St Mary's Church, Beverley
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Wednesday 29th April 2020
Keeping in touch
  • News
  • Introducing Bron, Gywn and Anna
  • Daily Prayers
  • Thy Kingdom Come
  • Praying with children
  • From our children
  • Messages from church members
  • Review of Tom Wright's book - Paul
  • Thank You
  • Information about online services and daily prayer
  • Information about groups and calendar 
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 3rd May 2020
Easter 4
The preacher will be Canon Erik Wilson
The service will be broadcast online and sent out via e mail
on Saturday 2nd May 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)
500th Anniversary Today 
Today, April 29th, is the 500th anniversary of the fall of the tower at St Mary, a pivotal event in the history of the church which Dr Jennie England portrays vividly in this the first of our video podcasts. Click here for more information about the history of St Mary's and the bosses project.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!.
Jennie describes the collapse of the tower
St Mary's Church Big Quiz Night

Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 2 May 2020

Please send your email address to by Friday
Please put the subject title of your email 'Quiz'
Your log in details and cryptic question round will be sent to you on Saturday. 


Bron, Gwyn and Anna

Bron, Gwyn (who are sisters) and Anna are members of St Mary’s Church Choir.  We all live together at The Hornbeams in Sutton (known as HBHQ.).  This isn’t as strange as it may sound…
10 years ago Bron, her husband Gary, and their two children, Ben and Elle; Gwyn and her daughter, Jenny; Chris and Trevor (Bron and Gwyn’s parents) and Mel and Ivan (not related but for some mad reason threw their hats in the ring with the rest of us) all sold up their individual houses and bought one, large house in Sutton.  The primary reason behind this was to be able to care for Chris and Trevor when ‘the time came’.  The house was perfect, having not only 9 bedrooms, but 5 bathrooms and a lift!
Chris and Trevor were retired, Bron – a primary school teacher, Gary – worked for British Aerospace, Gwyn – Administrator for a local homeless charity, Ivan and Mel owned their own payroll business and at that point, the ‘children’ were just finishing off their schooling. We became ‘Hornbeamers’ (collective noun) and the house affectionally known as HB-HQ.  We’ve also coined the phrase – ‘hornbeaming’ to express our very idiosyncratic lifestyle.
My – how things have changed during those 10 years; Bron had to retire from teaching, having developed Ulcerative Colitis and now tutors a few students at home; Gary retired; Mel and Ivan sold their business and retired; the ‘children’ have flown the nest and are now living with partners/husbands/have children of their own/are expecting a baby in the next few weeks; We lost our much beloved Trevor last year but Chris is still going strong; Gwyn is still working and Anna, the newest member of our ‘non-hippy’ commune, currently lodges with us but is soon to be leaving – having secured a post with the Britten Sinfonia, based in Cambridge.
Our connection to St Mary’s Church

Bron and Gwyn, through connections with Alan Binnington – the ‘previous, previous’ Choir Master & Organist – started singing at St Mary’s in the mid 1990’s in various ‘scratch’ choirs.  Due to the lack of boy trebles in the Church Choir, Alan approached the PCC to ask them to agree to let women sing in the choir – the choir had, up to this point, been an exclusively male environment.  The PPC agreed and Trevor, Bron and Gwyn, together with their children, Ben, Jenny & Elle all joined the choir.
What brings us joy…
Many things bring us joy – being together at HBHQ – opening the house to friends and family.  Although exhausting, there is nothing more wonderful than having Jen’s children – Alfie and the twins, Jake & Harriet – waking us up at some unearthly hour, wanting to make cups of tea for Uncle Gary and Bronma, Grandma, Anna and anyone else they can force a biscuit down.  But one of our primary joys is singing with our singing family at St Mary’s.
Gary’s answer to this section was: Fast jets, solitude, and a Welsh hill side!

