Welcome to our Benefice of Bedale

Do you recognise that we are living in times of a simple paradox, that make people confused and ill at ease? On one hand there is the weight of sadness at the passing of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth; that keen bewilderment at the loss of a cornerstone of our nation and society. Alongside this, there is the pomp and ceremony as the Prince of Wales becomes King Charles III. Then in the middle of that rejoicing there is this man, who is following his mother’s example of duty, when he most likely wants to lock himself away and grieve for his own monarch who he called “My Dear Mamma”.

For me the hope lays in the faith in God through Jesus Christ that Elizabeth lived daily and vocalised, and the same faith that Charles follows. It has been wonderful to hear so many people, even in front of the cameras and media, say they pray for the Queen past and the King of the future. So we ourselves, let us give thanks for grace she received and hope for the future, let us pray for Elizabeth’s repose and King Charles’ strength in duty, especially in his deep sorrow.  All the churches in the Benefice of Bedale remain open as safe and holy spaces for prayer and contemplation of the paradox of emotion in the coming days.

Almighty God, You are the author and sustainer of all human life; grant that your servant, Elizabeth our Queen, whom you granted a long and happy reign as Monarch of these lands may be forgiven her sins and rewarded with that eternal life promised to all those born again in the water of baptism and power of your Spirit. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit God, forever and ever, Amen.

Lord God, the Ancient of Days, you are sovereign over all your people; give to his Majesty, King Charles III, enduring wisdom and faith in the service of the people of this land and of you, his Lord and master. Grant that his reign may be one of faithful witness, and prove to others a source of hope, that they may come to know more fully your Son Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.

Welcome to the web pages for the Benefice of Bedale, St Mary’s Church, Thornton Watlass, St John’s Church, Leeming, Burrell Church and St Gregory’s Church, Bedale.

The Benefice sits as the gateway to Wensleydale and the boundaries include the River Swale on the east side of Leeming and the River Ure on the western flank of Thornton Watlass.

We cover the town of Bedale and the communities of Aiskew, Leeming Bar, Londonderry, Leeming, Exelby, Firby, Burrell, Cowling, Thornton Watless, Chalcot, Thirn, Rookwith and vast swaths of fertile farm land.

Our four churches are islands of calm which remain open to visitors daily throughout the year. There are services in at least two of our churches each Sunday and morning and evening prayers offered each and every day- Monday to Saturday.

Services are also available online and through conference calls. Search for the Benefice of Bedale Facebook page to access our main Sunday services, these can also be watched after the service is over.

Baptisms and Wedding enquiries are always welcome contact can be made through emailing admin@bedale.church or by calling and leaving a message 01677 425985.



Recorded 18th May 2020