We are pleased to announce that from July 19th, St Mary’s Church will be open for Public Worship when we plan to have a short service of quiet prayer at 3.30pm. This feels like a very big step, especially after so many weeks of lockdown. Going into lockdown felt strange, but I think many of us eventually got used to it. Human beings are very adaptable – that’s one of the main reasons there are so many of us! However, coming out of lockdown is so much more complicated!
We have had to make some changes to the way we run St Mary’s so we can do our best to keep people safe. To comply with social distancing guidelines we will be able to welcome 23 people to services at a time. Please do feel welcome, but if more people arrive we will ask you to return on a different Sunday. There will be a one way system in place in church, and there will be help on hand if you find it confusing. We’ve tried our best to make it straightforward. There will be hand sanitiser, which we will ask you to use on your way in and out. Sadly we aren’t allowed to sing in church yet. There will be new service leaflets which we will ask you to keep and bring with you when you come again.
St Mary’s has been deep cleaned in preparation for re-opening and we are really looking forward to starting up again.
We plan to have services of Holy Communion at 9.15 on July 26th, August 1st and August 8th.
We will continue to make recorded services available for those unable to come to church. We plan to record the services as they happen in church and then make them available after the event.
We plan to also be ready to offer the church for funeral services, though numbers will be limited to 30, 30 is better than the 10 currently allowed at crematoria. We will not be able to sing, but we will be able to remember loved ones together and commend them to God.
Baptisms and weddings will also be possible, subject to similar restrictions on numbers. So, if you would like to arrange and funeral, wedding or baptism, please do get in touch:
Rev Anna Burr 01757 270325 email@example.com
Dated: 8th July 2020
Please NOTE: The above may be subject to amendment if Government Advice changes.
Since it’s not been possible to hold the service of celebration and thanksgiving for the ministry of Archbishop Sentamu that had been planned for the weekend marking his retirement, the Diocese released a video on Friday evening 5th June 2020 offering recollections, messages of gratitude and a blessing on us as a diocese from the Archbishop himself.
We have been asked to share this with our congregations and encourage them to watch if they can; it will also be available via the diocesan Facebook page and Twitter feed. As the Archbishop and Margaret go with our thanks and our love, please do continue to hold them both in prayer.
Thanksgiving and celebration for the Ministry as 97th Archbishop of York of Dr John Sentamu from Diocese of York on Vimeo.
Although we have no Service for Ascension Day we thought we might share with you a Sermon given by the Archbishop of York, The Most Rev. John Sentamu.
And perhaps as you reflect you may wish to listen to, or sing, a hymn
The Choice is yours:
The Benefice of Carlton & Drax
The Benefice of Haddlesey, Hambleton & Birkin
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement of 23rd March, the Archbishops wrote to clergy in support of the measures This support was repeated on 27 March, Our churches are now closed both for private worship and public services and we look for ways to enable our church communities to continue to engage at this difficult and challenging time in the life of the nation and the world.
The Website of The Church of St Mary, Hambleton is now being used to enable access to all worship material together with Services which will take place for the foreseeable future. Services will be led by Revd Anna Burr; Revd Becky Allright or Janys Cliff, our Lay Reader here in Hambleton.
A new Menu Tab ‘Benefice Services’ has been added to our Main Menu found at the top right of our screen.
Using that menu will allow access to all worship material and Services. Occasionally Services may be more ‘specific’ to either Benefice, but we encourage you to join those as well.
‘Hovering’ over The Top Menu ‘BENEFICE SERVICES‘ will cause the ‘BENEFICE SERVICE’ Menu to appear and in turn that will reveal the two subsequent menu’s.
CLICKING on The Top Menu will reveal the Benefice Services Page where all such Services will be presented in a selectable list. Clicking on Benefit Service will reveal the next ‘posted’ Service.
Revd Becky’s Mid Week Reflections are available through the ‘Carlton and Drax’ Menu.
Friday 20th March 2020 – 10am
As we all deal with the necessary changes to the way we must live for the months to come and the implications of ‘Social distancing‘; for the first time in five days I walked, ever conscious of the advice with which we all should comply. I took my camera; in truth I’m not certain why. As I stood looking around and at the village and community in which I have lived for over 35 years, I understood.
My camera provided the means and LiveLent the quiet peace of mind.
For years The Hough was covered in Scots Pines and Larch – a ‘wooded mound’ perched at the bottom of the Vale of York. They were cut down to be replaced by native broadleaf trees of past times. Now planted in great numbers tips of green are beginning to appear as nature springs eternal. As they grow, so the view will diminish and change.
Please enjoy my view from the top of Hambleton Hough and click here to watch the video on YouTube.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) – What we are doing
[Last updated: Saturday 25th July 2020]
We are being Guided by The Church of England which is examining the latest advice from Government and Public Health England and we will update our website as is necessary.
Following Government Advice and subsequent advice from the Church of England that “We strongly advise that face coverings should be worn by all those attending a place of worship where there may be other people present. This includes not only members of the congregation but also the president and any other ministers. Face coverings should only be removed to receive Holy Communion.” – members of the congregation will be required to wear face coverings whilst present within the church building. Face coverings may only be removed to receive Holy Communion.
Services have now resumed – read more here
In preparing our building for re-opening we have undertaken risk assessments in accordance with Guidance issued to us by The Church of England. Copies of the relevant documents are available here. We are required to reconsider our assessments after each use of the building and therefore it may be that the assessment will change. In addition we are required to keep records of visitors to assist NHS Trace and Track if necessary. The relevant Data Protection COVID-19 Privacy Notice is also available through the link.
Please click here to see the latest advice from the Church of England.
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We are so pleased to be able to say that £300 was raised – a very big “thank you” to one and all.
‘Click’ here for PDF copy of Certificate.