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Opening for Public Worship

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 burrannav@gmail.com

Dated: 8th July 2020

Please NOTE: The above may be subject to amendment if Government Advice changes.

Further information is available here

Service 12th July 2020

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Service - 12th July 2020

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Service 5th July 2020

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Service 14th June 2020

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This week we are also introducing the opportunity to join us on video conference on Zoom at 11:00am.

If you would like to try it, please do. It would be lovely to be together and see your faces! Do contact Rev. Becky (01757 335644) for a practice run or tutorial if you would like to give it a go for the first time.

The joining instructions are to click on the link below at 11am on Sunday and the service will be fairly short with plenty of time to share a coffee and chat.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84127312537?pwd=ayt1V213RjRFaFlrZ3NhSEpuaFZ2QT09

If people would like to telephone on the landline instead the number is any of these below 

+44 203 481 5240
+44 131 460 1196
+44 203 051 2874    or +44 203 481 5237

If asked to type in details, the Meeting ID is 841 2731 2537 and the Password is 472413

Archbishop Sentamu

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.

Further, just a reminder that they will both be taking part in the 8.00am Act of Worship that will be broadcast across our BBC Local Radio stations on Sunday morning 7th June 2020 (www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08f9j1f) and the Church of England national online service for Trinity Sunday that will premiere at 9.00am that morning.