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Wednesday 13th May 2020
Keeping in touch
  • News
  • Introducing Becky Oldridge
  • Saturday Quiz
  • Going Deeper
  • The Place of Praise
  • From our children
  • Book Review - The Holy Spirit
  • Giving
  • Information about online services and daily prayer
  • Information about groups and calendar 
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Worship this Sunday

Sunday 17th May 2020
Easter 6 
The preacher will be Canon Erik Wilson

with a special new feature - an anthem by St Mary's Church Virtual Choir

The service will be sent out via e mail on Saturday 16th 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)
We have found a new way to get together after the service.  We use a programme called zoom - all you have to do is click on the link on your phone, tablet or computer.
We can break up into little groups - it is just like wandering around having a chat after the service.  Please do join us this Sunday. 

Coffee and chat

Join Zoom Meeting past the link into your search engine-

Meeting ID: 891 5902 4695
Password: 458821
Advanced notice
Next Sunday we will be welcoming the
Church Lads and Church Girl's Brigade for our virtual  worship 
Becky Oldridge

About me
Hello! I'm 30 years old and have lived in Beverley almost all my life, apart from a brief (and failed) attempt at moving away for uni and a few weeks here and there in Africa, where I've volunteered with various wildlife sanctuaries over a few years. I bought my first house last year for me and my menagerie of rescued animals; despite the stereotype I did have a healthy social life, although lockdown has left me resorting to lengthy conversations with my cat!

My connection to St Mary's Church
I go to the 11.15 service on Sundays, and sometimes play in the worship band. 
I attended Beverley Minster for many years after becoming a Christian in the youth group aged 14, and was confirmed there a year later. Those teenage years at the Minster were pivotal in developing my faith and I will always be grateful for the guidance and love I received there. As an adult, my Christian friends moved onto churches in other cities, setting up their own youth groups and starting families, and I found myself attending services out of obligation, or tradition, losing the thrill and passion for Christ I had as a teenager. I missed worshipping without dignity or inhibition, and instead muttered the same words in the same unbelieving tone each week, "ticking the box" and braced myself each week to be scolded by my Great Auntie Doris for wearing shorts or having bare shoulders in church! 
Then, after months of nagging, the Merryweathers finally persuaded me to give St Mary's 11.15 service a try. I walked into the simple hall one random Sunday morning, and felt the Spirit flood me. I was where I belonged. 

What brings me joy
Being with friends and family. Probably eating with friends and family, most of all. And white wine. 
One of my closest friends teaches at St Mary's school; Miss Hodgson and I have a "post lockdown bucket list" that is basically every restaurant in Beverley that we miss going out to for tea! 
My lovely boyfriend Mark. Had to kiss a few frogs to find this Prince. His 2 year old daughter, Violet, is absolutely precious (and exhausting!), and I hope to one day call her my stepdaughter. 
Saving animals. My proudest time was rehabilitating a baby feral pigeon a couple of summers ago. To Miss Hodgson's outrage, he came everywhere with me, including to a picnic on the Westwood - "I'm a TEACHER. I can't be seen having a picnic with a PIGEON!"

What am I passionate about?
Animal welfare. I became vegetarian at 11 years old, before I became a Christian, but faith and scripture has only further confirmed that God's creation deserves far more respect and compassion than the human race give it. I worked at Scarborough Sealife sanctuary and rehabilitated wildlife that has suffered horrendous trauma as a result of litter, fishing equipment, and plain cruelty. I've worked at animal shelters looking after, and sometimes euthanising, the huge numbers of unwanted pets that occur because of the support to breeders instead of adoption. I am currently a lecturer in Animal Management, and in my final few months of my MSC in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. (I feel like I'm writing an over-zealous CV now, so I'll stop. I just love nature!)

