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Wednesday 24th June 2020
Special Narnia edition with news for the week
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 28th June 2020

Leader: Revd Becky Lumley    Preacher: Mr John Edmund

The service will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 27th June 2020 
We will  stream on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am on Sunday.
Information about the zoom chat after the service will also be sent out by email 

The Communion service will be sent out via e-mail
and streamed at 6.30pm on Facebook on Sunday evening

Sunday school will meet on zoom at 9am -
Youth group at 6.30pm on zoom
please let us know if you need the code to join in
You can find all the previous services here - Join us for worship

Please let us know if you would like to help with the services (either the facebook prayers or the Sunday morning services)

We are delighted to announce to the world that our new stone carvings will feature fourteen characters from the ever-popular children’s books, The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis.

As well as Mr Tumnus, the other characters featured in the new carvings will include the White Witch, Reepicheep the mouse, Fledge the winged horse, Glenstorm the centaur, and of course Aslan the lion. The CS Lewis Company Ltd granted permission for the carvings to be based on these characters and Matthias (stonemason) and Kibby (designer) have brought these designs to life.

It was the image of the faun Mr Tumnus – half man and half goat – standing with his parcels under the iconic lamppost, which was also CS Lewis’ own starting point for writing the books. He dreamt up this scene when he was a teenager and it stuck with him for almost thirty years before he expanded it into the stories now loved round the world.

But of course these books are not just stories to entertain; they contain incredible truth which help many Christians today reflect on our own understanding of God and faith. CS Lewis is widely recognised as one of the great theologians of the twentieth century, writing particularly about reconciling faith with pain and suffering in the world, after his own experience of losing his mother at a young age and later losing his wife to cancer. In 2013, on the fiftieth anniversary of his death, Lewis was honoured with a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, with the inscription of his words: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.”

We believe these carvings will not only be beautiful but will help us attract people to our church to learn more about CS Lewis and the Christ who inspired his writing. 

The Narnia carvings are part of our 2020 Curious Carvings project, which is the first phase of a ten-year programme to restore the whole church. The north nave clerestory had the most badly eroded and crumbling stonework, so we started in this part of the building. Some of the window tracery was so badly damaged that the windows were in danger of falling in! Thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant we are able to preserve this part of the building for future generations, and have built a major project interpreting the little-known carvings on the inside of this part of the church. So it feels very appropriate to be adding our Narnia carvings to the external wall of the same section of the building. The carvings are due to be completed by the autumn, and will be displayed at ground level to give people the chance to view them close up, before they are hoisted into their new positions.

Kibby Schaefer’s designs for our new label stops and carvings were developed from initial sketches into clay models, from which plaster casts were made – with approval along the way from, among others, The CS Lewis Company Ltd, The Chancellor of the Diocese of York and Historic England. Carvers are now working the stones (Magnesian Limestone from the quarry in Tadcaster) at their home workshops across Yorkshire using the plaster maquettes as a guide.

We greatly look forward to unveiling the stone carvings and installing them on the north nave clerestory later in the year. At the foot of this page is a plan of that elevation of the church showing where each of the label stops and carvings will be positioned.

But first we are delighted to share Kibby’s designs along with a description in her own words of each character.

The final carvings have been developed from the images, clay and plaster models 

Reepicheep the mouse (from Prince Caspian, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Last Battle) is a brave warrior who stands about 3 feet tall on his hind legs. Reepicheep values his honour and is deeply loyal to Aslan. He is shown in a Knight’s pose. One ear is turned to Aslan, listening.
Mr Tumnus
Mr Tumnus the fawn (from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Horse and His Boy and The Last Battle) is represented with his characteristic umbrella and parcel, a scarf around his neck as he gazes in pain at the White Witch as she turns him into stone. His left shoulder and forearm will be carved to suggest the raw material itself.
The carving of Aslan the lion (from The Chronicles of Narnia (all books)) will represent him as a majestic creature, completely still with the stone table on which he was later killed (but from which he rises) resting within his paws.
The White Witch

The White Witch (or Jadis) (from The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) wears a dress of icicles, a headdress and holds her staff in the direction of Mr Tumnus – she looks over to him.


Ginger the cat (from The Last Battle) is represented the moment he sees Tash in the stable, dishevelled and terrified


Glenstorm the centaur (from Prince Caspian) is shown with hoofs raised whilst looking at the stars – representing his wisdom and foresight.


Farsight the eagle (from The Last Battle) is delivering the news (to Tirian – not shown) which asks him to remember that “…all worlds come to an end”. The words are represented as a scroll held in his beak.


Trufflehunter the badger (from Prince Caspian) is holding a book – the figures of Aslan and Lucy (next to the lamp post) are shown. In Prince Caspian, Glenstorm says to Trufflehunter: “I watch the skies, Badger, for it is mine to watch as it is yours to remember”. In this context, we decided to show Trufflehunter in his role as historian – he knows the stories of the past and is thus unwavering in his loyalty to Aslan.


Glimfeather the owl (from The Silver Chair and The Last Battle) is perched on a rock, at night, in front of the tower where the parliament of owls meet.


Slinkey the fox (from The Last Battle) fights against Narnia – battle scenes emerging from flames of the bonfire will be represented behind him.



