Going Local

Being part of the Church is being part of a worldwide organisation. The Church exists in
large parts of the world. Sometimes it is strong and growing, sometimes it is weak and
shrinking. Sometimes it operates in full sight, sometimes it operates behind closed doors. At
times I like the fact that were part of something huge; its reassuring to know that there are
over 2 billion Christians in the world. At times its reassuring to know that the Church has
been around for nearly two thousand years. So what, we might ask ourselves, is our global
brand? Microsoft, Google, Nike and Starbucks are all multinational companies with a clearly
defined brand? So whats our brand?

The answer, of course, is that we don't have one in quite the same way. We don't have a
brand, we have a person  Jesus Christ. The way in which we form our own identities around
this person is not given at a global level, its not even given at a national level. Instead its
worked out at a local level.
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Mission Statement.
We are here to help people love and worship God.
We aim to be, and encourage others to become, committed and active disciples of Jesus, who
love God and worship him, who know the power of the Holy Spirit and who show God’s love
in every part of their lives.
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Prayer for the Month
First Thoughts - The Vicar's Letter
Below you will find extracts from this month's Parish Magazine
First Words...,  A Prayer for the Month & A Thought for the Month
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Holiday Prayer

Dear Lord, how we've waited for this holiday, and now its finally here.
Thank You, Lord, for the opportunity to take a break from our daily routines
and to replenish our minds, bodies and souls so they we may better serve You.
Sometimes our expectations for holidays are unrealistic
and we find ourselves disappointed when things don't go our way.
Help us not to worry about having the perfect holiday but to relax and enjoy every
moment, whatever it may bring.
We are grateful for the joys that await us-whether they be the beauty of your
creation, recreation with family or friends, or peace and solitude.
Watch over us and protect us as we travel, and brings us safely home
again-refreshed and renewed.  
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  • First Words, Prayer for the Month and First Thoughts have been updated for July
    - see below
  • Read Bishop Peter's letter for July - Bishop's Letter.
  • Pictures of the Christmas Tree Festival are now in the Picture Gallery.
  • New Page - 6 Faces in a Wall - St. Mary’s link with local sculptor Andrew Vickers
    AKA Stoneface
  • New Feature - You can now read copies of the Parish Magazine On-Line.
  • New videos added May 2013. Have a look at some interesting and thought
    provoking videos - Viral Videos
  • The  Diary and Rotas  page now has on-line features and will always be 'up-to-date'
  • Don't forget to check the Weekly Notices for service times and the latest news.
  • Listen Again - Listen again to recently recorded Sunday sermons including; Easter,
    Palm Sunday, The Lenten Reflections etc.
  • Free Wi-Fi available in church for those who need to be 'connected'
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    building here in Ecclesfield and how we might improve certain things within it. If you
    would like to get involved in the process of moving this forward the please speak to the
    Vicar or a Churchwarden . There will be a number of consultations taking place in the
    future that will allow people to voice opinions.

  • Holidays  - July marks, for some, an opportunity for a family holiday. This month
    we've included a special prayer for holiday time. Have it close to hand and pray it
    when things don't quite go as planned!
                                                                                          Daniel Hartley
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A strong Church is made up of confident congregations that are fully engaged in their local
settings. Churches grow not because they have a corporate brand to sell, but because they
understand the context in which ministry and mission is worked out. No Vicar can provide
this understanding, it comes from the people has a whole. A good Vicar may be able to help
discern aims and aspirations, but the job of going local begins and ends with you  those who
live, work and breathe all things Ecclesfield. It may be Gods Church, it may even be my
Church, but most of the time (and most importantly) its your Church..
Having said this, the Church of England is not simply a Church of independent local
congregations. We are an ordered Church gathered around a Bishop. A people connected to
one another through our Bishop and connected to the wider Church through the
communion between our Bishop and other Bishops. Yet this inter-connectedness does not
make us the same as a branded multinational corporation. Each Christian community,
connected as it is to other Christian communities, discovers what is means to serve and
worship Christ in the locality in which it lives. We don't have a corporate manual of how to
be a Christian that we can simply impose on our surroundings. Instead we learn how to be a
Christian as we allow our hopes and aspirations to be shaped by the relationships that we
make at a local level.
                                                                                   Daniel Hartley
First World War Centenary Commemoration

First World War Centenary Commemoration is shaped around the themes of remembrance.
Youth and education.  Within those themes local communities will tell their own stories
which are likely to focus on issues including:-

Why remembering matters, honouring bravery and sacrifice, the impact on the development
of Britain, the role of allies and the Commonwealth, local connections and contributions to
the war, reconciliation in today’s world.

There is a Service in Glasgow Cathedral Monday 4th August 2014, and Westminster Abbey
will broadcast parts of a vigil to mark the commemoration of war.

Churches have been asked, if possible, to keep their doors open at some point during that
day to mark a vigil of peace, and for prayer.  

St Mary’s will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Monday 4th August.