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Wednesday 3rd June 2020
Keeping in touch 
  • News
  • Introducing Casandra Newbold
  • Saturday Quiz
  • Going Deeper
  • Book Review - Anita Norman
  • The amazing story of Jonathan Bryan
  • From our children
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 7th June 2020
Trinity Sunday

The service will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 6th June 2020 
We will  stream on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am on Sunday 

Holy Communion
The Communion service which 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-

'We are the church' posters
We would love it if you could print off this poster and place it in your window to remind people that our church is still there for them. Click image to get full sized poster.
Pentecost Crosses
Thank you to everyone who carried the crosses on Sunday and to everyone who welcomed them. A special thank you to Margaret Hairsine for organising this special event.
We are the church - here for you
We would love it if you could display the We are the church' poster in your window.
Click the image for a printable A4 version of the picture. 

St Mary's Church Big Quiz Night 5 (Quizmaster: Ray Rumkee)
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 6th 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 11 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
All are welcome to join the discussion

The amazing story of Jonathan Bryan

To know we have a purpose
Casandra Newbold
About me
I'm Casandra, I have a background in hospitality. I live in the beautiful little village of Catwick, I was lucky, and blessed to move here 5 years ago, where "God got me".  Not so long ago I was a vehement atheist!
My good friend introduced me to Jesus, and turned my world upside down from zero to 180 in a matter of months.  

My connection with St Mary's Church
I was confirmed at St Mary's a little over a year ago now.i described my awakening as a tsunami. I am a regular at the 11.15 service and I love the relaxed informal atmosphere. 

What brings me joy
My greatest joy is waking my daft 8 month old dog Rufus. He makes me laugh out loud at his antics, even the naughty ones! To walk him every day in God's beautiful nature fills my heart to bursting.

What I am passionate about
My passion is watching my grandsons grow into beautiful people, I see God's work in their eyes.

What encourages my faith
Finding my faith has brought peace to my life and my heart which I never imagined existed. On my dark days, I know Jesus will be there waiting to lift my spirits, I just have to pray.

Book Review

 ‘Prayed Out : God in Dark Places’ - John Michael Hanvey

Like many of my books, this lived on my shelves for some time until I felt moved to read it.

I can’t remember when or where I bought it, but the title drew me - the sense of being ‘prayed out’ appealed; the ‘God in dark places’ was it me or Him in dark places ?

The book is an unexpected self-disclosure and exploration by a Franciscan monk, John Michael Hanvey - ‘clothed with the habit’ in 1966 at the age of 18 - his ordination ‘To bring good news to the poor’. In his 50s, he found himself ‘at the crossroads waiting for God to speak to me again....His long silences and my less and less understanding of him sometimes worry me’. He’d developed a feeling that God was ‘intervening... getting in the way of my ministry’. Where he had ‘once found all my strength, my hope, my meaning’, like Job, ‘I now felt deep down sorrow’. He says the book is about ‘What happened in this ‘prayed out’ period’ of his life and the ‘shame and the pain of things that I never thought possible, actually happened’.

At one point, Hanvey was working with a project called T.H.O.M.A.S - Those on the Margins of Society - ‘the homeless, young people addicted to drugs, the abused and neglected, people whose minds have been fractured by life...’ and says ‘it was here that I felt I heard the gospel as if for the first time’. The quotes above demonstrate the language that speaks so loudly, painfully and beautifully of his being ‘prayed out’ and indeed being in ‘dark places’ and wondering where is God now? To give more details would be a ‘spoiler alert’.

The book starts with a modern parable and following chapters develop the parable themes - each beginning with a chapter heading and biblical quotation, eg ‘Unfaithful : Sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you...’ [Gen 3:7]. He uses poetry and is particularly fond of RS Thomas - from ‘Pilgrimage’ -  ‘...He is such a fast God, always before us and Leaving as we arrive!’. Hanvey asks ‘How far is it to God? How far is it to the friendship that my soul longs for?’  He questions the reality of his church, the Catholic church [but maybe churches of all denominations] when he says ‘There is, I believe, a feeling of lovelessness, even loneliness and desolation. The church does not address this contemporary situation in an effective way...the church with its powerful gift of the Holy Spirit to unburden people...often is so bound and burdened itself, that it cannot fulfil its God-given ministry to the world’

The chapter that moved me most was ‘Untenanted Cross’. On seeing a ‘neon cross’ in a newly refurbished Catholic church, he recalls the words of Mary of Magdala [John 20:2] ‘They have taken my Lord away and I don’t know where they have put him’. He says ‘I wanted a cross tenanted. I needed my God on it or I might lose my faith and even my life’. He believes ‘the untenanted cross calls us to name our own darkness, to name the church’s darkness and to name the world’s darkness’. He finishes this chapter ‘With the cross untenanted, we meet him in so many places. In eyes not his, in pain not his, in the people of no importance, in the broken-hearted, in the seeking, in the lost in the hopeful, in lovers, in losers and of course in our very own mind, heart and soul’.

In our current ‘dark places’, being ‘shut out’ from our churches and estranged from both our families and our church families - this book spoke to me of many things, issues, fears and doubts, not for me of faith, but of the church’s direction and the fulfilment of its ‘God-given ministry to the world’

I can say no more, other than find this book and you will find plenty in it to be provoked by, to be saddened by and ultimately to be uplifted by.

Anita Norman



From Sunday school- the arrival of the Holy Spirit
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 8th June
Our readings are about the Holy Spirit
(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 Love bade me welcome 
Judith Weir's setting of George Herbert's poem "Love Bade Me Welcome", from "Two Human Hymns" (1994). This performance is by the Merbecke Choir of Southwark Cathedral, directed by Huw Morgan and accompanied by Peter Wright

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 readings - The Trinity

Monday   Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Philippians 2:5-8

Tuesday  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17 

Wednesday Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Luke 3:21-22 

Thursday There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 
Ephesians 4:4-6

Friday Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:19

Saturday The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14 

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 7th 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 8th June
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 9th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Wednesday 10th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Thursday 11th June
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 12th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Saturday 6th June 
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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