|Calendars this year seem fuller than usual with important dates, The Queen’s 90th birthday
on 21st April, her official birthday on 12th June, the start of Euro 2016 on 10th June, The
referendum on 23rd June, Wimbledon on 27th June, the start of the Olympic Games on the
5th August and many more, but did you know that the 28 July 2016 is a very important date
in the Church calendar, that is St Mary’s church calendar. It begins a new chapter in the life,
worship and mission of our church here at St Mary’s as we welcome our new vicar, Tim Gill,
his wife Mandy and their family Thomas, Emily and Kaden.
Whilst our time of interregnum has been longer than we expected it to be, the last 15
months, have been for all of us a time of growing together, encouragement, support and
much love as our ever faithful loving God has enabled, sustained, and strengthened us. We
have witnessed the power of prayer and God’s Holy Spirit at work in our worship and
fellowship together and have been truly blessed through the ministry of all visiting clergy
including Bishops and former vicars of St Mary’s.
Two violins, 1 viola, a cello, double base and a bassoon played by the very gifted and
enthusiastic Ensemble Berlin at the Bradfield Music Festival recently had the audience,
including me, spellbound. Each instrument has its own voice but plays in harmony with the
others. We can’t all be great musicians, but each one of us has our own unique gifts.
Christians believe that God gives different gifts to each one of us; it wouldn’t do if we were all
alike. St Paul compares the Church to a body with many parts. He says the Holy Spirit gives
different gifts to members of the Church, so that each may contribute to the whole. These
gifts are not meant to be kept to ourselves, but shared so that all may work together,
supporting and encouraging each other, as we try to do Christ’s work in the Church and in
Like musicians, athletes, artists and actors, we need to practise, and to exercise our gifts from
God so as to make the best use of them. However, it’s important to remember that, whether
we are very talented, potential musician of the year, gold medallists, or runners up, we are
precious children of God, whose love for us is constant, irrespective of our achievements. It’s
always good to take a moment to think about and give thanks for our own gifts, and to
encourage someone else whose gifts may be different from ours? We all need to ask God to
show us the gifts he has given us and the courage to use those gifts as we look forward to
working alongside our new vicar, sharing our skills and abilities as best we can..
Yes the 28 July 2016 is a very important date for us here at St Mary’s as we welcome Tim
and his family and look forward to his leadership and ministry among us and to discerning
together God’s vision for the next chapter in the life, worship and mission of his church, the
body of Christ here in Ecclesfield. Why not come and join us on Thursday the 28th July at
7.30 as we welcome Tim and his family, pray that they may know God’s every blessing, his
love and his joy in their ministry amongst us.
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
with hope and confidence in our hearts,
we celebrate this time of new beginnings.
Be with us and guide us on our way.
We ask this in Jesus’ name.
And a prayer for reconciliation after the EU Referendum
Eternal God, Light of the nations,
in Christ you make all things new:
guide our nation in the coming days through the inspiration of your Spirit,
that understanding may put an end to discord and all bitterness.
Give us grace to rebuild bonds of trust
that together we may work for the dignity and flourishing of all;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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|Key Contacts during the Interregnum are as below
|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, Sunday Services and Thursday
Communion will continue as normal with the help of visiting clergy and our Ministry Team
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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
|We are delighted this month to welcome Tim Gill our new vicar, his wife Mandy and
their family Thomas, Emily and Kadan to Ecclesfield and St Mary’s. Tim’s Institution
Service is on 28th July at 7.30pm and I do hope you will be able to come along to that
service. As Tim begins his ministry among us I am sure we will allow him the space and the
time to settle into his new surroundings and to get used to us all, which in itself is quite some
In-house Retreat – have you signed up to be a part of this which is happening between the
1st and 28th July. We just ask that you sign up for one day during that period, and to use
that day to hold Tim and his family in prayer as they leave their parish in Liverpool and
move to Ecclesfield, and also to pray for the church members who have signed up to pray for
them the next day.
Over the months of interregnum we have welcomed Bishops and clergy from around the
Diocese and beyond to share ministry amongst us, and we do thank each and every one of
Say farewell to Bishop Steven and Ann at a special service in Sheffield Cathedral on
Sunday 17 July at 4 o’clock. An opportunity to give thanks for their ministry among us
over the last seven years, to pray for them as they prepare to respond to new challenges and
opportunities in the Diocese of Oxford. And to pray for the Diocese of Sheffield as we begin
to explore how God may be calling us to develop our life and ministry together. (You do
need a ticket for this occasion which has to be ordered through a web link. Please let Pat
or Jeni know as soon as possible if you want one).
Open Gardens 24th & 25th June 2017 – yes I know it is 12 months away but it would be
good to have some different gardens within our community open that weekend for people to
view. If this is something you would like to do please telephone our church office on 2450106
or email on email@example.com to let us know you are interested. We
will be having a meeting in the Autumn to plan that weekend.
|Calendars this year seem fuller