An invitation to Sunday's 10am Communion Service

(with Paul preaching)

  • 12/07/2020 10:00 - 11:30
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 171

Dear friends,

On behalf of the Benefice of Richmond with Hudswell and Downholme and Marske I would like to invite you to join our live 10am Communion Service.

The Zoom link is shown at the foot of this message. (A telephone number is included alongside the video link if you would rather dial in.)

You will be welcome to sign in at any time from 9:30 and we will be joined by friends who are not online via our alternative ‘dial-in’ option.

The words of the service are attached, along with the readings and the hymn, ‘Christ whose glory fills the skies’.

Our Curate Paul will be preaching and his sermon will be available as a separate Podcast on our website: .

Before 10am, as you are admitted from the Zoom ‘Waiting Room’, your microphone will be open to enable conversation if you wish, and as the service starts your microphone will be muted for you. At the end of the service your microphone will be opened again and I do hope you will stay on for a time of fellowship.

Regrettably, only I will be able to receive the consecrated bread and wine. However, I will do so on behalf of us all. The rest of us will be making a ‘Spiritual Communion’, as  summarised in the order of service.

May I take this opportunity to mention the range of resources available on which includes daily podcasts of Morning Prayer recorded by Scott and Gillian. Another daily event is Compline at 8pm, on Zoom. Invitations are sent each day to anyone interested in joining and if you would like to receive these please contact Gillian on . There is also a ‘dial-in’ Compline at 6:30pm on Wednesdays and Sundays: again please contact Gillian for further details. 

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.



10am Benefice Communion Service

12 July 2020 (please join at any time from 9:30):  or telephone 0131 460 1196

Meeting ID: 838 9650 0017

Password: 681885

Letter from Bishop Nick to all the parishes in our Diocese

  • 10 July 2020
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 72
Letter from Bishop Nick to all the parishes in our Diocese

To all parishes in the Diocese of Leeds

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are living through challenging and extraordinary times. The church, committed to the real world and the communities in which we are set, has continued to worship and serve despite the restrictions. Given the nature of the virus, it will be some time before we emerge into something resembling ‘normality’. We have to be clear and honest about that.

Thank you for the remarkable ways you have continued to be the church … in the world … even if the buildings had to be closed for a long time. I want to say one or two things to encourage you, building on material you might have seen on the diocesan website or had passed to you from letters I have written to the clergy.

Inhabiting the Scriptures

Lockdown and our attempts to innovate ways of worshipping together have been experienced by many as a sort of ‘exile’. In the Old Testament prophets (such as Isaiah) we see people exiled to a strange land where nothing is familiar. All that shaped their life and worship had been stripped away. They lamented the loss of their familiar life (and what this said about God and them); they tried to come to terms with the present realities; and they then began to look forward to shaping a different future.

This time in our life enables us to re-read the biblical experience afresh – so much of the Bible was written by and for people whose normality was uncertainty and fragility. This also accords with the daily experience of most Christians around the world, including those in our link dioceses in Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania and Pakistan. Let’s not waste the opportunity to learn anew how to live with uncertainty, aware of our own limitations and fragility.

Being the church

The Church of England has a unique vocation in and for England: we are committed to particular places. We are called to pray for those in our parishes, to be the answer to our prayers when appropriate, to love and serve those in need, to care for the sick and to support those who mourn, and reach out with the good news of God’s grace. We have been doing all this – and will continue to do so into the future. We know we are not always strong, but God is and we trust in him … whatever comes our way.


We don’t know what the future church might look like in every place, but we do have a role in shaping it. There will be things we need to let go of and new ways of being that are being discovered or yet to be discovered. We will emerge at different paces over the coming months and care needs to be taken over how and when we open our buildings and hold onto the new forms we have learned recently. Church House is providing detailed and digested guidance at every step, but your archdeacon and area bishop are there to be consulted for any support as we move forward.

Encouragement and challenge

I mainly want to thank and encourage you. We will face big questions – nationally as well as in our diocese – about finance and buildings, threats and opportunities. But, as a diocese we are confident and well set up to face these. Indeed, we have been doing just this since our creation in April 2014; so, this isn’t a new challenge. You can be confident that we will deal with the challenges of the months ahead with confidence in God, confidence in the Gospel, confidence in our clergy and lay leaders, confidence in our unique vocation as a church to worship and serve God together.

So, be encouraged. Use the resources available to you in the diocese and parish. Pray simply and hop

Zoom Quiz Night - Thursday 9th July at 7pm

led by Paul and Jeanette

  • 09/07/2020 19:00 - 20:30
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 127

Dear friends,

Please join our Benefice Quiz Night – on Thursday 9th July at 7pm (see the Zoom link below).

The Quiz will be led by our new arrivals, Paul and Jeanette Sunderland. This will be a great way for us to get to know them (and for them to get to know us).  

The Benefice Zoom Quiz is really easy to enter:

  • before the 9th just click on the Donate button at the foot of the church website and make a suggested donation of between £2 and £5
  • on the 9th join at any time from 6:45pm by clicking on the link (or dialling the number) shown at the foot of this message: your ‘team’ will be your box in the Zoom gallery
  • bring your own drinks and nibbles!

Afterwards, prizes will be awarded for the highest scores, and the evening will continue with conversation over further drinks and nibbles…

See you there,



Benefice Zoom Quiz

9 July 2020 at 7pm (please join at any time from 6:45) or telephone 0131 460 1196

Meeting ID: 823 1991 8344

Password: 831352

Interactive Zoom Choral Evensong

this Sunday 5th July at 6.30pm

  • 05/07/2020 18:30 - 20:00
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 238
Interactive Zoom Choral Evensong

We are very much looking forward to holding our first ever Zoom Choral Evensong this Sunday 5th July at 6.30pm.  

We wish it to be as interactive as possible.  What we hope to do is use pre-recorded music that also offers a scrolling music score (with words) that we can all sing along to.  As we will all be on 'mute' there will  be no danger of anyone else hearing us!

Beneath the zoom invitation is the list of music and clips that we wish to use.  Whilst you will not need this for the service you are most welcome to have a look at what we will be singing or listening to during evensong or to use on your own at a later date.  

Please spread the word and pass on the invite!  As ever, all are welcome. Please note there may be a slight delay as you wait to join the service - Zoom have introduced a new security feature!

St Mary's is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Choral Evensong

Time: Jul 5, 2020 06:30 PM London

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Bishop John's latest book...

  • 29 June 2020
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 82
Bishop John's latest book...

Bishop John has recently had a new book published called Handbook of Christian Ministry - for lay and ordained Christians.  He has very kindly dedicated it to all his friends at St Mary's Church.  He writes  "I want to pay tribute to friends at St Mary's Church Richmond...where it's now my pleasure to worship and share in ministry".

If you would like to buy his book for a reduced price of £10 then get in touch with him via email or call him on 01748 850854 and he can arrange how to get it to you.