What we are passionate about…
We are generally passionate about singing – anywhere and everywhere.  Anna, Gwyn and Bron are also members of Beverley Chamber Choir (as was Trevor).
In terms of Church, Evensong and Compline are the most rewarding services for us to sing.  It is through singing these ancient Liturgies, Psalms and Anthems, which we know so well, we feel we are best able to worship God and feel connected.  For us, this is can be an all-consuming, almost transcendental experience.
Gardening is another favourite pastime.  We are fortunate to have a large and varied garden which gives plenty of scope for Bron’s creative ideas, areas of peace in which to sit and contemplate, and also provides food for our table.
In addition to the above, Anna’s answer to this section was: Beer!  Mel’s was Gin and Jethro (the dog)!
What encourages our faith…
As a community we have different faith traditions and between us attend three different Churches. 
Mum’s (Chris’) deep faith is an inspiration to us all.  She is a Tertiary Nun within the Order of the Holy Paraclete and we spend happy days at the Priory in Whitby with the Sisters and occasionally entertain some of them here at HBHQ.
Ivan is Sub Warden of Lay Readers for Hull Deanery and leads worship at St Peter’s, Bilton.  His quiet and steadfast commitment to God provides an example for us all to follow.
We take it in turns to say a Grace, poem, prayer or sing a song before our evening meal and this really brings us all together – it has become a particularly important feature of our day during the Lockdown when we remember all those who are struggling, together with those we are so grateful for but can’t meet up with at the moment.
Daily Prayers
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Thy Kingdom Come
Prayer an important part of our Christian life and many of us pray in different ways at different times.  It is rare for us as churches across the world to be united in concentrated and focused prayer but that is exactly what will happen in May. For the last 2 years we have taken part in 'Thy Kingdom Come' but I am aware that some of you may not have taken part before and it would be wonderful if our whole church got involved.

'Thy Kingdom Come' is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray from Ascension (Thursday 21st May) to Pentecost (Sunday 31st May).

During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is hoped that everyone who takes part will:

  • Deepen their own relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Pray for 5 friends or family to come to faith 
  • Pray for the empowerment of the Spirit that we would be effective in our witness

After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing.

Through the centuries Christians have gathered at that time to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit. ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ picks up this tradition. Over the past three and a half years more and more worshipping communities have dedicated the days between Ascension and Pentecost to pray ‘Come Holy Spirit’.

We are praying that the Spirit will inspire and equip us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with our friends and families, our communities and networks. It has been amazing how many varied ways there have been in which people from every tradition have taken up this challenge.

At St Mary's we will be taking part  – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 178 countries around the world.

Over the next week we will be providing resources and ideas to help people get involved.

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses …to the ends of the earth. When he had said this…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight…Then they returned to Jerusalem … and were constantly devoting themselves to prayer… When the day of Pentecost had come they were all together in one place... All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit... and that day about three thousand persons were added." 

Acts 1, 2

“In praying 'Thy Kingdom Come' we all commit to playing our part in the renewal of the nations and the transformation of communities."

Praying with our children

Most schools in the UK and in some parts of the world, have closed due to the coronavirus. This means more children than ever are at home during the day, throughout the week, with parents / carers. This is an opportune time to grow in prayer and fellowship as a family. Here are 5 tips for growing in faith together as a family:

  1. Keep a regular routine of prayer. Good times to pray together are those times you do something regularly, eating together, going to bed or washing your hands!  Or light a candle and pray together. This could also including praying the same family prayer at the same time every day- it’s completely up to you!
  2. Read a bible story at bed-time or watch one online with them during the day.
  3. With the ongoing situation, it can be difficult adjusting to not seeing family and friends in person, however, you can still pray for them together daily.  Why not send them a message (via email or post) or call them, to let them know that you are thinking and praying for them?
  4. Choose one of the follow family Fun prayer ideas and perhaps choose an activity a day to do as a family Bright prayer ideas for families at home!
  5. Listen to a podcast together. For example, you can click here to listen to Family Prayer Adventure podcasts from last year.
From our children
Thank you Kiera and Harvey for sharing your images of creation (above) and Aimee for your beautiful picture (below).
Men Of Faith In Action  
MOFIA – ‘Men of Faith in Action’
MOFIA was originally started some 4 years ago in Beverley as a CVM (Christian Vision for Men) initiative under the banner of ‘Beverley for Christ’.  In January 2019 it changed its name to MOFIA and since then nearly 40 men from many different churches in Beverley have attended at least one of its monthly meetings.
 MOFIA is a regular monthly meeting for men to come and listen to someone give their testimony on how they came to know Jesus or discuss topical events from a Christian standpoint or hear about someone’s recent experience on their journey of faith. Over the years we have listened to many compelling testimonies and discussed such matters as the Christian response to Brexit, the Climate emergency and the fortunes of various Yorkshire cricket and football teams!! We usually meet at The Monk’s Walk pub in Highgate, Beverley on the last Monday of each month. Beer and sandwiches are available from the bar.
In 2020 we have had a discussion on Christians against Poverty, received a personal testimony and prayed about the Coronavirus pandemic using Psalms 46 and 91.  On 27 April we held our first meeting using Zoom (see picture), having listened to a personal testimony (songwriter Shane Barnard) and his song (Lord of Hosts) based on Psalm 46. Eleven men discussed the hope Psalm 46 gives us in difficult times and where God is in this pandemic.  We concluded that he was beside every one of us all of the time and that this was a time for personal spiritual reflection and regeneration, at the same time as much of God’s creation was also undergoing a time of cleansing and regeneration. We were reminded ‘that in all things God works for the good of those who love him..’ (Romans 8:28). We also discussed Thy Kingdom Come, a worldwide prayer initiative running between Ascension and Pentecost (21 – 31 May 2020).  This will be the subject of our next meeting to be held on 18 May 2020. For further information on Thy Kingdom Come or if you would like a prayer journal for your personal use during that time, please contact Wilf Fowler (
know more about MOFIA please contact Wilf Fowler - 

