Children's Summer Charity Concert 2019

A very successful  charity concert was held in St Mary's Church on Friday 5th July 2019.

St Bernadette's RC Primary School Choir once again got the concert off to a wonderful start with The Father's Song and Mary did you know? This was followed by a lovely solo from Victoria Arnott. The next two items were a bit of a shock to the system: The Bohemian Rhapsody for two trumpets and organ, followed by the 'Jersey Boys' from Nunthorpe Academy, making their first, and hopefully not their last, uninhibited and unrestrained contribution. Another beautiful solo, this time, by Rebekah Bennett, settled us all down again. St Mary's Festival Choir, accompanied on the piano by our organist, Alex Best, made their contribution, with two songs, What a wonderful World and Can you feel the love tonight? Chandler's Ridge Academy Choir brought the first half to a fitting end with two further songs. Refreshments during the interval were provided by the St Mary's hardworking Social Events Team.

The second half opened with a very assured Where is love? (from Oliver) by another talented Arnott, this time, Issac.  There followed two more solos, by Rebekah Bennett and Emily Boardman, and more from St Bernadette's, the Festival Choir and the Jersey Boys, this time joined by three girls and accompanied by Wayne Shellard (father of Toby, the amazingly high pitched one of the boys), before the concert was brought to a rousing end with Chandlers Ridge leading singing of Thank you for the Music. A tearful goodbye and thank you was then said by their teacher to the four older children in their choir who had, that day, had their last day of primary education, and would be starting at Nunthorpe Secondary Academy in September - perhaps, hopefully, we will see them back again next year in their new uniform?

A sum of £500 was raised by the concert, which three charities benefitted from: St Mary's Children Charity fund (nominated by the Festival Choir), Billy's Room (nominated by Chandlers Ridge and Nunthorpe Secondary Academy) and Road Peace (nominated by St Bernadette's).

St Bernadette's RC Primary School singing The Father's Day followed by Mary did you know?

St Mary's very own Festival Choir singing What a wonderful world.

Chandlers Ridge Academy leading the singing of Thank you for the music
Graham Hinton, the Festival Choir leader, acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening (as well as being one of the trumpeters), and the Vicar, Tessa Stephens, was on hand to give heart-felt thanks to all the participants for a wonderful evening of music making. It is a tribute to all participants that they watched and listened to each contribution with rapt attention - except when a more energetic response was called for, which they then did with great gusto and enthusiasm.

I'm pleased to say, with a significant amount of technology being used - backing tracks played on various devices, that, other than a brief pause waiting for a bluetooth pairing from a mobile phone somewhere in the audience, everything worked fine - a geat relief for all concerned.

Funeral of Rev'd Judy Cook

On Thursday 6th July 2019 a packed church said a sad and fond farewell to Rev'd Judy Cook. Judy has served this parish well over many years, first as Reader, then following her ordination on 7th June 2009, in 'filling the gap' at Nunthorpe while we went through a number of interregnums. Our thoughts are with her husband David and their two children Nick and Lindsey, and their respective families.

The service was led by the vicar, Rev'd Tessa Stephens, who also gave the address. The moving Eulogy was given by her older brother, Mike Ogelsby. Prayers were led by the Rural Dean, Rev'd John Ford and the commendation was given by the Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Paul Furgeson. Amongst the congregation were Canon Ken Good, retired Archdeacon of Ripon and past vicar of St Mary's, Rev'd Gill Henwood, past vicar of St Mary's, Rev'd Alison Phillipson, Rector of St Nicholas Church Guisborough and former Reader at St Mary's, Rev'd Paul Peverell, vicar of Christ Church, Great Ayton with Easby and Newton under Roseberry, and past Interim Priest in Charge at St Mary's. Also in support were other members of our ministry team: Rev'd Pat Harrions, Rev'd Laura Wild (our new curate) and Reader Janet Hinton.

As Judy wrote, following her ordination, "It has been a long journey with many wanderings from the path and not without moments of doubt, but throughout it all I have been conscious of the prayers, support, care and encouragement of so many people. Thank you all." We say thank you, Judy, for all the love, care, support and encouragement that you, in return, have given to us all over the years. You will be much missed in the Parish.

