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    St Mary's is open every day from 9.30am - 4pm,
    and everyone is invited to come and light a candle in prayer.


     Our main Sunday service is Communion at 9.30am.  

    On the first Sunda
    of the month we have All Age Worship at 9.30am followed by a Communion Service at 11.15am. 

    Morning Prayer is said every weekday at 8.30am. 

    There is a short service of Holy Communion on Tuesdays at 10.30am. We call this Quiet Communion as there are no hymns.

    Tuesday Teas takes place between 2 and 4pm  every Tuesday, when tea, coffee and cake are served.

    Smiley Faces, our Toddler Praise group, takes place on Fridays in term time between 1.45 and 3.15pm.

    Coffee, tea, juice and biscuits are served after the 9.30am service every Sunday, and after Quiet Communion (10.30am) on Tuesdays. 


    What's on at St Mary's:   view this week's news-sheet.

    Who's who at St Mary's: contact

    How to find us: map

    St Mary's Church, Kirk Lane, Embsay, North Yorkshire, BD23 6SF

    Regular services: services


    A wheelchair and ramps are available to assist access. Please ask a member of the congregation.


  • This Week



    Looking Both Ways

    And what a super view it is!

    The East window has been re-installed and timed perfectly for Easter. Alleluia indeed! Capronnier’s work looks stunning and for the first time in a generation we can see its full glory. Our thanks go to Jonathan and Ruth Cooke whose skilled craftsmanship and meticulous organisation have achieved this. Their attention now moves to the West window at the base of the tower and to the remaining windows which are in need of attention. All works should be completed by the end of the summer.

    During the recent months the children and teachers at Embsay school have been working on designs for seven panels of painted silk which represent familiar scenes from the Bible. We were fortunate to have Noah, the Nativity and the Good Samaritan holding our attention in front of the scaffolding which covered the East window. These panels have attracted a wealth of praise and they add richly to the interest and diversity of St Mary’s. We plan to share the seven panels in rotation with the school so that they can become more permanent features of our church. We owe a big “Thank You” to all at the school, as well as members of St Mary’s, whose hard work and attention to detail have made these so successful.

     For more information contact:  Peter Edwards: edwards@fullacott.plus.com  tel. 01756799356


    What's going on around St Mary's

    Our West Window is back and the scaffolding will go on Monday.What a joy to see the full colours again and to know that it has been stabilized from its extremely fragile condition. The next stage is the removal on June 17th of the windows in the toilet and vestry.

    Turning to Christ, the course begins this week on 12thJune at 1.30: please refer to the slip in your service sheet today or contact Tim or Bob.

    Revd Janet Clasper is retiring in July and her last service in Embsay will be the joint service on June 30th:Janet has been a good friend to St Mary’s so please make a note of the date in your diaries. If you would like to contribute towards a gift for her, please give it to Liz.

    Visit our BookBox:  Pam Shackleton is maintaining a selection of nearly new books for £1 each with proceeds to St Mary’s funds. Check it out over coffee (next to the piano).

    Sunday June 9th, Songs of Praise at Bolton Priory following the annual pilgrimage from Embsay:  departs St Mary’s at 2.00pm prompt.

    The Vicarage Garden Party will be on Saturday June 21st Sue Davies has lists for helpers to sign up and for items needed

    The Village History Walk and BBQwill be on Saturday July 27th. This is early warning of the date. Details from Sue Stearn, Sue Davies or Peter.

    Filing Cabinet:we need a four-drawer, lockable filing cabinet for the vicarage. If you know of one going begging, please tell Peter.



    • Sunday 9 June, 2pmJoint Pilgrimage walk from St Mary’s to Bolton Priory followed by Songs of Praise and tea.
    • Monday 10thJune 7.30: Life of the Church in Sudan. St George’s, Leeds.
    • Tuesday June 11th12.00: PCC Standing Committee meeting at Elm Croft.
    • Wednesday June 12th, 10.15am - Stained glass workshops.
    • Wednesday June 12th1.30pm Turning to Christ.
    • Sunday 16thJune – Hope for Our Calling.
    • Tuesday June 18th, 7.00pm:  PCC Meeting at St Mary’s.


  • A Prayer for Today

    Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
    ignite in us your holy fire;
    strengthen your children
    with the gift of faith,
    revive your Church with the breath of love,
    and renew the face of the earth,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,


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