A review of Tom Wright’s biography of St Paul

 I have been promising myself, probably for more years than I realise, that I would really get down to a solid grasp of what Paul the apostle was really trying to say in his letters. It all seemed as though it might actually be quite important for my own, now rather long, quest for self-enlightenment of the truth of the gospel. I realise, of course, that I’m possibly not alone in such an ambition. How, though, to try to get to grips with what mostly seemed a bewildering array of apparently unconnected prayers, statements, poems and other disclosures punctuated by the nuggets of gold which occasionally separated out in the form of weekly readings?

 Well, to help with this seemingly herculean task, there came riding to the rescue Tom Wright and his 2018 publication “Paul - a Biography” (SPCK). 

It’s not a slim volume but it is an easy read and its unassuming title hides something of a page turner. It mirrors Acts in telling us about the transformation of Saul the persecutor of Jesus-followers into Paul the Jesus-follower and his subsequent evangelistic travels. Where it really succeeds is in placing Paul’s thinking about Jesus and all the letters into a comprehensive historically contextual framework. That is to say that we learn sequentially when and where the letters were written and why Paul wrote them influenced, as he was, by his Jewish background, his experience on the Damascus road and the people and cultures he encountered on his travels. In this, Tom Wright also frequently reiterates the nature of the “gospel” that Paul and the other first century Christians were sharing with people long before the advent of the medieval church. A highlight for me was the story of Paul’s apparent breakdown at Ephesus after his second visit to Corinth. This had not gone well and self-doubt was creeping in. After a period of “going deeper” he recovers to produce Philippians with its affirming poem in Chapter 2 (At the name of Jesus…) which, as Wright explains, sums up much of what Paul believed about Jesus as the messianic fulfillment of Israel’s story, the embodiment of God and his appointment as the World’s true King.

I do need to be aware, as Tom Wright is keen to point out, that prayer and faith are also important in understanding Paul. However, this book is enormously helpful and interesting. One of the original reviewers described the text as “an enthralling journey”. It certainly is and I wholeheartedly recommend reading it. Just don’t wait for years to do so!

Steve Gregory-Clark

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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Prayers for the week beginning Monday 4th May
The theme for this week is wisdom
(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 Call of Wisdom  written by
 Michael Hampel Performed by: Nigel Short, Tenebrae & English Chamber Orchestra

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 are practical wisdom from the book of Proverbs

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” — Proverbs 15:1

“Do not say, ‘I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.’” — Proverbs 24:29

“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” — Proverbs 27:2

“Do not say, ‘I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.’” — Proverbs 24:29

"Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.” — Proverbs 19:11

“The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight. Prize her highly, and she will exalt you; she will honor you if you embrace her. She will place on your head a graceful garland; she will bestow on you a beautiful crown.” — Proverbs 4:7–9

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 3rd May
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 4th May
9.30am Morning Prayer join via zoom 
7pm Prayers on Facebook
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 5th May
9.30am Morning Prayer via zoom
7pm Prayers on Facebook
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 6th May
9.30am Morning Prayer - join in via zoom
7pm Prayers on Facebook
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

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

Friday 8th May 
7pm Prayers on Facebook
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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