Founded by early saints, Lastingham has been a place of prayer, peace, hospitality and Christian mission for well over 1000 years. This beautiful ancient church of St Mary is particularly famous for its unique crypt, which was built on the site of the AD 654 monastery, and is where St Cedd is believed to be buried. You can find out more about our history in Our History.
Under normal circumstances the church would be open during daylight hours. However, at the present time we are unable to welcome our many visitors as we would wish to do. We are delighted to be able to open again for our Sunday services.
Sunday Eucharist will be held each Sunday at 10.45am here in Lastingham. The second Sunday in the month is a joint Benefice Service held in one of our churches. Check the Calendar to find details for these services.
We are sorry the Crypt will remain closed to the public for the time being.
As you come to this beautiful part of North Yorkshire, we hope that you are still able to share with us the joyous sense of peace and God's love that can be found in the heritage of centuries of Christianity in Lastingham.
We look forward to being able to welcome you back to our church when Covid-19 restrictions allow.