St Mary the Virgin


Past Events

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.


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