Welcome + Worship + Witness


“Father Nicholas, you rock!”

…was the verdict of HUM gospel choir, a modern gospel choir that broughtsoulful vocals to the Priory, singing for pleasure at the Priory last Sunday, 01 September. They persuaded our Rector to join in with him and it was an example of, in their own words, “When the you invite the vicar to sing along […]

The Rector: On faith, doubt, and certainty

The Rector Bolton Abbey Parish Magazine July 2015 On faith, doubt, and certainty On faith, doubt, and certainty The German theologian Paul Tillich once commented that doubt was not the opposite of faith; rather it was an element of faith. Tillich had been an outspoken critic of the Nazis during their rise to power and […]

A blessing from the Bishop!

Bolton Priory welcomed the Bishop for the Ripon Episcopal Area, the Rt Revd James Bell, last  Sunday 7th September. The Bishop was there to dedicate the new statue of the Virgin Mary holding the Christ child, created by York-based sculptor Tim Foster (see post of 18 August). “The statue is a wonderful tribute to Tim […]

A letter to Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon

12 August 2014 Dear Mr Smith I write, both as a constituent and a priest in the Church of England, to draw your attention to the horrifying plight of the Christians of Iraq. In a recent statement Patriarch Louis Sako, the  Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, has described how tens of thousands of Christians have […]

Hey Diddle Diddle!

You are warmly welcome to join us between 15.00 and 17.00 this coming Saturday, 12 July, for a drinks reception in the Priory Tower. The Long Preston Heritage Group, including children from Long Preston School (pictured), will be hosting a reception to celebrate the completion of their heritage project, Monks and Beams, which explores links between the […]