Welcome to Our Benefice

The Community

Sunday Eucharist is held in one of our churches every week. Morning and Evening Prayer are also held regularly. We also now have a Holy Communion service in the Ancient Crypt at St Mary’s on Wednesdays at 10am.

Our History

Whilst the first monastery church in Lastingham was almost certainly wooden, it is known that a stone church was built on this site in 725. However, the earliest parts of the current church, including the crypt, date from 1078.

The Lastingham Benefice

Christianity was brought to Britain in the time of the Romans. When the Romans left, invading pagan Jutes, Saxons and Angles drove Christianity out to the remoter regions, where it survived until Irish missionaries reintroduced the faith to England, via Iona and then Lindisfarne. They established a number of monasteries for prayer, worship and teaching. One such monastery was founded here in AD 654, by St Cedd, ten years before the Synod of Whitby.

Daily Message

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Psalm 91:1
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