St Mary’s News Items

From the Registers

We gave thanks for God’s gift of life at the Funerals of :

Kenneth Postlethwaite

Joy Steele

Ann Millson

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Lent Groups

Ecumenical groups are happening during Lent, starting the week of 2nd March. If you think you’d like to join one and would like to know more, please contact Becky Berry (email: parish.admin@stmaryspc.co.uk). There are daytime and evening groups plus a men’s only one! Material for the Lent Groups has been written by Rev Tim Perkins, Methodist Minister in Burley.

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Lent Lunches

Every Friday to March 27th, at Burley Methodist Church from 12 noon to 1.30 pm

Homemade soup, fresh bread and a drink : Donations to Christian Aid

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Christian Aid Coffee Morning

Saturday 21 March, 9.30-11.30 at Burley methodist Church

Cakes & Gifts, Fairly Traded crafts, accessories and food items on sale

Contributions to stalls, particularly home baking and gifts, would bb much appreciated

Coffee & Biscuits £1

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Let your love shine in 2020

Jemima Parker, Diocese of Leeds Environment Officer

There are so many ways of showing love. You may think of Christians showing the love of Jesus through acts of compassion and service, or by their patience and perseverance in testing times. But changing your electricity supplier might not come top of the list! However, this simple act can be a surprisingly significant act of kindness.

About half of our electricity in the UK is still produced by burning fossil fuels (mostly gas and oil) to make steam to turn turbines. We need to stop burning fossil fuels as they produce carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, which is trapping too much of the sun’s energy in our atmosphere, leading to global heating.

That threatens all the things I love; my children, coffee, spring lambs in the Yorkshire Dales, sandy Yorkshire beaches, horse chestnut and beech trees, migrating birds and my warm dry home. All of them will be affected in the coming decade by climate breakdown and we all need to do something to limit its impact.

Our personal actions matter, they impact other people and nature for good or bad. We are accountable to God for all our actions and we can have more impact than we think, as other people will follow our lead.

That’s why our Bishops and others across the Diocese are pledging to Make a Difference: Make a Pledge, using the 10 Pledges to commit to personal actions that help to live out our belief that we are called to care for God’s creation. From eating a couple of meals a week of locally produced food, to finding out how to drive more efficiently, the 10 Pledges give you an action a month to help reduce your carbon footprint.

The first pledge is to switch to a green energy tariff. It’s not a big deal, but it can make a big difference.

There has been a big shift in the last 10 years. In 2010, coal, gas and oil were used to generate more than 10 times as much electricity as renewables. Since then electricity generation from renewables has more than quadrupled to around 40% of all UK electricity.

To continue the transition away from fossil fuels, energy companies need more investment and a clear message from consumers that we want our electricity from clean, renewable sources, such as solar, wind and hydro.

By switching to a 100% renewable electricity tariff, you stop giving money from your energy bill to companies who invest in burning fossil fuels, and start supporting the development of more low-carbon energy generation. You can sometimes get a better deal too while you are at it.

So, show you care about your future and all the things you love in Yorkshire and beyond, by taking the pledge to contact your electricity supplier. You can find the full list of pledges and let us know how you get on at:- www.leeds.anglican.org/environment/what-can-i-do

Waiting for a Miracle

This was the title of an address given by the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines in Bradford Cathedral on Sunday, 16 February.

His talk covered a contemporary look at politics, wisdom and faith. An impressive and inspiring delivery was much appreciated by the five St Mary’s members who attended. We hope to be able to print a prècis of his talk in next month’s magazine.

In the meantime you may like to read one or all of the three books he recommended: –

• ‘Christ and the Common Life’: Political Theology and the Case for Democracy by Luke Bretherton
• ‘Faith in the Public Square’ by Rowan Williams
• ‘Dominion’: The Making of the Western Mind by Tom Holland

This address was followed by refreshments and Bishop Nick also preached at the 4pm Evensong, with visiting Heritage Singers leading the service.

Joyce Russell

The Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust celebrates its 20th Anniversary

It could have been so embarrassing ….

Everything was organised – slides ready to show – a final check and then – the bulb went on the projector! However, thanks to volunteers in the Parish Centre, help was at hand. Chris Nelson not only found time to see the computer was compatible with the TV screen but came to help set up on Sunday 26th January when Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust was celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the ’On the Line’ link with Tereli.

There was a splendid cake showing the location of both villages, displays depicting the history of the link and slides to look at.

Bruce Speed, Chairman of the Community Council in 2000 when the link was established, spoke about the importance of the Friendship Agreement between the two villages.

Mirella Moxon, Chairman of BTFT, thanked everyone for the wonderful support over the 20 years.

Sending greetings by email and a special Channel Four style video, Jon Snow personally congratulated BTFT on the success of the most unlikely link between Tereli in Mali, West Africa and Burley in Wharfedale in West Yorkshire! His keynote video was the highlight of a super and well-attended event. (For those who were unable to get, the video can be seen on Burley Parish Council website: burleyparishcouncil.co.uk).

Mary Wood, Janet Squire, Mirella Moxon and the BTFT Trustees