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A message from Rev. Anna Burr

Dear Friends

As we enter another period of lockdown, I thought I would just update you on what is happening in our benefice. We are not currently allowed to worship in church buildings, but that doesn’t stop us worshipping God, who longs to welcome us into his presence anytime and anywhere, to find grace and strength to help us in our times of need.

It’s not easy for any of us, just at the moment. I guess we were all missing spending time with our friends and family before the new restrictions came in, and now it is all so much harder. But this virus is merciless, and we must do all we can to keep ourselves and everyone else safe.

It’s also a time of immense instability in the world, especially difficult as we come to this season of Remembrance for those who have died in the service of our nation. As I write there is no definitive outcome of the US election and the news coming from there is not good, with threats of legal proceedings if the election result is disputed. Please join me in praying for a peaceful outcome that will be for the benefit, not just of the whole population of the USA,  but also for the rest of the world. And please do pray for our Government and their advisors; this is a very strange and difficult time, and the well-being of the whole nation must be a heavy burden to bear.

During the next few weeks, we hope to post online services on the St Mary’s website. There is one for this Sunday, an Act of Remembrance based on the service we would have had in Church. Next Sunday there will be a Family Service produced by Janys Cliff.

Also on the website, you will find an outline for Daily Prayer for the season between All Saints and the start of Advent. If you would like to try a daily act of worship then this might help! There is also a selection of prayers published by the Church of England to help us all pray for our nation and each other, during this difficult period. I hope they are helpful. If you can think of anyone else who would value a copy of either of these, please do print one off and pass it on.

No-one knows just at the moment how Churches will be able to celebrate Christmas, but if you have any positive suggestions, please do pass them on! Pandemic or not, we must still celebrate the amazing truth that God sent his only Son into the world to be with us, to show us the true self-giving nature of God, and to save us from ourselves and all the messes we get ourselves into! That is worth celebrating!

Hope you are well,

Wishing you God’s richest blessing and encouragement,


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COVID-19 – Changes at St. Mary’s

Dear all

Service – St Mary’s, Hambleton 19th July at 3.30pm

Welcome to this service which will be led by Janys Cliff.

At present we have set a limit of 30 in church at any event. That may change in future according to our experience and in line with our risk assessments. But on Sunday we will be sticking strictly to 30 and we will refuse entry to avoid exceeding that number.

There has been so much written about what you can, should and should not do going out after lock down that we thought you should know what to expect when you come to Church.

You will be welcomed at the door, asked to wash your hands and taken to your seat. All our seats are marked out to give a safe distance as you sit down. You will be given a service sheet which is yours to take home.

We ask you to keep your distance when queueing and to wait in your seat at the end of the service to be shown out. Both on entry and leaving you will be asked to sanitize your hands. Our sidesmen (women) have a difficult task please help them by doing what they ask.

All this will mean that probably you will have to queue, so please keep your distance. You may prefer to wear a face mask but at present this is optional. This may change according to government policy but certainly until you are seated we would prefer you to wear one.

We look forward to seeing you. We attach permission for us to keep certain details as we are required to do on all the attendees at our services, at this time. Please  Click here  to read or print the document.   It would assist us greatly if you would please bring a completed and signed copy to Church.  We will have spares to complete in Church if necessary.

We will be keeping the main door and the one at the altar end of church open during the service to allow suitable ventilation. So warmer clothing may be advisable.

We look forward to seeing you and ask you to understand that we are thinking of your safety.

Our Love and thoughts are with you Janys, Linda, David and David

We will be publishing the Risk Assessments which have been undertaken shortly and this page will then be updated.

You may find the plan below helpful:  Please Click here if you wish to print a copy


COVID-19 - Use of Building 13-07-2020

Lent Course – 16th March 2020

Session 3

There is a link to a PDF Version of this session and for “Call to Worship and Closing Prayers” for download at the bottom of this page.


Please Click here for a PDF copy of this session which may be printed or downloaded and passed on to others and here for “Call to Worship and closing prayers

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[Note: Rev. Christine explains:

For copyright reasons I have not printed the words to the hymn.  It is 729 in Singing the Faith or 134 in Common Ground.  It can be heard on YouTube.