Q. What time are the Services?
There is a service of Holy Communion every Thursday at 10AM. This is a said service. On Sunday, the usual pattern is a said communion at 8.30AM and a service at 10AM with the first Sunday of the month being an all age service. The 6.30 service is on the first Sunday of the month.
Our 10AM service will continue to be live streamed on our You Tube channel.
Q. When is the Church open?
The church building is open for private prayer from 9.30am to 3.00pm, Mondays toThursdays; Friday 12.30pm to 3.00pm. It is hoped that you find space to meet with God.
Q. When is the Parish Office open?
The Parish Office is usually open from 9.00am to 1.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Please note: try to avoid visiting or calling the office on Thursdays between 2.00pm -3.00pm as this time is dedicated to administration catch-up. To contact the office by phone, call 01904 709111 or email [email protected]
Q. I am not a member of the Church of England, may I still come to the services?
St Edward the Confessor is the parish church of Dringhouses and everyone is welcome.
Q. How do I organise a baptism/wedding/funeral?
Initial contact should be made with Wendy or Louise at the Parish Office on 01904 709111. Further information can be found on the website in the section Life Events.
Q. How do I know what is happening at the Church in terms of activities and special events?
Q. Is there parking available?
The church has limited parking of 16 spaces plus 4 reserved for disabled parking. However, these inevitably fill up when there are services or activities. The Cross Keys public house, directly opposite the church, allows use of its car park. There is additional parking on Cherry Lane, but please don’t park at the Holiday Inn. The hotel has CCTV and has a £100 fine in place for illegal parking.
Q. Are there buses to the church?
A number of different bus companies run along Tadcaster Road and all stop at York Station. The nearest stop from York outbound is Dringhouses Church (St Edward’s) and, heading into York, at the Cross Keys. (Opposite the Church)
The current services include:
- 12 Foxwood Lane to Monks Cross
- 13 Copmanthorpe to Haxby
- 21 Colton to York
- 37 Tadcaster to York
- 840 Leeds to Whitby
- 843 Leeds to Bridlington
- 4 Acomb to York. Outbound this service stops at the Marriot Hotel.
Please note the Park and Ride (3) from Askham Bar does not stop.
Q. Are the church and community hall accessible to people with limited mobility?
There is a ramp available for the main church building, though there are ramped entries through the community hall. There is an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities. A loop system is installed, and the worship leaders use microphones in the service.
Q. Is there music at all the services?
The 8.30am service is spoken, as is the Thursday Eucharist. The 10AM service does have singing and usually led by a choir or band. The service is also streamed on our YouTube channel and the words and liturgy for each week are published on this website under What’s On > Services.
Q. Is there a creche or a Sunday School?
There is only a creche and Sunday School (Promise) at the 10.00am service, unless it is All Age Service on the first Sunday of the month, when all the children stay in the main church. Creche is for children up to school age. Promise is for school-aged children up to aged 11. There is an 11+ group too which also meets on a Wednesday evening.
Q. Are there other activities for young people?
Please see Children and Youth under Growing Faith and the What’s On section for specific events such as Holiday Club and Youth Club.
Q. Is there a collection taken during the service?
We do not pass a plate around during the service. There is a collection plate in front of the font as you enter the church, where offerings may be made. There is also a machine to use with a card. If you begin to attend regularly, then please look at our giving page for ways to contribute to the Church regularly. However, there is no obligation to give – your presence is what matters!
Q. Are there any Bible Study groups?
There are small groups which meet regularly around the area and details can be found under Growing Faith.
Q. Am I able to take Communion (bread and wine) if not confirmed in the Anglican Church?
If you are coming to St Edward’s and would normally have received communion in another church, you are welcome to do so here. If you would like to find out more about confirmation in the Church of England, please visit our Life Events tab. However, the practice of Communion is currently suspended.
Q. At what age are children allowed to share in Communion?
In the Church of England, children who have been baptised can be admitted to communion before confirmation. Here at St Edward’s children are given a short preparation course before they are admitted to communion, in order to help them appreciate more fully how God comes to meet with us in bread and wine. If a child is used to receiving communion in another church, then they are welcome to do so here.
Q. What is the dress code?
There is no specific dress code and people come in the clothes in which they feel comfortable.
Q. Am I able to book the church facilities for a private event?
Private bookings are possible. For more details see https://www.stedsdringhouses.org/facilities/, and then please contact the Parish Office on 01904 709111 or fill out the form that can be found on the Contacts page.
Q. Does God exist??
Yes! Why not come and find out more…..
Q. To whom do I speak if my question has not been answered here?
Please feel free to contact Wendy or Louise in the Parish Office on 01904 709111, and they will direct your call appropriately.