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Wednesday 9th September 2020
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Worship in church will continue
Worship in church
Sunday 13th September 2020

Traditional Communion Service

Contemporary Service 
with Sunday School

Thursday 17th September 2020
10am Quiet Service of Communion for those who are vulnerable or over 70.

For further information about how these services will work click here

Virtual Worship

Sunday 13th September 2020

Virtual services will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 12th September 2020 

10am Worship and Word
will stream on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am on Sunday 

You can find all the previous services here - Join us for worship
This Saturday
Special talks about church ceiling carvings
On Saturday we join heritage sites across Beverley for Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture. The great West Doors will be flung open from 11am - 4pm. Entry is free.

Dr Jennie England's 10-minute talks about St Mary's carvings
at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

Grab a pew and be transported through 900 years of exceptional heritage by our resident historian.
Introducing: Caroline Coath
About Me
This is  myself as Mrs Christmas…….the grey hair is borrowed (at the moment!) I live in Little Weighton with my husband Mark, a whippet Skip, and a jack russell, Robbie who keep us exercised!
I was born and grew up in Surrey but have known Beverley all my life. My mum is a Beverlonian and we used to visit grandparents, aunts and cousins every holiday.  After university at St Andrews, I started my working life as a primary teacher in Surrey and have worked with children in some way or another ever since in settings including a Georgian landscape garden, a literacy charity, museum, the fire service and as a foster carer. I now work in the early years and health and social care department at East Riding College
 My aim in life as a child was to live in Beverley and I achieved my aim in the early 2000’s when I moved to live in Walkington.
My Connections with St Marys
My connection with St Mary is through my mother.  She was a church regular from childhood and in her teenage years she used to attend twice on Sunday(she loved the singing at evensong).  I have at home a framed picture of St Mary’s presented to her for 5 years perfect attendance at the church's Sunday school from the early 1940s  Her sister was a bellringer and remembers ringing tor the end of the war.  Sadly for my mum her dream of a wedding at St Mary’s never became reality.  My dad…...a southerner (!) was a Catholic and her wedding was at St John’s through the Bar. After that she moved down south and the link with St Mary's was through limited to attending the baptisms, marriages and funerals of friends and family members that occured attended over the years.
When my mum died (in Surrey), 10 years after I had relocated here, my father had already been buried in Beverley, and she was to join him.  I really wanted a service for her but didnt think it was possible as she wasnt from a local parish , and was talking to the funeral director about her links with St Mary’s…..He said he knew someone who could help and rang the reverend Becky, who immediately welcomed us to St Mary’s, and my mother had the most beautiful funeral ceremony in her own beloved church
The kindness that I experienced from the St Mary’s family whilst dealing with my mother’s funeral was repeated when Mark and I married at St Mary’s the following year (of course my mother was there in spirit!) We attended to hear the banns and the welcome at these services was so heartwarming that I started attending regularly. I started helping at the holiday clubs, as a welcomer, and when schools visited the church and felt I was part of a truly special church family.
My Passions
My passions are my family. I wasn't blessed with children but, have amazing nephews…..and now a baby great nephew.  Although they are based down south I see them and my sister as often as I can.  My other passions are walking and heritage.  I have been really lucky in being able to combine heritage with work as when I taught in a Georgian Landscape garden in Surrey and later as a heritage development officert at Hornsea Museum (which I can thoroughly recommend a visit to if you haven’t been there yet).  I really love being able to bring the past alive for visitors and making those who have gone before us real
What Encourages My Faith
My faith is a quiet, thing,strengthend by the love and kindness of others, particularly when the path has been tough. Strengthed by the beauty of old buildings (in particular St Mary's) where the stories and faith of those who have gone seem to be absorbed into the stones.  The happiness I feel when singing enthusiastically (if not always in tune) with others in church.  The amazing feeling of wellbeing following a walk with the dogs and my husband on a cold winter day.  Also the resiliance and sheer determination of friends and family members who have found the courage to face up to enormous challenges and still manage to be the most amazing giving and joyful people.
UPDATE: Thanking God for Paul Raynor
We can not gather to give thanks for Paul Raynor's life. So please remember Lavinia and her family on Saturday 19th September at 1.15pm.
Welcoming a new member to our team
We are welcoming Anne Almond to St Mary's to serve her curacy.  She will be with us for the next 3/4 years as part time assistant curate. Her licensing will take place on Monday 28 September at 7.30pm and will be shared by video to the church family.
Here is the Blessing Service for our Pets
Thank you for all your words and pictures for the 'virtual' pet service in celebration of God's creatures.
Study Groups
Fellowship / Bible Study groups are starting up again after a summer break. If you would like to be part of a group (on zoom or in socially distanced) please get in touch -
 The Prayer Course (final session)
Spiritual Warfare
You are welcome to join us for the sessions below
(even if you have not made it to other sessions)
10th Sep     Spiritual Warfare - looking closely at the ways we can pray God's kingdom come in the midst of a spiritual battle
Those who are joining us for the discussion group can do so over zoom. Don’t worry if you cannot make every session. These discussion groups will take place on a Thursday evening using the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 886 3328 2147

Passcode: 744468

Please e-mail us at if you would like to join.
Church Opening
Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm
Sunday 2-4pm
We are still recruiting volunteers to welcome visitors.
 There may be times when we cannot open church but we will do our very best.
If you would like to volunteer please do get in touch. 
Prayers for the week beginning
Wednesday 9th September 2020

(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 following may be listened to Psalm 121 

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 for the next week

Wednesday 9th
...those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. Psalm 9:10
 Thursday 10th
As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness. Psalm 17:15
Friday 11th
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart. Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Saturday 12th
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:4-5
Sunday 13th
One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. Psalm 27:4
Monday 14th
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:11-12
Tuesday 15th
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy Psalm 107:1-2

from Psalm 121

Wednesday 16th
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

Thursday 17th

He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

Friday 18th
The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night

Saturday 19th
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

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
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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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