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.



From Sunday 1 February, a change to the pattern of our services will take place. Our Vicar Andrew covers both the parishes of St Martin’s, Seamer and St John the Baptist, East Ayton, and cannot be in two places at once!

There will always be a service at 9am and 6pm. However, on the 1st and 3rd Sundays at 9am it will be Family Communion, and the 2nd and 4th Sundays Morning Prayer.

Then at 6pm on the 1st and 3rd Sunday Evening Praise, and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday Holy Communion.

For the four ‘5th Sundays’ per year, there will be a joint benefice service with St Martin’s, Seamer, alternating between Seamer and East Ayton Churches, of which further details will be announced in due course.


Coming soon:



Saturday 10 October is the Annual Church Gift Day when everyone is given the opportunity to help support the work of the Parish Church. Envelopes have been delivered in the Parish, which can be used to return your donation. You can return the envelope at the
Sat 10 October, 10am -12 noon, Church Hall

Alternatively you may prefer to bring it along to any of the Church Services on Sunday 11th October or pass it to any church member.


Sunday Services 11 October
10.30am Harvest Festival Service
with the Ven. Andy Broome,
Archdeacon of the East Riding.
Followed by Harvest Lunch in the Church Hall

6pm Harvest Holy Communion

Please note Harvest Produce - Fruit, Vegetables etc. can be left at Church on Friday morning 9th Oct. or brought to the  10.30 Harvest Festival Service.
All produce will be donated to the Rainbow Centre after the weekend



We are very grateful to the members of the Ryedale Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild for their hard work on our Altar Frontals (see extract from magazine).  They will be putting on a display of their work in the Church over Harvest weekend, and Archdeacon Andy Broome will be blessing the Frontal at the 10.30am service on 11 October.


Brims & Bows


Chatty Play



Is there anyone who could help with the compiling of Grapevine each month, for if no assistance is forthcoming it will be necessary to review the number of issues per year. Someone who could share on an alternative month basis would be very welcome. Some knowledge of Publisher (or any desktop publishing programme) would be an advantage. If you are interested please contact Pam on pamyoung41@gmail.com, when information could be exchanged



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