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    Welcome to St Mary's,

    in the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales

    Our main Sunday service is Communion at 9.30 am and on the first Sunday of the month we have All Age Worship at 9.30 am followed by a Communion Service at 11.15 am.

    Morning Prayer is said in the church every weekday at 8.30 am and there is a short service of Holy Communion on Tuesdays at 10.30 am.

    Tuesday Teas takes place between 2 and 4 pm  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.

     

    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.

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  • This Week

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  • St Mary's Open Meeting
    Sunday January 24th
     
    We had a good discussion of a range of matters on Sunday after morning worship. This is always a welcome opportunity for people to raise questions and share their views.
    You can read a summary of what was discussed here.
     

    All the way from Bethlehem
     
     
    On Sunday 27th December our vicar, Louise, wore her new white and blue Palestinian stole as seen here by the crib.  The stole was made in Bethlehem by a Palestinian women’ s craft group using traditional needlework techniques.  Many families in Bethlehem are struggling to make a living as even getting to Jerusalem, a few miles away, can take hours and there are not many employment possibilities locally.  
     
    Tourism, which used to provide a steady income, is now greatly diminished, so it is really important to support groups such as the one who made this stole.  It was brought back from Bethlehem by a friend of Liz Roodhouse, and was given to Louise by St Mary’s PCC (Church Council) for Christmas.  
     
    “It is wonderful to be able to wear this stole, which comes from Jesus’s birthplace, at Christmas.” says Louise, “It is beautifully made and I am looking forward to using it as often as possible.” 
     
    White vestments ( the stole, which is like a long scarf, and chasuble, which is like a large circular robe,) are worn from Christmas up to the 2nd of February ( Candlemas), during the Easter season and on other special days during the year.   As our church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is really appropriate that this stole is embroidered in blue, the colour traditionally associated with her.
     

     

    It's a Boy - A Christmas Morning Surprise

    One of the "presents" which were unwrapped on Christmas morning at St Mary's.


    Carols in a Polytunnel

    On 21st December the St Mary's band, enhanced by additional players visited Winterburn Farm for the annual carols and readings. The latter were mostly done by the younger members of the families present who showed the rest of us how to read with clarity and interest while the music was varied and splendid. We all appreciated the sumptuous cake and cheese and the warming mulled drinks provided by our hosts before we stepped back into a wet and blustery night. A big thank you to our hosts, the readers, Yvonne and the musicians for giving us a memorable evening.

     


    FIRE IN THE EARTH

    St Mary's Christingle Service 2015

     

    A good congregation attended the Christingle Service at St. Mary’s this morning 20th December.  Warm thanks to Liz Roodhouse who gave a talk to fifteen children (and I think enlightened some of the adults in attendance too!) by explaining the meaning of Christingle.  “Christ” our Saviour Jesus and “ingle” meaning “a fire in the hearth.”  She demonstrated this by showing us that the “orange” represented the “globe” or “world” the red ribbon interpreted the shedding of our Saviour’s blood and the candle the “light” of the world.  Thanks go to her for that informative and captivating contribution to the service. After communion everyone was given a Christingle candle to light and we spent a moment of silence contemplating the meaning of this special time of the year.

    Additionally thanks go to the band who came for this special service outside of their normal schedule.

    See more photos here


     

     

    A Roof for Our Future - Heritage Lottery Grant Success

     

    Follow the link below to read the full article in the Craven Herald.

    http://www.cravenherald.co.uk/news/14136591.Embsay_Church_wins___92_000_grant_for_its_Roof_for_the_Future_project/


     

     

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  • A Prayer for Today

    God of our salvation,
    help us to turn away from those habits
    which harm our bodies
    and poison our minds
    and to choose again your gift of life,
    revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

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