What encourages my faith?
Music. If ever I was feeling far from God, and not really sure where to begin to let Him speak to me, I used to pick up the bible and let it fall on a page that I would read and try and listen to the message. Thanks to the wonder of YouTube and Spotify, I do this also with music; when my head is too busy to let God in, I let the music speak to me instead. The interpretations of scripture into songs and melody never fail to switch my attention back to God.
Joyce Try is 99 years old this week. 
Blessings on your special day and a virtual hug from your friends at St Mary's Church
(Other birthdays will be mentioned on the Sunday Service email)
The latest heritage video

As free make I thee, as heart may think, or eye may see

St Mary's Church Big Quiz Night 3

Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm
Saturday 16th 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. 
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
The Place of Praise

Bible Reading
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10 (NIV)


The roar of the crowd when their team (Hull City?) wins the big match.  The thunderous applause as the orchestra performs the symphonies finale.  Praise is inherent in each and every one of us. It is something we were created to do. 

Parents praise their kids. Grandparents praise them more.  It is an integral part of life. We praise what we value. We praise what we support. We praise what we love.

But what about our praises to God?

In 'Reflections on the Psalms', C.S. Lewis writes that praise is “inner health made audible”. He went on to explain 

"I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. It is not out of compliment that lovers keep on telling one another how beautiful they are; the delight is incomplete till it is expressed… If it were possible for a created soul fully… to “appreciate”, that is to love and delight in, the worthiest object of all, and simultaneously at every moment to give this delight perfect expression, then that soul would be in supreme beautitude… The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”. But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him."

Prayer: ...[speak out a few words of praise]…

Action: Try find something to praise God for each day this week – even if it’s difficult.


From our children
Thank you Kiera and Harvey for making a space where bugs can be safe
Aimee thank you for your picture of the Holy Spirit
Book Review -The Holy Spirit

The Book Review: The Holy Spirit: An Introduction by John Bevere. Kindle £4.99

I am drawn to a greater awareness and experience of The Holy Spirit and this is the first of four books about Him that I am using in my studies. The others, which I hope to review subsequently, are authored by R. T. Kendall, A. W. Tozer and C. H. Spurgeon, mentioned only because I consider them more “mainstream”. This is a modern book with a punchy style.

Bevere is C. E. O. of Messenger International, a respected author and Christian speaker with a no-nonsense approach to the practical outworking of faith. You’ll get the idea if you access the free resources on the
Though readable as a stand-alone book, it is structured as a personal or group study resource. Over five chapters we engage with:

Who the Spirit is
The Person of the Holy Spirit
Three levels of Relationship
Empowered by the Spirit
The Spirit’s Language

Each chapter has 3 Sections: an entry narrative, 5 days of daily readings and devotional suggestions, followed by a series of questions for discussion and a chapter summary. This makes it useful for a study over 5 weeks. It can also form part of an interactive study using a series of DVDs I bought separately (good but very USA).

Early on the book poses some startling challenges, that without the Holy Spirit: there is virtually no Christian life; Christianity is dry, monotonous and mundane, there is no fellowship with God; there is no revelation of the Word. The book guides us through these challenges and offers practical solutions. Given due consideration, all the statements are true as Jesus left us with the Third Person of the Trinity when he ascended to the Father so if we neglect the Spirit how do we experience the abundant life promised by Jesus. I often think of the Spirit as my gateway to the other two.

Bevere reminds us that the key to our relationship with Jesus and the Father is our relationship with the Spirit, with much of chapters one to three covering this, everything supported by scriptural references within an easy to read narrative. The latter two chapters deal to a greater but not exclusive extent with “tongues”, often the elephant in the room for many. However, it’s a reasoned discussion, and one that cannot be side-lined in any study of the Holy Spirit.

The main thrust of the book is how to enjoy our faith through an empowering relationship with the Spirit. It’s a practical book, with the intention of taking us further than the redemptive work of the Spirit to a stage of being “infilled” with Him – experiencing what theologian preacher Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones described as the direct and immediate witness of the Holy Spirit.

A recommend? Yes, at £4.99, a really helpful resource. If within a group context beneficial to have members blessed with the gift of tongues perhaps to get a balance. With the DVDs the cost goes over £70 and then great for groups such as mine in HMP Humber – when I get back in.
Keith Gilson
Keith supports the chaplaincy at the prison - he is not an inmate!
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 18th May
Our readings are from the Beatitudes
(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

Is he worthy?  from the Virtual Choir

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 from the Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..

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 17th 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 18th 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 19th 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 20th 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 21st 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 22nd 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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