St Mary's Church, Beverley
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Thursday 16th April 2020
Keeping in touch
  • News
  • Introducing Berry Lewis
  • Information about online services and daily prayer
  • Things to celebrate
  • From our children
  • Thinking Aloud - Rainbows
  • Information about groups and calendar 
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 19th April 2020
Easter 2
The preacher will be Canon Erik Wilson

The service will be broadcast online and sent out via e mail
on Saturday 18th April 2020 

We will  stream on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am on Sunday 

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)
Daily Prayers
Prayers are offered every evening on facebook please click icon
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Thank you
Thank you to those who have sent through their weekly offering

A big thank you to those who have signed up for giving by standing order or by popping cheques through the post. 

As our church is closed to the public at the moment and we are no longer receiving the regular donations from Sunday collections and gifts from the public (normally these together exceed £1000 per week). The finances of our church are a concern at this time. 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
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Messages from church members
Sue and I very much appreciate the virtual services you are emailing to us and we want to thank you and and all those contributing to them. In these rather bleak times, they are a great comfort and help us to feel connected to our wonderful church community. Many,many thanks.
With much love  Sue and Geoff

If you would like to send a message to be shared with the congregation please e mail us at 

Berry Lewis

Tell me about yourself: 
I was born in Cheshire but grew up in Leicester, where my dad worked at the university.  Moved to Yorkshire in 1989 and have remained in this lovely county ever since!  I work as a music teacher, choir director and freelance performer; my role at St. Mary's (Director of Music) is one of several musical 'hats' I wear.  Rob and I got married in 2003 and we have two daughters (Naomi, 11, and Catriona, 9).


Our connection with St Mary's Church 
I first visited the church with Rob before we were engaged.  When we settled in Beverley I started attending the 6.30pm service, and when a small number of women were asked to join the choir I was delighted to be among them.  After several years of singing Alto and also supporting Alan Binnington (and later Mark Pybus) with regular organ playing, I was appointed Director of Music in 2016.


What brings you joy?
Definitely my two girls! Seeing them grow up; being with them through their highs and lows.  Also music (especially singing).

What are you passionate about?: 
I'm passionate about my family, my choirs, St. Mary's, musical theatre... and good grammar!

What encourages your faith?
 My husband - a man with steadfast, quiet faith; the kindest and most loyal person I've ever known.  Also: beauty in the world, and seeing the ways people care for each other.


Thinking Aloud

Have you seen them?

All over everywhere, rainbows are appearing

A promise of hope and solidarity.


This rainbow was left my my lovely friend on the tree outside our house.

Children are leaving chalk pattern rainbows on the streets and drawings in windows. We can understand why. Rainbows are pure joy — fleeting wonder — surprise and delight.  Light bends. It refracts. White is all the colours joined together. They are pure gift. Promise of hope.

But inevitably, in Christian circles, the rainbows are leading to other stories – of Noah, and the flood. The rainbow as sign of promise.

But the Noah story is not an easy story.
The world is flooded and much is wiped out.

What are we to do with the Noah flood story?

We need to hold it alongside the other messages we find in scripture.

Isaiah reminds us God cannot forget us. God will never let us go.

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,   
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.
But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, 
my Lord has forgotten me.’
Can a woman forget her nursing-child 
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.
See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands

Isaiah 49

This is definitely more of the rainbow than the flood. It is the promise we hope for, long for as we look to our maker.  A promise that finds its fulfilment in the God who is known through Jesus.

We need to look to Jesus.and in the depths of the pain upon the cross we see the very depths of love. The crucified God, giving everything that we might hold onto the promise of hope - the rainbow.  

The stories of scripture are like the colours of the rainbow: none stand alone. It’s together that they show us the light of God.

Remember the rainbow comes first. Before the Noah story — before any talk of of covenant, there was the light. And in the light, the rainbow hides.

In the beginning, when God created the heaven and the earth, the earth was a formless void, and darkness covered the face of the deep… God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light… And God saw that it was good.’

The rainbows are always there — waiting to happen. The Glory of God, hidden and revealed.


We are looking for book, film, radio, music reviews for our newsletter.  They don't have to be based on religious books or programs but do have to answer the question - how has this helped me think differently about God's world? If you would like to submit a review please submit (less than 500 words) by Tuesday. Thank you 
From our children
Our children have been too busy eating chocolate eggs to submit pictures this week.
So this week we are setting you a challenge - design something that celebrates God's creation - perhaps a bug house / a piece of artwork
Prayers for the week
(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.  I have picked readings for each day and this week's theme is that of peace. 

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

See what a morning

The reading for the day is said (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 Readings**

Psalm 138:3 
When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.

Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:1-2 My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Psalm 112: 1, 7-8
 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.

Psalm 91:1-2
 You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress; my God in whom I trust.”

Psalm 112: 1, 7-8
 Praise the Lord! Happy are those who fear the Lord. They are not afraid of evil tidings; their hearts are firm, secure in the Lord. Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid.

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 19th April
Join us for worship online (see above for more info)
9 am Children's Church via zoom
10 am Worship Together - Church on Facebook
6.30 pm SNG Youth Group meets via zoom

Monday 20th April
9.30am Morning Prayer join via zoom 
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*
8pm Home group (Hargreave Close) meeting via zoom

Tuesday 21st April
9.30am Morning Prayer via zoom
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*
7.30pm Vicar and wardens meet via zoom

Wednesday 22nd April
9.30am Morning Prayer - join in via zoom
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Thursday 23rd April
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Friday 24th April 
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*
 Our contact details are:
St Mary's Church
Northbar Within
HU17 8DL

Telephone:  07598 518426

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