Notices for the week beginning June 18


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

 Sat. 17  8:30 am  Men’s Breakfast in SMR
   9:00 am  Deanery Walk – St Andrews Good Easter
   2:00 pm  Wedding of Jamie Bishop & Joanne Edwards
  Sun. 18  9:00 am  Holy Communion: Revd Ruth Patten; Preacher: Mr Nigel Warren
   10:30 am  Service of the Word: Revd Lea Williams & Miss Jo Wood; Preacher: Mr Nigel Warren
 Mon. 19  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   2:30 pm  Maldon U3A to visit church
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
   7:00 pm  Meditation at the Bowling Green
   8:00 pm  Bell ringing practice
 Tue. 20  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   10:00 am  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
 Wed. 21  10:00 am  Church Mice
   4:45 pm  Evening Prayer
   5:30 pm  Rehearsal for Civic Service in church
   8:00 pm  Home Group – 19 Lower Millfield
   8:00 pm  Home Group – 9 High Meadow
 Thu. 22  8:30 am  Morning Prayer
   9:30 am  Holy Communion
   6:00 pm  Children’s choir
   6:30 pm  Youth Group – Chill out evening
   7:00 pm  Choir Practice
  Sun. 25  9:00 am  Holy Communion
   10:30 am  Holy Communion
   3:00 pm  Dunmow Town Council Civic Service

Calendar for St. Andrew's

 Sat. 17  12:00 noon  Wedding of James Cross & Carly Morgan
  Sun. 18  6:00 pm  Holy Communion: Revd Ruth Patten
 Tue. 20  1:00 pm  Funeral of Mr Percy (Bob)Townsend
 Wed. 21  8:45 am  Morning Prayer
  Sun. 25  10:30 am  Service of the Word

General News for both parishes (unless stated)

O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers and, because through the weakness of our mortal nature we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace that, in keeping of thy commandments, we may please thee, both in will and deed; 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: Edna Lydall, Audrey Parkes, Roselies Hemming, Percy (Bob) Townsend, Ann Fletcher
  • for those who have asked for prayer: James Warren, Irene Morrison
  • for those who are preparing for marriage: Eugene Macrae & Paris Legore
  • for those families preparing for the baptism of their children: Joshua Packman

  • LEA’S ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD, SUNDAY 2ND JULY AT ST MARY’S. Lea will be ordained priest on Sunday 2nd July by Bishop Roger at 3pm at a service at St Mary’s, alongside other Deacons from the Colchester episcopal area. There will be limited unreserved seating available on the day for those who would like to attend. If you are able to help out on that afternoon, there are plenty of tasks and jobs that will need overseeing, from stewarding the parking to acting as welcomers and sidespeople. Please let Caroline, Ruth or the wardens know if you’re willing to help out. Thank you!

    FRIENDS OF ST. MARY’S QUIZ WALK - SATURDAY, 8 JULY. A great day out in the historic town of Ely. Transport to Ely is available, leaving Dunmow at 9am, back at approx. 5pm: free to those collecting sponsorship; a charge of £10 for non-sponsored walkers. For more information please speak to a member of the Friends Committee.

    SUNDAY 9TH JULY. Please note that there will be just one service in the benefice. This will be a service of Holy Communion at St Mary’s at 10.30am and Lea will be presiding for the first time. Please join us as we celebrate as a Benefice at this important point in our shared life together.

    THANK YOU & GOODBYE TO SAM! We will be saying “thank you” and “goodbye” to Sam in our 10.30am service at St Mary’s on Sunday 16th July. Our service that day will focus on our “Connect 120” project (for more information go to and Steve Kersys, our Diocesan Children’s and Families Advisor will be preaching. Please do join us if you can! There will be a lunch party afterwards in the Vicarage Garden. All welcome!

    NEWS FROM ST MARY’S PCC. At our May meeting, new members were welcomed and officers were elected. You can find a full list on the noticeboard at the back of St Mary’s.
    Our PCC sub-committees are: Standing Committee, Finance Committee, Fabric Committee, Churchyard and Riverbank Committee, Publicity Committee. If you have an interest or particular skills you think you could offer on any of the committees please let Ruth or a member of the PCC know. Nigel Dodd would like to form a Finance Committee to support his role as Treasurer, so please do talk to him if that is something that would interest you.
    The PCC reviewed worship and activities during Lent, Holy Week and Easter and considered what was good, what was difficult and what could be different. Those particularly highlighted as good were:
  • The range of Holy week services, Maundy Thursday in particular, with its “watch”
  • Lent courses
  • Palm Sunday participative service and outdoor procession
  • School visits for Easter services and involvement in school assemblies
  • Please feel free to offer feedback on any of our services or activities to any member of the PCC; they will be happy to pass your comments (good or bad!) back to our regular review sessions.

    CONNECT 120. We are very pleased to announce that Tara Russell has been appointed as our School and Community Missioner. Tara comes to us with extensive experience in a similar role, and we very much look forward to her joining our team here across the Stansted, Dunmow and TLC family of churches.

    FREE WILL GIVING ENVELOPES. The new packs of Free Will envelopes for the year July 2017 to June 2018 are now available for collection. These can be found in named envelopes within the brown cardboard box located by the pigeon holes. Any queries please contact Trudi Wright on 873931 or e-mail

    CAKES & REFRESHMENTS FOR VARIOUS EVENTS. There are a number of events coming up for which we would be grateful to receive cakes and/or other refreshments – please put the dates in your diary and if you are able to assist, we look forward to receiving your donations:-
  • 25 June – Civic service – pm – cakes please
  • 2 July – Priesting service – pm – cakes please
  • 9 July – Bring-and- Share lunch – there will be a list in the next couple of weeks in both churches to sign to say that you are attending and to indicate what you will be bringing to share
  • 5 August – Friends Garden Party – cakes please
  • 27 & 28 August – Countess of Warwick Show – cakes please

  • CHRISTIAN STUDIES COURSE TASTER EVENINGS. A new CCS year begins in September and taster evenings have been arranged for June and July at various venues across the Diocese. For further information please speak to Edward Salmon.

     1 July:  Bradwell Festival
     2 July:  Priesting of Lea Williams and others at St. Mary’s
     8 July:  Friends of St. Mary’s Annual Walk – Ely
     9 July:  Bring-and- Share lunch to celebrate Lea presiding at Holy Communion for the first time
     10 July:  Messy Church
     15 July:  Deanery Walk – Little Easton
     16 July:  Service at St Mary’s focussing on “Connect 120” and Sam Smith’s last Sunday with us
     17 July:  St. Mary’s PCC
     18 July:  Coffee, Cake & Chatter
     25 July:  St Andrew’s PCC (at 38 Rayfield Close)

     18 June:  Jenny Salisbury & Catherine Sale
     25 June:  Helen Warren & Trudi Wright
     2 July:  David & Pat Rose
     9 July:  Caroline Abbott & Christine Larter

    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
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