Upcoming Services and Events
St. Andrew’s congregation values highly the warmth of its welcome and the feeling of togetherness and support amongst the members of our congregation. Our overriding aim is to make incarnate the love of God and the values of his kingdom in the community that we serve.
The church building is set in a delightful rural setting, embowered by fields and trees. Our next door neighbours, a large static and touring campsite at Akebar, present an exciting mission field for the future. This year there was a much loved outdoor service, as well as a full range of Christmas carol services and our Maundy Thursday ‘foot washing services,’ all of which form part of our mission across the benefice; we would love these to continue.
Our vision is to see more people, of all ages, becoming members of our church family, not only on Sundays or within the church building; we are looking for opportunities to model God’s grace and love more effectively in the wider community.
We enjoy good ecumenical links with our Methodists brothers and sisters
Our Church Building
The church is a grade 2* listed building, with parts dating back to the mid-12th century, with later 14th century additions. The church has an open graveyard, which is maintained by the church.
Finghall village is home to about 160 people, and has an excellent pub, the Queen’s Head. Although small in size it is an active community with an annual barrel push and village fete which attracts people from a wide area. The village is mainly a farming community, together with some commuter workers and retired people. The Wensleydale Railway has a popular request station on the edge of the village, where one can sometimes catch sight of the steam train ‘taking on water’.
The parish also includes the village of Constable Burton, best known for its Hall, a handsome Palladian villa standing in extensive woodland and formal gardens which are open to the public. It was designed by the celebrated architect John Carr for Sir Marmaduke Wyvill, and completed in 1768. The village also boasts one of the best eateries in the Dale.