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    A prayer for Manchester

    God of compassion,
    You hear the cries of all those in trouble or distress:
    We pray for those whose lives have been affected by the bombing in Manchester
    We pray for those facing the future after the loss of a child or a parent, 
    and for families who are in distress,
    for those who are injured or awaiting news that they dread.
    Strengthen them, and us, in our hour of need,
    Grant us perseverance to face the future.
    We ask this in Jesus' name. Amen

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

    On Thursday 25th June and Tuesday 30th the church will also be open between 7 and 8pm
    for an hour of prayer for the world and for Manchester. 


     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




    Between Ascension Day on Thursday 25th May and Pentecost on Sunday 4th June there will be a global wave of prayer called 

    ‘Thy Kingdom Come’


    • All over the world people will be joining together to pray, and will be praying on their own.  The hope is that  people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family as a church, individually or as a family and that churches will hold prayer events.
    • St Mary’s is holding an Ascension Day service at 1.45pm on Thursday 25th May and at 7pm there will be a ‘Prayer Hour’ which will include silence, music and creative prayer activities. 


    For more information see the ‘Forthcoming Events’ page


    Job Done!

    We heard this week that The Heritage Lottery Fund has signed off the project

    A Roof for Our Future, Discovering the Past.

    This was the final stage in the completion of the works on the church roof as well as a range of community initiatives which have involved many of us over the last three years. So here are a few facts:

    • our roof is now dry, although there is still some further preventative work needed on the South and North faces,
    • the interior of the church looks very smart after being redecorated throughout.
    • the churchyard project has amassed a wealth of information about people buried there and their families which is already being accessed by interested parties,
    • this has involved some 5000 volunteer hours and 29000 photos (no, those are not typos!),
    • we have a newly published history of the church and an information board to introduce visitors to our heritage,
    • we have furthered our links with children and teachers at Embsay School,
    • and last but not least we have this website up and running.

    We want to thank a good number of people who have contributed to this successful outcome:

    • our  main funders: the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yorkshire Dales National Park,
    • our architect Steve McConnell and the main contractor Gordon Beresford,
    • many smaller concerns which have contributed in a variety of ways,

    Our special thanks, of course, go to the community here in these villages who contributed generously to the Sponsor a Slate appeal which raised almost all of the locally contributed funds. Also, to all the people from Embsay and Eastby who have been involved in so many ways in making the different aspects of the project so successful.

    A big         Thank You        to you all





  • A Prayer for Today

    Risen Christ,
    you have raised our human nature to the throne of heaven:
    help us to seek and serve you,
    that we may join you at the Father’s side,
    where you reign with the Spirit in glory,
    now and for ever.


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