Website for Parish Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, in Gomersal, West Yorkshire. St Mary's is a Church of England Church in the Deanery of Birstall, part of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales.
7 June Church Fete 2.00pm-4.00pm at St Mary's School
12 July Walking Treasure Hunt & Lunch at Fewster's farm
17 Aug Parish BBQ
4 Oct Ceilidh & Harvest Supper
15 Nov Christmas Fayre
7 Dec Mulled wine & Marlene's Mince Pies
Dawn surely comes after the long night and here we are, the long journey through Lent, Passiontide and Holy Week is over and we have shared in the joyous celebrations of Easter Day.
But that is not the end, over the next few weeks we continue to celebrate the ‘Easter mystery’. During the Easter season the Gospels provide us with a series of encounters with the risen Lord that serve as models for our own resurrection life. Jesus appears to those who struggle to believe, those who doubt, but first of all as we know he appeared to Mary, whom he charged with the task of telling the good news. As Mary’s encounter with the risen Lord shows the resurrection is not cosy – it breaks through barriers, challenges preconceptions and changes things. It often happens when we least expect it and sometimes we don’t even recognise its full impact until much later. As Easter people we are called to live in a resurrection way. Each one of us is called to be part of God’s glorious and joyful work as Christ bids each one of us to share his risen life. Perhaps now is the time to consider where the resurrection life of God is breaking through in our lives, to give thanks for it and to support it with prayer and service. How is the reality of Christ’s ‘bursting from the tomb’ challenging us to grow as Christians?
This Easter as a parish we have much to look forward to, not least the forthcoming building work. Yes it may seem strange to look forward to a time of disruption and change but it is bound to bring many opportunities for new life and growth. It will ensure our Church is able to provide a beautiful, safe and dry place to gather for worship and serve the people of this parish as a place to meet together for many years into the future.
This Easter we also begin a time of change as a Diocese. On the 20th of April we became a part of the new Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales. It will be exciting to see where the Holy Spirit leads us over the next few years and we pray for our new Bishop Nick and for our area Bishops Tony, James and Tom as they work together to build up our new diocese and prepare for the challenges and changes of the future.
As Mary found out on that very first Easter morning our God is a God of surprises! It will interesting and exciting to see what surprises he has in store for his Easter people.
This will be at St. Mary's Church, Gomersal, under guidance of Revd. Karen Nicholl and will start on Sunday 14 September 11.00am and finish Wednesday 17 September about 11.00pm. We will read the whole Bible non-stop, aloud, through the night.
People will read for 15 minutes at the time. We are looking for anyone who will take responsibility to fill at least one hour and find 3 more readers to fill this hour. This person will also be my contact person.
This project is not a money raising event, but solely to give a better awareness of the Holy Bible, for people to have a chance to read, handle and sense the Bible. Those who do partake can make it into a sponsored event, if they want do so, particularly if they are reading in the night. But that is up to the individuals themselves.
As part of the national Centenary Poppy Campaign, we planted poppy seeds in the churchyard. The planting was witnessed by the congregation & blessed by Revd. Karen.
The aim of the campaign is to cover the UK with poppies during the centenary period in commemoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War.