|St. Mary’s Ecclesfield is run in the way most churches are within the Church of England.
The Church of England is organised into two provinces; each led by an archbishop
(Canterbury for the Southern Province and York for the Northern). These two provinces cover
England, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, the Isles of Scilly and even a small part of
Each province is built from Dioceses. There are 43 in England and the Diocese in Europe has
clergy and congregations in the rest of Europe, Morocco, Turkey and the Asian countries of
the former Soviet Union.
Each Diocese (except Europe) is divided into parishes. The parish is the heart of the Church of
England. Each parish is overseen by a parish priest (usually called a vicar or rector). From
ancient times through to today, they, and their Bishop, are responsible for the 'cure of souls' in
their parish. This means that the vicar is responsible for caring for everyone in the parish, not
just church members. And this explains why parish priests are so involved with the key issues
and problems affecting the whole community. In some Dioceses, such as Sheffield, parishes
are grouped into a body which is smaller than the whole Diocese, known as a Deanery.
Ecclesfield is in the Deanery named after itself which is made up of a total of 19 parishes.
|The Dioceses of England
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|Vicar and Clergy
The vicar is the spiritual leader of the church, but is supported by a range of people all of
whom have roles and responsibilities in ensuring that the church is managed and thrives.
The church is run by a committee called the Parochial Church Council (PCC) which meets on
a monthly basis.
The PCC is the group responsible for managing all aspects of the church. It consists of the
Vicar and any other permanent clergy, the Churchwardens (1), Readers and delegates to
Deanery and Diocesan Committees plus 9 members, elected by the church (1).
The PCC meets on a monthly basis.
There are four main sub-committees or teams reporting to the PCC:
These teams make recommendations to the main PCC meeting as appropriate.
Church members elect members of the PCC at the Annual General Meeting – however, all people
in the parish are allowed to be involved in the selection of the Churchwardens at the Annual
Parochial Meeting because in the past, Churchwardens were responsible for civil order as well as
for the church.
NB: AGM Reports are available on-line at this link AGM Reports
Back in the 1950s, approximately 85% of C of E income came from investments and 15% from
parish giving. To-day, because of inflation and the provision of pensions for clergy – which did
not exist in the past – 85% of all income is raised from collections at services and fees from
weddings and funerals and only 15% from investment. Although the Church of England is a
large land owner, much of the land, such as Ecclesfield churchyard, cannot be sold or used for
In practice, this means that Ecclesfield Church is funded from the people who attend plus fees
from the weddings and funerals – and over 50% of all the income is given to the Diocese of
Sheffield which with the wider church pays for the clergy, their housing and pensions.
Contrary to the popular held belief, there are no major handouts from the State or the
Church of England to provide the services or maintain and run the building.
The total cost of running the church in Ecclesfield is approximately £2,000 each week to run –
this includes clergy salaries, housing and pensions, administration and expenses, plus heating
and lighting of the building, insurance, provision and maintenance of an alarm system and
As can be seen on other parts of the website, Ecclesfield Church building is an ancient one,
much of it 500 years old with some parts more than 800 years old. The building is Grade 1
listed and no work other than minor maintenance and repairs can be done without legal
permission and reference to English Heritage through the Faculty process. There is always
work to be done and it is probably true to say that, if we had the money it would be possible
to spend literally millions of pounds on restoration and improvement.
Fortunately, the building is in reasonable condition for its age and routine maintenance is
fairly low. Because the income we generate is not sufficient to provide for anything other than
minor routine maintenance, all major projects have to be funded by special fundraising
appeals or through the donations of generous benefactors. We have also been fortunate in
receiving grants from English Heritage through the Heritage Lottery Fund in the past.
|The Gatty Hall
The Gatty Hall was originally part of the church but in the early 1970s, a Charitable Trust was
set up to run and administer the hall for the benefit and use of the local community. The hall is
now self-funding and self-managed with major projects paid for by fund-raising and by
grants from local bodies. (see also Ecclesfield Millennium Appeal).
St. Mary’s Tea Room
For a period of over 10 years, the church provided a Tea Room in Court House Antiques.
Staffed by volunteers, this was a way of reaching out to the community of Ecclesfield and
visitors from other places and also a means of raising valuable funds to help pay for
maintenance and improvements to the church building. The Tea Room became well known
for its fresh tea and coffee and some marvellous cakes.
