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:


Holy Communion – 7.30pm


GOOD FRIDAY (Note updated venue)
Short service at St John the Baptist Church at 10am,
followed by Walk of Witness through East and West Ayton
to Ayton Methodist Church,
where coffee and hot cross buns will be available.


6am – Sunrise Service,
(followed by breakfast in Church Room)
9am – Family Communion
10.45am All Age Service
6pm – Songs of Praise, followed by short Holy Communion


Saturday 11 April
7pm in the Church Room
Come along and enjoy a taste of different varieties of cheese and wines



As this event comes through East Ayton on Friday 1 May, we are keen to promote our Church on that date.
We plan to decorate the Churchyard with bunting and some blue painted bicycles.  From the experience of the Tour de France in 2014, and the publicity already given to this event, we are expecting a large turnout.
Refreshments will be on sale in the Church Roo
Coffee and scones from 10am
Sandwiches and cakes from 12 noon


Following the successful Bicycle Beetle Drive held at the time of last year’s Tour de France, we are repeating this game on
Saturday 2 May, 2pm in the Church Room
Come along and put the wheels, brakes, lights etc onto a pre-drawn bicycle frame, all for the shake of a dice!!

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