Notices for the week beginning May 27

Welcome to our services. If you are visiting us for the first time, do let us know. If you have children with you please don't feel embarrassed if they make a noise or if you need to go out at any time. At St Mary's there is a children's corner with toys and books, so please do make use of this if you would like to. There is a toilet in the church hall at St Mary's and at the back of church at St Andrew's.

Calendar for St. Mary's

  Sun. 27  9:00 am  Holy Communion: Revd Ruth Patten
   10:30 am  Holy Communion: Revd Ruth Patten
 Mon. 28  8:30 am  Bank Holiday – NO MORNING OR EVENING PRAYER
 Tue. 29  8:30 am  NO Morning Prayer
   4:45 pm  NO Evening Prayer
   8:00 pm  Home Group – ‘Jackmans’, Church End
 Wed. 30  10:00 am  Church Mice
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
   8:00 pm  Home Group – 38 Godfrey Way
 Thu. 31  8.30 am  Morning Prayer
   9:30 am  Holy Communion
   12:30 pm  Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Nicola Simpson
   7:00 pm  Choir Practice
 Fri. 1  7:30 pm  Home Group – 91 High Street
 Sat. 2  10:30 am  Connect120 – ‘Our Community & Jesus’ - see below for details
  Sun. 3  9:00 am  Morning Prayer
   10:30 am  All Age Holy Communion

Calendar for St. Andrew's

  Sun. 27  10:30 am  Service of the Word: Revd Lea Williams
 Wed. 30  8:45 am  Morning Prayer
  Sun. 3  6:00 pm  Evening Prayer

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given unto us thy servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and, in the power of the divine majesty, to worship the Unity; we beseech thee that thou wouldest keep us steadfast in this faith and evermore defend us from all adversities; who livest and reignest, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

  • the family and friends of those who have recently died: Nicola Simpson; Pamela Gravatt
  • for those who have asked for prayer: Emma; Janet; Joe & Elsie; Sue; Brian
  • those who are preparing for marriage, the blessing of their marriage or the renewal of marriage vows: Nathan Livingston & Nicole Dennis; Steve Jolly & Marrion Kaye
  • for those families preparing for the baptism of their children: Matilda Patmore-Moss; Evelyn Johnson
  • the Connect 120 Project and our missioner, Tara Russell
  • Caroline as she lays down her ministry as administrator; that the recruitment process for her replacement will run smoothly and will produce a high calibre of candidates from which the selection of the right person for the Benefice can be made

    OUR COMMUNITY AND JESUS: Saturday, 2 June, 10.30am-12.30pm in St. Mary’s Room. If you have a heart for taking Jesus into your community and want to know how to do that in a creative way then come along to this session.
    REFRESH SKILLS. If you volunteer with young people and family groups then come along to find out more. For full details of both these events please see the notice boards at the back of church. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 2 SEPTEMBER.

    BCP EVENSONG ON THE EVE OF ST BARNABAS. The joint choirs of the Deanery will be singing Evensong at All Saints, High Roding on Sunday, 10 June at 6pm. All are welcome to come along to this service. For more information please contact Cilla Hawkes 01371 856480.

    THE NEXT DEANERY WALK is on Saturday, 16 June in the Six Parishes. Please meet at St. Mary’s Aythorpe Roding at 9am for a circular walk; coffee and prayers at 10.15am. If you are not able to take part in the walk, please join us for coffee and prayers. Well behaved dogs welcome.

    MUSIC ON A SUMMER’S EVENING: CHARITY CONCERT IN AID OF ST CLARE HOSPICE & ST MARY’S CHURCH. Dunmow Wind Band are playing a concert at 7 pm on Saturday, 16 June in St. Mary’s Church. Tickets are £8 and are available from the Parish Office (01371 875753) or the churchwardens, Nigel and Catherine.

    THE NEXT COFFEE, CAKE & CHATTER is on Tuesday, 19 June in St. Mary’s Church. Come along and chat with friends, old and new; partake of scrumptious cake and browse the bring-and-buy stalls. All money raised helps with the work of Faith in Action in Malawi and St. Mary’s Church.

    WOMEN’S BRUNCH. Following a very successful and enjoyable brunch in April, the next brunch has been arranged for Saturday, 23 June from 10am to 12 noon in St. Mary’s Centre. Come and enjoy and wonderful feast and great company, and meet friends old and new. Suggested donation £3. Please let Helen Wright know if you would like to come along, email: helenwright05

    THE FRIENDS OF ST. MARY’S INVITE YOU TO JOIN THEM ON THEIR ANNUAL QUIZ WALK ON SATURDAY, 7 JULY. Transport is available from Dunmow to Maldon, leaving Dunmow at 9am and returning from Maldon at 3pm. All are welcome and if you would like to come along, please sign the sheet at the back of church or speak to Ray Cheal for more information. If you would like to collect sponsorship to raise money for St. Mary’s Funds, please speak to Ray.

    ST. MARY'S MAILING LIST. As part of a new EU rule (GDPR), we have sent emails to all whose email addresses we hold. If you have received one and want to be added to the list, please fill in the form. If you have NOT received an email but would like to be included, please either fill it in online via the church website (, or speak to Patrick. Those who do not respond will be removed from the weekly notices.

    CONNECT120 NEWS. This week, Connect 120 means:Half term, so no school activities this week, planning for next Half Term and a Discussion event on serving our community at St Mary's in Dunmow on Saturday.

    CARDBOARD BOXES. If anyone could use some 'Outlook' cardboard boxes, please let Patrick know.

     9  Connect120 Event – ‘Refresh Skills’ – POSTPONED to September 22
     10  Deanery Evensong – All Saints, High Roding, 6:00 pm
     11  Messy Church, 4:00 pm
     16  Messy Church Fun Afternoon
     16  Concert by Dunmow Wind Band in aid of St. Mary’s
     19  Coffee, Cake & Chatter, 10:00 am - 12noon
     23  Ladies’ Brunch in SMC
     24  Civic Service, 3:00 pm

    Priest-in-Charge: Revd. Ruth Patten 01371 874325 or 07754 053039 / Please note that Ruth's usual day off is Friday
    Curate: Revd. Lea Williams 01371 705066 / Please note that Lea’s usual day off is Friday.
    Parish Administrator and Hall Bookings: Mrs Caroline Abbott 01371 875753 /
    Churchwardens, St. Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow: Miss Catherine Salmon 01371-872580 / Mr Nigel Warren 01371-856321
    Churchwarden, St. Andrew the Apostle, Barnston: Mrs Anne Frame 01371 876001
    Follow us on Twitter: @StMarysDunmow
    St. Mary's Charity Registration No. 1129192

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