St. Mary the Virgin
"An oasis of peace in the heart of our city"
improvements given go ahead
We are pleased to announce that the Consistory Court of the Diocese of York has granted Faculty approval for the proposed Part 1A works at St Mary’s.
The scheme of works will see long planned and desperately needed improvements to St Mary’s interior, including the installation of three new WCs, one with wheelchair access, the refurbishment of the current WC in the vestry, basic kitchen facilities, a new flagstone floor to a large proportion of the church, a meeting/counselling/workshop space, heating, new electrics & lighting and store cupboards.
Please visit the Our Challenge and News pages for more details of this good news.
Heritage Open Days 2020
St Mary's will be open on:
Saturday, 12th September: 11am – 3pm Opening confirmed
Saturday, 19th September: 11am – 1pm Opening confirmed
Please bring & wear your own face covering unless aged under 11 or exempt.
Other precautions will be in place.
7th April 2020
"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." - 1 Peter 4.10
We find ourselves facing the biggest challenge of most of our lifetimes. In the interests of protecting the NHS, one another, and saving lives, our churches have now been asked to close until further notice. However, it is important to remember that while our church buildings are closed, the Church remains an anchor of prayer, our mission remains constant, and we are able to offer ourselves to the service of others in our communities.
Our giving to our churches is as valuable now as ever. Although we are not able to gather in worship for some time, our mission remains constant, and that necessary to that mission is resource. The practical resource of our giving enables our churches to be places of hope, prayer and support during this difficult time, and enables us to live out our calling to be Christ in the world.
We may need to reimagine the ways in which we give to our churches in the coming weeks, whether that be continuing with Standing Orders or offering our cash giving by setting it aside prayerfully at home. Thank you, for all you are able to give.
If you wish to give by Standing Order please email us at: email@example.com and we will send you St Mary’s bank details.
May Christ be with us, and bless us always.
20th November, 2020
Our Sunday services continue with a Service of the Word at 11am and you are very welcome to join us via WhyPay, a free conference call facility. Please call or email Father Ian for access details. Please visit our Contact Us page.
Sunday, 8th November, 2020
Service of Remembrance
Following the recent Government announcement we cannot hold a Remembrance service in church. However, the service will be live from 10.55 via WHYPAY, a free conference call facility. Please email Father Ian Walker for access details: firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 1st (The Feast of All Saints) Father Ian Walker was licensed as Interim Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s and Honorary Assistant Curate of Hull Minster. Read more on our News page.
The PCC and congregation would like to thank David Brown for his kind donation of a beautiful electric organ, a much more advanced model than the one we had. We greatly appreciate the clarity of tone. Visit our News page.
Annual PCC meeting
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, 25th November. The meeting will take place via zoom which you can access via your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. For joining instructions and for the Agenda please call Olga or email email@example.com
11am, Sunday, 25th October, 2020
Please feel welcome to join us for a non-communion sung service with the choir.
Thank you to Father Dominic for taking our first service since lockdown on Sunday 20th September. It was super to see so many of our congregation return, meet Father Dominic, hear our superb choir sing and take communion together.
Service of Holy Communion Sunday, 20th Sept, 2020
Welcome to Father Dominic Black
It is with great pleasure that St Mary’s will welcome Father Dominic, Priest-in-Charge of Hull Minster, on Sunday, 20th September, when he will kindly take our first service of Holy Communion since the lockdown.
Our service will start at 11am. Please do feel welcome to join us. If you plan to come along for this service it would be helpful for the churchwardens to know, as seating is being planned to ensure social distancing, so please email if you can to let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please bring & wear your own face covering unless aged under 11 or exempt. Other safety measures will apply. Unfortunately, the congregation will not be able to sing, but we will have a choir sitting apart from the congregation to sing for us.
The Readings for the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity are on our Sermons page.
POSTPONEMENT: Friends 2020 John Scott Lecture
Sadly, following recent Government pronouncements and discussions with our speaker Dr Alec Gill MBE, we have decided to postpone this year’s Friends of St Mary’s John Scott Lecture planned for Saturday, 19th September.
Please see our message on the Friends' page
Posted 9th July, 2020
Opening for Private Prayer
We are now open from 11am to 1pm on Saturdays for private prayer and look forward to welcoming you.
Please see our Visit Us page for details.
Plans moving forward!
Good News! Plans for new toilets, kitchen facilities, heating, electrics and floor were considered by the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches in May. The DAC has confirmed it has ‘recommended’ our plans subject to additional information on some aspects. This means that Public Notices will be issued shortly.
We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s has secured a grant of £5,000 from the Diocese of York’s ‘Support for Parish Buildings Grant Scheme’. The grant is towards the cost of replacing of the electrical system within the church, part of our planned major programme of works.
For more details of our plans please visit the ‘Our Challenge’ page.
17th March 2020
Thank you to all those who came along to ‘Walk the Labyrinth’ at St Mary’s last week. ‘Walking the Labyrinth’ was part of the Diocese of York’s ‘Come and See Mission’.
Pictured are: Left to right Bishop Paul of Durham with volunteers Pat Broderick and Carol Toolen.
6th February 2020
St Mary’s is delighted to have been awarded a ChurchCare/Pilgrim Trust grant of up to £1,200 towards the cost of a conservation report on our monuments.
Find out more on our News page.
A HUGE THANK YOU
To everyone who has completed one of our surveys.
We have 131 completed surveys and will post the outcomes soon.
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St. Mary the Virgin, Lowgate, Hull, is an ancient church dating back to the early fourteenth century, although it is believed a chapel may have existed on the same site before this. The parish now includes the many and various offices, businesses and residences located in the Old Town of Kingston-upon-Hull.
St. Mary’s has been a focus of the area’s elaborate and rich local history and has been at the heart of life for many generations of local people, merchants, and officials. The church continues to attract devoted members to its doors and today, as much as before, has a dedicated congregation who are very much a part of the life and fabric of the church.
Today’s congregation, as all others before them, warmly welcome you and hope that you too can sense and share in St. Mary’s long life of prayer and worship.