St Michaels, Skidby

Skidby is a small village and civil parish in the Yorkshire Wolds in the East Riding of Yorkshire, situated 6 miles north-west of Hull city centre and 4 miles south of Beverley. Skidby is in a mainly rural area with several working farms. According to the 2011 UK census, Skidby parish had a population of 1,284.

The village includes a Methodist church, village hall, a flourishing pub, the cricket pitch and children's playground, and football and cricket teams. There is a Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School. Among local businesses are, the Half Moon pub, Skidby Mill and Museum of Rural Life (another Grade II* listed building), and the Millhouse Restaurant.

Village events include the scarecrow festival, carol singing when the lights on the village Christmas tree are switched on, the church Christmas Tree Festival and Open Gardens, and have involved church and village organisations together, and representatives from the latter read at the Carol Service.

St. Michael's Church is situated in the centre of the village opposite the Methodist church, and is a Grade II* listed building. There has been a church on the site since 1227, though the present building dates from the 16th century.

Sunday morning worship is well attended by an active congregation of parishioners, including some young families. A weekday Holy Communion is held on Wednesday mornings, and a Baby and Toddler group meets every other Monday. There is also a monthly evening Bible Study and an occasional Meditation service. Skidby school visit the church fornightly during term time for collective worship.

The church contains four stained glass windows by Sep Waugh, dating from 1975 to 2001, and the churchyard has many examples of interesting 18th and 19th century headstones.

Each year on the Saturday before Christmas a 'Sit-Out' is held at the entrance to the village for local charities. The parish is linked to the parish of St Michael and All Angels', Waterloo, Freetown, Sierra Leone, with exchange visits occurring between the two.

The church has a major community link through a good relationship with and involvement in the village C of E primary school, encouraging the children, parents and staff to feel part of the church family. The Foundation Governors visit the school regularly, and take part in school assemblies and in the church services attended by the children.


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