Church Groups

Book Groups
Our two Christian book groups meet every six weeks to discuss novels and devotional books. For times and details contact Ann Hayward (Monday Group) on 01943 865261 or Karen Selby (Wednesday Group) on 01943 600843.

At St Mary’s we take our music seriously, and enjoy a high standard of music making in worship in various different styles, appropriate to the service. To this end we have a traditional robed choir of boys and men which has recently been joined by a separate girls group. We also have a music group which leads the music at the informal Tea&Toast services, and St Mary’s Singers – a mixed adult choir. All our singers come together for the Christmas Carol Service and other big celebrations. The children also sing carols live on Radio Leeds every year as well as having social events such as a trip to the pantomime or theme park. Our Director of Music is Peter Collins, 07976 722707.

Christian Stewardship
As a Christian community we seek to be good stewards of God’s gifts to us of our time, our skills and talents, and of our possessions. As a direct response to God’s gifts and his love for us, we have adopted a scheme of regular pledged giving, through which we support the Church’s work in the parish and the diocese and beyond, and provide for all our ‘household’ needs. We encourage people to give realistically and proportionately and under the Gift Aid scheme whenever possible. For further details contact Karen Selby on 01943 600843.

Churchyard Maintenance
Help with churchyard maintenance is always welcome! We normally have a working party twice a year. Details can be found in the church notices section. Contact Nigel Cottam 01943 430448 for more details.

Confirmation Preparation
Normally confirmation classes are held annually. For further details contact the Vicar or the Parish Office.

There is a creche available at the Tea&Toast service on Sundays for small children. Parents may leave their children there for part of the service or, if they wish, take their children into the creche themselves for a break.
Two adult members of the congregation look after the creche on a rota basis and books and toys are available. The creche is situated in the Church Lounge at the side of the church; ask one of our sidespeople as you come into church if you are not sure where it is. The creche rota is organised by Ann Hayward 01943 865261.

Christian Aid
St. Mary’s is represented on the village Christian Aid Committee and becomes involved at various times throughout the year, particularly during Christian Aid Week. For more information contact Janet Squire 01943 862582

Coffee Rota
Every Sunday between the Parish Communion and Tea&Toast services, refreshments are served in Church. We are always pleased to welcome new people onto the rota. It entails either being there before the communion service to set out the mugs and after the service to serve drinks, or being there before Tea&Toast to serve drinks and staying to tidy up afterwards.
The PCC also have a rota to host monthly coffee mornings on the fourth Saturday of each month in the Parish Centre.

Ecumenical Activity
St. Mary’s plays an active role in Churches Together in Burley and Menston. The Group seeks to co-ordinate joint initiatives of all denominations in the village, as well as providing a forum for the sharing of information and ideas. The churches of Burley and Menston meet to pray every Wednesday at 9.00 am. in one of the member churches. It is this Group that organises the annual Lent Lectures.

Flower Rota
Flowers arranged in church are an act of worship in themselves. Week by week members of the congregation provide and arrange the flowers on a rota system. Special anniversaries can be commemorated by special request and we would welcome anyone who would like to join the rota. Please contact Pat Emmel 01943 865047.

Home Communion
A team of lay people take communion to the housebound. The clergy are always available on request. Regular communion services are held in Burley Hall and Hanover Gardens. To request home communion please contact the Vicar on 01943 863216 or his PA Becky Berry on 07874 226690.

Ladies Group
Members enjoy a mix of speakers, demonstrations, outings and social events. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday evenings of most months, usually in the Parish Centre at 8.00pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Enquiries: Linda Nelson on 01943 863715, or pick up a programme from the Parish Centre.

The church publishes a magazine ten times each year. Much work is involved in compiling and producing the magazine, to ensure that it is both informative and a good read. Contributions of articles, information, and offers of help are always welcome. The magazine is produced by a team and the Editor is Gill Whiting who may be contacted via the Parish Office 01943 864405.

Mothers’ Union
The Mothers’ Union meet on the second Wednesday of each month in the Parish Centre at 2pm, and share evening meetings with Ladies Group on the first Thursdays at 8pm. For more details contact Margaret Sumner on 01943 862940.

Sunday School
Sunday school meets at the Tea&Toast service at 10.45am in the Church Lounge. Teaching is provided by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. New members are always very welcome. Contact Lizzie Reynolds 01943 863946

St Mary’s Singers
A group of mixed voices which often sings at special services, to complement the choir. They have a repertoire of many different styles from choral music to modern worship songs. Contact Peter Collins on 07976 722707.

Transport Service
If some have difficulty getting to church and would appreciate a lift, they can let the Clergy or Church Wardens know and they will put them in touch with someone who can help, perhaps on a regular basis. People who can help and have space in their cars, either occasionally or regularly, are always needed.

Burley Babies & Tots
Burley Babies & Tots meet in the Garden Room of the Parish Centre on Mondays from 1.00-2.30pm. We are open to babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, and their carers. Come and join in our storytime and activities. For more information, contact Anna Bedford Collins on 07968 047209.

Theatre Group
Are a group of people who enjoy going to the theatre and do not always have anyone to go with. As a group we go to the theatre every six to eight weeks, usually Ilkley but it could be Leeds, Bradford or Harrogate. Transport is arranged.

Women’s Discussion Group
This group meets at the Vicarage on Monday evenings at 8pm to explore our faith, study the Bible and pray together. Contact: Sara Kirk 01943 863216.

Worship Band
Playing at our Tea&Toast services, anyone is welcome to join in our worship band. For details of how to get involved, contact the Vicar on 01943 863216 or his PA Becky Berry on 07874 226690.

Youth Group
Our youth group, REV, meets at the Parish Centre on Friday evenings from 6.30-8.00pm during term time. For more information please contact the Vicar on 01943 863216 or his PA Becky Berry on 07874 226690.