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    St Mary's is open every day from 9.30am - 4pm,
    and everyone is invited to come and light a candle in prayer.


     Our main Sunday service is Communion at 9.30am.  

    On the first Sunda
    of the month we have All Age Worship at 9.30am followed by a Communion Service at 11.15am. 

    Morning Prayer is said every weekday at 8.30am. 

    There is a short service of Holy Communion on Tuesdays at 10.30am. We call this Quiet Communion as there are no hymns.

    Tuesday Teas takes place between 2 and 4pm  every Tuesday, when tea, coffee and cake are served.

    Smiley Faces, our Toddler Praise group, takes place on Fridays in term time between 1.45 and 3.15pm.

    Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served after the 9.30am service every Sunday, and after Quiet Communion (10.30am) on Tuesdays. 


    What's on at St Mary's:   view this week's news-sheet.

    Who's who at St Mary's: contact

    How to find us: map

    Regular services: services


    A wheelchair and ramps are available to assist access. Please ask a member of the congregation.


  • This Week




    Vision 2030

    Last Sunday's review of the Vision 2030 responses was very positive. There were many suggestions for development on display; some relatively minor and others which would take more time and resources to implement. A large number of people became engaged in the job of deciding where to begin and which items had the most support. The next stage will be a working lunch after the service on Sunday 25th February where we will be working out how to put the first selected items into practice. These will involve all of us in different ways and so we hope that as many people as possible will join us for the lunch. Once again, it will not be a long drawn-out session.

    Louise, Tim, Liz, Shirley, Sylvia and Peter.

    What's going on around St Mary's

    Communion will be received at the High altar: anyone who is used to receiving Communion in any church is invited to do so here. The service will be followed by Fairtrade tea and coffee served at the hatch in the North Aisle: everyone is invited to stay.  

    Our annual Bank Holiday stall at Burnsall raised £130.80 for our regular funds. It was a glorious day, with sunshine making a welcome change from some of the rainy days we have endured there!

    Thy Kingdom Come is a global initiative between Ascension Day and Pentecost when churches and congregations are encouraged to pray that God’s love may be shown and known all over the world.  Morning Prayer will be said as usual every weekday; you are encouraged to join us.  There will be new prayer ideas in church each day, and on Saturday 19th May there is a prayer walk starting at 9am from the car park on Main Street to the top of Embsay Crag, for all the churches in Skipton and surrounding villages.

    Pentecost, 20th May. Our 9.30am service will be held as usual, then we are hosting a Pentecost Songs of Praise at 4.30pm after our annual Two-Parish Pilgrimage from Bolton Priory, starting at 2pm.

    Christian Aid Week, 13-19th May. Embsay with Eastby holds a door to door collection during Christian Aid Week, even though some places have stopped doing so.  Do look out for the little red envelope coming through your door, and give generously.

    Emley Brass Band is playing here at St Mary’s on Saturday 9th June at 7.30pm to raise funds for the restoration of our major stained glass windows.  Tickets for £10 from Nigel Osborn for a magnificent evening, including wine and nibbles.

    Fairtrade Breakfast: 22nd May 8.30 – 11am at Embsay Methodist Chapel.  Come and enjoy delicious Fairtrade food for breakfast!

    Monday Prayer Group: The Prayer Group is taking a break during May – the next meeting will be on June 4th at 2pm.  Ask Daphne or Mary Dibb for more details.

    Diocesan Lay Conference on June 9th, Harrogate Convention Centre.  This will be a major event in the life of the Diocese, with delegates from every Episcopal Area gathered to learn, share and be inspired.  We have one place left so please talk to Louise if you are interested.

    Songs of Praise at Pentecost: it’s your final chance to give Louise the name of a hymn you would like sung at our Pentecost Hymns of Praise at 4.30pm on May 20th.


    1. Wednesday 16th May: 7.30pm Archdeacon’s Visitation at Holy Trinity, Skipton. A service when churchwardens are sworn in – everyone is invited to came and support them.
    2. Saturday 19th May: ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Prayer Walk
    3. Sunday 20th May – Pentecost – Two-Parish Pilgrimage starting at Bolton Priory, with Songs of Praise at St Mary’s at 4.30pm
    4. Tuesday 22nd May 8.30 – 11am : Fairtrade Breakfast at Embsay Methodist Chapel.
    5. Saturday 9th June: Diocesan Lay Conference in Harrogate – and Emley Brass Band concert here at St Mary’s in the evening.
    6. Saturday 16th June: St Mary’s Vicarage Garden Party


  • A Prayer for Today

    Holy Spirit,
    sent by the Father,
    ignite in us your holy fire;
    strengthen your children with the gift of faith, revive your Church with the breath of love,
    and renew the face of the earth,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,


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