This Week at St Mary’s

December 10th – Second Sunday of Advent


8.00 Holy Communion 

9.15 Parish Communion
Hymns: 480, 527, 633, 40, 259

10.45 Family Tea & Toast Service

Refreshments for both congregations from 10.30 in church


Thursday 7th
10.00 Holy Communion
8.00 MU & Ladies Group, Parish Centre

Monday 11th
9.00 Morning Prayer for Schools and Youth Work
1.45 Tiny Tots, Parish Centre

Wednesday 13th
9.00 Ecumenical Prayers, St John’s, Menston
12.30 MU Christmas Lunch. Otley Golf Club

Thursday 14th
10.00 Holy Communion
2.00 Goldies Singalong Group, Parish Centre

Friday 15th
1.45 Christmas Service for Burley Woodhead School

Sunday 17th
8.00 Holy Communion
9.15 Parish Communion
10.45 Family Tea & Toast Service, including the baptism of Elodie Iris Rhodes
Refreshments for both congregations from 10.30 in church
6.00 Nine Lessons and Carols


Collect of the Day

Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour, we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God.

First Reading: Isaiah 40, 1-11

Gospel Reading: Mark 1, 1-8

To see the text of these readings, click HERE

Please pray this week for:

R.I.P: Doreen Sinclair
Within Burley: Smithy Lane

Prayer Chain: If you require prayer, please contact Kelvin Newberry (01943 863752) or Margaret Young (01943 863843)

Please join us for prayers every Monday at 9.00 in Church. It is so important to make time to bring our work and concerns to God and to ask for his blessing and guidance as we try and move forward as a community. Each week we will focus our prayer on a different area of church and parish life and it would be so good to have you with us.
1st Monday – Those on our Prayer List
2nd Monday – Schools and Youth Work
3rd Monday – Pastoral Work
4th Monday – Mission


The choirboys would like to thank everyone who supported their coffee morning last week where they made a fabulous £451.50. 

Chox’n’Sox: This Christmas we are again asking for donations to the Bradford Soup Run’s `Chox ‘n’ Sox’ campaign for the homeless. Please bring blocks/boxes of chocolates and large sized socks, by 18 December, to the Parish Centre, Church, or direct to Ann Cooke, 64, Skipton Road Ilkley. Tel. 01943600611. Email:

Burley-Tereli Friendship Trust Calendars for 2018 (£6) and Christmas cards (£2.50 for a pack of 3) are still available. All proceeds support projects in the Dogon area of Mali. Available in church today. Janet Squire and BTFT trustees.

 Traidcraft gift and alternative gift catalogues are available from me if you would like to order from them. Janet Squire 862582.

Sudan Calendar: In this season of Calendar sales, there is one that provides a reminder about the support for the Church in Sudan to which our Diocese is committed, and raises some funds towards that support. Available from me at £2 (A.5) or £4 (A.4). Thank you, Chris Hayward.

Christian Aid. In exchange for a small donation you can wish everyone in the congregation a Happy Christmas by pinning a Christmas card to one of the boards at the back of church, and every pound you give will be doubled by the UK Government. Use the envelopes for your gift and return them to Janet Squire, Mary Dale, a churchwarden, or place them on the collection plate.

Tree of Remembrance. If you have lost someone close and would like to remember them this Christmas you are invited to decorate the tree with the names of those you love by writing on one of the card decorations. The Tree will remain in place through-out Advent and Christmas. You may add to it at any time. Janet, Merel and Sally.

The Scout and Guide Group are running a 50-50 club to raise money for the new headquarters. 50% of the money is for prizes and 50% is for the group.  It costs £12 a year for each number you have  and 3 numbers are drawn each month and given the prizes.  If you are interested in joining the club contact Annette Hattersley on 862090.

For events in the next few weeks click here: Dates for your Diary