Welcome to St Mary's,
in the Diocese of Leeds
Our main Sunday service is Communion at 9.30am.
On the first Sunday 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.
A busy week-end.
Saturday December 3rd saw a very happy and successful Christmas Bazaar and Brunch in the Village Hall. Lots of people of all ages looked in for a spot of Christmas shopping, soup or a bacon butty, all helped along with plenty of chat. And for the younger people present there were children's craft activities. You can see photos in the Facebook panel on the right. £700+ were raised for the church funds and there was a big thank-you due to Liz and Sue for the thoughtful planning and oversight on the day.
The next day, Sunday, was the occasion when we welcomed an enlarged band at a cheerfully noisy All Age Worship. We enjoyed good Advent hymns and songs as well artwork from the children and a new take on how to make Advent calendars something positive for people other than ourselves.
Celebration at St Mary's on October 15th 2016
“Friendly, buzzing and lovely atmosphere.”
“Brilliant, informative and wonderful to see so many of the community.”
These are just two of the many positive responses which were made when more than eighty people joined in the party at St Mary’s on 15th October as the successes of the “Roof for our Future, Discovering the Past” project were celebrated. Revd Louise Taylor-Kenyon extended a warm welcome, explaining that this was the culmination of planning which had begun in 2011. The project has involved major restoration of the roof together with several community initiatives which are making the wealth of history contained in the church and churchyard available to a wide audience. This has all been made possible by a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as local fundraising, mainly from the very successful Sponsor a Slate scheme. Louise extended her thanks to all who have been involved for their generosity and hard work.
Sue Stearn then gave an illustrated talk about the work of the group which has been researching the history contained within the churchyard. Together with local members of the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group and York University’s Centre for Digital Heritage they have been surveying the 2000 recorded burial sites and matching them with existing records and local history to build pictures of some of the colourful characters buried there. This has also been an opportunity to create a database where enquiries about past burials can be addressed. An exciting part of this research has been the use of Reflective Transformance Imaging which is an innovative and spectacular technique to recover the text from weathered gravestones. The expertise which the group has developed in this has led to them being asked to advise on similar projects elsewhere.
The third presentation was from David Lamb, the stonemason who is working to repair a damaged cross on the roof of St Mary’s. He captivated the audience with his enthusiasm and passion for his craft as well as his description of how he came into this line of work.
People were then ready for the buffet lunch which had been generously donated in memory of one of the past members of St Mary’s. While they were eating there was the opportunity to look at displays of the work of the churchyard project, to talk with David Lamb as he described the tools of his trade and how they were used and to view a slide presentation of the whole Roof for Our Future Project. There was also a lot of chat!
After lunch there were two fully subscribed churchyard tours led by Jane Lunnon who informed and amused people in equal parts with accounts of some of the people who had been buried at St Mary’s and the roles they had played in the history of the two villages.
A quieter but fascinating aside to all the activity was a book where all those who had contributed to the Sponsor a Slate scheme were recorded together with their comments about their reasons for wishing to support St Mary’s. This provides a moving insight into the importance of this church to a wide community which reaches well beyond those who pass through the doors on Sundays. In the words of one contributor “As a lifelong resident of Embsay, I’d like to think St Mary’s will continue long after I’ve gone”.
purify our hearts and minds,
that when your Son Jesus Christ
comes again as judge and saviour
we may be ready to receive him,
who is our Lord and our God, Amen.