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Church Newsletter - Wednesday 24th February 2021
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Worship in church
In light of the national lockdown there will be no services in the church building this week.

We hope to be back worshipping together again soon.

Church will be open on Sunday from 9-11am for Quiet Reflection and candle lighting (with background music playing).

You will also be able to pick up Sunday School packs and notices.


Virtual Worship

Sunday 28th February 2021

The services will be sent out
via email on Saturday 27th February 

Sunday Worship

Preacher: Revd Becky Lumley
ReadingsRomans 4.13-25; Mark 8.31-38

The Praise Service

Please join us over zoom for....
Sunday School 
Coffee and chat 
Youth Group

Details will follow on the worship email which will be sent out on Saturday
You can find all the previous services here
 Join us for worship
Church Building Opening 
We are consulting with the PCC about the opening of the church building and will sending out information shortly.

We will take things gradually and cautiously but we expect to begin with socially distanced worship in the next few weeks.

After April 12th we expect to be able to open up children's activities and groups and the hall

After the 17th May we expect to be able to open church for visitors.

Please keep an eye on the weekly sheet.
Catching Up With God
Lent Course: Session 2 

This Lent we are studying the Archbishop's Lent Course: 
Living His Story.

Here is the introduction to session 2:

Catching Up with God

Mark 1:15, Luke 15:7, 2 Corinthians 5:14, Luke 14:15-24



Jesus himself told a story about an urgent and compelling invitation. In Luke 14.15–24 we read the story of a man who prepares a lavish banquet. But on the day when his guests are supposed to arrive, one by one they make their excuses not to attend. Angered by this response, the master instead commands his servant to go into the town and bring in anyone he can find, including those who are not normally invited to such prestigious gatherings. Parables such as these would have beenshocking to Jesus’ listeners, particularly the religious who considered themselves safely on the list of those invited. Through these parables, Jesus asks who are the recipients of this good news and suggests that it is not the prestigious and important people, those who simply assume they are invited. Jesus’ extraordinary kingdom prioritized the poor, the neglected, those who didn’t think they stood a chance.

The parable of the banquet, like those of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son in the following chapter of Luke, reveal God’s heart for those who are not yet part of his kingdom. Central to the notion of evangelism is this simple yet profound theological truth: God loves. Any understanding of evangelism that takes its starting point from anywhere else can so easily become coercive, manipulative or purely pragmatic. The overarching narrative of Scripture is that God loves people. Evangelism, then, finds its ultimate motivation not in the crisis of a church in decline that needs to act in order to prevent its own extinction. Evangelism is always only and ever because God is love. Our witnessing, therefore, is only ever in response to the invitation that God has already made. As I discovered that day at the hairdresser, my role as a witness was to follow up and speak clearly of the invitation God was already making.

In theological terms, this conviction is often expressed as missio Dei, a Latin phrase meaning ‘the mission or sending of God’. This concept was articulated at a conference on mission in 1932 by the theologian Karl Barth. This signified a move away from under-standing mission as something that the church did in response to God’s action, and instead reimagined mission as rooted primarily in God’s being and his intention in the world. The term missio Dei was later formed and identifies God himself as the initiator of mission rather than the Church or any other Christian organization. While mission is far broader than evangelism and encompasses the scope of the Church’s presence and action in the world, such as social justice and environmental concern, the call upon the Church to witness is an integral part of its mission. Understanding mission as primarily rooted in the nature and purpose of God means also that evangelism is not our clever idea or a calculated response to try and boost church membership during a period of decline. Evangelism finds its rationale and origin in the love of God for the world, and this theme bubbles over in many of Jesus’ parables.

The three lost things (a sheep, a coin and a son) collectively focus on the one who is seeking. In turn, the shepherd, the woman and the father seek diligently and sacrificially for the one that is lost. First, the shepherd leaves behind the 99 that are safe (by all accounts a high-risk strategy) and looks for the one that is lost. The woman, though she has nine other coins, is not prepared to wait for the natural light of morning but uses valuable resources to search thoroughly until the one missing is found. Finally, the father, whose son has severed his familial ties and set off for an independent life, glimpses his son in the distance and runs towards him, silencing the prodigal’s cries of regret and remorse with joyful celebration.

In these stories Jesus teaches the religious leaders, who chastise him (as they do on several occasions) for his questionable choice of dinner guests, that God’s love is for the lost, the least and even the lawbreaker. In so doing, he challenges them that they should not be surprised that the Messiah acts in this way. God’s love is and has always been for such as these.

Video Interview. Living His Story Session 2 with J John

In the second session we will be exploring:
  • Have you ever felt you were just the person God wanted in a particular situation? Did later events confirm that in some way?
  • How do you think you might become more aware of God at work in relationships and conversations you are involved in?
  • Who might be regarded as ‘the least’, ‘the lost’ and ‘the law-breaker’ in your community, area, workplace (or even closer to home)?
If you would like to join a group (meeting over zoom) please contact Becky at or call 881437.

