Music is a vital and important part of life at St Wilfrid, bringing our various communities together, and enriching our liturgical worship and prayer.
The Music Department is made up of the Director of Music, Assistant Organist and the Parish Choir. The Parish Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings, and also before the Parish Mass on Sundays. In addition, the choir sings at many weekday services, weddings, funerals and occasionally on Sunday evenings. They perform a wide range of repertoire from medieval plainsong, renaissance and baroque music through to the most contemporary of composers.
Anthony Gray joined us as Director of Music in September 2019 from Southwell Minster. He is always interested is hearing from musicians who wish to join the Parish Choir or support the Music Department in any way. You can contact him at email@example.com. We are delighted to welcome Peter Brand as our Assistant Organist from September 2021.
You can keep updated on all the musical activities at St Wilfrid on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Search using the handle @stwilfsmusic.
The current music list can be downloaded here: Lent 2021
Baptism – also called Christening – marks the point when a human being becomes a Christian, and a member of the Christian Church.
Baptism isn’t just for babies. Even though the majority of those coming to be baptised are infants, there are increasing numbers of older children and adults who seek baptism.
At St Wilfrid’s we have a number of Sundays each year where baptisms take place as part of the main Parish Mass at 10am. Baptisms are carried out as part of the Parish Mass, and up to 3 babies can be christened during one service.
If you are interested in being baptised yourself, or are enquiring on behalf of a child, the first point of contact is our parish office. Your details will then be passed on to our dedicated team of baptism visitors who will come to see you, to talk through the process and its requirements as well as to try to answer any questions you might have.
Your Wedding Service in Church
A wedding is a great celebration of the love that the Church has historically defined as “a union permanent and lifelong, for better for worse, till death them do part, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others on either side, for the procreation and nurture of children, for the hallowing and right direction of the natural instincts and affections, and for the mutual society, help and comfort which the one ought to have of the other, both in prosperity and adversity.”
Getting married is a serious step and we seek to walk with couples, not just in the planning of the Marriage Service itself, but in exploring the riches of married life and the meaning of the sacrament of marriage.
Our Wedding Pack 2021 sets out in great detail all the information you will require to be married here, as well as helping you with guidance about all aspects of the day.
Please be aware that during the pandemic conditions or restrictions will be in place which you must follow.
Because there are certain legal requirements which you must fulfil if you want to be married here, we very much encourage couples to contact us as a first step – before trying to arrange receptions, invites, flowers or many of the other things that go hand in hand with getting married – but you’d be surprised by the number of people who manage to arrange everything except the actual marriage service itself!
Your Wedding Reception at St Wilfrid Harrogate
The Parish Hall is a lovely vintage venue for wedding receptions. The hall can seat up to 120 people for a wedding breakfast, or up to 200 people standing. The hall is fully licensed for entertainment and sale of alcohol. You can choose your own professional caterers and bar providers or use one of our recommended suppliers. The hall has outdoor space, two small kitchens, a stage and an additional room.
Wedding Receptions in the Church
Larger wedding receptions can be accommodated in the church itself.
If you would like to find out more about wedding receptions at St Wilfrid Harrogate, contact Rebecca Oliver on 01423 504629.
Banns of Marriage
If you are marrying in another parish church, but need your Banns of Marriage to be read here, please contact the parish office. Our administrator will assist you with providing the necessary information. Call the office on 01423 504629.
When someone we have loved comes to the end of their life, it can be a time not just of profound sadness and grief, but also a hectic time where a lot of arrangements and decisions need to be made.
The relatives of anyone who has lived within the parish of St Wilfrid or who regularly worshipped here can ask for a funeral service for the person who has died.
The first step is always to contact your chosen funeral directors. They will then work with us in co-ordinating the availability of the church and clergy with their own diaries, as well as the availability of crematoria and cemeteries.
The vast majority of people whose funerals take place here opt to have the whole service here (rather than to have some or the last part of the funeral service – the Committal – taking place at the crematorium of cemetery).
We are able to offer a simple and straight forward funeral service, through to a full funeral mass for those who might have been regular worshippers. The clergy will work with you to advise on what hymns might be sung, or music played by the organist; which bible readings you might want read as well as to guide you in the production of orders of service and help think through any other aspects of the funeral, including guidance on whether or not you, relatives or friends might wish to speak at the funeral service itself.
Above all, we want to ensure that this act of worship reflects both the grace, beauty and comfort of God as well as helping you to pray for and remember the person who had died, in all the richness of their life.
Whether the person who died had themselves planned hymns, music and readings, or left no particular instructions, we will work with you and your funeral directors to help you make appropriate choices.
We’ve also produced a form which can help you think through some of these choices, use for discussion with family members or leave as a record of your wishes for what you want to happen at your funeral. That can be downloaded here: Funeral Arrangements 2019
“I am the resurrection and the life says the Lord.”