Court House Antiques closed in 2006 but the tradition is carried on with tea, coffee and
refreshments served in the church building on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
|Church and the Environment
Looking after a medieval building and trying to be environmentally friendly is not easy. We
cannot install cavity wall insulation or double glazing but are making every reasonable effort
to conserve energy and re-cycle.
At St Mary's - Ecclesfield, we meet this challenge in the following ways:
The interior lighting was replaced in 2003 with high efficiency metal halide units. The whole of
the inside of the building, including the offices, takes 6 Kilowatts to light – some 50% less than
the previous scheme. The external floodlighting is high efficiency high pressure sodium, using
a total of only 500 watts – equivalent to a single domestic halogen floodlight!
The Clock and Clock Tower are lit separately and paid for by Sheffield City Council as it is a
A high efficiency gas boiler was installed in 2005. By using a sophisticated computer
control system which senses the outside and inside air temperatures and changes in them, and
keeping the internal temperature to no more than 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit),
we keep our energy consumption as low as is possible
All paper printed for use in services is re-cycled using the Sheffield Blue Box scheme. Our
website also helps to protect the environment because all the pictures and documents can be
Facilities for the Disabled
We want the church building to be accessible to all. We have a disabled toilet, a hearing loop
on the sound system, two wheelchairs inside and portable ramps to enable wheelchair access.
Design feasibility work continues to find a more permanent method of access for the
disabled, which meets both the legislation for access (DDA) and blends in with the architecture
of the building meeting the legislation on listed buildings – a real challenge!
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|Baby Changing Facility
|Large Print Hymn Books
|Hearing Loop and Sound
|Assistance and Guide
|Church Open Weekdays
|Live Music for Services
|Audio Visual Aids
|Bells and Bell Ringers
Tuesday & Friday
|Information and Guides
|Grade 1 Listed Building
|Tower and Crenulated
|Adjacent Gatty Hall
Available for Hire
|We Support FairTrade
|Stained Glass Windows
|Some features of our Church
|Ecclesfield Millennium Appeal
This was conceived in 1998 by the vicar of Ecclesfield at the time, James Forrester, as a way of
marking the Millennium in a permanent way. The objective was to do something lasting for
the village and improvements to the village hall and the church were chosen.
Sheffield football legend, the late Derek Dooley MBE, launched the appeal in February 2000,
together with the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, major sponsors of the appeal and a number of
other companies and guests. The launch was featured in Sheffield Star, Sheffield Telegraph, a
range of local papers and was featured on Radio Sheffield and Yorkshire TV Calendar South.
Over the period 1999 to 2003, a total of just over £140,000 was raised. Major grants received
included £5,000 from St. Mary’s Lane Trust for the Gatty Hall, a Heritage Lottery Fund grant
of nearly £40,000 towards the work in the church plus a considerable financial input from St.
Mary’s Tea Rooms. Projects which were funded as a result were:
A dedication service took place in Ecclesfield Church February 2004 with The Rev. James
Forrester formally opening the new rooms and the Archdeacon of Sheffield, Ven. Richard
Blackburn, giving the sermon. Guests of honour included the Right Worshipful the Lord
Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Mrs Diane Leek, and the Bishop of Sheffield, the Right
Reverend Jack Nicholls.”
|Her Majesty the Queen is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and she also has a
unique and special relationship with the Church of Scotland, which is a Free Church. In the
Church of England she appoints archbishops, bishops and deans of cathedrals on the advice of
the Prime Minister. The two archbishops and 24 senior bishops sit in the House of Lords,
making a major contribution to Parliament's work.
The Church of England has 108 bishops and is governed by a Synod. The General Synod is
elected from the laity and clergy of each diocese and meets in London or York at least twice
annually to consider legislation for the good of the Church.
The Archbishops' Council was established in 1999 to co-ordinate, promote, aid and further the
mission of the Church of England. It is composed of 19 members and 7 directors whose task is
to give a clear sense of direction to the Church nationally and support the Church locally.
|Security and Alarm Systems
It has sadly become impossible to leave the building open all the time
without someone to guard the fabric and fittings. Thefts of metal from the
roof have also resulted in the installation over a number of years of a
sophisticated alarm system.
The building now has:-