A warm welcome to the parishes of Richmond with Hudswell and Downholme and Marske. 
Our churches are inclusive centres of community where all are welcome. In our worship, our fellowship, and our service to the wider community our vision is to be a people and a place where love works
In the light of the Government’s lockdown measures we are now able to open our churches for private prayer. We will post the times when we are open on this page. We will review this daily so please keep an eye on this website. Daily between 9am until mid afternoon.
We continue to remain together online with a range of worship and prayer resources available on this website (please see the Latest Resources and Podcasts Page) and on St Mary's Church Facebook page.  We have also set up networks of pastoral care and prayer support across the Benefice.  
Our website aims to help you find out what’s on, who we are and what we do. Please contact us if there is anything further you would like to know.
The shape of our worship may be changing but our commitment to being a people and a place where love works continues. Please see our Giving page for details of our Charitable Giving programme.
The ongoing work of St Mary's depends on our giving: the Giving option on our Giving page indicates ways to join a Planned Giving scheme or to make a donation (or you can quickly click on the Donate button at the foot of this page).
Thank you for your support,
Martin Fletcher
Gillian is to start ordination training!
Over recent years many people have told Gillian “she should be a vicar”.
Naturally, this has been slightly scary for her – but she listened, and she prayed.
Then she entered a ‘discernment process’ beginning with meeting the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and culminating in a series of interviews with representatives of the national church.
Appropriately, it was on Ascension Day (21 May) that she finally heard that the ‘Bishops’ Advisory Panel’ have recommended her for training.
The training course will be the next stage in the discernment process – after which she would be ordained as a deacon and become a full-time stipendiary curate (just like our curate-to-be Paul Sunderland). This could be anywhere.
Her course will probably begin in September at Cranmer Hall in Durham. Sadly for us, it will mean that she will need to withdraw from us.
This will of course mean big changes for the Lunn family, and for us – but with the arrival of Paul and Jeanette due at the beginning of July it does seem that the timing is right!
On behalf of us all, I offer Gillian heartfelt congratulations and pray for every blessing on the next chapter of her journey.

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