The day of Pentecost came, May 24th, and it rained but did it dampen our spirits, no. The
guide May Queen’s, their attendances, members of Rainbows, Brownies and Guides, their
families and members of St Mary’s still walked from the Co-op to church – what a great
witness to a great day of celebration. Yes it would have been good to gather outside as usual
for our Pentecost service but being inside did not deter us at all as we worshipped and
celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and the official birthday of the Church.
The outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the helper, the one who Jesus promised, would
accompany the disciples and us in life and faith, the Spirit who the disciples describe as a
rushing wind and flames enabled insecure and fearful individuals to become powerful and
effective witnesses to the Good News of Jesus.
We often describe the Spirit as the way in which God sustains us in our lives. We cannot see
him but we know he exists because of his effects – rather like energy. We can’t see electricity
and yet we know it exists because of what it does. We cannot see love, but we have no doubt
that it exists because of the effect it has on us. So it is with the Holy Spirit.
We cannot see him but recognise his presence in many ways - in experiences we have of God
that we can’t quite explain, or when we feel inspired with the fruit of the Spirit that St Paul
described (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self-control), with
creative gifts (music, art, craft, words) or with gifts of healing and teaching.
The Holy Spirit is offered unconditionally to everyone but is only received if we open our
hearts and minds to him. As Christians we are challenged to do this and to allow him to take
over our lives, to work and to pray in us, so that we become more ‘in Christ’ and he in us.
Only in the strength of the Holy Spirit can Christ’s love be made known in the world,
overflowing through us as we work for peace and justice, show compassion, mercy,
acceptance and forgiveness.
Our God is longing for his church to be alive with the active power of the Spirit. May we
have the courage, however old or young we are, in the faith, to be like those early disciples
and dare once more to open ourselves to what God has in store for us and for His church
through the gift of His Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus. So let’s remember to ask God, not just at
Pentecost but every day, for a fresh outpouring of his Holy Spirit for us as individuals, our
church family and for all people everywhere. Through the Spirit, Jesus will always
strengthen our faith, enable us to witness and to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
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
|The Birth of John the Baptist
by whose providence your servant John the Baptist
was wonderfully born,
and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour
by the preaching of repentance:
lead us to repent according to his preaching
and, after his example,
constantly to speak the truth, boldly to rebuke vice,
and patiently to suffer for the truth's sake;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
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- Read Bishop Peter's letter for June - Bishop's Letter.
- The June 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
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- New Page - 6 Faces in a Wall - St. Mary’s link with local sculptor Andrew Vickers
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- A concert by Grenoside Singers is being held in St Mary’s on Friday 12 June at 7.15
pm. Tickets £5.00 each can be bought from the Church Coffee Shop on a Tuesday or
- Bishopscroft Garden Open Day - Bishop Steven is holding a Garden Open Day on
28 June, 2pm – 5pm. All welcome, entrance £2. All proceeds to be donated to the
Cathedral Toddler Group and Archer Project.
- Prayer Breakfast - Our next prayer breakfast is on the 20 June at 9.00am in Church.
Why not come and join us.
- Ignatian Prayer is on the last Monday of each month in Church at 7.30pm the next
one being on the 29 June. It offers a quiet space for reflective prayer. All welcome.
- On Friday the 8th May the 70th Anniversary of Victory in Europe bell-ringers
from all over the Country were asked to ring. St Mary’s ringers rang a peal of 5040
changes of a method called Yorkshire Surprise Royal which took 3 hours and 5
minutes. Devised in the 1700’s a peal is a special piece of ringing consisting of at least
5000 different changes rung without repeating or stopping. Over the centuries 100 of
these have been rung at St Mary’s.
- A Big Thank You to everyone who supported the Emley Band Concert and Help
for Heroes on 9 May. The Band, as usual, were on top form and we look forward to
welcoming them back later in the year.
In this time of change at St Mary’s, as we await the appointment of a new Vicar, please
continue to hold in your thoughts and prayers our Churchwardens, Ministry team, PCC and
all members of our church fellowship.
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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
Further details of the vacancy (advert) and Link to Parish Profile
Giving life to all life,
Moving all creatures,
Root of all things,
Washing them clean,
Wiping out their mistakes,
Healing their wounds,
You are our true life,
Awakening the heart
From its ancient sleep
St Hildegard of Bingen