Notices for the week beginning March 19


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. 12  9:00am  Holy Communion: Revd Peter Street
   10:30am  Service of the Word and baptism of Lily Waggott: Revd Lea Williams
   3:00pm  Baptism of Felix Harris
   6:00pm  ‘Living an Authentic Life’ Lent course – in church
 Mon. 20  8:30am  Morning Prayer
   4:45pm  Evening Prayer
   7:00pm  Meditation at The Bowling Green
   8:00pm  PCC Meeting in SMC
 Tue. 21  8:30am  Morning Prayer
   9:30am  St. Mary’s Primary School Year 3 visit
   10:00am  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
   4:45pm  Evening Prayer
   8:00pm  Home Group – The Bowling Green
   8:00pm  Home Group – Bigods Farm, Aythorpe Roding
 Wed. 22  10:00am  Church Mice
   4:45pm  Evening Prayer
   8:00pm  Home Group – 8 Almond Close
 Thu. 23  9:30am  Holy Communion
   10:30am  ‘Living an Authentic Life’ Lent course – at Angel & Harp
   6:00pm  Children’s Choir Practice
   7:00pm  Choir Practice
   7:00pm  Youth Group – Baking
 Fri. 24  8:00pm  Home Group – 9A High Street
 Sat. 25  9:00am  Marriage Preparation Day in Church
   10:00am  Dads & Kids Club – SMR
   10:00am  ‘Living an Authentic Life’ Lent course – 3 Ruffels Place, Stebbing
  Sun. 26  9:00am  Holy Communion
   10:30am  All Age Holy Communion
   6:00pm  ‘Living an Authentic Life’ Lent course – in church

Calendar for St. Andrew's

  Sun. 19  6:00pm  Holy Communion with healing: Revd Paul Wilkin
 Tue. 21  2:00pm  PCC Meeting at the Vicarage
 Wed. 22  10:00-12:00  Coffee Morning in aid of St. Andrew’s at 38 Rayfield Close
  Sun. 26  10:30am  Service of the Word
   3:00pm  Baptism of Michael Roberts

General News for both parishes (unless stated)

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through 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: Christina Marshall, Peter Hall, Diana Law, James Powell-Allen, Adela Thompson
  • for those who have asked for prayer: James Warren, May Bower, Lorna Pelling
  • for those who are preparing for marriage and particularly those attending the marriage preparation day on Saturday
  • for those families preparing for the baptism of their children: Lily Waggott, Felix Harris, Michael Roberts

  • PARSIH OFFICE. Please note that the office will be closed from Monday, 20 to Wednesday, 22 March inclusive as Caroline is away on a conference for administrators and church managers.

    COFFEE MORNING IN AID OF ST. ANDREW’S CHURCH, Wednesday, 22 March 10am – 12 noon. Eva is holding a coffee morning at her house, 38 Rayfield Close, Barnston, to raise funds for St. Andrew’s. Bring-and- buy with a twist! All welcome.

    DAD’S & KID’S CLUB, SATURDAY, 25 MARCH IN ST. MARY’S ROOM 10am to 12 noon. Join us for fun, food and a chance to chat with other Dads and their kids. Toys and games for children all ages up to 11; tea, coffee and breakfast snacks; plus a selection of Saturday papers! For more info speak to Sam or phone 07547 632148.

    CHURCHES TOGETHER LENT LUNCH, Wednesday, 29 March 12 noon to 2 p.m. Our Lady & St Anne Line Church Hall. No charge for tickets but a donation to Christian Aid is requested.

    ‘LIVING AN AUTHENTIC LIFE’ - a five-session Lent study course exploring discipleship with the world church. Sessions will be held on Thursday mornings, Saturday mornings and Sunday evenings.
  • Thursdays at 10.30am at The Angel and Harp: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March & 6th April
  • Saturdays at 10.00am at Barnston Mission: 4th, 11th, 25th March & 1st, 8th April
  • Sunday evenings at 6.00pm at St Mary’s Church: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th March & 2nd April
  • Each session will last about 90 minutes and will include reading, discussion and a time of prayer. On Sunday evenings, the session will begin with a short service of Evening Prayer lasting about 20 minutes.
    For further details please pick up a leaflet from the back of church or contact: Elsie Bouffler: 01371 855850 or Elaine Peck: 01371 821572

    NEW BOOKS FOR LENT IN THE LENDING LIBRARY. Why not check out some new books with a Lent theme now available from our “Words For Life” Lending Library in church? Let Me Go There – the Spirit of Lent by Paula Gooder offers a daily companion for the six weeks of Lent and The Archbishops of Canterbury Lent Book 2017, Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace, looks at the subject of money and materialism, challenging us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God. We have also added two books by our very own Bishop Stephen Cottrell - The Things He Did, which focuses specifically on the events in Holy Week leading up to Good Friday and The Things He Carried, a journey to the cross, which features meditations on Lent and Holy Week.

    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.

    QUIET DAYS AT THE BOWLING GREEN. The 2017 programme of quiet days being held at The Bowling Green is now available at the back of church. Please take a copy and consider coming along to one of these events. Please contact Rosemary Drew for further information on 01371 872662 or by e-mail:

    FRIENDSHIP SCHEME. The Friendship Scheme urgently needs new volunteers. Do you have a little time to visit a lonely elderly person  in their own home? Training will be given and a DBS check is necessary. If you can give a little time, or know anyone who can, please contact Anne Frame (876001) or Pam Cheal (872577).

    ST. MARY’S ELECTORAL ROLL is being revised from Sunday 11th  March until Saturday 8th  April, in preparation for the APCM.  Those already on the roll need do nothing but anyone who would like to join the roll is invited to complete an application form available from the noticeboards by the pigeon holes.

     20 Mar:  St. Mary’s PCC
     21 Mar:  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
     21 Mar:  St Andrew’s PCC (2pm at the Vicarage)
     25 Mar:  Dads & Kids Club - SMR
     26 Mar:  Mothering Sunday
     9 Apr:  Palm Sunday
     10 Apr:  Messy Church
     15 Apr:  Deanery Walk – Takeley & Little Canfield
     16 Apr:  Easter Day
     18 Apr:  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
     30 Apr:  Annual Church Meetings for St. Mary’s and St. Andrew's

     19 Mar:  Pam & Ray Cheal
     26 Mar:  Helen Warren & Trudi Wright
     2 Apr:  Jenny Salisbury & Iris Harris
     9 Apr:  Ann & Tom Deakins

    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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