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 every weekday at 8.30 am. While the building work continues please check with Reverend Louise for its location.
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.
Sponsor a Slate!
Please support our roof appeal by sponsoring a slate for the new roof and have your name recorded in our heritage book. Follow this link to find out more.
Well ahead of the game!
The Diocesan Synod (the council for the church in this area) decided at a recent meeting that all parishes should be asked to consider becoming Fairtrade organisations which is a welcome initiative. Well, at St Mary's we have a good history of promoting the buying foodstuffs and other things from organisations which ensure that as much of the profit as possible goes back to the producer. As a result we have had Fairtrade status for some time as those who have drunk our coffee or visited Liz Roodhouse's regular stall will be well aware. Thank you Liz for all you do to promote this excellent cause.
Saturday's launch of the village Good Neighbour Scheme included a Bake-off with some stunning show-stoppers like this one by one of our younger families - well done the prize-winners!
Tilly's Magnificent Cake
Feast your eyes - the cake went very quickly!
Thank you Tilly
Don't miss the St Mary's Quiz Night!
The annual St Mary's Quiz Night takes place at Holy Trinity, Skipton's Vestry Rooms on Friday 15th April, with a 7.15 for 7.30pm start. This is always a very popular and lively event, with a pie and pea supper to restore energy half way through this challenging evening. Teams of four to six are ideal, but tables can be made up on the night if you just want to come along.
Quiz Master Marcus will keep everybody guessing!
Tickets are available from Louise on 01756 798057 or by email.
A Good Start to the Week
Monday demonstrated the variety in life at St Mary's.
Embsay school arrived en masse, together with parents and grandparents for their Lent service. There was a particular focus on Palm Sunday with each class singing, some excellent and clear reading and several stunning variations on "Hosanna". It was a delight to have them in the church and good that there are plans to hold these services more frequently in future.
At the same time Beresfords had arrived to begin work on the roof with the erection of scaffolding and the protection of the organ from possible debris. Everybody fitted in eventually and the offer from Gordon Beresford to descend from the ceiling on a rope was reluctantly put aside. It does feel good that this work has finally reached the stage of getting the job done. It has taken two years to get this far and we look forward to having a dry church in eight weeks' time and then beginning some much needed internal replastering and decoration.
And the sun shone on it all giving the first real whiff of spring. Not a bad way to start the week, really.
Skipton Refugee Weekend
We were pleased to welcome Amer Naoud and Mahmud Razi to a very busy All-age Worship at St Mary's on Sunday.
The weekend of March 4th-6th was the occasion of a residential visit to Skipton by a group of asylum-seekers and refugees who were hosted by families in and around the town. It was a collaborative occasion with participation by members of St Mary's, Holy Trinity, St Andrew's, Skipton Methodists, Skipton Quakers, The Mayor of Skipton, the Soroptimists and Rotary all within the co-ordination of the Craven Refugee Support Group.
Twenty-five guests came from BIASAN in Bradford and we shared with them in a programme which included dancing, worship, a visit to the Castle, lots of eating and a great deal of chat both light-hearted and serious. Both guests and hosts were clear that they had enjoyed a demanding couple of days and were grateful to Judy Rogers and Mo Rahman for arranging things so effectively. We certainly learned a lot during the two days and hope that some friendships which were started over the weekend will continue.