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.

Choir

The choir of St Mary’s Whitkirk comprises soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers and is open to boys, girls, men and women. The choristers sing each Sunday morning at the Sung Eucharist and on the first Sunday of every month at Choral Evensong. There are a number of other services during the year where the choir sings and these are special services which mark the different seasons and festivals of the church’s year. In addition, the choristers of St Mary’s sing at the annual Temple Newsam Service which is held in the beautiful surroundings of the Long Gallery at Temple Newsam House.

New choristers are always welcome. If you are interested in joining the choir or would like more information please contact the Director of Music [email protected]. To listen to an audio recording of St Mary’s Church choir please visit the ‘Organ & Choir CDs’ section of this website.

The choristers of St Mary’s Whitkirk also 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 (RSCM).  The Director of Music is an accredited  member of the Royal College of Organists and an Area Consultant for the RSCM.

Giles Taylor, Organist & Director of Music

[email protected]

Servers

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. Please call Marsha Thorndike for further details on 0113 260 4565.

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

Marsha Thorndike
0113 260 4565

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 whitkirkartsguild.com, or give them an email at [email protected].

7:30pm, every Wednesday

St Mary's Church Whitkirk Community Centre

whitkirkartsguild.com

[email protected]