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Wednesday 17th June 2020
Keeping in touch - including:
  • Introducing Diana and Peter Pocock
  • Saturday Quiz
  • Going Deeper
  • Thinking Aloud - Persistence 
  • From our children
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 21st June 2020
Father's Day

The service will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 20th June 2020 
We will  stream on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am on Sunday 

Holy Communion
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)
Coffee and Chat - 10.30am Sunday
"It is just like wandering around having a chat after the service" 
Please do join us this Sunday. 

All you have to do is  click here  (on your phone computer or ipad) 
and wait to be admitted

or paste the link into your search engine-


The Archbishop’s historic 15-year reign came to an end when he placed his crozier, the symbol of his office, on the high altar at York Minster and then knelt in prayer. The Covid-19 lockdown meant this last symbolic act had to take place behind closed doors in the Minster where the Ugandan-born churchman, and who survived being tortured by Idi Amin’s regime, was inaugurated in 2005 to the sound of African drums.’ (Yorkshire Post)

Archbishop Sentamu is an extraordinary man, alive with the presence of God. He is always at his best when speaking face-to-face about his faith in Christ. He was always extremely kind and supportive to me personally and to St Mary’s and was a great supporter of the work we do with children and young people . We will continue to give thanks for him, his ministry and pray for him as he continues his journey of faith.

Becky Lumley

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 6 (Quizmaster: Erik)
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 20th 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
Going Deeper
We will be looking at the person of the Holy Spirit in 'Going Deeper'
Thursday 25 June  7.30pm
To join the zoom meeting click here

or paste the link in your search engine

Meeting ID: 890 5599 1659
Password: 210400
About us
We were both born in Kingston upon Hull, Peter in 1936 and Diana in 1940 Peter has always lived in Hull, but Diana, her brother, mother and aunt, moved to Scarborough in 1941, together with her grandmother, who ‘d had a major stroke, probably because of the bombing. Diana and her parents and brother moved back to Hull in 1950. Peter started work as an office boy for a firm of accountants at the age of 15, and having been a chorister at Holy Trinity church in Hull, he then transferred to become a tenor songman at St John’s Church, Newland . Diana began worshipping there also when she was 14 and met Peter at the Vanguard Club, which was the church youth group. They began courting when Diana was 17, studying for A-levels, and Peter was working his way through the various exams in accountancy, eventually becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1961. Diana was by then in her second year at Goldsmiths College London, and in August ,1962, they married at St John’s, Newland, and moved into a rented flat in Hull.

Our connection with St Mary’s
After teaching English for a year at her old school, Hull High School, Diana joined the Civil Service , Inland Revenue department and continued with them until our first child Jonathan was born in 1967, in Beverley Westwood Hospital, by which time we had bought our first house , in Beverley, and become regular worshippers at St Mary’s . When we moved to Beverley in 1965, we had intended trying all 3 churches to see which we preferred, but we were made so welcome at St Mary’s that we never even got to the other 2 , and here we still are! In 1968 we were blessed with the arrival of a sister, Christine, for Jonathan, and Peter became a partner in his firm in 1976, eventually Senior Partner . At the same time, we moved to a bigger house and Diana qualified as a singing teacher and began a new career which she still loves and follows , but in numbers now limited by her age and lack of energy! 

What brings us joy
Many different things bring us joy individually, but some of the ones we share include our children, grandchildren and family, friends, music and music - making , the wonderful, beautiful, amazing scenery of the British Isles, and possibly the most frequent joy all our lives, singing. At one time we were in 5 choirs/ groups/ ensembles between us , enjoying much laughter and friendship as well as the music. Currently we are reduced to membership only of the East Riding County Choir due to lockdown, although Diana is managing to sing fairly regularly in the virtual choir of St Helen’s, Welton.
What are we passionate about that encourages our faith?
We are very encouraged in our faith by the fact that our children and grandchildren share it and that our son and daughter are sufficiently passionate about their faith to have given up their careers to work for the Lord, using their individual skills and talents in His service. Although we tried to do the same in our spare time, that did not require the same level of commitment and sacrifice they have shown , and we admire them for it.
Diana also says she is passionate about getting her hair cut at the moment. She is not sure whether that would encourage her faith but it would certainly make her less irritable!

Thinking Aloud


Sunday 14th June was the third anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people were killed. In the immediate fall-out from the disaster the churches in the area were on the ground supporting victims and others traumatised by the inferno. The Bishop of Kensington, the Rt. Revd Graham Tomlin, continues to speak out for justice, not just for the immediate victims of the fire, but for others too. He said this as the anniversary was marked on Sunday: ‘Justice is not retribution or revenge. Justice is putting things right.’

Three years ago, there was a national cry for justice. It was pointed out that Kensington, the borough in which Grenfell is situated, has one of the greatest income inequalities in the UK. Many of the dead were from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, employed in servicing the lifestyles of their wealthy neighbours. Accusations of neglect and austerity putting lives at unnecessary risk abounded.

Three years on and the public enquiry is on hold. Many people are still living in buildings surrounded by inflammable cladding. Apart from the fear that undoubtedly engenders, those who own such properties find they are impossible to sell. They have no option but to stay put, despite their longing to live somewhere safer.

Following the death of George Flyod, our attention has been drawn once again to the injustices and inequalities people from black and ethnic minority communities face, not only in the United States, but also in the UK. (See Becky’s article in last week’s St Mary’s News.)

The question arises; will the current protests following the death of George Flyod effect any more real change than the outcry that followed the Grenfell Tower fire seems to have done so far? Will this prove to be an exercise in public hand-wringing that salves consciences but makes no practical difference to people’s daily lives and prospects? Will hope be disappointed?

Commentators tell us it is different this time. Yes, the protests have attracted the vandals and the virtue signallers, but the vast majority cry out for justice. They are those who are made in the image of God calling for fairness for all who are made in the image of God. Part of that image bearing is the longing for justice that lies deep within us. God is a God of justice.

Hope based solely on human good intention and goodwill is often disappointed. Hope based on God and his character and justice is never disappointed, though often deferred. That does not absolve us of responsibility, however. The prophet Micah reminds us: ‘He has shown all you people what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ (Micah 6:8)

But to act for justice requires patience and persistence, not a storm of protest that three years on is largely forgotten and unheeded. The Bishop of Kensington, still speaking up for justice for the Grenfell Tower victims three years after the event, is an example to us. It is when the marches are over that the real, arduous and painstaking work of bringing justice will really begin.

In three years from now, will the Lord find us faithful in our quest for justice?

Erik Wilson

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
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Prayers for the week beginning Monday 22nd June
Our readings are about justice
(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 Micah 6

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.


Justice in the Early Church

Monday Acts 2:43-47 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Tuesday Acts 4.32-37 Now the whole group of those who be- lieved were of one heart and soul, and no one claimed private ownership of any possessions, but everything they owned was held in common. With great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as owned lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold. They laid it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need. There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”). He sold a field that belonged to him, then brought the money, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Wednesday Acts 6.1-7 Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, “It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word.” What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apos- tles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. The word of God continued to spread; the number of the disciples increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.

Thursday 1 John 4.7-11 Beloved, let us love one another, be- cause love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

Friday Hebrews 6:10
For God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.

Saturday Acts 10.3-4 One day at about the ninth hour, he had a clear vision of an angel of God who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear and asked, “What is it, Lord?” The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have ascended as a memorial offering before God. .

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 21st 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 22nd 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 23rd June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Wednesday 24th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Thursday 25th 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 Going Deeper

Friday 26th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Saturday 27th June 
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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