St Mary's Church, Beverley
Maundy Thursday Thoughts
Good Friday Service
and Weekly News

Thursday 9th April 2020
Worship Good Friday & Easter Day

The services will sent out via e mail

Good Friday Service can be found below
Easter Day will be sent on Saturday 11th April 2020 

We will live stream
Good Friday at 12 noon 
Easter Day on St Mary's Facebook page at 10am  

if you want to join with others from church
You can find all the previous services here - Join us for worship
A simple Maunday Thursday Service based Tenebrae.
Please click here to see our Good Friday Passion Play
  1. Click above here for the Good Friday Service / Passion Play 
  2. Remembering Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
  3. For our children and families
  4. From our children
  5. Introducing - Steve and Gill
  6. Update on the building works
  7. Information about groups and calendar 
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Maundy Thursday and Good Friday
If you would like to remember this Holy day at home - why not turn your evening meal into an Agape celebration.

 After the opening prayer, the other parts of the celebration may be spaced out though the meal. Their order may be changed.
Opening prayer
A space of silence, with a simple improvised prayer thanking God for his love and his blessings.
A candle may be lit, to remind us that Christ our Light is with us always and everywhere. 
Be present at our table, Lord; Be here and everywhere adored;
Thy creatures bless, and grant that we may feast in paradise with thee.
On Maundy Thursday it might be appropriate in our particular home setting to read the account of Jesus’s arrest: part or all of Mark 14.32-50.
On Good Friday, the burial of Jesus: John 19.38-end.
The gift of love
Our generous sharing glorifies God Christ was obedient even to death God is love
Jesus feeds the five thousand Jesus is the Bread of Life
Jesus is the true Vine
What does that Bible reading say to each of us round the table?
As food is served, we thank God for it, and pray for everyone who has grown, transported and sold it. We pray for people who do not have such good and plentiful food.
How have we seen signs of God’s love and glory today or this week?
What is on our hearts at this time?
Whom and what should we pray for?
Concluding prayer
The Lord’s Prayer and this prayer may be said:
Lord, you have brought us through this day to a time of reflection and rest. Calm us, and give us your peace to refresh us. Keep us close to Christ that we may be closer to one another because of his perfect love. In his name we pray. Amen
For our children and families
on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

thanks to Together @ home for these resources
Send us pictures of your artwork activities and you get a *
5*s = a prize
From our children
Thanks to Ben for showing us the palm leaves he made last Sunday. He receives a star. 4 more stars and he wins a prize. 
Peter made a palm leaf (although it looks a lot like an Easter egg!) and we stuck it in our front window. We really enjoyed talking about Palm Sunday together, and reading the Easter story.
- Well done Peter - 1*
Robyn decided to drop the traditional Palm Sunday reading and go for the Noah story instead - good creativity - one star for you.
Steve and Gill Clarke

Tell me about yourself: 

Steve was born in East Hull. His father was from West Hull and his mother came from Methley, West Yorkshire. For most of his working career he was a research technician at the University of Hull. Steve moved from Hull to Beverley in 1998.

I (Gill) was born in Bradford upon Avon, Wiltshire. My dad came from Somerset and mum from Stockport, Manchester. They met in Germany as my dad was doing his National Service there. My mum was visiting her parents on the RAF base where her father was the Padre. 

As a child I moved around very regularly with my parents eventually ending up in Yorkshire, north of Leeds. I trained to be an Occupational Therapist in Oxford, worked in Bristol and returned to Yorkshire living in Middlesbrough and then moved to Hull in 1998. I have worked in mental health since 1986 with an 8 year break when my 3 children were young. I was divorced after 17 years of marriage to a clergyman. When we split I did not go to church for 7 years. I had moved to Beverley to remain close to the children’s friends and my work. A couple of things came together as my ex remarried and a friend suggested St Mary’s. It felt as if God was calling me back. The gentle welcome at St Mary’s was exactly what I needed.

Our connection with St Mary's Church 

Steve and I became friends though St Mary's Church. It felt as if God had answered both our prayers as we married nearly 3 years ago and love being together. Our wedding was a wonderful moment shared with the church family as well as our friends and families. We are both involved with the 11.15 service worship band. We attend all the services at different times. We attend home groups and really enjoy the Going Deeper studies. I help to lead the Sunday Night Youth group. It’s been lovely seeing the young people on their faith journeys and also have a lot of laughs as well. I am a church warden for St Mary’s, a quite unexpected role which has taught me a lot about the wider church and I am the church Safeguarding representative. We are both on the church council. 


What brings you joy?

Being together brings us joy.


What are you passionate about?: 

We are both interested in hill-walking, natural history, music in general, art, gardening and creating things.  We love films and the arts. Steve is also interested in the geology of places visited, in railways and painting watercolour landscapes. He is passionate about reading christian theology books. For relaxation, he enjoys playing his acoustic guitar.

