St Mary's Church, Beverley
News, stories and information

Wednesday 1st April 2020
Keeping in touch
  • Dealing with the present situation
  • Giving thanks for David Smith
  • Introducing Wilf and Jan Fowler
  • Information about online services and daily prayer
  • Things to celebrate
  • From our children
  • Thinking Aloud - Canon Erik Wilson
  • Information about groups and calendar 
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 5th April 2020
Palm Sunday

The service will be broadcast online and sent out via e mail
on Saturday 4th April 2020 

We will  stream  on St Mary's Facebook page at
10am on Sunday morning if you want to join in
You can find all the previous services here - Join us for worship
Dealing with the present situation

As our church is closed to the public at the moment and we are no longer receiving the regular donations and gifts from the public (normally these together exceed £1000 per week) we have asked our staff to stand down during the present crisis.  Our musicians (except for Berry), Catherine and Jane (our cleaner) will be furloughed until we can reopen.

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) 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
David Smith
It is with great sadness that we share the news that David Smith died this weekend. David was a remarkable man who loved his family, his many friends and our church.  He combined a practical, no nonsense approach to life and strong sense of service, with a real humanity and ability to make deep friendships. 

David’s help and support as PCC Secretary and then as secretary to the Bosses Project whilst holding almost every post in the Friends of St Mary’s, have been invaluable.  But more than that, it was his character: his kindness, his courage and his concern for others even at the most challenging times of his own life which marked him out.

It would be impossible to mention David without mentioning Jennifer.  Together they created an incredible partnership for 56 years.  Indeed, it is poignant that David should die on their wedding anniversary, as Jennifer put it ‘completing the circle’ of a wonderful marriage.

We cannot celebrate David’s life the way we would like to at this time, but as soon as we are able we will give thanks in church. Until then, Jennifer and their boys remain in our prayers.

May he rest in peace, and rise in glory.

David’s funeral will be be a private service on the 7th April at the crematorium Please remember David’s family in your prayers at this time.  We will let you know when we have the date for his thanksgiving service in church.

This photo was taken shortly before David died and is used with Jennifer's permission
Jan and Wilf Fowler
Jan was born in Baldock, Hertfordshire before moving to Kenya and Wilf was born in Nairobi, Kenya.  We were both educated in Kenya and in England and we married in 1978. We left Kenya for UK in 1983 and came to Beverley in 1988.  We have three children; Katherine, our eldest, is married to Jon and lives in Oxfordshire, with their son Charlie.  Jo is our second daughter and lives in Beverley with her two daughters, Bella and Lottie.  Together with Ed and his children, they are often at the 11.15 service. Jonathan, (or Jono, as we know him) is our youngest and he is a Church Youth and Family Worker in Derbyshire. Jan is a retired primary school teacher and is now training at St Bede’s in York in Spiritual accompaniment. After leaving Kenya, Wilf retrained as a Company Secretary, having worked on the family tea estate. After working in Beverley and Hull for 30 years, Wilf retired in 2017.
Our connection to St Mary's Church
We have worshiped at Bishop Burton Church, Beverley Baptist Church, and Beverley Minster. A few years ago, Jan sensed God drawing her to St Mary’s church and Wilf joined her later. We usually attend the 11.15 service and we love the variety of services and feel blessed to have such a choice. Jan is a member of the Pastoral Team and Wilf serves on the Bosses Project Board.

What brings us joy
Our family, walking our dog Poppy, walking in the Lake District and overseas and listening to worship music, brings us joy. Currently our favourite worship music is anything from Shane and Shane, Hillsong and Bethel.  Jan loves gardening and is learning all the time.  She says gardening is like life…the garden doesn’t always work out the way she planned it!  Wilf loves cycling and writing prayer poetry and often seeks inspiration whilst out on his bike.

What are we passionate about – Jan is passionate about family and friendships.  Having trained as an Acorn tutor, Jan believes listening to others and giving them time is so important.  Jan has always loved swimming and recently discovered open water swimming!  Wilf is passionate about Mens Ministry and has been a member of a Men’s Group for over 30 years. He co-leads the Beverley MOFIA (Men of Faith in Action) group. Both of us are passionate about anything Kenyan!!

