Church and Worship

Welcome to our Church and Worship page. Please come and join us at one of our services.

You can see our service times by looking on the Escrick Calendar page


Following Government and Church of England guidance, all our Services are now on hold until further notice.  Escrick Church is also closed for private prayer.

Each Sunday going forward, at 10 am, prayers will be said, from elsewhere, for the community.

We may not be holding services, but we can all share our prayers.  Below are the readings and prayers which will be said so you can join in on Sunday, wherever you are.

Each Sunday….. 

  • Collect and Gospel (see below)
  • Prayers for the community

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Closing with the LORDS PRAYER.


Collect and Gospels

Palm Sunday 5th April

Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Isa 50:4-9 a

Philippians 2:5-11

Gospel. Matt.:26:14 to Ch. 27 – end or 27:11-54

Richards Homily

Our Readings are longer today, but they are meant to be, to draw us into the drama of historical magnitude, in a far off corner of the Roman Empire.

Our Gospel reading takes us to the drama of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. These two festivals are often overlooked by many Christians, it does not mean that they are forgotten but are bound up with the whole account of Easter. Some perhaps would focus on the glory of Easter Day but our reading takes us to the difficult account of Jesus’ last day of freedom and his  trial, crucifixion and burial. It is a lot to take in and hard to watch, you will know this if you have watched Jesus Christ Superstar, Godspel or Jesus of Nazareth with Robert Powell playing Jesus.

I am conscious when reading the gospel that Jesus is keen to follow what he perceives as prophesy in the Old Testament and his fulfilment of it. Matthew’s gospel often quotes the Old Testament. Jesus is unwavering in following his father’s will, in contrast to the unbelieving crowd intent on seeking the death of one they were encouraged to believe as a blasphemer. The behaviour of the high priest and the cowardice of Pilate are things to note. Our reading takes us through the agony of the cross in all its gory detail to his death. Standing by the cross the centurion and those who were with him said ” Truly this man was God’s son”. From the crowd filled Golgatha (the Place of the scull) we are taken to the resting place of Jesus in the tomb, a quiet setting away from the drama of hours before.

Easter Day 12th. April

God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell:

fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Gospel:Matt. 28:1-10

Second Sunday of Easter 19th. April

Risen Christ,

for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father.

Gospel John 20:19-end

Third Sunday of Easter 26th April

Risen Christ,

you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:

strengthen us to proclaim your risen life

and fill us with your peace,

to the glory of God the Father.

Gospel: Luke 24:13-35


Church Activities

Parish Magazine

Due to the current Corvid-19 situation the Parish magazine has been suspended until further notice. 

The Parish magazine is though normally produced monthly and delivered free by volunteers to homes in Escrick, Deighton, Hollicars, Crockey Hill, Stillingfleet, Kelfied and Naburn. Copies are also available for collection at Escrick Surgery, Crockey Hill Farm shop and in Escrick Church when it reopens. If you would like anything including in the magazine please send it to by the 5th of the month, for publishing the following month.


We are delighted to have a loyal band of Bell ringers who ring each Sunday for our 10 am Service and practice each Tuesday Evening between 7.30pm and 9pm. The Ringers are led by our Ringing Master Robert Richards. (Bell Ringers page coming soon).
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