Howden Minster (St Peter & St Paul), Howden

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Children's Christenings are usually at 1.00 on the second and fourth Sunday of the month. Parents need to attend a Baptism Parents Evening, usually held on the first Thursday of each month at 6.30. 

Howden is one of the prettiest places along the M62 corridor and Howden Minster is one of the most exciting buildings in Yorkshire. It was built by the Prince Bishops of Durham in the middle ages to serve Howdenshire but suffered badly after the Reformation when the townspeople kept the nave as their parish church, leaving the east end to fall into ruin (now in the guardianship of English Heritage).

Today, the Minster Parish covers the town of Howden and surrounding villages & hamlets including Barmby-on-the-Marsh, Asselby, Knedlington, Belby, Howden Dyke, Skelton, Kilpin, Balkholme and Sand Hall.
We are part of the Howden Team Minstry, six churches covering southern Howdenshire as far east as Newport.

Worship regularly uses both BCP and Common Worship. The Minster Musicians include both an RSCM-affiliated robed choir and the Minster Consort of instrumentalists of all ages.

Major restoration work took place 2006-2011. We are striving to serve the whole of the local community: offering a variety of styles of worship and working closely with local schools and to promote the arts. We have recently become part of the Yorkshire Turner Trail: see link.

We are usually open via the great west doors 9.30 until 3.30, especially over the summer months. Please contact us if planning a special journey to avoid disappointment, as events (funerals etc.) sometimes mean that the minster is unavailable for visitors. The exterior of the ruined east end (English Heritage) is viewable at any reasonable time.

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Rev'd James Little, Team Rector
The Minster Rectory
Market Place
East Riding of Yorkshire
DN14 7BL
(01430) 432056

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Said Communion
Said BCP Communion BCP Sunday readings normally used.
Every first and third Sunday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Sung Eucharist
Main service of the day. Modern Language Common Worship. Modern Catholic ceremonial. Vestments.
Every first third and fifth Sunday at 10:45 AM for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Coffee Common Worship
Morning Prayer
Lay led worship
Every second Sunday at 10:45 AM for ¾ hour
Coffee Common Worship
All-age worship
Informal all-age worship with the Minster Musicians followed by a simple Communion.
Every fourth Sunday at 10:45 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Said Evening Prayer or Compline
Said service, usually with homily.
Every last Sunday at 5:30 PM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Choral Evening Worship
During Ordinary Time this is usually Prayer Book Choral Evensong. At other times, a seasonal form may be used: e.g. a Service of Light for Advent or Stations of the Cross during Lent.
Term time only
Every second Sunday at 5:30 PM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer


Bell ringing practice
Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours


Mid-week Communion
Said communion service
Every Thursday at 9:30 AM for ½ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Baptism Parent's Evening
Cafe style. An introduction to Baptism (Christening) for parents who want their children baptised. For all six Howden Team Churches. Bookings follow.
Every first Thursday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee


Choir & Music Group Practice
Do you like singing or can you play an instrument at any level? If you can answer "yes" to either of these questions, come along and join us
Term time & holy seasons only
Every Friday at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Family Friendly



Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Floodlight


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Incumbent: The Revd James Harry LITTLE
Team Vicar: The Revd Graham Paul THORNALLEY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 19174
Built: 13th century
Architect: St John of Howden
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: Archbishop of York/Lord Chancellor
Archdeaconry: EAST RIDING (432)
Deanery: HOWDEN (43206)
Benefice: Howden (43/162AT)
Parish Legal Name: HOWDEN WITH BARMBY ON THE MARSH (430355 43/355)
CofE Church Info: (643355 43/355)
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The current editor is: James Little

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This page was last updated on Saturday 21st November 2015
Howden Minster (St Peter & St Paul) : Cornmarket Hill, Town centre, Howden, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 7BS


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