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Worship in church
In light of the national lockdown there will be no service 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 31st January 2021

The services will be sent out
via email on Saturday 30th January

 Sunday Worship

will also be posted on St Mary's Facebook page at 9.30am on Sunday

 Holy Communion
will also be posted on St Mary's Facebook page

The Praise Service
will also be posted on St Mary's Facebook page

Sunday School will meet over Zoom (link to follow) and activity packs can be collected from church on Sunday morning between 9-11am

Youth Group will meet over Zoom  (link to follow)
You can find all the previous services here - Join us for worship
Sunday School, Youth Group and Coffee
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
Ash Wednesday Service
Wednesday 17 February 2021

To mark the start of Lent, there will be an opportunity to join a service on zoom. During the service you will be able to receive the imposition of ashes as a sign of penitence if you wish.

In order to receive ashes and the prayer card please sign up (call the office or complete this form -

The link for the service can be found below (we will take part over zoom). If you have not tried zoom before I encourage you to do so as it allows us to worship together. 

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 6582 7067 Passcode: Ashes
Easter Countdown Calendar

We have ordered the Easter Sticker Countdown Calendar for the families in our church to help parents as they continue to help their children grow in faith. More information follows but please let us know if you would like one of these calendars to share with your children (especially if you are not on the electoral role).

This is a lovely resource which encourages families to follow the story of Jesus as all the way up to Holy Week and Easter Day.

The stories include:

  • Jesus gets ‘lost’ in the temple
  • Jesus call the fishermen to be his disciples
  • Jesus heals and forgives a lame man lowered through the roof
  • Jesus speaks with Mary and Martha
  • Jesus visits Zacheaus
  • Jesus welcomes the children
  • Jesus goes to Jerusalem
  • Jesus’ last supper
  • Jesus dies
  • Jesus is alive again

The stories are told in the 32 page illustrated mini-book which everyone in the family will be able to understand and enjoy (you might even take turns in reading the story for that day, as well as enjoying placing the stickers).

Each countdown comes with a sticker sheet with 50 stickers, which includes one for each Sunday, which are officially feast days and so don’t count in the 40 day Lent run up to Easter. On these days there is no story to read, but you can use a flame sticker on the back of the sticker guide postcard to say prayers of thanks together.

There’s also extra stickers on two other days, as some stories are hard to capture in one sticker!

A Christian Response to the Holocaust
As I write this it is Holocaust Memorial Day and I have been reading a book about a remarkable women - Alice Hertz-Somer (Cen­tu­ry of Wis­dom: Lessons from the Life of Alice Herz-Som­mer, the World’s Old­est Liv­ing Holo­caust Sur­vivor by Car­o­line Stoessinger).  Alice has a gen­eros­i­ty of spir­it and an opti­mistic out­look which seems extraordinary in light of Alice's life experiences.

In July, 1943, Alice, her hus­band and her six year old son, Rafi, were tak­en from Czecho­slo­va­kia and sent to There­sien­stadt, the so-called ​'mod­el' con­cen­tra­tion camp where, accord­ing to Nazi pro­pa­gan­da, dis­tin­guished Jew­ish musi­cians, writ­ers, sci­en­tists, artists, and the elder­ly were to be ​'pro­tect­ed from the war'. The real world revealed oth­er­wise. Of the 156,000 Jews con­fined to There­sien­stadt, only 17,500 would sur­vive. Of the 15,000 Jew­ish chil­dren sent to the camp, approx­i­mate­ly 100 sur­vived, among them her son Rafi.

I was again reminded with sorrow, of the capacity of human's to dehumanise one another. What is equally shocking was the the way in which others could become complicit in the horrors taking place. Indeed, the church which professes justice and mercy could hardly present itself as being a shining example of compassion (indeed in some cases the church colluded with the regime offering poor theology which was used to justify the persecution). More often than not there was at best apathy or an inability to comprehend (never mind do anything about) the situation. Sometimes, fear paralysed action and sometimes a feeling of powerlessness. In the words of Robert Drinan ('The Christian Response to the Holocaust'): The reaction of the Christian community to the Holocaust can generally be described as mild, vague, and belated. While there are notable exceptions to the general ineffectiveness of the Church to affect its concern over rising antisemitism, it failed in any significant way to provide political or moral leadership to combat the antisemitic designs of Hitler's Germany.

Now, that may seem like something that is long in the past - we often think we have learned from the terrible events of Hitler's Germany but in recent years we too have witnessed various genocides (Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur, Rwanda) and still today we hear of horrors inflicted (against the Rohingya people and Uighurs). I imagine that people in those countries never imagined a time when genocide might be a possibility.
  • So I wonder if the steps to this kind of persecution are closer than we think? 
  • Do we need to be vigilant in monitoring how we see others?
  • How we can we fulfil our Christian duty to acknowledge that each and every person is created in the image of God? 
  • How can we make sure that apathy is not the charge levelled against us today?

Becky Lumley


The BIG church quiz
Saturday 30th January 2021
Zoom in for 7.30 - 9 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 5335 0286
Passcode: questions
Online Worship
We are trying to increase our Online Worship offer and will be providing more Traditional Services as well as more Contemporary Services, alongside our main Sunday Morning Service. We will also be offering services of Healing and Celtic Worship. We recognise that the worship that we offer at St Mary's is varied and people come to our church for that reason. We hope this will allow people to really connect with the worship they love. 
Wednesday 27th January - Friday 5th February 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 27th January - Matthew 2. 13-23
Thu 28th January - Psalm 18.20-27
Fri 29th January - Luke 2.41-52
Sat 30th January - Psalm 20

Mon 1st February - Luke 3.1-6
Tues 2nd February - Luke 3. 7-9
Wed 3rd February - Luke 3. 8-14
Thu 4th February - Luke 3. 15-20
Fri 5th February - Mark 1.2-8

Lantern Tower Lights
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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