Ordination of 
Rev'd Laura Wild
10am on 30th June at York 

Welcoming Laura and family
Laura was ordained Deacon on Sunday 30th June 2019 at York Minster. She then returned to Nunthorpe where she, and her family, were treated to a Parish Tea in the church hall, and a warm welcome to St Mary's in her new role as Assistant Curate.

Summer Concert 2018

A very successful  charity concert was held in the church on Friday 29th June 2018.

In a packed church, much talent was on display, with contributions from St Bernadette's RC Primary School Choir and Chandler's Ridge Academy Choir. There were also solo performances from Isaac Arnott and his big brother, Joseph Arnott, Rebekah Bennet and cellist Jeremy Harbottle. St Mary's Festival Choir, accompanied by Jeremy Harbottle on the piano, made its own contributions. 

Three charities benefitted from the concert: Macmillan Cancer Support (nominated by St Bernadette's), Meserani Project (nominated by Chandlers Ridge) and Big Kids (nominated by the Festival Choir).

Joseph Arnott, accompanied by Jeremy Harbottle, singing Empty Chairs at Empty Tables by Eddie Redmayne, from Les Misérables

The concert was brought to a close appropriately by the Chandlers Ridge Academy Choir singing 'Thank you for the music', which the enthusiastic audience was delighted to clap and sing along to. It was a real tribute to the younger participants that they sat in rapt attention while listening to the other contributors, and applauded each with gusto.

The event was organised by the St Mary's Social Events Team (SET), who also provided the refreshments during the interval. Graham Hinton, the Festival Choir leader acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and the Vicar, Tessa Stephens, was on hand to give heart-felt thanks to all the participants for a wonderful evening of music making.

Please see the Concert photo album for more photos of the evening.

Welcome to Tessa - our new Vicar

We are please to announce that on Sunday 8th April 2018, the Reverend Tessa Stephens was collated and installed as the new Parish Priest for St Mary's.

A large congregation, made up of local parishoners, a contingent of parishoners from St Barnabus, local clergy, and local dignatories witnessed Tessa being callated and installed as the new Parish Priest for Nunthorpe, by the Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Paul Ferguson and the Archdeacon of Cleveland, the Venerable Samantha Rushton. Also in the congregation were her husband and three children - it's not everyone that gets to have their family present on their first day in a new job! We wish them all well - and as a matter of interest, she rang the bell ten times...

The service was followed by a splendid pooled tea organised by the Mothers' Union in the newly refurbished church hall in Morton carr Lane.


Prior to coming to Nunthorpe, Tessa was Chaplain to Teesside University and Associate Minister at St Barnabas’, Linthorpe, since 2015.

After studying languages at Leeds University, Tessa worked in the service and financial sectors.  Responding to God’s call to ordained ministry, she studied at St John’s College Nottingham.  She then served as Assistant Curate in the parish of Hipswell, which covers the civilian areas of Catterick Garrison. Tessa was then appointed Chaplin to the Univeristy of Teesside, where she developed the work of university chaplaincy, including its relocation within the campus, and also had particular responsibility for discipleship development courses in St Barnabas’ parish.

Youth Worker - Ste Corner's Farewell

Monday January 30th 2017 was an extraordinary day in the life of St Mary’s Church. It was the day we thanked Ste (in as informal a way as possible!) for his ministry with us over 9 years as our paid Youth Worker. He left his post at the end of December 2016.

He received thanks for all he had achieved, along with many cards and lots of generous donations from members of the congregation and he responded by paying tribute to all who had supported him in so many ways. He highlighted a few memorable occasions, especially those involving the teams of American students who visited us over the last few years. Ste particularly mentioned the team leaders, George and Cindy, who were very committed to Ste and his vision to tell children and young people in a relevant way about Jesus. He recalled having made lots of contacts in the local community talking to lots of different groups as well as individuals. Although he no longer lives in Nunthorpe, he promised to maintain his links and we look forward to continuing to enjoy his company, sharing in his amazing enthusiasm for the Christian faith.Ste will join us as a volunteer youth helper as we continue to minister to the children and young people of our community. 

