We are having a goodbye service for Simon on Zoom on Sunday 20th September at 10am, all are welcome to join us.
Our Curate Rev Simon Biddlestone will be leaving us to take up the post of Priest-in-Charge of Holy Redeemer and the Benefice of Upper and Nether Poppleton. Although he will be sadly missed here, we wish Simon all the best in his new role.
We are having a goodbye service for Simon on Zoom on Sunday 20th September at 10am, all are welcome to join us.
We are having a Holy Communion service for our Benefice on Sunday 30th August at St Mary's Tadcaster, with retired clergy, Rev Jan Dash. If you would like to attend please book a place by calling Rachel on 07545 516949.
The services held at St Mary's Tadcaster during August will be:
Sunday 2nd August 8am Morning Prayer
Sunday 9th August 8am Morning Prayer
Sunday 16th August 8am Holy Communion
Sunday 23rd August 8am Morning Prayer
Sunday 30th August 3pm Holy Communion
Our zoom services will continue:
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There will be a Benefice service each Sunday during July and August at 8am at St Mary's, Tadcaster.
Places will be limited due to the 2m social distancing requirements as set in the church of england guidance for opening churches. We will require face coverings to be worn in church.
Upon arriving at St Mary's please either join the socially distanced queue, ensuring to remain 2m away from those in front, or if there is no queue present please enter church and walk to the marked yellow line on the floor. At the yellow line you will be required to use the hand sanitising station. Wait at the yellow line until a sidesperson can seat you. You are not able to choose your own seat.
Please be patient while we all come to terms with these new requirements.
The 10am service on Zoom will be continuing.
The churches of our benefice will be open for private prayer on Saturday 4th July.
The churches will have someone present to assist you during your visit. Each church will have their own constraints on how many people may enter church at the same time, and during busy periods may have to impose a time limit on how long people may stay in church. On entry to church you will be requested to pick up an information sheet, please take this with you on exit.
We are awaiting detailed guidance on the opening of churches for services, and will have more details on this when the information becomes available.
Following the national decision to allow churches to re-open for private prayer, we have received some more detailed guidance on how this may be possible.
All of the churches of the Tadcaster Benefice are committed to opening for private prayer as soon as is practically possible and once we have ensured that it can be done safely. There are lot of things to consider and a lot of practical things to be done and this will take some time.
Our current aim is for our PCCs to consider detailed plans for each building within the next couple of weeks and for our churches to open for private prayer – subject to approval – for the first time on Saturday 4th July. Just like shops which have reopened this week, numbers allowed into church will have to be limited.
Initially, each church will be open for a short period of between 1 and 3 hours each Saturday. This will allow us to ensure that everyone is kept safe and that appropriate cleaning can take place each week.
We are very aware that there are many people who want to be able to come into church and pray. Whilst church is closed, there are many people praying at home, in their gardens, whilst out walking and in all sorts of places. You do not have to be in a church building in order to pray! Our prayers, Sunday services and other activities together continue on Zoom and Facebook Live and details can be found on our website (www.stmarystadcaster.co.uk), our social media content and in the notice sheet.
We are here for you. If there is anything that you want prayer for or if you just want to chat to someone, please get in touch.
Reverend Simon Biddlestone
The government has announced that church buildings will be permitted to open for private prayer from 15th June. This announcement means that each of the churches of the Tadcaster Benefice are able to consider this limited reopening of our buildings.
This news has come with very short notice – and earlier than had previously been indicated – and we need to ensure that there has been proper time to plan and that all of our Churchwardens and Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) have had time to discuss what is going to happen.
We are awaiting clarification and advice from the Church of England nationally and from the Diocese of York over the coming days as to how best to respond to this announcement. We will update you when we have further information to share. It is highly unlikely that any of our buildings will be ready to open on 15th June.
It is important that we get the balance right. We need to protect our volunteers who would need to open and close the buildings, do thorough cleaning and sanitizing and be there as required when the building is open, and we also need to protect the people who want to come and pray. Equally, we know just how special our churches are to people and we know that there will be people who very much want to be able to come into a special and sacred space to pray. We will make our churches available for individual prayer as soon as we safely can.
Throughout the closure of our churches, prayers and services have continued in people’s homes and gardens and on Zoom. All of this will continue when our churches open for individual prayer and we will keep you updated via social media, our website and the notice sheet.
We are praying for you and we are here to support you. Please get in touch if you want a chat, if you have any comments about church reopening or if there is anything that you want us to pray for.
Reverend Simon Biddlestone (Curate)
As a Benefice we are joining the global wave of prayer, calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ.
It is hoped that everyone who takes part will:
We begin with a service for Ascension Day on Thursday 21st May at 8.15pm on Zoom.
Then from Friday 22nd May until Saturday 30th May there will be a service of Night Prayer for Thy Kingdom Come at 8.30pm every evening – again on Zoom. These will be led by different people from the Benefice and will follow the Order of Service that can be found on the church website at http://www.stmarystadcaster.co.uk/uploads/1/3/6/0/1360245/night_prayer__thy_kingdom_come_.pdf.
Our 10 days of prayer ends with a service for Pentecost at 10am on Sunday 31st May (on Zoom) when our preacher will be Paul Blakey MBE.
Further information on the Global Wave of Prayer is available at https://www.thykingdomcome.global
We know that some of you are missing your opportunity to pop into church, to sit quietly for a while and to reflect on the ideas on our prayer table.
So, we are trying to help with putting together a Virtual Prayer Table.
Here are some suggestions that you can use at home – and you can still send us a prayer request which we will pick up and use at our Monday Morning Prayer on Zoom (just like we used to do every week with the cards that were left on the board in church) – and perhaps at some of our other Zoom services as well.
If it’s a general prayer and you don’t mind anyone reading it, then feel free to just add it in the comments. If it’s more personal and you don’t want the whole of the world to know, then please send a pm to the Tadcaster Benefice Facebook page, or an email to the Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will only share it with the few people who meet on Zoom to pray.
Please do use the ideas below and on the photos to help you to pray at this strange and sometimes difficult time.
At the moment, we might be finding things particularly difficult. We might struggle to find positive things to think about.
But as spring comes, we see signs of new life and hope around us, particularly lambs in the fields. We are reminded that God is our faithful shepherd. He cares for us through the good and the bad times.
The words of Psalm 23 talk about God being our Shepherd and being with us in all sorts of situations through life.
Read through the words and then spend some time reflecting on the pictures.
Try thanking God that He walks alongside you and all those who you love. If you are worried about yourself or someone else, try to imagine that God is holding your hand in the middle of all the darkest times. And then look forward to the celebrations when all this lockdown is over and we can again share with all those we love and are missing seeing in person.
Psalm 23 – a modern version
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Psalm 23 – a traditional version
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Thank you that you see us right where we are,
in the midst of our pain and struggle.
Thank you that you have not forgotten us and never will.
Forgive us for not trusting you,
for doubting your goodness,
or not believing you’re really there.
Thank you that you care for us
and your love over us is so great.
We ask for your hope and comfort
to continue to heal our hearts where they’ve been broken.
Give us the courage to face another day,
knowing that with you before us and behind us, we have nothing to fear. Amen.
Services during Holy Week will be done over Zoom. Everyone is welcome to join for the service, you don't have to have the camera on if you don't want to.
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