This September brings an important development in education provision for our area with
the opening of the new Chapeltown Academy. As the Vicar of Ecclesfield I welcome this
addition to the already rich diversity of educational opportunities in our area. The focus on
A-Levels will provide an extra dimension of choice for young people and parents when it
comes to post-16 education.
This is an exciting time for me as the Vicar of the Parish within which the new Academy is
located, but also as a parent. More choice for young people and more choice for parents will
help us build diverse and sustainable communities that foster excellence and achievement,
both academic and vocational. The North of Sheffield is home to many bright and motivated
young people and the Chapeltown Academy will, amongst other providers, help to nurture
the gifts and talents that they possess.
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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|First Thoughts - The Vicar's Letter
|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 Family Life
God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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- First Words, Prayer for the Month and First Thoughts have been updated for
August - see below
- Read Bishop Steven's letter for August - Bishop's Letter.
- New Forthcoming Event Emley Brass Band Concert - Forthcoming Events
- New Page - 6 Faces in a Wall - St. Mary’s link with local sculptor Andrew Vickers
- New Feature - You can now read copies of the Parish Magazine On-Line.
- New videos added May 2013. 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.
- Listen Again - Listen again to recently recorded Sunday sermons including; Easter,
Palm Sunday, The Lenten Reflections etc.
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- Church Open For Business In August - One of the things that’s always pleased me at
Ecclesfield Church is that people have a 52-weeks-a-year commitment. The Church
continues to offer a full range of Services and activities in August and I’d encourage
you to check out the diary page for more information.
- Children In Church – The More, The Merrier! - It’s great that we’re able to welcome so
many children into Church at the moment. Our Sunday Club is doing well and we’re
slowly building up our monthly “Living Stones” Service. We offer an unwavering
commitment to parents and carers that there will always be something for children at
EVERY 10 o’clock Sunday Service, 52 weeks of the year. When there’s no Sunday
Club we get the children involved in the sermon and in setting up the altar. We also
provide activity packs. The whole Church is enriched by the presence of young and old
alike. That’s what it means to be a family!
People, young and old alike, all come in different shapes and sizes and our faith teaches us to
value each person in their individuality. To value somebody is to allow them to thrive. Jesus
often surprised those around him by what he said and by who he associated with. He didn’t
look for tribal, political or intellectual loyalties; he looked for a common strand of humanity
and the valuing and nurturing of this humanity. I would hope that, come September, all of
our community will unite behind the Academy. It’s not a matter of politics but of supporting
an education provider that will bring benefit to our children and our grandchildren. It’s all
about humanity: rich, diverse, challenging and exciting!
There is a certain political dimension to the creation of “Free Schools”, of which the
Chapeltown Academy is one. This has led to some significant words of discouragement from
certain community figures, not least of which is the local MP. The Church is, of course, not
aloof from the world of politics, yet we possess an overarching commitment to conversation
|First World War Centenary Commemoration
First World War Centenary Commemoration is shaped around the themes of remembrance.
Youth and education. Within those themes local communities will tell their own stories
which are likely to focus on issues including:-
Why remembering matters, honouring bravery and sacrifice, the impact on the development
of Britain, the role of allies and the Commonwealth, local connections and contributions to
the war, reconciliation in today’s world.
There is a Service in Glasgow Cathedral Monday 4th August 2014, and Westminster Abbey
will broadcast parts of a vigil to mark the commemoration of war.
Churches have been asked, if possible, to keep their doors open at some point during that
day to mark a vigil of peace, and for prayer.
St Mary’s will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm on Monday 4th August.