In a car park, many years ago, I passed by someone who I thought I knew but wasn’t
sure, so I looked where my rear view mirror would have been had I been in the car, to
get a second look.   Of course it didn’t work, I was walking and without the benefit of
my rear view mirror!  Thinking of looking back seems to fit with the month of November.  
November seems to be a time of looking back, taking stock and remembering before the
busyness of Christmas takes us over.

We have our two services of remembering in November, remembering our loved ones
who have died and also remembering the fallen in the many wars – both mentioned in
First Words and both very evocative about life, the shape it takes, our power and our
powerlessness as human beings. Both services bring memories, joy and sadness, both
personal and as a nation. Jesus’s mother Mary remembered, as we are told in Luke’s
gospel, she “treasured all these things in her heart”. It is what we do as human beings
isn’t it? She was building a picture of her son Jesus’s life on earth which she could hold
on to as it progressed and finally came to such a sacrificial end. Her heartbreak and her
coming joy at his resurrection tie us in to the human experience of death so vividly.  Mary
knew God’s loving care, as we all can, not taking away the pain but giving help and
comfort. I feel sure that both those services would have a personal meaning for anyone
who attended them.  Interestingly, no one else knows what our treasured memories are, so it
is one area of our lives that we can keep private if that is our wish.

Again on the theme of looking back, I am delighted and amazed by what we as a
church family have achieved since our last vicar Daniel left in April.  So many of the
congregation have worked practically and tirelessly to keep things not just going but
flourishing.  We have had such help from visiting clergy and enjoyed meeting with old
friends and making new connections too. October seems to have been a particularly
busy month for fun and sharing – through the harvest supper and service and the schools
services, a huge amount of food was sent to the Archer Project for the homeless.  Emley
Brass Band is always such a winner and this October was no exception. The Autumn
Fair hasn’t taken place as I write this but I say with sure confidence that I am sure that
this too will be a wonderful community event enjoyed by all. Add the bi-weekly coffee
mornings in church and….. I could go on – all happening simply because of the hard
work of so many people. So many Thank Yous needed.

So whatever happens in November, treasure it in your heart and give thanks to God
for his loving care.

                                                                    Jeni Fryer
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Bishop Steven's prayer
For the dedication of a paving stone to:
Sergeant Major John Crawshaw Raynes, VC:

Almighty God,
You are our light in the darkness,
Our strength when shadows fall
We dedicate this stone today
In memory of a brave son of this city,
John Crawshaw Raynes.
May it serve always as a reminder of his courage
Of the sacrifice of the men of this city
And of the dangers faced daily by
Our armed forces.
Grant to our world we pray,
Peace and freedom and justice
And grant to each of us
The courage to defend our fellow men and women
In your holy name we pray
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    From St Mary's Church Ecclesfield The oldest issue available is February 2011.
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St. Mary’s is in an Interregnum (or vacancy).  This means that we do not currently have a
vicar or priest in charge.

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Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers during this time as we begin our quest for a
new vicar to lead us here in Ecclesfield.

‘For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for
harm, to give you a future with hope.’
Jeremiah 29:11

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  • Memorial Service – Our annual service for those who have lost someone recently
    takes place on Sunday 1st November at 4pm. All are welcome at this service as we
    remember those we love but see no longer and treasure their memory.

  • Remembrance Sunday – We look forward to welcoming our village uniformed
    organisations as we give thanks for those who have given their lives in the cause of
    peace and justice over many years. The service begins at 10am and we process outside
    for the ceremony of Remembrance and two minutes silence at 11am. Do feel free
    to come to any or all of this worship.

  • Gardener’s Lunch – It is with such a grateful heart that we walk along the church
    pathways and enjoy the beautiful gardens which are so faithfully and imaginatively
    tended by quite a small group of people. The team are always looking for new
    members to join them and if that sounds like something which you would like to do
    then do come along and join them. You will be made very welcome – Tuesdays 2pm to
    4pm and Saturdays 9am to 11am. To say a big thank you to them from the church we
    are giving them lunch on Saturday 14th November at 12 noon, so if you are one of
    our gardeners, don’t miss it!

  • Confirmation – Some of our church members are being confirmed at The Newton
    Hall on Sunday 29th November at 4pm, do support them if you are able.

  • Advent Sunday – The churches New Year begins on 29th November with our
    service at 10am. Why not start a new way of being by joining us there?  You will find
    a warm welcome.
                                                             Jeni Fryer