Notices for the week beginning April 23


Welcome to our services today. 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. 23  9:00 am  Holy Communion: Revd Canon Rosemary Drew
   10:30 am  United Benefice Service of the word AT ST. ANDREW’S, BARNSTON
 Mon. 24  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   7:00 pm  Meditation at The Bowling Green
   8:00 pm  Bell Ringing Practice
 Tue. 25  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
 Wed. 26  10:00 am  Church Mice
   8:00 pm  Home Group – 91 High Street
 Thu. 27  9:30 am  Holy Communion
   6:00 pm  Children’s choir
   6:30 pm  Youth Group – Takeaway night – £5 per person
  Sun. 30  9:30 am  Holy Communion followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Calendar for St. Andrew's

  Sun. 23  10:30 am  United Benefice Service of the Word: Revd Lea Williams & Mrs Elsie Bouffler
  Sun. 30  3:30 pm  Songs of Praise incorporating the Annual Parochial Church Meeting

General News for both parishes (unless stated)

Almighty Father, who hast given thine only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may alway serve thee in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

  • the family and friends of those who have recently died: Arthur Archer, Elizabeth Senior, Leonard Jaynes, Donald Gordon
  • for those who have asked for prayer: James Warren, Peggy Baines, Abbey Joyce
  • for those who are preparing for marriage
  • for those families preparing for the baptism of their children
  • for candidates for confirmation

  • PEGGY would like to thank her friends for all the messages, prayers and help received during Norman’s long illness.

    APCM AGENDA, MINUTES, FINANCE REPORT and ANNUAL REPORTS are now available at the back of both churches. Please take a copy in order that you have time to read these documents before the APCMs on 30 April. Nomination papers are also available if you wish to stand for any of the posts.

    INTRODUCING CONNECT 120Connect 120 is an exciting new collaborative venture to strengthen and build the connections between schools and communities with local Christians and churches. It covers the six parishes along the A120 corridor from Stansted to Takeley and Great Dunmow. There are leaflets about this venture at the back of both churches so please do take one and read it. Please hold this project in your prayers.

    CONNECT 120 VACANCY FOR SCHOOL & COMMUNITY MISSIONER. Are you passionate about working with schools and communities? Our six parishes want to strengthen and build their connections with the twelve local schools and the communities around them. We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive person with experience and skills in leadership and team building. There is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a Christian and is in sympathy with the aims and beliefs of the Church of England.  An enhanced DBS check will be carried out. Salary: £25-28,000pa, depending on experience. For full details and application form go to, or contact Sue Humphries on 01279 871754.

    ST MARY’S ELECTORAL ROLL. The revision of the Electoral Roll at St Mary’s has been completed and a copy of the new roll is displayed on the board near the pigeonholes.  All members are asked to check that their entry is correct. Any amendments please pass to the Electoral Roll officer, Jenny Dalton White (01371 873567).

    At our annual meetings, we elect our Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives for the coming year(s). We also report on all the activities of the previous calendar year and we present our accounts. The meetings are open to all who wish to attend. 
    We will be seeking to elect the following at this year’s APCMs:
  • 2 Churchwardens for each church, elected for 1 year
  • PCC members for each church (up to 12 for St Mary’s, up to 6 for St Andrew’s, all for 1 year)
  • Deanery Synod reps for each church (3 for St Mary’s, 1 for St Andrew’s, all elected for 3 years)
  • This year our APCMs will be on Sunday 30th April.

    St Mary’s APCM is on Sunday 30th April at 11:00am. There will be just one service at St Mary’s, which will be at 9:30am. This will be followed by refreshments at 10:30am and our APCM at 11:00am.

    St Andrew’s APCM will be on the afternoon of Sunday 30th April, preceded by a bring and share” tea from 3:30pm. This will be followed by a “Songs of Praise” service at 4:30pm, incorporating our Annual Parochial Church Meeting. This will be a chance to celebrate the life of our parish church and to give thanks together. Please do join us for tea and for the service.

    Nomination papers for Churchwardens, PCC members and Deanery Synod representatives for the coming year are now available at the back of both churches or from Caroline in the Parish Office. Please read these forms to check that you are eligible to stand. If you want to know more about these posts, then please talk to our current wardens, PCC and Deanery Synod members or talk to Ruth.

    FRIENDS OF St. MARY'S AGM and CHEESE & WINE. The Friends of St. Mary’s Annual General Meeting will take place in church on Wednesday, 3 May at 7.30 p.m. After a short meeting, you are invited to join the Friends for Cheese & Wine. All welcome.

    COFFEE, CAKE & CHATTER raised the sum of £241 last Tuesday. A huge thank you to all those who supported the event in any way.

    A FOUNDATION COURSE IN PASTORAL CARE - ST. MARY’S ROOM, SATURDAYS 6 AND 13 MAY, 3, 10 AND 24 JUNE 10 A.M. – 3 P.M. Develop your understanding of pastoral care from a Christian perspective, and be more effective in caring for others at work, at church, in your everyday life. For more information and an application form contact Diane Hardy, Course Administrator at, telephone 01245 294449.

    OUTLOOK MAGAZINE. The team needs more help distributing the magazines around Dunmow. If you are able to help (it typically takes 30-60 minutes per month), please speak to Patrick ( / 876404 / 07759-317951). Many thanks!

     30 Apr:  Annual Church Meetings for St. Mary’s and St. Andrew's
     3 May:  Friends of St. Mary’s Annual General Meeting and Cheese & Wine – 7.30 p.m. in Church – all welcome
     8 May:  Messy Church
     14 May:  3 pm Deanery Confirmation Service at St. Mary’s
     14-20 May:  Christian Aid Week
     16 May:  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
     20 May:  9am – Deanery Walk – Holy Cross, Felsted
     20 May:  3pm – ‘In Loving Memory’ – A Service of Remembrance & Reflection
     25 May:  8pm United Benefice Service for Ascension
     26 May:  Youth Group Quiz Night – details to follow

     23 Apr:  Service at St. Andrew’s
     30 Apr:  Mandy & Patrick Whittick
     7 May:  Maureen & Mike Best
     14 May:  Glenys Parratt & Nigel Dodd

    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: Mr David Rose 01371 873269 / Miss Catherine Salmon 01371 872580
    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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