audition please email [email protected].

Appointed in 2001, the Organist and Director of Music is an accredited member of the Royal College of Organists and an Area Consultant for the Royal School of Church Music.

The choristers of St Mary’s Whitkirk also have the opportunity to sing as part of the Whitkirk Deanery Choir which was formed in 2009 and comprises choristers from a number of parish churches in the local deanery. The Whitkirk Deanery Choir has sung Choral Evensong at Ripon Cathedral, as a visiting choir, on ten occasions and has also sung at two other major services there – a ‘Diocesan Eucharist’ in 2015 and a service in 2017 called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

St Mary’s Whitkirk is an affiliated member of the Royal School of Church Music.

To listen to an audio recording of St Mary’s Church choir please visit the ‘Organ & Choir CDs’ section of this website.

Giles Taylor, Organist and Director of Music

[email protected]


There is an active team of servers who assist at the services and cover a broad spectrum of ages. New members are welcome. Please speak to our vicar Matthew if you are interested.

Matthew Peat, Vicar

Silver Lining Lunch Club for the Elderly

Meets on Tuesdays during term time for a cooked meal and chance to meet with friends and make new ones. Please call Jean Noble for further details on 0113 264 6313.

St Mary's Church Whitkirk Community Centre

Jean Noble
0113 264 6313

Mothers' Union

There is an active branch of the Church of England organisation, Mothers’ Union. It meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm.

2:00pm, every 1st Wednesday of the month

Dorothy Howe
0113 264 2569

Whitkirk Arts Guild

The popular local amateur dramatics group, staging musicals, pantomimes and plays and taking part in a range of other events throughout the year. Visit their own website at, or give them an email at [email protected].

7:30pm, every Wednesday

St Mary's Church Whitkirk Community Centre

[email protected]