Church of St Ninian's
Baxtergate, Whitby, North Yorkshire
NB: ST NINIAN'S CHURCH LEFT THE JURISDICTION OF THE ACC on 26th January 2013
St Ninian's was built in 1777-78, by the shipwrights who built Captain Cooks ships, as a Proprietary Chapel. In the late 1980's the Church of England tried to close St Ninian's as a place of worship, and after a lot of arguments and politics the Church of England withdrew its ministry and the congregation was reduced to Morning Prayer on Sundays conducted by members of the congregation. They describe this period as the 'desert years'
In the early 1990's the congregation joined the Anglican Catholic Church however, in 1997 they withdrew from the Church when our then Bishop, Leslie Hamlett left the ACC, however the problems associated with this move came to a conclusion in 2004 when the parish once again entered the full communion of the Anglican Catholic Church. The Rev Philip James French, served as Parish Priest.
On 26th January 2013, the Parish Priest, Fr Philip James French, informed the Bishop (verbally and in writing) that it was his intention (with immediate effect) to resign from the Anglican Catholic Church and that St Ninian's wished to withdraw (also with immediate effect) from the Diocese of the United Kingdom.