Q. What time are the Services?
There is a church service each week on a Sunday at 11.30am. However, due to social distancing measures, this service has to be pre-booked with the Parish Office on 01904 709111. More information can be found by following the link: https://www.stedsdringhouses.org/re-opening-of-church-for-worship/. Please note a mask now has to be worn for public worship. There continues to be an online service each Sunday at 10am streamed live via our You Tube channel. https://www.stedsdringhouses.org/ordinary-time/
Q. When is the church open?
The church building is open for private prayer from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Fridays.
However, there inevitably have to be some restrictions due to the current circumstances which are listed below.
- An area has been cordoned off for prayer.
- No more than 6 people at any one time.
- Please use the hand sanitiser and take a disinfectant wipe to clean any areas that you have touched.
- All other areas of the church remain closed, including the toilets and café.
Despite these restrictions, it is hoped that you find space to meet with God,
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. Please note, that weddings and baptisms are currently restricted in numbers to a limit of 15 people including the minister and organist plus other officiators as required.
Q. How do I know what is happening at the Church in terms of activities and special events?
Please see under What’s On where there is the Parish Calendar with events for the coming months. All activities are currently suspended due to COVID-19.
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. 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
- 14 Foxwood Lane to Haxby West Nooks
- 21 Colton to York
- 37 Tadcaster to York
- 840 Leeds to Whitby
- 843 Leeds to Bridlington
- ZAP Leeds to York
- 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?
Singing is not currently allowed at church services due to heightened infection risks. The 11.30am service is therefore spoken. The online service at 10am does include hymns to sing along to and the service is available on the website each week.
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 Family 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.
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.
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 community hall for a private event?
Private bookings are possible. 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.