I am delighted to say that from Wednesday 8th July, St Mary's will be open for private prayer on Wednesday mornings between 9.30 - 11.30 am. There is no need to book, but when you come you will notice that things are different, and in particular that you will be asked to take precautions against the spread of Covid-19. If you are feeling ill, or have been feeling ill within the previous 7 days, or if any member of your household has, please stay at home.
The PCC (Church Council) is also considering when and how St Mary's will re-open for Sunday worship. For the time being we will continue to livestream our Sunday 10 am service on our Facebook page here, and would love you to join us. https://www.facebook.com/stmarysoxenhope/
Tomorrow morning our sermon will be from Sam Mawer. In it Sam highlights a short piece by an Episcopal priest called Justin Holcomb, entitled What is Grace. The link to this piece is here: https://www.christianity.com/theology/what-is-grace.html
If you want to follow along with the words of the service, you can find them on our A Church Near You page here, by clicking on View Attachment. https://www.achurchnearyou.com/…/service-an…/events-regular/
Because the sermon is by Sam, and because I’m not very technologically adept, we’ll do the same thing that we did a few weeks ago, whereby I will do a short service with no sermon, and then immediately afterwards, Sam will log on and do the sermon. So when the service is finished, please stay on the Facebook page so that you can hear what Sam has to say.
This week we have two crafts which the children might enjoy. These are attached at the bottom - with very many thanks to Sam Mawer and Joyce Cross for sharing these.
Rota for Wednesdays
Opening for private prayer requires us to have Monitors on site to ensure that social distancing is maintained. Several people have offered to be on a rota, but if you have not yet, and you would not mind, or would even enjoy, spending a couple of hours on a Wednesday morning, round about once a month, in church, please do let me know. For those of you who have already volunteered, I will be in touch later today with a rota for July.
Cornerstone Christian Bookshop
This week I had an email from Cornerstone Christian Bookshop in Skipton. They have been able to reopen to a limited extent, but they note that they are finding the current situation financially challenging. In particular, if you normally take Bible Reading notes from them, you can go up this Monday between 10-3 to collect them. They are also able to follow up on orders, so if you need any Christian books, Bibles, Bible reading notes or children’s resources, please do get in touch with them and they will be able to order them for you. Their number is 01756 793673, and their website
www.cornerstoneskipton.co.uk. Please do support them if you can, it would be a great shame if we lost them.
God bless you.