July already here, and half the year has gone by so quickly. Schools are soon to close for the
summer holidays, and many of us are making some sort of plan for a summer break from
the routine, perhaps a holiday if we can afford it, or just some pleasant days out, or time at
home just pottering. We all need a break, a change of routine sometimes, Jesus often took
time out to get away or stay with friends.

In summer I’m sure we all appreciate God’s world, our lovely countryside and all the
opportunities we have to enjoy it. We can appreciate the simple pleasures of the outdoors,
sharing time and space with people we care about and those who enjoy our company too. It
is good to realise that we don’t need much to enjoy ‘time out’.

I have a confession to make. Many years ago I used to enjoy listening to a Cliff Richard
cassette in my car, and one of my favourite tracks was called ‘Travellin’ Light’. I can still
recall some of the words. Now, over 20 years later, I rarely travel light! We seem to have so
much that we think we need, when actually it’s mostly excess baggage, and at least half of
what we think we will need is quite unnecessary.

We do tend to hoard and get too attached to things which then take on too much importance
in our lives. Jesus said “
How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it
is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to
enter the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:25.
Today it would be ‘It is easier to fly a Jumbo jet through the Channel tunnel than it is for a
rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven’ Meaning we value our ‘things’ too much.

This summer may I encourage you to take a real break from routine if you can. Try to avoid
consumerism for a little while, (I shop, therefore I am), Forget how to buy and remember
how to play. Let’s try ‘travellin’ light’ and getting things into perspective for this summer.

Oh, as a matter of interest, someone stole my car all those years ago, but when the Police
found it rather worse for wear and in need of serious repairs, my Cliff Richard cassette was
the only thing left in it!
                                                                        Stephanie Dale

                          Cliff Richard’s ‘Travellin’ Light’ - http://youtu.be/ca800tcy-B8
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Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church
is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people,
that in their vocation and ministry
they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
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
    updated for July- see below
  • Read Bishop Peter's letter for July - Bishop's Letter.
  • The July 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.
  • Listen again to recently recorded Sunday Sermons and this years Lent Reflections
    - Listen Again
  • 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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  • Prayer Breakfast – Our next prayer breakfast is on Saturday 18th July at 9.00am in
    Church and all are welcome.

  1. Living Stones Service – The next Living Stones Service will be on 19th July at 4.00
    pm in Church. Children can hear the stories, join in the singing and are encouraged to
    feel at home in church with family and friends.

  1. Ignatian Prayer Meeting – This is on the last Monday of the month, the 27th July at
    7.30pm in Church, and offers space in the week for a quiet time to prayerfully reflect
    on the Word of God.

    Please continue to pray for all at St. Mary’s as we continue in interregnum, awaiting
    the appointment of a new vicar.

                                                              Stephanie Dale
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St. Mary’s is in an Interregnum (or vacancy).  This means that we do not currently have a
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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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