The Benefice of Lastingham


Lastingham has been a centre of Worship and devotion since the 7th Century. As we welcome you to this ancient and beautiful church, we hope that you will share with us the joyous sense of peace and enjoy the heritage of centuries of Christianity in this church where, in the words of the hymn: "Brothers we are treading where the saints have trod".






A Welcome from the Reverend Michael Sinclair,

Parish Priest of



Christ Church, Appleton-le Moors, St Gregory, Cropton, St Chad, Hutton-le-Hole,

St Mary, Lastingham and St Mary & St Laurence, Rosedale Abbey


Thank you for finding our website and we hope that you will be able to visit our Benefice of Lastingham, located in its beautiful setting on the southern edge of the North York Moors. 


Our Mother Church is the historically famous Church of St Mary, Lastingham, with it’s wonderful Crypt.  It was founded as a monastery in the Celtic tradition by St Cedd in 7th century, who came from Lindisfarne.  Cedd was followed as Abbot of Lastingham by his brother, St Chad, who was to go on and found Lichfield Cathedral.  St Cedd’s grave is close to the altar in the Crypt.  It is a truly spirit filled place and pilgrims from across the world come to Lastingham, to pray and reflect in the stillness of this ancient and holy site.


All five of the Churches in our tightly knit group, in their attractive villages, are well worth visiting.  A visual and verbal description of each is included on this site together with a map showing their locations.  Also included is a current list of Sunday services, and in addition, on Wednesdays at 9.30am, the eucharist is celebrated in Lastingham Crypt.



We do encourage you to take the time to come here and you will be most welcome.  I hope you will find it a stimulating, interesting and spiritually rewarding experience. 


Up Coming Events


Remembrance Sunday


9.00am Holy Communion (Said)

10.00 Benefice Act of Remembrance Service