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.


The church choir comprises soprano, alto, tenor and bass singers and is open to boys, girls, men and women. The choristers sing at the Sung Eucharist (10.00am) every Sunday morning and at Choral Evensong (6.00pm) on the first Sunday of the month. Members of the choir sing at other special services during the year including the ‘Temple Newsam Service’ and the ‘Festival of Lessons and Carols’. St Mary’s Church is an affiliated member of the Royal School of Church Music. If you are interested in joining the choir and would like to attend a Saturday morning choir rehearsal then please email [email protected] or speak to the Director of Music after a service. Members of the choir at St Mary’s also sing as part of the Whitkirk Deanery Choir which was formed in 2009 and comprises choristers from several churches in the local deanery. The choristers of the Whitkirk Deanery Choir have sung Choral Evensong at Ripon Cathedral as a visiting choir on ten occasions and have also sung at two other services there – in 2015 at a ‘Celebration Eucharist’ to mark the 130th anniversary of the Mothers’ Union in the former Ripon Diocese and in 2017 at a service entitled ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ which celebrated the different seasons of the Christian year.

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

7:30pm, every Wednesday

St Mary's Church Whitkirk Community Centre

[email protected]