Notices for the week beginning January 20

EPIPHANY 3


Calendar for St. Mary's

  Sun. 20  9:00 am  Holy Communion: Revd. Ruth Patten
   10:30 am  Service of the Word: Revd. Lea Williams & Mr Nigel Warren
 Mon. 21  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   1:45 pm  Funeral of Clive Smith
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
   7:00 pm  Meditation at the Bowling Green
   8:00 pm  Bell Ringing Practice
 Tue. 22  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
   7:30 pm  PCC meeting in SMR
 Wed. 23  4:45 pm  NO Evening Prayer
   7:30 pm  Home group – 18 Standrums
 Thu. 24  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   9:30 am  Holy Communion
   7:00 pm  Choir Practice
 Fri. 25  7:30 pm  Home group – 91 High Street
 Sat. 26  9:30 am  Colchester Area Conference
   10:00 am  Ladies Brunch
  Sun. 27  9:00 am  Holy Communion
   10:30 am  Holy Communion

Calendar for St. Andrew's

  Sun. 20  6:00 pm  Holy Communion with Healing: Revd. Lea Williams
 Tue. 22  2:00 pm  PCC (The Vicarage)
 Wed. 23  8:45 am  Morning Prayer
  Sun. 27  10:30 am  Service of the Word


PRAYER FOR TODAY
Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:
  • the family and friends of those who have recently died: Paula Wade, Jessica Howe, Clive Smith, Doris Saich, Vera Morgan, Shirley Hodge, Julie
  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb; Graham; Gill; Sue; Peter
  • those families preparing for the baptism of their children
  • those preparing for marriage
  • the Connect 120 Project and our missioner, Tara Russell

COLCHESTER AREA CONFERENCE 2019, on Saturday 26th January 2019 9.30 am – 3.30 pm in St. John’s Church, St. John’s Close, Colchester CO4 0HP. “Setting God’s People Free - Thriving in the Fullness of Life”
Our keynote speaker is Nick Shepherd, Programme Director for Setting God’s People Free. Setting God’s People Free is a Church of England initiative seeking to build up the whole people of God, with a confident faith and vision for the Kingdom of God, which is lived out in homes, schools, communities and places of work.
St. John’s is in north Colchester, off the Ipswich Road. Directions are available: www.stjohnscolchester.org.uk
Doors open at 9.15am and hot drinks will be served from 9.30 and at lunchtime. Do bring a re-usable cup if you can, and your own lunch.
There will be a choice of workshops in the afternoon:
A. Thriving through creativity: writing
B. Thriving through creativity: art
C. Thriving through exercise and activity
If you would like to attend, please let Sarah know, indicating a first and second choice of afternoon workshop. Thank you!

WOMEN’S BRUNCH, Saturday 26th January 10 am – 12 noon in St Mary’s Centre. A place to chat, eat and drink. Take the plunge and join us. You will be very welcome. Suggested donation £3. Please let Helen Wright know if you are coming. Email helenwright05@yahoo.co.uk, text 07758 216047.

TASTER SESSION FOR LENT. Jesus says, “Come to me”, Wednesday 30th January, 7.30pm-9.30pm in St Mary’s. An opportunity for us as a Benefice to come together for food and fellowship and to listen to God and to each other. This will be a taster for similar evenings throughout Lent. See flier at the back of both churches for more details.

HELP NEEDED TO PREPARE CHRISTINGLES. Are you free on Saturday 2nd February at 9:30 am? Meet in St. Mary's Centre to put together Christingle kits, so that folks can make their own Christingles at our service on Sunday 3rd February at 10:30 am. If you are also able to stay and help count money from the Children's Society boxes, that would be most appreciated. Breakfast will be provided! Ann Deakins, Tel: 07583 270046, or email anndeakins989@gmail.com, Children's Society Representative.

CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOXES. If you have a moneybox at home, please arrange to get it to me, or contact me to collect by Saturday 2nd February. If you would like a new box, please contact Ann Deakins, as above.

CONNECT 120 INVITES YOU TO: learn about some of the latest research on work with children, families and young people. Find out about how our local churches are growing through Connect 120 sponsored projects. Explore how we can all grow in new skills and get involved. Saturday 2nd February 2019, St John's Church, Stansted. Speak to Tara to book a place.

CONNECT 120. This week Connect 120 means: an assembly at Roseacres, a meeting about Health and Safety, cooking at Roseacres, an assembly at Birchanger Primary, an assembly at Magna Carta led by a volunteer, a meeting to examine a future possible community activity, lunch club at Birchanger Primary.

COFFEE, CAKE & CHATTER had another successful coffee morning & raised £270.50. We are now in a position to donate £600 to St Mary’s church & £600 to Faith in Action for their work among the desperately poor people in Malawi. Thank you to all those who helped to raise this amount.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
 January  
 30  Taster Session for Lent
   
 February  
 2  Preparing Christingles/Money box counting
   Connect 120 at St John’s, Stansted
 9-10  Marriage prep course
 16  Deanery Walk – Stebbing
 23  Men’s Breakfast



TO CONTACT THE PARISHES:
Priest-in-Charge: Revd. Ruth Patten 01371 874325 or 07754 053039 / revruthjp@gmail.com. Please note that Ruth's usual day off is Friday
Curate: Revd. Lea Williams 01371 705066 / lea@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk. Please note that Lea’s usual day off is Friday.
Parish Administrator and Hall Bookings: Sarah Jeffrey 01371 875753 / administrator@smgd.org.uk
Churchwardens, St. Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow: Miss Catherine Salmon 01371-872580 / Mr Nigel Warren 01371-856321
Churchwarden, St. Andrew the Apostle, Barnston: Vacant - Contact the Parish Administrator
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