The Crossroads Mission came about because the Northern Bishops were with Archbishop
Sentamu on retreat at Lindesfarne and, as they prayed together in their time apart, the
Bishops came up with the desire to come to the Sheffield Diocese on mission.  We in Sheffield
have been chosen to be their first mission as they begin this new venture. So in early
September they will flood the city’s churches. There will be lots of different events and, as
reported in First Words, we in Ecclesfield are included. How exciting is that?

Talking of this the other day someone asked me “Why are these Bishops coming? Do they
think we are all heathens in Sheffield?”  Good question I thought and worth answering.  The
answer is – they do not think this at all.  They have no real knowledge of any of us unless we
are known to them personally. We in Ecclesfield are certainly not heathens, although an
anecdote in Dr Gatty’s book ‘A Life at One Living’ which describes Dr Gatty’s experiences as
vicar of Ecclesfield from 1829 to 1902 might give a very different impression!  

I quote “My parishioners, as a rule are fond of sport; and some will trespass in pursuit of
game, with whom the law must deal.  But when some twenty witnesses falsely swear to an
alibi, out of neighbourly regard for the poacher in the dock, and the Hon. Edwin Lascelles,
the chairman of quarter sessions, asks, “Who is the clergyman of the parish from whence
these witnesses come?” it stings the conscience of the new-made vicar.”

So it is now as it was then, Sheffield, and Ecclesfield within it, is made up of a mixed bag of
folk. Each one unique and irreplaceable. And this is exactly who the Bishops expect to
discover on their visit to us.

They come to bring us the good news of Jesus Christ whoever we are.  What God offers each
one of us is a relationship of love that will be totally fulfilling. He asks of us only that we trust
him and walk this journey of life with him.

For some people that might be a complete and utter surprise, they never having
contemplated the reality of God and his deep and enduring love for each one of us.
For some people it might touch into something that they already know at a deep
unexpressed level, and it may well give them a sense of coming home to a reality into which
they have already touched.

For some people it might refresh and reawaken a faith in God that has grown dusty and
stale through neglect or weariness, doubt or grief or many other reasons. For some people it
might simply be a time of celebration, of sharing with others the liberating truth by which
they try to live their lives.  The knowledge of God’s forgiving, sustaining love bringing such
gratitude and wonder.

Why not come along, meet with friends, and see for yourself?               Jeni Fryer
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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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Loving God, This world you love stands at the crossroads.
Help us help others to discover your Way
to know your Truth and to share your Life
in your dear son Jesus Christ
Inspire us by your Spirit
to sow the good seed of the gospel
throughout this Diocese
with imagination and compassion, that many will come to know you
and many will be strengthened in their faith.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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  • First Words, Prayer for the Month and Thought for the Month have been
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  • Read Bishop Peter's letter for August - Bishop's Letter.
  • The August 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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  • Crossroads - Sheffield is shortly to be blessed by visits from many of the Northern
    Bishops for a few days in early September.  We are lucky to have been chosen to
    welcome Bishop Paul Butler, who is the Bishop of Durham, and his team to Ecclesfield.
    The highlights of their visit will be an event at the Primary School on High Street on
    Saturday 12th September, 7pm to 9pm when we will be encouraged to ‘Grill a Bishop’,
    enjoy refreshments and music and chat together - and where else can you go on a
    Saturday night that won’t cost you a penny?  All are very welcome to this event and
    also to a Celebration Service for the whole village on Sunday 13th September at 10am.
    Do put these dates in your diary and keep alert for whatever else will be happening
    locally and pray that we may show our visitors a real Yorkshire welcome as we listen
    to them and receive from them something more of the God who loves us all so very

  • Harvest – Another date for your diary.  Harvest this year will be celebrated on
    Sunday 11th October. The charities we intend to support this year will be the Archer
    project and Farm Africa. More details in the September magazine.

                                                                                                                            Jeni Fryer
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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.

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Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals are still being taken – Click on links for
more information.

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
Crossroads Mission by the Archbishop of York