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.
PRAYER FOR TODAY
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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR:
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 120. Connect 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 www.connect120.org.uk, 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).
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS – APCMs
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 (email@example.com / 876404 / 07759-317951). Many thanks!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
TO CONTACT THE PARISHES:
Priest-in-Charge: Revd. Ruth Patten 01371 874325 or 07754 053039 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that Ruth's usual day off is Friday
Curate: Revd. Lea Williams 01371 705066 / email@example.com. Please note that Lea’s usual day off is Friday
Parish Administrator and Hall Bookings: Mrs Caroline Abbott 01371 875753 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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