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Notices for the week beginning February 28


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. 28  9:00am  Holy Communion: Revd Ruth Patten
  10:30am  Holy Communion: Revd Ruth Patten
 Mon. 29  8:30am  Morning Prayer
   7:00pm  Meditation at the Bowling Green
 Tue. 1  8:30am  Morning Prayer
   9:30am  St. Mary’s Primary School Year 3 visit
   2:00pm  Funeral of Marie Haresnape
 Wed. 2  10:00am  Church Mice
 Thurs. 3  8:30am  Morning Prayer
   9:30am  Holy Communion
   6:00pm  Children’s Choir Practice
   7:00pm  Choir Practice
   7:00pm  Youth Group
 Fri. 4  1:30pm  Women’s World Day of Prayer, United Reformed Church, New Street
  8:00pm Home Group – 45 Godfrey Way
 Sat. 5 All day Colchester Area Vocations Day
  Sun. 6  9:00am  Morning Prayer
   10:30am  United Benefice All Age Holy Communion for MOTHERING SUNDAY

Calendar for St. Andrew's

  Sat. 28  10:30am  Service of the Word: Mr Nigel Warren
 Wed. 2  8:45am  Morning Prayer followed by Spring Clean
 Sat. 5 4:00pm Wedding of Danny Stone Parker and Maryanne Loveridge
  Sun. 6  10:30am  United Benefice All Age Holy Communion AT ST. MARY’S

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 Graham Davies, Michael Wallace, Tish Ramsay, John Woodroffe, Margery Kettle and Marie Haresnape who have recently died;
  • for those on the prayer list who have asked for prayer (lists available at the back of church);
  • for those who are preparing for marriage and baptism.
ST. ANDREW’S SPRING CLEAN. St. Andrews PCC is having a morning of 'Spring Cleaning' in church on Wednesday 2nd March, starting with Morning Prayer at 8.45 am. If you can come and give a hand at any time during the morning it would be lovely to see you and have your help. Please just turn up at whatever time you can spare. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be readily available.

WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER. All are invited to attend this annual event, to be held on Friday, 4 March 2016, 1.30 p.m. at the United Reformed Church, New Street. This year's service has been written by the women of Cuba and is entitled "Receive Children, Receive Me".

COLCHESTER AREA VOCATIONS DAY - Saturday 5th March, Christchurch, Colchester. The Annual Colchester Area Vocations Day is for people at every stage of exploring all sorts of ministry, lay and ordained. It offers input and information, workshops, time-out to think and pray about your own direction in life, and an opportunity to meet and talk with other people on similar journeys. Principally, it is a day to hear or to listen to God. The key speakers are Bishop Roger and Nick Hutchings, Headteacher of St John's school Colchester on "Vocation and education".
The day is free and lasts from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (coffee is available from 09:30) and is packed with helpful information and valuable insights, all set in the context of worship.
For more information pick up a flyer or visit the Area page of the Diocesan website, or contact Rev. Geoff Read at gread@chelmsford.anglican.org

DUNMOW AND STANSTED DEANERY 'SINGING WITH THE ANGELS' MONTHLY WALKS. The monthly Deanery Walks take place on the third Saturday of the month from February to October, commencing at 9am with a walk lasting about 1¼ hours.  This will be followed by some refreshments and then a short time for prayer from 10.30am to 11am.  People not wanting to walk will be most welcome to join in with refreshments at 10.15am followed by prayer and singing with the angels!
Dogs on leads are very welcome.  The walks generally follow footpaths and stout walking shoes/boots are advisable.
Full details on leaflets at the back of church.
For the walk on 19 March, meet at Chickney New Hall (CM6 2BY) and walk to St. Mary’s Broxted (CM6 2BZ).  Meet at Chickney New Hall at 9 a.m. for the walk, or 10.15 a.m. at St. Mary’s Broxted, for refreshments and prayers.
Follow signs to Chickney Hall Farm and Chickney Church – the Hall is through the gates after the church.  Go down drive and park outside house.

DUNMOW WIND BAND CONCERT IN AID OF ST MARY'S CHURCH. Saturday, 19 March at 7 p.m. in St. Mary's. "Music from Stage & Screen". Please come along for a fun evening of music from stage and screen.
Tickets £5 (children free) available from the parish office: 01371 875753 or administrator@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk. Please encourage friends and neighbours to come along. Refreshments will be served.

FIRST AID COURSE. Do you have a people-centred role within the benefice and would benefit from undertaking a first aid course? A course is being run on Saturday, 16 April from 9 am to 12 noon in the SMR.  A donation of £10 towards the cost of £25 would be appreciated.  If you would like to enrol please speak to Gillian Warren (01371 856321 or gillianwarren5@gmail.com) by 14 March. Places are limited so first come, first served.

QUIET DAYS AT THE BOWLING GREEN. The 2016 brochure for the quiet days to be held at the Bowling Green are now available at the back of church. Please contact Rosemary Drew to book a place on any of these days.  Details in the brochure.

FELSTED AID DONATIONS OF EASTER EGGS. There is a box at the back of St. Mary’s church for collection Cadbury’s Crème Eggs or similar to distribute to deprived children through Felsted Aid.

Priest-in-Charge: Revd. Ruth Patten 01371 874325 or 07754 053039 / revruthjp@gmail.com. Please note that Ruth's usual day off is Friday
Parish Administrator and Hall Bookings: Mrs Caroline Abbott 01371 875753 / administrator@smgd.org.uk
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
Find us on Facebook: St Marys Great Dunmow & St Andrews Barnston
St. Mary's Charity Registration No. 1129192

 4 March:  Women's World Day of Prayer - United Reformed Church at 1.30 p.m.
 5 March:  Colchester Area Vocations Day (see inside for details)
 6 March:  Mothering Sunday
 14 March:  4 p.m. Messy Church
 14 March:  8 p.m. St. Mary’s PCC meeting
 15 March:  10 a.m. Coffee, Cake & Chatter
 19 March:  Deanery Walk
 19 March:  7pm Concert by Dunmow Wind Band in aid of St. Mary's Church - "Music from Stage and Screen"
 20 March:  Palm Sunday
 27 March:  Easter Day
 16 April: 9 a.m. Deanery Walk – Takeley & Little Canfield
 17 April: St Andrew’s APCM to precede Songs of Praise service
 18 April: 4 p.m. Messy Church
 19 April: 10 a.m. Coffee, Cake & Chatter
 23 April: 3 p.m. Bereavement Service
 24 April: St Mary’s APCM (at 11am) following morning service (at 9.30am)

 28 February:  Barbara & Andrew Hasler
 6 March:  Mandy & Patrick Whittick
 13 March:  Peggy Baines & Vera Davies
 20 March: Pam & Ray Cheal

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