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Tuesday 9.00am to 1.00pm
Thursday 9.00am to 12.00pm
Telephone 0114 245 0106

Please can you have any work to be done in the office at least two days before required.

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Baptism Enquiries
Should be made to Pat Clarke   0114 257 7191

Wedding Enquiries
During Church Office Hours should be made to:
Jean Fowler   0114 245 0106
The Weekly Notices Page
We welcome all who are baptised to share in the bread and the wine.
Gift Aid Envelopes
If you are a tax payer you can increase your gift to the church by 28p in the pound by putting
your collection in the white gift aid envelopes. Please do this whenever possible, not
forgetting to fill in your name, address and to sign it. The details you provide are completely
confidential and will not be used for any other contact

Parish Magazine
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General Notices
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Holy Communion
Our practise is for you to receive the consecrated wafer into your hand.
If you do not wish to drink from the common cup then please take the wafer only
Food Banks
We are no longer able to accept donations however you can help to support the local
foodbank by donating money at this link   
S6 Foodbank
Or by visiting their main website at the link below for other giving options
Electoral Roll
If you come to Church here in Ecclesfield and you’re not on the Church Electoral
Roll we would encourage you to put your name forward. Forms and further details are
available from the Church wardens.  Please give your completed forms to Pat Hawley (or a
church warden if Pat is not available)
New feature - Bible readings are now provided as links to the BibleGateway  
click on readings to read online. Version - NRSVA
Your giving to the work of the church
There is more than one way of giving
1. Bankers Order
2. Gift Aid envelopes if you are a  tax payer
3. Stewardship Envelopes
4. On the collection plate

For further information see: -
Audrey Sidebottom – Treasurer or Ian Hartshorne – Giving Director
All Public Services are suspended until further notice
See the Home Page for more information

Bell Ringers
In line with current advice we will no longer be meeting to ring the bells
until advised that it is safe to do so. Philip Hirst - Tower Captain

Youth Fellowship
Meetings cancelled until further notice

Lent Group
Meetings cancelled until further notice

Parish Magazines
The Parish Magazine will be made available on-line to all website visitors

Church Cleaning
Thanks to all who contributed to the cost of cleaning the Church. Last year you contributed
£700. This amount covered half the annual cost of the cleaner. Most people that give
towards the cleaner give about £20. Thank you. The finance team

Church Finances
It looks as though we will have a deficit in 2020 of around £3000. We are not planning a
stewardship campaign in 2020 as we will be putting our time and energy into raising funds
for Disabled Access and to try and get the Church path sorted. When I realised that we
were facing a loss this year I also realised that I haven't increased my monthly giving by
inflation for the past 3 years. I also realised that if everyone at St Mary's who can afford to
do so made a small monthly increase in their giving of around £1 per week we would be
able to make up most of the shortfall. I am aware that St Mary's is a very generous Church
so I ask you to pray about this and respond however God prompts you. Many thanks, God
bless, Tim
For people who give by bankers order
There are now slips in a basket near the hymn books. If you give by bankers Order please
take one and put it on the collection plate during the service. It was felt that giving by Bank
Orders should be recognised and blessed along with other gifts on the collection plate
All meetings are CANCELLED until further notice.
Standing Notices
Mothers’ Union Notices
Old Testament

Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67

The servant said to Laban, “I am Abraham’s servant. The Lord has greatly blessed my
master, and he has become wealthy; he has given him flocks and herds, silver and gold,
male and female slaves, camels and donkeys. And Sarah my master’s wife bore a son to
my master when she was old; and he has given him all that he has. My master made me
swear, saying, ‘You shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites,
in whose land I live; but you shall go to my father’s house, to my kindred, and get a wife
for my son.’

“I came today to the spring, and said, ‘O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, if now you
will only make successful the way I am going! I am standing here by the spring of water;
let the young woman who comes out to draw, to whom I shall say, “Please give me a little
water from your jar to drink,” and who will say to me, “Drink, and I will draw for your
camels also” —let her be the woman whom the Lord has appointed for my master’s son.’

“Before I had finished speaking in my heart, there was Rebekah coming out with her
water jar on her shoulder; and she went down to the spring, and drew. I said to her,
‘Please let me drink.’ She quickly let down her jar from her shoulder, and said, ‘Drink, and
I will also water your camels.’ So I drank, and she also watered the camels. Then I asked
her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom
Milcah bore to him.’ So I put the ring on her nose, and the bracelets on her arms. Then I
bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master
Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s
kinsman for his son. Now then, if you will deal loyally and truly with my master, tell me; and
if not, tell me, so that I may turn either to the right hand or to the left.”

And they called Rebekah, and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” She said, “I will.”
So they sent away their sister Rebekah and her nurse along with Abraham’s servant and
his men. And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “May you, our sister, become
thousands of myriads; may your offspring gain possession of the gates of their foes.”
Then Rebekah and her maids rose up, mounted the camels, and followed the man; thus
the servant took Rebekah, and went his way. Now Isaac had come from Beer-lahai-roi,
and was settled in the Negeb. Isaac went out in the evening to walk in the field; and
looking up, he saw camels coming. And Rebekah looked up, and when she saw Isaac,
she slipped quickly from the camel, and said to the servant, “Who is the man over there,
walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil
and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then
Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent. He took Rebekah, and she became his
wife; and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost - 5th July
Liturgy for the main service will be as below:
The Epistle
The Gospel

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Jesus said to the crowd, “To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in
the marketplaces and calling to one another,

‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man
came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax
collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have
hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes,
Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my
Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except
the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will
find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Romans 7:15-25a

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.
Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do
it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my
flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I
do not want is what I do. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that
dwells within me.

So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I
delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with
the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.
Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God
through Jesus Christ our Lord!
The Collect
O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our
neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our
whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever  

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version
Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the
USA, and used by permission.

The Collects, Psalms and Canticles are from the Book of Common Prayer, 1979.
Services are suspended until further notice
Church now open for private prayer only - see Home page