|May is one of my favourite months. It seems full of hope of things to come after the darker
winter months and blustery April showers. We now see actual growth with new shoots and
leaves, and the promise of abundance.
In the Church calendar Easter is followed by a period of waiting, when we are reminded of
the number of times that Jesus appeared to his followers after his resurrection, when he
talked with them and ate with them.
On May 5th we are hosting a joint service in church at 7.30pm to celebrate Ascension Day, a
special Holy Day which, because it always falls on a Thursday, (the 40th day after Easter),
often seems somewhat neglected. Ascension Day marks the final meeting between the risen
Christ and his disciples. It is not the end of the story though, because Jesus told them he
would be with them always and promised to send the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Ascension Day is one of the earliest Christian festivals, but for many it may pass unnoticed as
it is not a holiday, just a holy day!
Pentecost follows 10 days after Ascension Day on Sunday 15th May this year, 50 days after
Easter. The name comes from the Greek ‘pentekoste’, which means ‘fiftieth’. It is also called
Whitsun, but as it is a movable feast depending on when Easter falls in the year, it does not
necessarily coincide with the now fixed Spring Bank Holiday.
Pentecost is regarded as the birth of the Christian Church, and the start of the church’s
mission in the world. It falls on the Jewish festival of ‘Shavuot’, which is why the disciples
were together celebrating when the promised Holy Spirit descended on them like a strong
wind with tongues of fire. They found themselves speaking in foreign tongues, inspired by
the Spirit, and people thought they were drunk. (Acts 2: 1-3). So Pentecost fulfils Jesus’
promise of ‘the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name’.
(John 14: 28).
Such a momentous event as that first Pentecost has no social markers like cards, chocolate
eggs or a holiday weekend, but here in Ecclesfield we uphold the tradition not with presents
but with a presence, with a walk on High Street and St. Mary’s Lane starting at the Co-op at
9.30am and ending at St Mary’s with much singing and rejoicing in the church grounds,
(hopefully in the morning sunshine), praising the Breath of God with our own breath.
So we invite you to join in the spirit of the celebrations at this year’s Pentecost, thankful for
the gift of the Holy Spirit of our Lord, who is with us always.
May Christ dwell in our hearts through faith,
that we may be rooted and grounded in love
and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.
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.
|Prayer for the month
|Thought for the month
|Below you will find extracts from this month's Parish Magazine
First Words..., A Prayer for the Month & A Thought for the Month
|A Prayer for Pentecost.
And now we give you thanks
because he breathed upon his disciples
the power of your Spirit
to proclaim the good news to all peoples.
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|Our next vicar, Revd. Dr Tim Gill, will be moving with his
family to Ecclesfield at the beginning of July.
The service to install Tim as Vicar of Ecclesfield will take place
on Thursday 28th July at 7.30pm when the Rt. Revd. Peter
Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster, will lead the proceedings.
Please hold Tim, his family and his current parish of Roby,
Liverpool, in your prayers.
|Until such time as our new vicar takes over the reins next summer, Sunday Services and
Thursday Communion will continue as normal with the help of visiting clergy and our
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‘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
|Ascension Day Service – We are once again hosting a joint service at St. Mary’s on
Thursday 5th May at 7.30pm, with the churches from Chapeltown, Grenoside and High
Green. All are welcome to come and join us for this service of celebration.
Ten Days of Prayer – The Ascension Day service begins the Diocesan wide Ten Days of
Prayer, in which we meet for a half hour of prayer in church on Friday 6th May at 12.30pm,
also for a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday 7th May at 9am in church, and again at 12.30pm
for a half hour on Monday 9th to Friday 13th May. Do join us for some if not all of these
shared prayer times.
Ecclesfield in Bloom Coffee Morning – This will be held in church on Saturday 14th May
from 10am to 12 noon, to raise funds for the hard-working volunteers who help make the
village a pleasant place. This is a chance to show our appreciation for their efforts and enjoy
time together over coffee and cake!
Pentecost/Whit Sunday – (15th May) Pentecost falls earlier than the Spring Bank Holiday
this year, but we uphold the traditional celebration in Ecclesfield with a walk from the Co-op
at 9.30am, with the Girl Guide May Queens and uniformed organisations, to St. Mary’s,
where we will have our Whit sing, hopefully in the glorious sunshine outside! Do join us for
this joyful celebration.
Living Stones Service – This is also on May 15th at 4pm in church, and is a special family
friendly service with stories, play and singing for the children.
Ignatian – The Ignatian evening of quiet, reflective prayer is on Monday 23rd May at
|May is one of my favourite months.