Three lockdowns on, and with seven months of worship entirely on-
Whilst all mandatory restrictions on social gatherings have been lifted, we want to ensure that easing happens in a way which allows everyone to feel as safe as possible in our church. We have had to learn much patience over recent months, and need to exercise that now!
We are confident we can move from 2m social distancing to 1m+, and so have increased the maximum capacity of the building to approx. 80. This means it is no longer necessary to pre-
Christenings, weddings and funerals are all happening, though following our current COVID guidance on building capacity. If you’d like to discuss a christening or wedding, do get in touch – having opportunity to celebrate family life is so important, and has been long awaited.
We are emerging from this last year with new perspectives and priorities. And St. Mary’s would not serve our community well if we acted as if nothing had changed. We know we need to listen to the shared stories of the impact of the last year, and seek to work to support the community effectively. Only then will we understand how best to be church in Sprotbrough.
The last year might have hit you hard. You may be looking for healing after what has been a time of great uncertainty. Jesus told a story about a man who built on rock and one who built on sand. The storms of life hit both in the same way, but the outcome was very different. (Matthew 7:24-
Christian faith assures us that God is in control. The whole scope of the Bible from beginning to end shows how, in the greatest national tragedies and seeming disasters, something of lasting worth and greater purpose could be forged. I am sure that we have learnt new things as a society from this-
If you need any help, do get in touch. Whether someone to speak to, or some help for you or a family member, we want to offer it. If you would like someone to pray for you (or even with you over the phone), it will be my privilege to do that. God bless you! Stay safe and know you are never alone.
Revd. Canon Amanda Barraclough
Rector – St Mary’s, Sprotbrough
Dean of Women’s Ministry
Phone: 01302 854836
Day off: Friday/Saturday
God of all times and ages,
May your unfailing strength support us,
Your unfailing love surround us,
Your unfailing goodness overcome all that is evil.
Give patience, ingenuity and courage
to all who are seeking to develop the means
to keep us safe from the virus.
Help us to support those whose lives
and livelihoods have been damaged by it.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We are blessed with a beautiful Grade I listed church at the heart of Sprotbrough village, which has been at the hub of community life since 1170. What we see today has been adapted many times in successive generations to ensure it still served the community and was fit for purpose. We are currently exploring some sensitive adaptations which will enable St. Mary’s to continue to serve the community, and we’d like your thoughts.
Exploring a solution.
Consultation with our architect, and a site visit from the
Diocesan Advisory Committee (who ensure that we honour the history and re-
possible) have considered some solutions.
Creating Flexible space
Living God, Jesus calls his followers to seek f irst your Kingdom.
Renew us as we make your love known;
Release us to share freely together in mission;
and Rejuvenate us to be fruitful in your service.
Give us courage, wisdom and compassion,
that strengthened with the grace of the Holy Spirit,
we may, as the Diocese of Sheffield,
both flourish and grow through Christ our Lord.
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We seek to support with sensitivity and care those grieving the loss of a loved one. In saying goodbye, we celebrate their life in its uniqueness, trusting in a God of new beginnings.
Though these happen in many venues, a church marriage is different . This is not a venue, it is a place of worship in which a couple can seek God’s blessing on their new life together. The vows are traditional and timeless, but the service will be as unique as the couple!
Congratulations!! The birth of a baby is a momentous and wonderful event. It's no surprise that those who experience it often feel the need to mark the arrival of a new life in the church.
A special service where those baptised in childhood can take ownership of the promises made for them then. Confirmation is an opportunity to make a public declaration of faith. For those who have not been christened, this can happen at the same time.
Based at the heart of the community, available for hire, the hall is ideal for clubs/organisations as well as private functions,concerts, birthday parties, anniversaries, wedding reception, small exhibitions, and concerts.
All facilities Ofsted Approved
We have a close and valued link with St Mary's Church. Our annual Harvest Service sees St Mary's filled with children, staff, parents/carers and relatives and a huge number of harvest gifts, very generously donated by families.
How can you give?
By BACS: Santander – St. Mary’s PCC Sprotbrough. Please advise the Rector or Treasurer if you choose this method.
By cheque: Payable to St. Mary’s PCC Sprotbrough and delivered to the Treasurer,
Mr R Ekins
3 Old Hall Close
01302 853469 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact if you require him to collect.
By credit/debit card. The church has a card reader and our Treasurer will be happy to meet any donor for such a donation.
By increased cash gifts in your regular giving envelopes.
If you are a tax payer, remember that the government will give us 25p for every £1 you give. Please advise the Treasurer if you are a tax payer and can Gift Aid your donation.
God bless you
Latest donation to go to Doncaster foodbank was the Harvest donation from Copley School and St Mary’s which weighed in at a staggering
We have safeguards in place through the church authorities which prevent us from damaging the character of this beautiful church. As a community resource, we wish to ensure St. Mary’s can offer flexible and appropriate ministry for future generations, and that is why we need to hear the thoughts of the wider community. People of Sprotbrough, this is YOUR church and YOU have a voice. We want to hear it, so that we can serve you more effectively.
We would value feedback and comments to email@example.com.
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The Parish of Sprotbrough is committed to high standards in the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Our safeguarding officer is Janet Scott who can be contacted by email here, and our safeguarding policy can be viewed by following this link-