A large, Perpendicular Gothic church,
serving the Parish of Thirsk in the Diocese of York

The Benefice of Thirsk
Rector: Revd. Canon Richard Rowling
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Good News :

St. Mary's is very pleased to have the Rector Richard Rowling returned to fulltime service in the parish. His term as Acting Archdeacon of Cleveland came to an end on 1st April.
Adrian (Revd. Canon Adrian Botwright) is to continue his Pastoral Ministry for two days per week -Mondays & Thursdays- until May. This is good news for all those to whom he ministers and for our Rector.
If you wish to contact Adrian on Mondays or Thursdays his telephone number is 07973 195027. His email address is adrianbotwright@gmail.com

E BAY SALES UPDATE by Rob Jacobs :

Selling appropriate unwanted items for Church Funds via E Bay began in the Autumn of 2013 and by April 2015 the total amount raised for Church Funds amounted to over £1,850 (approximately £1,600 by the end of 2014 and the remainder in 2015 to date). The sum of £1,850 is after the payment of any costs such as postage, packaging and fees. This form of fundraising has proved to be very successful and it is intended to continue with it as long as there are items to sell. However, the stock of items for sale is currently quite low so if you think that you may have some appropriate items please contact Rob Jacobs ( 01845 524442 ).

One of the fascinating things about the sales has been the worldwide nature of the sales with parcels being sent to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States as well as the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

It has been possible to keep packaging costs to a minimum by recycling such things as bubble wrap, tissue paper, boxes ( shoe box size and smaller ). Any packaging items you may have can be left at the back of Church or if you want something collecting please contact Rob Jacobs.

Another item of recycling which has contributed to the sales total has been empty inkjet printer cartridges. Not all empty cartridges are resaleable but many are and especially genuine HP inkjet cartridges. If you have any used cartridges please don’t throw them away – there is a collecting point at the back of church and Rob Jacobs is happy to collect if necessary.

A big thank you to all who have contributed to the success of this fund raising venture

Daily Ministry of Welcome :

From Monday 30th March the church is open for visitors daily. On Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays church is open 10.00am to 4.00pm. The Little Ark Club meets on Tuesdays in term time from 10.00am to 11.30am so visitors are welcome once the Session is over. There are Services on Thursday & Sunday mornings but Visitors are welcome as soon as the Service has ended.

Weekly Monday Refreshments & Lunches :

From Monday March 30th the Crypt will be open every Monday from 10.00am for Refreshments and homemade soup lunches. Bank Holiday refreshments are more varied but there is no soup on offer.

St. Mary’s Floral Tributes & Commemorative Arrangements :

St. Mary's is well blessed with skilful, creative flower arrangers ready, willing and able to produce beautiful floral arrangements in memory of loved ones.
In April many Floral Tributes were received in loving memory of Gladys Downward from her husband Cyril, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Flowers were received in remembrance of Kathleen Dargue and with fond memories of Pat Almond. Flowers were also received in loving memory of Emmie & Percy Hunton, Olive & Louis Brown & Henry,Alice, John & Evelyn Haw, the Bradley Family, Carl Hart and William Johnston, F & S.E.Knowlson, Eric & Lily Simpson, Annie Knowlson, Eric & Flora Adams and Barbara & Dorothy, Hugh & Ida Baker, Bill & Margaret Rose and Ian Wride.

Posting or Putting up Posters to Advertise Church Events :

We are deeply indebted to Margaret Ardern who for many years has walked from shop to shop and hotel to boarding house distributing posters and fliers advertising St. Mary’s forthcoming events - and building up a good relationship. It is with regret that Margaret has given notice that she wishes to retire as soon as someone will take over from her.

Position Vacant
Please speak to Margaret, the Rector, or a Church officer if you can help with poster distribution.