Welcome to Rev’d Sharon Wilkinson

Welcome to Rev’d Sharon Wilkinson

A packed St Mary’s last night celebrated the induction and licensing of our new Vicar Rev’d Sharon Wilkinson. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Richmond Rt Rev’d Paul Slater and Archdeacon of Leeds Ven Paul Hooper.

Robert Brudenell who is patron of St Mary’s presented Rev’d Sharon to the Bishop, and local civil and community representatives were on hand to welcome her to the Parish.

It was wonderful to see so many from not only our Parish but from Rev’d Sharon’s previous parishes across the pennines who had made the journey over to support her.

We are looking forward to Rev’d Sharon’s first Sunday service this coming Sunday 26th June at 10.30am. All are welcome!

L-R: Brian Gledhill (Churchwarden), Rt Rev’d Paul Slater (Bishop of Richmond), Rev’d Sharon Wilkinson (Vicar of Woodkirk), Ven Paul Hooper (Archdeacon of Leeds), Neal Pinder-Packard (Churchwarden)

One week to go . . .

One week to go . . .

Service sheet ready and printed. Getting exciting!

Just over a week to go until the licensing of Revd Sharon Wilkinson. The service is on Monday 20th June at 7.30pm. All welcome.

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Easter 2016 at St Mary’s

Easter 2016 at St Mary’s

All are welcome at any of our Easter services

Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd March

7.30pm Compline – a quite reflective night prayer service for Holy Week.

Thursday 24th March

7.30pm Footwashing service. The traditional service to reflect:

14 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”

The_Crucifixion004.jpgGood Friday – 25th March

2.00pm An Hour at the Cross. A quite reflective service of prayer and music. The service concludes outside by the cross at the hour of our Lord’s death.

Easter Eve – Saturday 26th March

8.30pm Easter Eve Vigil. A service of darkness into light. The service starts outside the church door.

The_Empty_Tomb006.jpgEaster Sunday – 27th March

10.30am Service of Light and Holy Communion for Easter. Come and join us as we celebrate the resurrection – a service of light and joy.


Rededication, Thanksgiving and Confirmation

Rededication, Thanksgiving and Confirmation

We were delighted to be joined by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, this morning for a service of Thanksgiving and Rededication following the completion of the redevelopment to the west end of St Mary’s. We were also joined by our patron, Robert Brudenell, representatives of the contractors (Roy C Smith Ltd) and other local dignitaries.

As part of the rededication, Gemma Hornby was confirmed by Bishop Nick.

The vision of the redevelopment started in 2009 when feedback from organisations and the community all pointed towards a more flexible space in church including a kitchenette and toilet to move the church forwards. This became the core of our Transformational Plan and 6 years on this vision has become a reality. We now have a disabled ramp, toilets (disabled as well), and kitchenette all disguised by curved seating which harks back to the monastic beginnings of St Mary’s near 1000 years ago.

This service was not held to mark the end of the project, but the beginning of a new chapter in the life of St Mary’s. One which is more outward-looking to minister further into the community.

St Mary’s embarks on a new chapter of its ministry. We give thanks for God’s provision, and rededicate our building and ourselves to serve God afresh in this generation.

Thanks be to God!


Bishop Nick with Gemma Hornby, confirmed this morning.


A large congregation joined us for the service. The font can be seen in its new position. Many have commented they cannot imagine it being in another place now!


Bishop Nick with Vicar Amanda Barraclough


Special Remembrance Service

Special Remembrance Service


Our Remembrance Service is at 10.30 on 9th November. This would normally be our All-Age worship, and activities will be in the Parish Centre organised for children if they wish to remember in that way.

As the centenary of the outbreak of World War I it will be especially significant and poignant. We will be distributing replica copies of the Gospel of St John which relive those given to each soldier serving during the Great War. For many of these young men the comfort and strength they found in the words in that small gospel were a lifeline to them. For some the physical presence of that small gospel in their breast pocket proved to be the difference between life and death.

Each gospel has a page within it where a soldier is invited to complete a personal declaration of personal commitment to follow Jesus as a Christian disciple. These pages, returned to relatives with their personal effects in the event of their death, have brought deep comfort to families.

We are asking people to take one of these gospels only if they have a serious intent to read it and find the same comfort and strength for themselves which these soldiers found. Each deserves to be treated as much more than a souvenir. Generally speaking it is not the book which saves lives – it is the words within it. To put on a shelf or in a cupboard misses the point.

Easter 2016 at St Mary’s

Easter Services 2014


Easter Services 2014

Sunday 13th April – Palm Sunday

10.30am Palm Sunday All-Age Worship – start in the Parish Centre
12.00pm Palm Sunday Communion in church

Monday 14th April

7.00pm Compline – short reflective service

Tuesday 15th April

7.00pm Compline – short reflective service

Wednesday 16th April

10.00am Holy Communion (1662 setting)

Thursday 17th April – Maundy Thursday

7.00pm Passover Meal in the Parish Centre, and church will then be open until 10.00pm for prayer

Friday 18th April – Good Friday

2.00pm An Hour at the Cross

Saturday 19th April – Easter Saturday

8.30pm Easter Eve Reflective Service

Sunday 20th April – Easter Sunday

10.30am All-Age Communion for Easter