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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

    St Mary's Church, Kirk Lane, Embsay, North Yorkshire, BD23 6SF

    Regular services: services


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


  • This Week







    Looking Both Ways – Windows for our Church and our Community

    The last few months may have seemed to be rather quiet as far as this project goes but a lot has been going on behind the scenes.

    Every child at Embsay School has produced a stained glass window design with some excellent input from the Art Co-ordinator, Mrs Pettit.  Each class has based their designs on their RE themes, ranging from ‘Prince of Peace’ to ‘God’s Creation - Noah’s Ark’.  Nicola Osborn and Louise TK are busy using all the wonderful designs to create one panel for each class, which will be transferred onto silk, outlined with special ‘gutta’, and then painted in school.  The frames for the panels are currently at the back of church which will give you an idea of how big they will be.

    We have secured grants totalling £34,680, which together with our local fundraising events and the contribution from the church’s own Restoration fund mean that we are able to cover the full cost of the planned works.

    There is now a start date agreed with our specialist contractor, Jonathan and Ruth Cooke Ltd.  On Monday 11thMarch scaffolding will be set up inside the East window so that the entire window can be removed over the following two days and be taken back to the workshop in Ilkley.  The window will be boarded for weather protection until the planned replacement in the third week in April.  If all goes to plan we shall have a resplendent window in place just in time for Easter.

    While that is going on, the scaffolding will remain in place and will be used to display three of the silk panels which are being produced by the school. 

    After Easter, work will transfer to the West window for a similar period of time before moving on to the remaining work on the ground level windows in the nave, vestry and elsewhere.  We have a projected completion date for all the work of mid-August which will depend to some extent od weather during the period.

    During the summer, Jonathan and Ruth Cooke will be running two days of workshops in the church; one for children from the school and the second for adults.  These will provide some background to the windows themselves as well as chances to learn at first-hand what goes in to making a stained-glass window.  Places on the 2-hour workshops for adults may be booked through Peter Edwards at a cost of £20 per person which will go towards rebuilding our Restoration fund.  

    In parallel with all this excitement, the local history group are putting together a publication about the windows, their themes and the people connected with them.  This will be ready for printing by late autumn. 

     For more information contact:  Peter Edwards: edwards@fullacott.plus.com  tel. 01756799356


    What's going on around St Mary's

    Looking both Ways: the East Window has been taken away to be cleaned and repaired, but isn’t its replacement amazing! Lots of people have worked on these banners, which were designed and painted by Years 1, 2 and 4 from Embsay Primary School.  The other year groups are also working on their banners, but an enormous THANKYOU needs to be said to Nicky Osborn and her team, and to Peter Edwards, who has spent a huge amount of time on the practicalities of the windows project. 

    The Monday Prayer Group: the group will not be meeting on Monday 25thMarch, and Monday April 1st.  Please talk to Daphne for more information. 

    Bookshop in a Box:do have a look at the Lent and Easter books by the pulpit which are all from Cornerstone Bookshop and are for sale today. Mary Dibb will assist you with this. 

    Lent groups and activitiesare taking place every week – see the flyer for more information.

    St Mary’s is now on Trip Adviser:  If you use this, please leave us a review as this enhances our profile! 

    Easter Lilies:Every year we decorate the church with lilies bought in memory of someone you have loved, whose names are read out on Easter Day as we receive Communion.  Pam Meakin is in charge of this – please let her know if you would like to pay for one or more lilies.(792197, provisionally £3.50 each) 

    Make a Mint orGrow our Money! We are planning a number of new fundraising initiatives, including this one: everyone who wants to do so will be given £5 and challenged to triple or quadruple it.  See Liz for your £5 note to get you started…

    The Annual St Mary’s Quiz Night: this is taking place on Friday 22ndMarch at 7.30pm at Christ Church Hall, Skipton.   Tickets are available today. 

    The Lent Lunch will take place on Saturday 23rd March from 11.45am to 1.30pm at Embsay Village Institute.  Large pans of soup (10 servings) are needed; if you can help please let Liz know what flavour it will be. 

    The Spring Churchyard Tidy-upwill take place on Saturday March 30thfrom 10am – 12 noon.  Anyone is welcome to come and help; just bring yourself and garden tools if you have them. 


    • Wednesday 20th: 7pm PCC meeting 
    • Friday 22ndMarch: St Mary’s Annual Quiz Night, at Christ Church Hall, Skipton 7.00 for 7.30pm
    • Saturday 23rd:  Lent Lunch 11.45am-1.30pm, 
      Embsay Institute
    • Saturday 30th: 10am – 12 noon Churchyard Tidy-up
    • Sunday 31st. 10am Mothering Sunday Service at St Mary’s, shared with Embsay Methodist Chapel. 
    • Monday 1stApril: 7pm Louise will be licensed at St Aidan’s, Bamburgh as Priest in Charge of Bamburgh, Belford and Lucker, and Area Dean. 
    • Sunday 7thApril: 9.30am All Age Worship, 11.15 BCP Communion, 2pm Christian Aid Walk starting at St Mary’s carpark
    • Sunday 28t:h April. 11am APCM.  



    If you have any questions about St Mary’s please contact
    Revd Tim Calow on 07528 428088
    Churchwardens Liz Roodhouse and Peter Edwards



  • A Prayer for Today

    Almighty God,
    by the prayer and discipline of Lent
    may we enter into the mystery
    of Christ’s sufferings,
    and by following in his Way
    come to share in his glory;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,


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