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Wednesday 10th June 2020
Keeping in touch - including:
  • News
  • The Prayer Course
  • Introducing Judith and David Bowden
  • Saturday Quiz
  • Going Deeper
  • Thinking Aloud - Black Lives Matter
  • From our children
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 14th June 2020
Trinity 2

The service will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 13th 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-

Church Building Open For Private Prayer
We will be opening our church building next week 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.

If you are under 70 and can help with welcoming (with special precautions to maintain distance and good hygiene) please call David Warren on 07944 093118.
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: Karl)
based on the format of old fashioned TV quizzes
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 13th 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
Reaching Out
To hold out our hands
Judith and David Bowden

About us

David was born in Wimbledon and trained as a doctor. Judith was born in Norwich, and trained as a Nurse, later qualifying in Occupational Health, in which she practised until retirement.

We met, in 1998, in Beverley whilst David was a GP in Bridlington. We were married two years later, living in Kilham, and moved to Beverley when David retired in 2005. We have 6 children between us and 9&1/2 grandchildren ( one expected in about 6 weeks!).

Our connection with St Mary’s,

When we moved to Beverley we sought out a Church where we could worship amongst friends and where David could sing in an established and excellent choir. We needed to look no further than St Mary’s! Judith helps with Sunday school at the 9.45 service. Judith’s 92 year old Mum moved to Beverley four years ago and attends church when she can.

What brings us joy.

Each other, our family, our wonderful life here in Beverley, and, of course, George and Gilbert the Pugs. Judith is a very keen painter, and David’s life has involved singing in Church Choirs for as long as he can remember. We both enjoy gardening, and at present are trying to tame what was a building site last year, into a manicured haven! So music, art and nature bring us joy!

What are we passionate about.

It is tempting to say that we are passionate about painting and singing, but that is too simplistic. We are passionate about a life spent together , in love and harmony with our family, friends, and with all with whom we come into contact in our daily lives.

What encourages our faith.

Our faith is encouraged by the worship, fellowship, teaching and example that we see daily in our lives within the Church community, in particular the community of our brothers and sisters within St Mary’s Church, for which we daily give thanks.

Thinking Aloud


'If a house on your street was on fire, would you expect the fire service to arrive and train their hoses on all the houses? Of course not. While they would, rightly, argue that all homes matter, in that very moment they’ll focus their attention and expertise on the house that’s burning down. And so it is with Black Lives Matter.' so begins Gary Burgess in his article for ITV news.

The movement 'Black lives matter' has gained such prominence and  media attention over the last few days it would be a scandal for the church to ignore it. And yet, it would be easy to think that somehow we in England, in East Yorkshire, in Beverley do not need to hear the message. We are a wonderful mix of folks who have all sorts of gifts, talents and successes. Whether we are black or white there is a diversity in terms of wealth and education. 

But, the statistics show that here in the UK there is still an inequality which seems to be related to the colour of our skin.  

The Equality and Human Rights Commission released a report last year which said this:

  • If you are an ethnic minority person, you are still more likely to live in poverty.  Our evidence shows that 35.7 per cent of ethnic minorities were more likely to live in poverty compared with 17.2 per cent of White people
  • In Britain, significantly lower percentages of ethnic minorities work as managers, directors and senior officials, compared with White people
  • Black people who leave school with A-levels typically get paid 14.3 per cent less than their White peers
  • Black Caribbean and Mixed White/Black Caribbean children have rates of permanent exclusion about three times that of the pupil population as a whole
It is difficult reading and it would be easy to ignore. But the gospel will not allow us to do so.  

We are reminded again and again that our God is a God who calls for justice and mercy; 
"The Lord works righteousness and justice." (Psalm 103:6). Our God calls his people to do the same: “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice...?" (Isaiah 58:6-9).

The Archbishop of York (who is about to retire this week) called us to stand in solidarity with George Floyd but to do so in acts of reconciliation rather than through protest marches. He reminded us that 'hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that' and so called us to think of ways we might stand with Black Lives Matter without breaking social distancing rules or being connected with vandalism.

This is not easy. It means being creative and compassionate as, irrespective of colour, we stand alongside those who have been treated unfairly (if they will allow us).  It means carefully examining our prejudice and motivations.  It means giving honour to those who have been mistreated. No, it means more than that - it means giving special honour. Paul reminds the Corinthians that those who have been thought of less favourably should be given even 'greater honour' (1 Corinthians 12). Perhaps, Paul was referring to the 1st century equivalent of the house on fire; while he might say all of our lives matter (and they do), in this moment we need to focus our attention and care on those who are treated less fairly  -so 
Becky Lumley
From our children
Two hours after Sunday school Ted is still working on his Trinity crafts. Cannot wait to see what he has done.

Thank you to all our children for a lovely Sunday School
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 15th 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 The Nigerian Blessing 

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 - a call for justice

Monday   "The Lord has shown us what is good and what is required of us: 'To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.'" (Micah 6:8)


Tuesday  “Speak up for the people who have no voice, for the rights of all the down-and-outers. Speak out for justice! Stand up for the poor and destitute!” (Proverbs 31:8-9)

Wednesday “Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality," (2 Corinthians 8:13-15)


"The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed." (Psalm 103:6)

Friday  “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:6-9)

Saturday  "Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived." (Galatians 6:1-3)

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 14th 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 15th 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 16th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Wednesday 17th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Thursday 18th 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 19th June
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Saturday 20th 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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