General Information

A Brief History

The present church may be the fourth church on this site. There was probably a wooden Saxon Church, and a stone church was built in 1220 and again in the 15th century. The old church consisted of a chancel, nave with added tower and porch. The faculty for demolition was granted on July 1st 1844. The foundation stone of the present church was laid on Monday July 22nd 1844 by the Archdeacon Ven. Charles Musgrave. The architect was George Fowler Jones of Lendal, York and the contractors were Holmes and Bateson. The church was built in the cruciform style with a 120ft high spire which can be seen for miles around, most of the cost for building was paid by the Gascoignes of Parlington Hall, who were Lords of the Manor.

The church was consecrated on November 14th 1845 by the first Bishop of Ripon Dr Charles Thomas Longley. The church has been struck by lightning twice, once in October 1936 and again on Friday 3rd April 1998, (despite the presence of a lightening conductor). Considerable damage was caused on both occasions. An initiative led by the current Rector Rev. Gordon Cooper and supported by the PCC resulted in a substantial re-ordering of the church taking place in the early part of 2014. The contractors were Roebuck and Holmes of Huddersfield and the architect was Mike Overton of Skipton. Improvements were made to the heating and sound systems, and the introduction of a dais and ramp greatly increased the sight lines and disabled access. The Church is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Fridays 9am to 12noon.

This Church is a place where Christians meet together to worship God, thanking him for his love and for the gift of his Son, Jesus. Each day the Christian community prays here for the life and well-being of the local community and the needs of the world.

You are welcome here. You may have a particular reason for coming, perhaps to attend a special service or because someone has invited you. Possibly you are looking for a few moments of quiet in a busy life and noisy world. Maybe you are unsure what has brought you and are uncertain about what the church stands for.

Whatever your situation, we are glad of your company and would like to share with you the good news about God’s love for his World and our faith in Jesus Christ.

Upcoming Events


Every Friday 9:30am-11:30am Coffee, Tea, and biscuits in the Parish Centre. A chance to meet up with friends for a drink and a chat.

7th October 2018 - Harvest Family Service

11th November 2018 - November Remembrance Services

09.30hrs Eucharist followed by 10.45hrs Act of Remembrance at the New War Memorial and at the original Garforth Memorial in Church

21st October and 25th November at 3pm - Café Church

2nd December 2018 - December Churches Together in Garforth Advent Service at 15.00hrs at St Mary’s

16th DeceDecembermber 2018 - Christingle Service 15.00hrs

23rd December 2018 - Carols by candlelight 18.00hrs

24th December 2018 - Crib Service 16.00hrs

24th December - Midnight Service 23.15hrs

25th December - Said Eucharist with Carols 08.00hrs and 10.00hrs Family Service