St Mary the Virgin
"An oasis of peace in the heart of our city"
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We need to raise an additional £810,000 for:
£519,000 - repairs to the tower parapet & pinnacles, North Nave clerestory, North Aisle roof, South Nave parapet pinnacles, doors and rainwater drainage and
£291,000 - second phase of internal improvements - creation of meeting area, completion of kitchen and servery and plaster repairs.
If you can help support this important work please donate either by using the downloadable form on the Our Challenge page or via our online appeal page: Give A Little
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St Mary's would like to thank the following organisations for supporting our improvement project with grants and donations:
SERVICE OF REDEDICATION
Thank you to everyone who helped with our Service of Rededication on Sunday, 25th September, 2022, and to everyone who attended. See more ..
19th September 2022
3pm 25 September
After many years of hard work, the Rededication of St Mary's following the major renovation works will take place on Sunday 25 September at 3pm. It will take the form of a Festival Evensong with an augmented choir and will be conducted by Bishop David Wilbourne, Honorary Assistant Bishop of York. We look forward to welcoming representatives of organisations that have given grants towards the work to make St Mary's a more effective place for worship and for ministry to Hull's Old Town.
9th September 2022
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022
While the news of the death of Her Majesty was not a surprise, it still came as a shock and a loss on so many levels. Among the many tributes and acts of thanksgiving it is worth remembering that the Church of England has lost a Supreme Governor whose Christian Faith was the foundation of all that she did.
Three words come to mind; Duty which the Queen did to the end of her reign, Modesty which was a hallmark of the way she lived up to her unique position and Neutrality for we never quite knew what she thought of the great issues that she had to deal with. Unfashionable qualities today yet together they show an inclusivity that is the best of what we aspire to as Christians and as Anglicans. May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.
8th July, 2022
St Mary’s should like to thank the Joseph Boaz Charitable Trust for very kindly awarding a grant which will enable the church to purchase a fridge for our new kitchen. Read more
7th June 2022
Work is proceeding towards the completion of the first phase of our project and we anticipate that it will be finished by the end of July, At present we are continuing to worship at 11am every Sunday in the Nativity Chapel and we welcome back the Russian Orthodox Church on Saturday 18th June.
20th May 2022
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING 2022
This will take place IN CHURCH at 12 noon on 22nd May (after the Morning Mass)
25th April 2022
First Service back in St Mary's
On Low Sunday, 24th April we had our first Mass in St Mary's (in the Nativity Chapel) for almost a year. It was good to welcome back some old friends and we look forward to regular worship at 11am in the coming weeks. Someone passing by asked if is was still going to be a church when the work is finished. The answer is "A resounding Yes!"
9th April 2022
Holy Week and Project Update
Interior works on St Mary’s are proceeding but are taking longer than originally anticipated. The contractors cite delays due to the continued Covid situation and the completion date is currently May 13. There is a possibility that we shall be able to use the Nativity Chapel before final completion but we cannot be sure about this at present.
As we begin Holy Week, we recall Our Lord’s Passion and the confusion felt by His disciples. It was a time of darkness and despair before the resurrection transformed their understanding of Jesus and their mission as His Apostles. Sadly, we are not able to follow them on this road in St Mary’s but we do have the opportunity to share with the congregation of Hull Minster in this journey and details are on the Services page.
Our Easter Sunday Eucharist will be the last we are able to have at 9am in Hull Minster as service times there are changing from April 24 so our future services are uncertain in the short term. As we await the ‘Resurrection’ of our church building, please pray for St Mary’s and its mission within the parish and the wider City of Hull.
11th February, 2022
The Report from the Archaeological Watching Brief undertaken during the floorwork at St Mary's is now available to download and read here.
Work continues in church and is due to finish before Easter when we look forward to welcoming everyone back to St Mary's!
1st February, 2022
Appeal for St Mary’s Project Group Members
Do you have time to give?
We need additional Project Group members, who have a real interest in St Mary’s, who have ideas and who have time to ‘do stuff’.
See our Volunteer page for details.
21st January, 2022
When St Mary’s reopens in April 2022 following the current extensive internal improvement works, we shall have beautiful, interesting spaces for hire.
Please visit our Venue Hire page for floor plan and details
May we wish you a Happy New Year.
Sunrise over St Mary's, picture courtesy of Carl Minns
A reminder that, due to the on-going internal improvement works at St Mary's, until further notice our Sunday service will be held at 9am in the Chancel of Hull Minster.
13th December 2021
Friends of St Mary's
Our Autumn newsletter is now available to download on the Friends page.
25th October, 2021:
We are delighted to announce that The Georgian Group is to provide grant aid from the Cleary Fund towards the cost of conserving two of St Mary’s’ historic monuments, John Hall and family (1812) and Joseph Pease and family (1778-1840).
The £2,500 grant is subject to approval of the final conservation specification, costs and contractor, but it is hoped that St Mary’s will be able to proceed with the ‘high priority’ work within the next six months.
All at St Mary’s would like to convey their sincere thanks to The Georgian Group.
For more information please visit our News page and Monuments page.
Good to see our banner in place telling everyone what is happening behind the safety fences. See our News page
16th July, 2021
THANKS TO THE LECHE TRUST
St Mary’s would like to thank The Leche Trust for its kind award of a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of conservation works required to The Hall Monument 1812.
We still need to secure further funds to be in a position to undertake work identified as being ‘high priority’ to three monuments. If you can help please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details see our News page.
MAJOR IMPROVEMENT SCHEME UNDERWAY
16th June, 2021
A much-needed improvement scheme is underway at St Mary's, Hull’s oldest parish church, but St Mary’s is appealing for more financial support to ensure all the plans can go ahead.
The improvement scheme, costing just over £1 million, will help to secure the future of this Hull landmark, which has played a part in city life since 1333. Read more.
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.