Notices for the week beginning July 15


Calendar for St. Mary's

  Sun. 15  9:00 am  Holy Communion: Revd Lea Williams
   10:30 am  Service of the Word: Mr Nigel Warren and Mrs Elsie Bouffler
 Mon. 16  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   9:45 am  Dunmow St Mary’s School Leavers Service
   2:00 pm  St Andrew’s PCC (Vicarage)
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
   7:00 pm  Meditation at The Bowling Green
   8:00 pm  St Mary’s PCC Meeting (SMC)
   8:00 pm  Bell ringing practice
 Tue. 17  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   10:00 am  Coffee, cake & chatter
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
 Wed. 18  10:00 am  Church Mice
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
 Thu. 19  8.30 am  Morning Prayer
   7:00 pm  Choir Practice
 Sat. 21  9:00 am  Deanery Walk – St Mary’s, Tilty
  Sun. 22  9:00 am  Holy Communion
   10:30 am  Holy Communion

Calendar for St. Andrew's

  Sun. 15  6:00 pm  Holy Communion with healing: Revd Lea Williams
 Tue. 17  1:00 pm  Funeral of Tina Wardley
 Wed. 18  8:45 am  Morning Prayer
 Sat. 21  3:00 pm  Renewal of Wedding Vows: Angus & Gabby Swindlehurst
  Sun. 22  10:30 am  Service of the Word

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: graft in our hearts the love of your name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of your great mercy keep us in the same; 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.

  • the family and friends of those who have recently died: Tina Wardley; Joan Hayward
  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb; Graham; Richard & Cara
  • those who are preparing for marriage, the blessing of their marriage or the renewal of marriage vows: Angus & Gabby Swindlehurst
  • for those families preparing for the baptism of their children
  • the Connect 120 Project and our missioner, Tara Russell
  • Caroline and Adrian as they begin their “retirement” together and Sarah as she settles into the role as Administrator.

  • WORSHIP CHANGES LIVES: HOW IT WORKS AND WHY IT MATTERS. This Sunday is the last in our sermon series on “Worship Changes Lives”. This week our focus is “Believing”. You can find all of the sermons from this series on our website.

    MEET OUR NEW ADMINISTRATOR. Sarah, our new Administrator, will be at coffee, cake & chatter on Tuesday 17th July, to meet and get to know people.

    COURSE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES. If you are interested in the Course for Christian Studies, there will be a taster session on Tuesday, July 24 in St Mary’s Room at 7.30 pm. For full information and booking form, details are on the notice board at the back of the church.

    SPEAKER FROM TEARFUND. On Sunday 29th July we will be welcoming a guest speaker from Tearfund to our 10:30 am service at St Mary's to tell us about their work around the world. Tearfund helps communities overcome the worst effects of poverty and disasters and they believe that the same people who face these issues, also have the best idea as to how they can overcome them. Tearfund works alongside local churches and other locally-based organisations in over 50 countries to help people realise their plans for a better future. In 50 years they've seen millions of lives restored. Find out how we can join in with their work and help transform the lives of families around the world.

    SAYING “THANK YOU” TO CAROLINE. Caroline will be retiring soon and we would like to say a special “thank you” to her at our next United Benefice service at St Mary’s on Sunday 29 th July at 10.30am. We will also share in a special lunch afterwards in the Vicarage Garden. If you would like to contribute a pudding or something sweet for our lunch, then please sign up on the sheet at the back of church. All other food will be provided. If you would like to contribute towards a present, please give any contributions to Ruth or to Nigel Dodd. Thank you!

    MEN’S BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY 4TH AUGUST 8:30 AM IN ST MARY’S ROOM. We will be serving a full English breakfast. There will be a guest speaker for your entertainment, amusement and edification. Can you bring someone who is not a regular at St Mary’s? Contribution at the breakfast appreciated to cover cost of the food around £3. It would help us with the catering if you can let us know if you are coming. Please contact John by email or text/phone: or text 07715-633387.

    WOMEN’S BRUNCH, SATURDAY 11 AUGUST 10AM-12 NOON. A place to chat, eat and drink. You will be very welcome. Suggested donation £3. Please let Helen Wright know if you are coming at or text 07758 216047.

    COUNTESS OF WARWICK SHOW. This year the Countess of Warwick's Country Show will take place on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th August at Little Easton. Once again St Mary's will be running a tea tent and cake stall. We need your help if you can do any of the following:
  • make cakes to serve or sell
  • provide preserves, plants or garden produce to sell
  • help to erect and take down marquees
  • serve on the stall, selling cakes, making drinks or taking money
  • Please sign up today if you can help, or contact Elizabeth Dodd at If you cannot make cakes yourself, we are always grateful for gifts of flour, sugar and dried fruit which you can bring to church any time.

    REFRESH SKILLS, SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER. This is a session for church volunteers working with children, youth or family groups, focussing on Family Ministry, Linking church and school, fun worship songs and storytelling. There will be various speakers and experts will be on hand to answer questions. Please see the notice board at the back of the church for further information.

    THAXTED CENTRE FOR THE DISABLED. Thaxted Centre for the Disabled is looking for a new manager, as the current Manager is retiring in December. This is an unpaid voluntary position and the hours are Monday and Thursday from 9.00 am to 2.30 pm. This role provides a service unique in Uttlesford, delivering care and support to physically disabled local people in a secure and enjoyable environment. The Manager is supported by a pool of volunteers. Further information can be found on the notice board at the back of the church.

    EASYFUNDRAISING HITS £1000! Thank you to all those who have helped raise money for St Mary’s through Easyfundraising. We have just hit our first £1000. For those not yet converted, it’s dead easy and costs you nothing - you just need to log on before going shopping online. Ask Patrick, Michael Ryley or Nigel Dodd if you’d like to know more.

    THIS WEEK, CONNECT120 MEANS: encouraging Dunmow PCC to think about what the project has done and how it has impacted the churches, schools and community, Steering Group, scheduling activities for the Autumn term, getting dates from the schools for assemblies and other relevant activities, working on the Aims and Objectives for Connect 120 for the next 4 years, saying thank you to the schools for their work with children.

     24  Course in Christian Studies Taster Evening (SMR)
     29  ‘Thank you’ to Caroline (see above for details)
     4  Men’s breakfast in the SMR, 08:30
     4  Friends of St Mary’s Garden Party
     8  WW1 Bell ringing Peal
     11  Women's Brunch
     18  Deanery Walk – St Mary’s Great Bardfield
     21  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
     26 & 27  Countess of Warwick Show

    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: Sarah Jeffrey 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: Vacant
    Follow us on Twitter: @StMarysDunmow
    St. Mary's Charity Registration No. 1129192

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