Revd. Andrew Burrell
Our church building is open for visiting and prayer from 10am to 6pm
Melmerby Church is situated on the edge of the village in close proximity to Melmerby Hall. There is a path running from the church to the hall which has been used for centuries to link the two buildings The precise origins of the church have been lost in time but the present church dates from the 13 century. There are the remains of an old cross in the church yard that may go back even further.
The existing church has a nave and a north aisle with a tower in the north west corner. The structure is of red sand stone and like other buildings in the village has undergone change and restoration over the centuries.
The tower was built in 1848 with a castellated parapet and stair turret. The gallery has been removed leaving a now redundant doorway.
One of the church’s endearing features is its clear unglazed east window giving an uninterrupted view over the fells beyond.
Melmerby church continues to welcome villagers and visitors. We have a monthly service on the first Sunday of the month, details of which can be found in the Memo.
Whenever possible we like to work with other groups in our community and adapt our services to meet their needs and interests. We work with our village hall to provide a harvest lunch and help promote the work of our local food bank. We have recently worked alongside our local WI to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee.
We work closely with other churches in our mission community and our young people enjoy being part of Little Acorns based in Gamblesby.
We understand that not everyone feels comfortable in a traditional service but likes to spend quiet time in prayer and reflection.
St John’s is always open and we encourage people of all ages to experience the peace and the space that our church can offer.
To find out more about our events, how you can hold your celebration with us, or for anything else, contact our church wardens:
John Lambert: 01768 881787