Thank you to all who have supported Ste’s work in so many different ways over the years and thanks to all who attended and provided the food at the presentation. Ste really appreciated your company.

The last words of thanks to Ste should be those of Cindy who posted the following message to Ste:

‘You have made such a difference in the life of the kids from very young to those in the university now. I am grateful that George and I got to come along side of you for a short time each year. It was so rewarding to see the growth in the students that you have poured your heart and soul into for so very many years. You have been God's feet and he is not through with your feet as yet. Carry on, my friend. You have our prayers.’

Graham Hassall

Installation of Rev'd Paul Peverell as Interim Priest-in-Charge at St Mary's.

From left to right: [back row] David Young (Church Warden), Archdeacon Sam, Bishop Paul, Rev'd Paul, Mike Arnott (Church Warden) [front row] Rev'd Pat Harrison, Rev'd Judy Cook (both Retired) and Licensed Reader Janet Hinton.





At the service on Friday 6th January 2017, the Rev'd Paul Peverell, the vicar at Christ Church, Great Ayton was licensed and Installed as the Priest in Charge at St Mary's. This is for a period of one year, initially. This role is in addition to his post at Christ Church. A congregation of about one hundred, including people from Christ Church and Saint Oswald’s, as well as Deanery Clergy heard The Bishop give a positive message about ensuring all we do in Church should relate to those outside, for that is why we are there. Kevin Leavesley played the organ, and added a lovely selection of hymns during communion as there were more people than expected. Unfortunately the Rural Dean, John Ford, was not able to be at the service due to pastoral commitments. 

Tuesday 6th December 2016 - Windband Concert in Church

Following the success of the 90th Anniversary concert, the Teesside Wind Band were keen to make a return visit. This time they were joined by the Tees Valley Youth Wind Orchestra, which also has Jason Mitchell as their conductor and, as the name suggests, has a slightly younger membership. The Wind Band led off with the first half, then the youngsters took over for the second half, and the whole concert was brought to a very satisfactory close when, somehow, they managed to find enough seats, music and music stands for a grand combined rousing finale. Although organised primarily for the bands' own benefit, it was gratifying to see so many parishioners in the audience. 

Christingle Service 2016 

The Christingle Service, led by our Licenced Reader Janet Hinton assisted by Youth Worker Ste Corner, was held this year in the Church Hall, rather than the church. Besides providing a more relaxed atmosphere, it had the advantage of the availability of the video system.  This meant that a short presentation of the work of the Children's Society could be shown. This brought into sharp focus the difference in Christmas celebrations that we could participate in, compared to that of the children that the Children's Society seeks to support, giving us much to ponder on.

Part of the service involved putting together our own Christingle, from the supplied 'kit of parts', with a diagram of the desired outcome helpfully displayed on the screen - no excuse for getting it wrong! Being able to display the Christingle Carol on the screen also provided a health and safety benefit, as we weren't trying to juggle bits of paper and a lighted candle at the same time. 

Sunday 13th November - Remembrance Sunday 2016

A large congregation, including local dignitaries and members of the scouting community attended firstly at the WW1 memorial on Stokesley Road and then at the WW2 memorial (the Lych Gate of St Mary's) to lay wreaths in memory of the people of Nunthorpe who gave their lives during the two World Wars. This was followed by the Remembrance Day service in the church.

At the Lych GateThe laying of wreaths and the reading out of names of those who gave their lives during World War II at the Lych Gate, which servces as the Second World War Memorial.







The Remembrance Day altar flowers.



Friday 11th November - Remembrance Day 2016

About 100 people attended as locally knitted poppies were placed at the War Memorial, on Stokesley Road, near the junction with Church Lane.










2nd November 2016 - A New Way Forward

The Bishop of Whitby announced that the Reverend Paul Peverell was to become the Interim Incumbent at St Mary's Nunthorpe. This would be in addition to his existing post as the Vicar of Great Ayton with Easby and Newton under Roseberry. This was seen as a very positive way in which the Parish could move forward and grow.