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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



    'Looking Both Ways - Windows for all our Community'

    St Mary’s plays an important part in the life of people in Embsay and Eastby, and our church is much more than just a building; it is a place where people of all generations: individuals, families and couples come to worship, to be quiet, to celebrate, to learn and to have fun.

    In order to continue with all this, we need to keep St Mary’s in good shape. We have done a lot, recently, with the roof and the interior decoration, but the windows now need some attention.   

    Our beautiful East window, by the famous Belgian maker Capronnier, needs an overhaul and repairs; the colourful West window is in danger of collapse and the metalwork in the clear windows on the south side is badly corroded and letting in the weather.

    To achieve this, we aim to raise around £47,000 from grants and events and have already secured a quarter of that amount locally. We would love your help, too.  For more information contact:  Peter Edwards: edwards@fullacott.plus.com  tel. 01756799356


    What's going on around St Mary's

    Have you remembered  ‘One more thing – to change the world?’  Find out more from the display in the North aisle. 

    Our Christingle Servicetakes place on Tuesday 18that 4pm.   We will be making the Christingles during Tuesday Teas in the church – if you would like to come and help please come along at 2pm – and do tell your friends and neighbours about it. 

    Mary’s Meals: it costs just £13.90 to give a child in Liberia a meal every school day for a year.  Our Advent Challenge is to contribute at least 50 Mary’s Meals for a year – you can give online or by giving £13.90 to Louise, Liz or Peter.  We will map our giving on the display board in the North Aisle.  

    Thank you to everyone who knitted an angel for the Travelling Crib– they are now on their way around our two villages

    The Monday Prayer Group will be meeting this Monday, December 17thbut will not be meeting on the 24thor the 31st.  The next meeting will be on Monday January 7th2019. 

    One of the charities we have supported this year is Margaret Junior Schoolin Uganda. Our donation has been much appreciated – if you want to know more have a look at the school newsletter on the bookcase by the door. 

    Christmas Cards:there is space on the display boards for joint Christmas cards to everyone here.  Feel free to add a sticky dot to your card and fix it to the board.  You will be pleased to know that both John Daniels and Betty Potter send Christmas wishes to everyone. 

    Friday 21stDecemberis the first anniversary of the murder of Jodie Wilsher in Skipton.  Revd Ruth Harris has arranged for Christ Church to be open on Friday between 4.30 – 7.30pm. This is a time to come and light a candle, to sit quietly and to pray. 

    Advance Notice: on Sunday December 30thwe will be joining Embsay Methodists on Main Street for their Covenant Service at 10am.  This will be followed by refreshments and a structured conversation, similar to our Vision 2030 events, with a Jacob’s Join lunch.  The conversations will focus on sharing our ideas about our respective churches, our values, our similarities and differences.  Please make this a date in your diary. 

    Beetle Drive:our first event in 2019!  Friday 4thJanuary, 6.30-9pm, Embsay & Eastby Institute.  Please tell Liz if you are interested in coming to this. 


    • Tuesday 18th: 4pm Christingle Service 
    • Thursday 20th: 6pm Carol Service 
    • Monday 24th: Christmas Eve: 4pm Crib Service 

       11.30pm Midnight Mass

    • Tuesday 25th:: 
      9.30am Christmas Day Communion
    • Sunday 30thDecember: 10am Joint Service at Embsay Methodist Chapel, with a shared lunch.    
    • Friday January 4th: 6.30-pm.  Beetle Drive at Embsay & Eastby Institute
    • Sunday 6th: Open House at the Vicarage 3-10pm


  • A Prayer for Today

    for whom we watch and wait,
    you sent John the Baptist
    to prepare the way of your Son:
    give us courage to speak the truth,
    to hunger for justice,
    and to suffer for the cause of right,
    with Jesus Christ our Lord,


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