Churches in Whitby & District

      Functional English is a non-denominational, Christian language school and a member of the Evangelical Alliance. We receive many students from different countries each year to study English in the UK. However, we are not a church or a mission organisation, so we see it as part of our work to encourage and support local churches. We encourage students to go to services in local churches, to have fellowship with Christians from this country and make English-speaking friends. This is a list of the churches we have links with in this area.

WHITBY EVANGELICAL CHURCH, Skinner Street, Whitby, led by Pastor David Magowan. This is an evangelical church which holds traditional services every Sunday morning and evening. This church has been welcoming students and staff from Functional English since the school started in 1977. They meet in a large building in the centre of Whitby, only 5 minutes walk from the school. They have a website at

WHITBY CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP, Eskdale School, Whitby. A lively service attended by some of the students and staff of Functional English. The worship has an informal atmosphere and they sing modern Christian songs. This church was started by the Guisborough Christian fellowship and still has strong links with it. They have a website at

WHITBY METHODIST CIRCUIT. The Methodist Circuit consists of seven churches in the Whitby area (Whitby, Briggswath and Sleights, Robin Hood's Bay, Fylingthorpe, Hawsker, Grosmont and Littlebeck) some large, some small, sharing one minister and many local preachers. In Whitby the church holds a morning service at the Whitby Mission (shared with the Anglican church) in Haggersgate, near the harbour. The Circuit does a lot of Youth work, most of which is based at the Briggswath and Sleights church. They have a website at

NEW LIFE CHURCH - Assemblies of God. This is a small Pentecostal fellowship led by Pastor David Nellist. The church meets for informal worship on Sunday afternoons in a local home about 20 minutes walk from the school.

SALVATION ARMY, St. Peter's Court, St Peter's Road, Helredale Road . They hold an afternoon service in a community centre on the East side of Whitby, about 25 minutes walk from the school. There is a lot of community involvement and childrens' work as well as the traditional Salvation Army band!

CHURCH OF ENGLAND (ANGLICAN) There are several Anglican churches in Whitby, the most famous being the old church of St Mary's on top of the East Cliff, beside the Abbey. You can visit this historic church at any time and there are services held here in summer and for special occasions e.g. Christmas. The main congregation meets at the large St Hilda's church (West Cliff). Other Anglican congregations meet at the Whitby Mission and Seafarers Centre, and at St John's Church. Daily services are held at the Chapel of St Hilda's Priory, home to the sisters of the Order of the Holy Paraclete, at Sneaton Castle. Also at Sneaton Castle is the Sneaton Castle Centre. This was formerly a school, but is now used as a residential Christian Centre, and is home to Functional English. You can contact the centre for further information at

UNITED REFORMED CHURCH Trinity Church, Flowergate, Whitby. This church was formed in the 1960's from the Presbyterian Church in England joining with the Church of Christ and the Congregational Church. It is led by the Rev. Helen Drummond and does a lot of work in the community particularly for elderly people.

ROMAN CATHOLIC St Hilda's, Bagdale, Whitby