Groups are meeting at different times and on different days so we hope to find a time which suits you.

The book is not essential but if you would like to buy it - it can be found here at a discounted
Introducing: Christine Wass
I was born and bred in East London.  Married to Roger, we have a daughter who lives with her husband and two daughters in Willerby and is Deputy Head of Newlands School for Girls in Hull. After I had worked in the City of London for several years, we moved to the country: Great Baddow, 3 miles from Chelmsford, Essex, with our daughter then aged four where we spent the next thirty five years. It was from there that we moved to Beverley nine years ago to be closer to our family in Willerby.
After working at the Chelmsford and Essex Museum for some years, I then returned to office work, as well as being an Assistant Warden at three Council run Youth Centres in the evenings. I also worked (in my spare time??) for two magazines, investigating supernatural phenomena and writing historical articles about people and places in Essex, later turning to writing plays, having four published as well as writing more for free for actor friends, and then poems. For several years because of my experience in youth work, I  worked with teenage pupils with behaviour problems at the Sandon Comprehensive School which I really enjoyed and when we moved to Beverley, I was asked to help at all exams at Newlands School for Girls.  I did this for three years but when I was approached by staff there to join the school permanently, I declined, saying that I wanted to explore new things in my new area.
 My latest venture has been to have published a trilogy with the main title of “The Power and The Glory” and have just begun a sequel to that. Roger and I have been part of an English Civil War re-enactment society called the Sealed Knot for thirty plus years.
 Having gone to look at other churches in the Beverley area before we moved here, I liked St. Mary’s instantly and for the past nine years have been a member of the Congregation, usually attending the 9.45 service, although I have also attended the 8a.m. and the 11.15 services. I am thankful for Becky’s on-line services at this present time and find them a comfort but I long for the day when we can all meet up again in Church.
The main thing that brings me joy is the love of my husband and that our family are happy and well. We are very proud of our elder granddaughter, Alice who is in her final year at Magdalen (Maudlin) College, Oxford, although she, like so many others, has to work from home now. Knowing the dedication our daughter shows in her hard work at school, both in class and for part of the past year, her online teaching from home. Our younger granddaughter, Grace, for her success at her senior school and for husband and father, Christopher, for stoically putting up with the disruption to the household.
I am passionate about history, my field being 1st Century Rome and Palestine, and of course, what we do in the Sealed Knot, including giving school and organisation talks and demonstrations about the Civil War and Restoration periods as well as public battlefield action. The theatre is my love, having been a Friend of Shakespeare’s Globe for twenty three years and a Priority Member of the National Theatre since 1985 as well as over the years visiting many other theatres, both locally and in London.
In Essex, we had our own Theatre Company, beginning in 1980, and put on many performances, including acting in an annual ‘Passion Play’ in St. Andrew’s Church, Sandon, the village next to Great Baddow. St. Andrew’s was built in 1080 and was my church for 35 years. We also appeared in some other productions elsewhere. Until the pandemic struck I was working at the East Riding Theatre as ‘Front of House’ from the time that it opened to the public.
My faith is encouraged when I see the unselfish work people do in helping others during this awful time, and the courage shown by Doctors, Nurses and all those on the Front Line who place themselves in danger every day yet still carry on regardless. When I read the New Testament it tells how Jesus and His Disciples and converts suffered and yet the Word of God lived on, spread and grew.  To me it means that however bad our current times are, we must keep that faith in the Word alive and grow with it.
Electoral Roll
It is more important than ever to keep in touch and the easiest way to allow us to keep in touch with you is by signing up for the electoral roll which is revised every year before the annual meeting in April.

Please sign up by clicking this link
Please note there was an error on the previous link which has been corrected
(or asking for a paper electoral roll form from the office)
The BIG church quiz
Saturday 27th February 2021
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm

Quiz-masters: The Rippingales
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5335 0286
Passcode: questions
Wednesday 24rd February - Friday 5th March 2021
(broadcast each evening 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 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.


Wed 24th February - Mark 2.1-12
Thu 25th February - Mark 2. 23-28
Fri 26th February - Mark 3. 1-5
Sat 27th February - Mark 3.7-12
Monday 1st March - Matthew 5.1-12
Tuesday 2nd March -  Matthew 5. 13-16
Wednesday 3rd March - Matthew 5. 17-20
Thursday 4th March - Matthew 5. 21-30
Friday 5th March - Matthew 5. 33-37


Lantern Tower Lights
8th March - In memory of The Rev'd Dennis Lumb
Please let us know if you would like the tower lights lit in memory of someone you love. You can leave a donation in a pink envelope in church.
Write on the back
  1. Your name
  2. Your contact details
  3. The person you would like to remember
  4. The date you would like the towers lit 
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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
Keeping in touch
If there is anyway you think we can help please do not hesitate to get in touch:-  07598 518426
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.
 Our contact details are:
St Mary's Church
Northbar Within
HU17 8DL

Telephone:  07598 518426

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