Daniel is now Priest in charge of the Aune Valley Benefice and we pray Gods loving hand
upon him and his family in their new situation. Some of our members were able to support
him in his new endeavour at his Induction in Devon on 26th April and were delighted to see
him settled into his new role. Our time of saying goodbye on 12th April was both full of
laughter and some teasing but need I say that there was a deep sadness and quite a few
damp eyes too as we said goodbye. And this is quite right on such occasions. It is hard to
say goodbye to someone who has served God so well in their time with us. It is hard to let go
of the past when the future seems like an unknown quantity. But is that true? Is the future
of our church so unknown?
It is certainly true that we do not yet know, and will not know for a few months in all
probability, who our next vicar is to be. But this is no cause for alarm. The church is rallying
round. Services are still happening as usual, baptisms, weddings and funerals are still being
conducted. Our usual weekly services are taking place with the commitment of local people
and others coming in to help. We even had the Bishop of Sheffield for one service! And how
wonderful that was, what a shame for you if you missed it. The main thing to remember is
that it is not just in our own hands. The God who has made provision for our church down
the centuries is a God we can trust and he is providing still. He knows our needs and will
bring the right way forward for Ecclesfield. Jesus own disciples knew the pain of losing their
leader but out of that loss came a new beginning and the making of the church.
Imagine the disciples in the time of Jesus, when they had seen him crucified with all the loss
and grief and even terror for their own lives which that event brought with it. And then
amazingly - Jesus rose from the dead. What elation! What a roller coaster of emotion! We
can only imagine their joy at this turn of events. But the time came just a few short weeks
later when they had to say goodbye to him again which we remember and celebrate on
Ascension Day. This was a very different goodbye. The disciples were told to go and wait for
the Holy Spirit to come to them and this they did, joyfully praising God as they waited.
Their new leader, the Holy Spirit of God, has never left. The disciples of Jesus grew in
number and the excitement which they shared carried them through many changes, trials
and tribulations, but they always knew that God was with them through his Spirit. At
Pentecost we too will experience together that remembering, that joy of the Holy Spirit as we
gather together to worship. In time God will send us another vicar, but in the mean time we
will flourish under God's care and guidance as we face new challenges and opportunities.
Come and worship with us as we wait - don't miss any more of it change can be exciting for
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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|Below you will find extracts from this month's Parish Magazine
First Words..., A Prayer for the Month & A Thought for the Month
|Collect for Pentecost
God, who as at this time
taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant us by the same Spirit
to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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- First Words, Prayer for the Month and Thought for the Month have been
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- Read Bishop Peter's letter for May - Bishop's Letter.
- The May issue of the Parish Magazine is available On-Line. News and Views From
St Mary's Church Ecclesfield The oldest issue available is February 2011.
- Grenoside Singers Concert - a new event see the Forthcoming Events page
- Listen Again - Listen again to recently recorded Sunday Sermons and this years
- 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.
- New Page - 6 Faces in a Wall - St. Mary’s link with local sculptor Andrew Vickers
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- Ecclesfield in Bloom Coffee Morning Do come along to support our hard working
village volunteers who so enhance our environment. Besides the hard work, as always,
funds are needed and the coffee morning will take place on Saturday 16th May 10am
to 12 Noon in Church. There will be coffee, cake and plants and so much more on sale,
besides a warm welcome and time to share as a community.
- Ascension Day Service We are hosting a joint service in church on Thursday 14th
May at 7.30pm. This will include the churches from Grenoside, High Green and
Chapeltown. Do come and join us for this service of celebration. Parking will be
difficult as Ascension Day is on the same night as the May Queen in the Gatty Hall, so
do be aware of that.
- Ten Days of Prayer - The service above starts the Diocesan wide ten days of prayer
and is followed by a half hour of prayer in church every day, with the exception of the
Sunday, from Friday 15th May to Friday 22nd May 12.30pm to 1.00pm each day.
The ten days culminates on Saturday 23rd May with a Prayer Breakfast in church
beginning at 9am and ending with either prayers in church or a prayer walk in the
village whichever is most suitable for each individual.
- Pentecost / Whit Sunday People bemoan the loss of the old Whit Sings, and yet here
in Ecclesfield we do our best to uphold the tradition. We will meet as usual at the Co-
op at 9.30am to walk along to church together with our Girl Guide May Queens and
uniformed organisations. Hopefully we will be singing and celebrating in the Church
grounds from 10am dependent upon the weather. This is always a joyful occasion so
we do hope you can join us and swell the numbers even further.
- Living Stones Service The next Living Stones Service will be at 4pm on 17th May.
This is such a lovely occasion when children have the opportunity to hear stories, sing,
play, chat and feel very at home in church and the adults present enjoy it so much too.
Do come along and enjoy it with us.
And so the goodbyes happened...
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Parish Office - Jean Fowler Tel: 245 0106
Michael Waldron Tel: 246 3091
Andrew Robinson Tel: 246 3646
Revd. Jeni Fryer Tel: 246 1027 or Pat Clarke Tel: 257 7191
Pat Clarke Tel: 257 7191
Margaret Roberts Tel: 246 3993
Andrew Robinson Tel: 246 3646
Process to find next vicar
|Key Contacts during the Interregnum are as below
St. Mary’s is in an Interregnum (or vacancy). This means that we do not currently have a
vicar or priest in charge.
In the meantime, Sunday Services and Thursday Communion will continue as normal with
the help of visiting clergy and our Ministry Team.
Bookings for Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are still being taken – Click on links for
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