Shift the ape (from The Last Battle) is represented holding a pair of scissors (used in tailoring the lion skin to fit Puzzle) and wearing a paper hat.


Maugrim the wolf, Captain of the White Witch’s Secret Police (from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) is represented howling in the direction of the White Witch. Snow flakes and ice crystals will be carved both on the White Witch and the wolf to reinforce this connection.



Fledge the winged horse (from The Magician’s Nephew and The Last Battle) is shown with wings raised, flying, with the apple tree behind him.



Jewel the unicorn (from The Last Battle) is represented charging forward and rearing his head to one side (which allows him to have a longer horn), as if in battle. As with the mouse, one of his ears is turned to Aslan.


Click here to see where the carvings will be positioned on church or paste into your search engine

For even more information about this project please click here to visit our website or paste into your search engine
Tom Rylatt
We can announce the sad news that Tom died and his funeral can be viewed at the following link.
Please note this is a non-religious funeral. 

Tom Rylatt
Service Date 25-Jun-20 at 1:30
Service Chapel Chapel - Haltemprice
Username Yasu5280
Password 690951
Reminder: Open For Private Prayer
Our church building is open for private prayer.

We are sharing out the midweek church opening with other churches in the town:

Monday 11-1pm St Mary's Church
Tuesday 11-1pm The Minster
Wednesday 11-1pm St Nicholas
Thursday 11-1pm St Mary's Church
Friday  11-1pm The Minster

We will consider weekends over the course of this week
Please keep an eye on the website / noticeboard for more information.
Reminder: The Prayer Course
We would like to invite you to sign up for The Prayer Course. You can take part in this course as an individual or as part of a group as we explore the meaning of Prayer today. If you decide to take part as an individual I will email you a short video to watch each week and some questions to think about.  If you want to join the group, you will also be sent a link to a zoom meeting which will take place .  

The course is split into eight sessions and is excellent. Click below for a little taste....

If you would like to take part please email me by the 1st July at stmarys.beverley@gmai
The Quiz
St Mary's Big Quiz Night 7 (Quizmaster: Karl)
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 27th June 2020
To join the quiz click here and wait to be admitted 
or paste the following link in your search engine
Meeting ID: 832 2170 3643
Password: 204964
Thank you to those who have sent through their weekly offering

We would be grateful if you are able to help us either by setting up a standing order through your bank (details below) or by sending a cheque addressed to 'St Mary's PCC' (preferably a lump sum rather than weekly amounts as this avoids multiple trips to the bank) to the vicarage - 15 Molescroft Road Beverley HU17 7DX

Please do let us know if you are setting up a standing we can allocate gift aid accordingly - St Mary’s P.C.C. account 90775800, sort code 20-43-47

Alternatively you can give online by clicking here
My gift to church
Prayers for the week beginning Monday 29th June
Our readings are about the Word of God
(also broadcast on Facebook)

A simple form of evening prayer and candle lighting *

At St Mary's we would like to invite you to join us in a short time of prayer every day at 7pm. It involves lighting a candle and placing it in the window and then saying the following prayers as individuals or as households.  You can join with others in these prayers on our Facebook page.

The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and a perfect end. Amen.

Our help is in the name of the Lord
who made heaven and earth.

A period of silence for reflection on the past day may follow.

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

The following may be listened to Thy word is a lamp  

The reading for the day (see below)**

The candle is lit and the following prayer is said
Heavenly Father, accept this burning candle as a sign of faith and love.
Like this candle, bring light into our world
Even as this candle is lit may we know your presence
and be consumed in the warmth of your love.
In your mercy, Lord hear our prayer.

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

Abide with us, Lord Jesus
for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

As the night watch looks for the morning
so do we look for you, O Christ.


The Lord bless us and watch over us;
the Lord make his face shine upon us and be gracious to us;
the Lord look kindly on us and give us peace.Amen.


The Word of God

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105 

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:22

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
By living according to your word.
Psalm 119:9

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.
Isaiah 40:8

More news and information
Our worship of God and our care for one another continues but the church building is now closed as the Church of England responds to the covid 19 crisis. The only access to church is for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. Prayers and services can only take place virtually. We are doing everything we can to keep in touch and to help people find ways of connecting with each other.  We are currently using email, zoom and WhatsApp to connect - if you would like to join in with things but don't know how please just call us on 07598 518426

If there is anyway you think we can help please do not hesitate to get in touch.

A number of healthy and mobile church members are offering their services to help with food deliveries etc.  If you need practical help please do not hesitate to call.


Sunday 28th June
Join us for worship online (see above for more info)
9 am Children's Church via zoom
10 am Worship Together - Church on Facebook
10.30 am Coffee and chat on zoom
6.30 pm Holy Communion - Church on Facebook

Monday 29th June
11am-1pm Church open for prayer / reflection
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*
7.30pm  Homegroup via zoom

Tuesday 30th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Wednesday 1st July
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Thursday 2nd July
11am-1pm Church open for prayer / reflection
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*
7.30pm Going Deeper

Friday 3rd July
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Saturday 4th July 
11am-1pm Church open for prayer / reflection
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*
7.30pm Quiz night
 Our contact details are:
St Mary's Church
Northbar Within
HU17 8DL

Telephone:  07598 518426

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