The interregnum is coming to an end. Andrew Steer, who is currently a curate at Almondbury has been appointed as Priest in Charge of a new benefice consisting of Gargrave, Coniston Cold and Kirkby Malham. He will be licensed on 14th November in Gargrave Church. This will be followed by the appointment of a House for Duty Priest for Kirkby Malham. The following information appears on the website for Almondbury where Andrew is currently serving as a curate. 

"Andrew is married to Jennifer, a Staff Nurse, they have two adult children – Jessica and Rachel. Andrew was a Andrew Steermidwife in Leeds for 25 years, where he held various roles which included lecturing, management and also as a Supervisor of Midwives. Jennifer and Andrew served as Church Warden’s at St. John’s, Yeadon, where their faith was re-ignited and they discerned God’s call afresh. Andrew has a keen interest in the outdoors, particularly mountain and fell walking, where he is able to find a greater sense of God’s presence. He also enjoys cycling, ornithology, real ales and both folk and world music."


During the interregnum, the churchwardens and PCC will be working to keep the church running smoothly, and, if you wish to contact the church, please do so through the Contact Us page of the website. 

The prayer below is being used in each of the three churches in the benefice during the interregnum:


Loving God

As we begin to see the end of uncertainty and a hope for the future life of our three churches, give us a vision Lord, to see what we can achieve by reaching out beyond ourselves.

We give thanks for the thought and understanding that Bishop Helen-Ann has given to exploring a solution to suit us all, and we pray for her.

We also pray for our communities; for all who worship in, and value our churches;

For our churchwardens and all who lead our parishes, thankful for their dedication and service;

For the young people who are our future lifeline;

For the music and the musicians who have recently been a common link for us all and have the power to draw us together;

For the Ministry and care of the retired priests who have served our parishes so faithfully during the interregnum;

For those who find change disturbing and who seek reassurance as to the ongoing process.

Lord, help us to put our faith into action, finding what binds us together rather than divides us, reaching beyond the walls of our churches as we seek to be witnesses of the love we find in your son, our Saviour Jesus Christ in whose love we embrace our future with hope and trust.