What encourages your faith – We take encouragement from meeting with St Mary’s church family.  Thank you for the weekly services and daily prayers which help us feel connected as a part of a wider church community. Daily reflections have given us encouragement over several years. Daily prayer and bible readings continue to encourage our faith. Jan has used ‘A Year’s Journey with God’ (Jennifer Rees Larcomb), ‘The Bible in One Year’ (Nicky Gumble). Wilf has used ‘Every Day with Jesus’ (Selwyn Hughes) and the Care Prayer Diary. Together we both use UCB and Lectio 365. Words that have encouraged Jan and still do are: John 16:33 ‘I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’ And from Julian of Norwich ‘You will be tempest – tossed, but you will never be overcome’. For Wilf they are: Jeremiah 31:3 ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love’ and Philippians 3:13-14 ‘Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus’.
From our children
Thanks to Aimee for sending us her Sunday School work. She receives a star. 4 more stars and she wins a prize. Other submissions are welcome please e mail the office
Prayers for the week
(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.  I have picked readings for each day and this week's theme is that of peace. 

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 listened to
Look at the World - The Cambridge Singers

The reading for the day is said (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**


Joshua 1:9
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Isaiah 12:2
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Psalm 27:1
 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Things to celebrate
Thank you for sharing our good news, we’d love to bring her to meet everyone and look forward to when we can. 
Emily was born on 11/03/2020 at 21:42, 6 lbs 11 oz. love Steph and Ryan (11.15 service) 
Elizabeth Grace Bulmer known as Libby, born at 8.02 on 23 March 2020. Treasured daughter of Chris and Jenny and Granddaughter of Mandy Blumer (8am service and Thursdays)
Thinking Aloud
Canon Erik
I would suggest that our present troubles remind us of three important truths.
They expose how fragile we are.  ‘For dust you are and to dust you shall return’, the bible starkly tells us, as we were reminded on Ash Wednesday. (Was it only a few weeks ago?). Not only is each one of us fragile, but so too is our way of life.  It has been completely disrupted by a formation of cells that cannot live on its own, but depends on invading other life forms to exist.
The truth we celebrate in the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, however, is that God has entered our world, shared our fragility, and overcome it.  He was broken for us and is with us in our brokenness and fragility.
The pandemic also reminds us how much we depend on one another.  No nation is independent in this globally connected world, nor is any individual.  Empty supermarket shelves as a result of panic buying demonstrated how much we depend on a whole host of people in a complex supply chain.
It is heartening to see those in our health service, whom perhaps we too often take for granted, given the thanks and appreciation they deserve.  Where would we be without them?
‘It is not good for man to be alone’, applies not just to the marriage relationship.  We need one another.  The church demonstrates this truth supremely, when as the body of Christ, we work together in common purpose, with each person bringing their unique gifts to the service of others.  We need each other if we are to grow to maturity in Christ.
If the pandemic teaches us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate one another more, and to be more thankful, then at least some good will have come out of it.
One thing is abundantly clear from this time when we have been in lockdown.  We have a need to communicate.  Social media have been buzzing for the past two weeks as never before.  Separated families and friends have been phoning one another perhaps more often than in normal circumstances.  Amusing videos and memes, words of encouragement and hope, have been passed around on various platforms as people have sought to lift one another’s spirits.
We are made in the image of God, who is the ultimate communicator; God who said, ‘Let there be - - - And there was’.   God who spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but ‘who in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,’ (Hebrews I:2); the word made flesh.
Most of us who are not in the health service find ourselves with more time on our hands.  It gives us opportunity to spend time each day communicating with our God and Father and, more importantly, allowing him to communicate with us.  As Becky reminded us so powerfully when just a few weeks ago she spoke of the Transfiguration, God says to us: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’

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.
Thank you from Revd Ali Doolan
Ali has asked me to pass on her thanks for the kind gift (vouchers for gardening) and for the love and support she has received as she prepares to move on to where God is calling her next.

We will miss her but she goes with our love and best wishes


Sunday 5th April
Join us for worship online (see above for more info)
6.30pm SNG Youth Group meets via zoom

Monday 6th April
9.30am Morning Prayer join via zoom 
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 7th April
9.30am Morning Prayer via zoom
11am Children's Church via zoom
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 8th April
9.30am Morning Prayer - join in via zoom
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Thursday 9th April
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Friday 10th April (Good Friday)
12 noon Good Friday Service will be streamed (for those on email it will be sent on Thursday)
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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