I also love reading, especially novels, books about my faith and other cultures. I am currently knitting a jumper which has already taken 18 months and will probably take another 2 years at least. People are very important to both of us, and we are very proud of my three grown up children.


What encourages your faith?

Steve: The witness of other Christians and also reading enlightening books such as the one I am currently reading about the life of St Paul by Tom Wright… brilliant!

Gill:  I feel God has been very gracious to me after quite a few trials. Even when I was at my lowest point I did not doubt his presence and I feel he has pulled me though, helping me to grow through his love. The patience and love of other people has been a big part of that, but also there have been moments of sensing God’s presence and feeling led by him. 


It is a wonderful journey to be on together, full of hope and joy.

Update on the building work
Taking a look behind the scaffolding at St Mary’s … and a peek into the workshop of our stonemason

For the last two months the north nave has been covered in scaffolding as master stonemason, Matthias Garn, and his team of skilled craftsmen have been restoring the badly eroded stonework on that elevation of our beautiful church. 

The scaffolding survived the three storms – Ciara, Denis, and Jorge – which passed through in February, and the works have so far weathered the coronavirus crisis remarkably well!  Indeed, it looks like the project is uniquely placed to endure this emergency, due to a combination of chance, circumstance, and tenacity on the part of Matthias and his crew!

In this short article we reveal the progress of the conservation works with some striking photographs and stories.  It feels good to share positive news with St Mary’s community and congregations about this critical project – the first phase of a contemplated 10-year programme to restore the entire building – in contrast to so much sad and worrying news at this time.

All of the stone needed for the project has been secured from the quarry, Tadcaster Highmoor Quarry, and is being carved in Matthias’ workshop in Full Sutton, and also – since social distancing measures were introduced – at the homes and garages of a number of his stonemasons (for example, several are married to keyworkers in the health service, so are not allowed out, but can continue the work from home).  There was a concern that the quarry might close, or that it might not be able to supply all of the required stone in time (due to large orders from other historic buildings), so it is a relief that these specialist materials were obtained for us quickly by Matthias and before normal life ground to a halt.

All of the clear glass of the clerestory windows – the arcade of light which lends such a special quality to St Mary’s – which needed to be removed to enable the stonework repairs to take place, was taken out before the ‘lockdown’, and is in the studio of Keith Barley MBE, for repair.  Keith is cleaning and conserving the glass alone, isolated from his team.  We’re lucky that this veteran glazier is doing the work on our windows himself.

For now, work on site can carry on: this cannot be undertaken by one person alone, but since two of the stonemasons, the foreman Daniel and one of his colleagues, live in the same house, they are allowed to continue work together.  It is important that these urgent repair works continue as quickly as possible so that they are complete in good time before the cold winter months (when the mortar doesn’t set).   Most of the window tracery stonework (some of the most worn stone in the entire building) has already been repaired / renewed and re-fixed, and the greater part of the stone cleaning is complete.  The difference which that cleaning is making can be witnessed in ‘before and after’ photographs.

Back in the workshop, carving of the pinnacles continues – a number of them were in a very dangerous condition.  And we’re thrilled that carving of the new grotesques and label stops has now also begun.  Last year, The CS Lewis Company Ltd granted consent for the new carvings to be based on characters from The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, and the designs have been approved by the Chancellor of the Diocese of York.  One reason why work hasn’t stopped in the workshop is because Kibby, the artist who has designed the Narnia carvings, is married to Matthias!

The coronavirus will impact the delivery of the project – for example, it might delay the reinstatement of the glazing and the removal of the scaffolding inside the building (which was originally scheduled for the end of May).  But we are blessed to be in such a fortunate position compared to many other restoration projects across the country which have been completely suspended.  And I am enormously grateful for your support and encouragement with the whole thing.  The open-minded way in which the congregation embraced the restriction of space within the church when the scaffolding was put up earlier in the year was heartening!    

I hope that before too long we shall all see the results of these restoration works with our own eyes.  Until then, I wish you a peaceful Holy Week and I hope that Easter brings some joy.  I will always be sad that David Smith, who was such a cherished member of the board, and who made a massive contribution to the project, did not live to see the works complete.  He was a huge inspiration and the memory of his brilliance will continue to spur us on as we push to see this thing through to completion. 
Roland Deller
Director of Development
7th April 2020
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
Surrounded by Angels  written and performed by an old friend Rebecca Hardy


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 (Hope)**

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.

Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Saviour,
and my hope is in you all day long.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.

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.
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


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

Monday 13th April
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 14th 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 15th 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 16th April
7pm Light a candle and place it in your window while using the simple prayers above*

Friday 17th April 
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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