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Wednesday 6th May 2020
Keeping in touch
  • News
  • Introducing Andrew Allison
  • Going Deeper
  • Men Meet
  • The Pilgrim Rabbit
  • The Place of Silence in Prayer (Thy Kingdom Come)
  • Praying adventure
  • From our children
  • Thinking Aloud
  • Giving
  • Information about online services and daily prayer
  • Information about groups and calendar 
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 10th May 2020
Easter 5 
The preacher will be Revd Becky Lumley

The service will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 9th May 2020 
We will  stream on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am on Sunday 

We will also be offering a simple 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)
St Mary's Church Big Quiz Night 2
(or beat the Rippingales as the evening is otherwise known...)

Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 9th 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. 
Andrew Allison

I was born and brought up in Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham. I moved to the East Riding in 2001 after working in the area since 1998.  At various times I was organist of St. Peter's, Bishop Auckand; St. Paul's, Hunwick; and St. Luke's, Ferryhill. I currently live in Woodmansey, and I am married with a 20-year-old stepson and a 3-year-old son. For the last 9 years I have worked in political communications and campaigns. 

My connection to St Mary's Church
I joined St. Mary's two years ago when I was appointed organist. Prior to that, I assisted in playing the organ in my village church. 

What brings me joy
Music, as you would expect, both as a musician and listening to great music of varied genres, including orchestral, chamber, opera, choral, jazz, big band, and swing music. My wife, and watching our young son grow day-by-day is a thrill. I am also enormously proud of my stepson who is studying history at the University of Hull. And no list would be complete without cricket! 

What am I passionate about?
I am a political junkie. I managed to turn a hobby into a career, and I am passionate about defending free speech - a core part of my job. I do this by writing newspaper articles, giving broadcast interviews, and recording podcasts. I am also passionate about music and helping people to either learn instruments, sing, or increase their appreciation of great music. 

What encourages my faith?
I was brought up in a Christian family. My father (long before I was born) was a Salvation Army officer, and later became a Methodist local preacher. When I was a child, I had a copy of the 'Serenity Prayer' in my bedroom. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." This has always encouraged my faith, for we can't win every battle, and we should not shy away from the battles we can win just because they require more faith and courage. Wisdom to know the difference is something that we could all do with more of! During this lockdown, I have been encouraged by the fantastic community spirit in our country. At the time of writing, more than 750,000 have volunteered to help vulnerable members of society. For me, this is proof of God at work and that we are all made in his image. And I am most encouraged by all the prayers and support from everyone at St. Mary's. It is a real pleasure for me to accompany services for you and play my part in putting the gospel into practice
Going Deeper
The Holy Spirit

We will be looking at the person of the Holy Spirit in 'Going Deeper'
Thursday 14th May 7.30pm
Thursday 11 June  7.30pm

To join the zoom meeting click

Meeting ID: 859 5431 0376
Password: 823733

All are welcome to join the discussion
Men Meet
 "A discussion on the World post Covid 19 retreat part 1" 
 Wednesday 13th May at 7.30pm 

Join Zoom Meeting
 Meeting ID: 762 6994 2128
Password: 9iYwDj

Please read the following article before the meeting

The latest Pilgrim Rabbit magazine
Please click here to download the latest fascinating edition featuring information about the history of the church, the gravestones we walk on and a quiz. Click here for the answers to the quiz . Thank you Fiona for all your hard work in producing this.
The Place of Silence
As part of 'Thy Kingdom Come' we will be thinking about how we pray...
silence is an important part of prayer

Elijah meets God in the Silence
He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. Then there came a voice to him that said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19.11-13

Reflection: Silence has always been a big part of spiritual practice, but many have never tried it.  Solitude and silence can help us hear from God, because we can easily lose sensitivity to that still, small voice in all the noise and activity of our lives. In silence, you realise how little you hear that voice at other times. Silence can be hard. Life is busy and finding a space and time for silence can be difficult. You have a thousand thoughts, like “what’s for dinner?”! But the beauty of silence is that it’s not God speaking through someone else, such as in a sermon or a Christian book, but God speaking directly to you.

Prayer: ...[be silent]…

Action: Try silent prayer for five minutes – even if it’s difficult. Make a note afterwards of anything God seemed to say to you, through thoughts or feelings that came into your mind.

Prayer Adventure
Children and families are invited to join us on a prayer adventure.
Please watch the video for more information.

If you would like a map for your family / children / grandchildren
please get in touch.

They are free!
From our children
Thank you Peter, we are glad that you enjoyed making an acrostic prayer (even though it is difficult for you to get ideas to fit in with the letters of your name!) 

Aimee thank you for your picture of things that make me feel safe (as well as God)
Thinking Aloud

Faith, science and reason

 There have been several reports of Christians claiming immunity from COVID 19.  This has not been confined to one particular ‘type’ of Christian.  In Zimbabwe, the Pentecostal Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa reassured his congregants that they would be ‘spared’ from the virus through the prayer and divine protection he mediates.  In the United States an evangelical Christian on her way to church claimed she was covered ‘by the blood of Jesus’ and would therefore be protected from the virus.  In Russia an Orthodox Christian, who is a medical doctor, on her way into a crowded church reassured her interviewer that the virus could not be contracted in such a sacred space.
Whether it be the power of the Spirit, the blood of Jesus or the holy place, each has been used as the basis for such claims.
But do those claims stand up to scrutiny?  Nowhere in scripture is there any warrant for such beliefs.  Psalm 91 perhaps comes close to it.
‘You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
  nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday’
But when the devil tried to use verses from this Psalm to persuade Jesus to throw himself off the highest point in the Temple, Jesus answered him, ‘It is also written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’  There is a difference between faith and presumption.
Not only can such claims not be defended from scripture, they do not find any warrant in history.  Christians were not exempt from the plague, smallpox or polio and nor are we exempt from the corona virus.
Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of such claims is that they feed the myth that Christianity and science are at odds with one another.  They make Christian faith into some kind of superstitious talisman and give ammunition to the likes of Richard Dawkins and other ‘New Atheists’.
Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genone Project, an eminent and highly regarded scientist, gives his testimony in one of the Alpha Course films.  He describes how he felt privileged to have been brought up in a non-religious home as it meant he had been spared irrational indoctrination.  It was only after he was asked a question about his faith by a very ill patient that he realised:
‘I had arrived at an answer to the most important issue that we humans ever deal with, “Is there a God?”, and I had arrived there without really looking at the evidence, and I am supposed to be a scientist!’  Reading C S Lewis in particular led him to realise, ‘that one can come to a belief on a rational basis.’  He then examined more closely the historical evidence for Jesus, his existence, teaching and resurrection from the dead.  He is now a committed Christian, having taken a cold hard look at the evidence.
Whereas our Christian belief may be beyond reason, it is not irrational.  It is not ‘believing ten impossible things before breakfast’.  To believe that somehow God assures us of immunity from a pandemic is not only irrational and bad theology; it is dangerous and ultimately dishonours God.
We should be prepared to disassociate ourselves from such beliefs whenever the question arises and point people instead to the person of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  There they will find a firm foundation for reasonable faith.
Canon 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
My gift to church
Prayers for the week beginning Monday 11th May
Our readings are from Colossians
(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

Be not afraid  Be Not Afraid by Catholic Artists from Home

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 from the book of  Colossians


We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you.

In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

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 10th 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 11th 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 12th 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 13th 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*
7.30pm Men Meet

Thursday 14th May
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 15th 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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