Christ Church Free Church of England

Pastor's Pen....

Dear friends of Christ Church & members,


It is with a great sense of thanks to the Lord for a long and relatively healthy life - of 103 years last March!! -  that we announce the death of Mrs Mary McNutt, after a short time in hospital with pneumonia. This was a recurring ailment over the last few years which she had repeatedly, bravely warded off. She passed away very peacefully in the early hours of Friday morning 26th May with Elizabeth her daughter by her side. The rest of the immediate family had all been with her that week and I had the privilege of praying with her and reading John 10, the great shepherd passage, with her the night before.


Mary was almost a founder member of Christ Church where she attended since her arrival with Elizabeth, her daughter in Leeds in 1967. (The church was consecrated in 1961) Apart from the Sunday services she was also an enthusiastic member of the social Monday Mingle group and the monthly Tuesday Ladies Fellowship. After turning 100 years we were not able to see her in church due to her frailty but she would keep in close touch through the family visits – asking after folk by name.


For her 100th birthday celebration the church went to her and we watched an excellent “This was your life” presentation, prepared by her son, Charles. What a joy it was to take communion to her whenever she requested it, which was most times in the week after we had met round the Lord’s table in church the Sunday before.


At these times she would assure us that we were all in her prayers and she would speak of her frustration that she was no longer able to be more involved. She was always greatly mystified by the fact tha the Lord had left her here so long and expressed her longing to go to be with him and her loved ones, who had gone ahead – not least of whom are two children she had, who had died in infancy.


What a joy it was to share those last precious days with “granny” McNutt as I called her. At my last visit on the Thursday evening, when she was still in hospital, she had been asking the family for me to come, so anxious was she to have that last reassuring prayer and reading time. How meaningful were the words of the familiar old 23rd Psalm we read together – “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me...”   What joy to give her that reassurance of the truth of those words. The family testified that a great peace came on her from then on – she was ready to step into eternity.


Our thoughts and prayers are with her sons John, Charles and Winston & her daughter Elizabeth, with whom she stayed since her husband died back in Ireland in 1961 and who was her devoted carer for her final years.


The funeral service will be on Monday 5th June @ Christ Church @ 11:00am and then a short graveside service at the new Whinmoor cemetery @ 12:30pm. There will be tea served immediately after the church service in the church hall, for those not going to the cemetery and snacks on return of those going to the graveside.


All who would like to support the family at this time and give thanks for the life of a special servant of Jesus are most welcome.


Please do pray for the service to be a great comfort to us all especially Mary’s loved ones and a challenge for us too as we reflect on her faithful service for the Lord over most of her many years God gave her to us.


Yours in Him,



Precious in the sight of the LORD [is] the death of his saints.                             Psalm 116:15