Serving Christ and our Community

Welcome to St John the Baptist Church, the Parish Church of East Ayton in the Diocese Of York and part of the Church Of England. We are linked with St Martin’s Church of Seamer in a joint benefice.

Our Church building has graced the centre of the village since about 1150 (see the HISTORY link) but we are here to share the Christian Faith and tradition according to the needs of the twenty-first century.

The Church is open on most weekdays from 8.30am until at least mid- afternoon for anyone to spend a quiet moment and we have a prayer box for prayer requests which will be honoured for seven days and can be renewed.

Everyone is welcome to our services and activities so please look at this website which shows the place of our Church in the life of the local community.


This is positioned opposite the door inside Church (cards on the shelf).  If there is someone for whom you would like prayers to be said , please complete one of the request cards. To help keep up-to-date, a new prayer card should be filled in after 14 days.

Coming soon:


As most of you will know, we are now part of this new benefice as from 1 February 2017. This means Andrew, our Vicar, is responsible for the 3 Churches, their services and congregations.

As you will realise, it would be impossible for Andrew, even with the help of our Readers, Judith & Elizabeth, to cover 2 services in each of the 3 churches every Sunday. Therefore, we have made some adjustment to our services.

As from 1 April, there will be just two evening services a month—Holy Communion at 6pm on the 2nd Sunday and Shared Evening Prayer at 6pm on the 4th Sunday.

The result of the survey in January on morning service times was a resounding vote for keeping the service at 9am. So, whilst we have kept our 9am service, this means Cayton have moved theirs to 10.45am.

 NEW Service at St John’s – Shared Evening Prayer

4th Sunday of every month at 6pm beginning on April 23rd.

Come and be part of this new service. It will follow our usual pattern of evening prayer using Common Worship, Celtic or seasonal liturgy but with an important difference! Instead of a sermon, we will think about the Bible passage together and then share our insights. There will also be an open time of thanksgiving and intercession during which we can bring to the Lord whatever is on our hearts either audibly or silently. We will sit in the choir stalls so we can all hear and there will be hymns and music. This is an opportunity to come together as God’s family, to wait on Him and to encourage each other. Everyone is welcome!