Notices for the week beginning February 28

Second Sunday of Lent

Calendar for St. Mary's & St. Andrew's

CHURCH SERVICES. Those who have read the churchwardens' email will be aware that we are NOT holding services in church until further notice. We will continue to stream the service on Zoom. St. John's Chapel at St. Mary's is also currently closed.

Please wear a mask if entering the churches, and check the calendar before visiting!

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Almighty God,
by the prayer and discipline of Lent
may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings,
and by following in his Way
come to share in his glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • the family and friends of those who have died: Kathleen Myatt, Paul Munchin, Guy Pegram, Mary Butcher

  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb, Shirley, Janice, Ann, Linzi Jackson

CAIRN. There's an article in the Dunmow Broadcast this week about the cairn (well done, Elsie!). If you've not seen it, you can read it at https://www.dunmowbroadcast.co.uk/news/remembrance-cairn-at-dunmow-church-7658146.

#LIVELENT - Family Reflections. For some family activities during this Lent, please have a look at the suggestions here.

THE FUNERAL OF MARY BUTCHER will take place on 9 March at the Three Counties Crematorium. A Live Webcast of the service is available for family and friends. If you would like to view it, please follow the details below:
Service Date 09-Mar-21 at 11:30
Service Chapel Chapel - Three Counties
Website https://www.obitus.com/
Username Jeqe9646
Password 967608
Webcast: Live Webcast & Watch Again
You can login to the website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time. Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are here to watch.

ELSIE TALKS ABOUT HER VOCATION JOURNEY on YouTube here.


PRAYER & REMEMBRANCE AT A TIME OF GREAT LOSS. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the nation to pause, pray and remember the 100,000 people who have lost their lives to Covid-19 across the UK. Starting on 1 February, they invited us to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. Resources, including a specially written prayer have been made available on the Church of England website. If you would like to read the archbishops' letter, please click here.

LEA AND PETRA. If you would like to receive copies of Lea & Petra’s newsletters from CMS, please let Sarah in the Parish Office know. CMS will then send you the newsletter via email. Also, if you use Facebook, have a look for the Williams' on Mission page.

VICARAGE. We are looking for volunteers to do some repainting of walls inside the Vicarage during March, ahead of Tom and his family moving in. Covid restrictions mean that we can't organise a traditional working party, so we are asking individuals/teams within existing "bubbles" to make pledges: for example, to commit to painting the walls of a bedroom. If you have the skills and the time to help, please contact one of the churchwardens.

LICENSING OF REVD. TOM WARMINGTON. Revd. Tom Warmington will be licensed by the Bishop as the new Priest in Charge in Great Dunmow/Barnston at a service in St. Mary's on Wednesday 28 April at 7.30. Further details will be available nearer the time, once we know what restrictions will apply.

PRAYER LIST. If anyone who has been on the prayer list for a long time is known to you, please let a member of the clergy, or Sarah, know if they are still in need of prayer. Thank you.

AMAZON SMILE. Do you shop on Amazon? We are now registered with Amazon Smile. If you access Amazon through smile.amazon.co.uk rather than amazon.co.uk, you can register so that Amazon will send a donation to church funds every time you shop using that link.  You will be asked for the name of your charity - please look for "PCC of St Mary's, Great Dunmow". Please sign up - it's a really useful supplement to church funds. It's easy to do so but if you have any problems getting set up, Nigel Dodd, Michael Ryley and Patrick Whittick are ready to help.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OLD COMPUTER EQUIPMENT LYING AROUND? We at ‘Care For Your Neighbours’ are supporting the isolated community who do not have a computer for online activities. We have so far given out a few laptops to very happy recipients and need some more. If you have a laptop that is no longer wanted and you would like to donate, please let us know. We will wipe the hard drive and install a new operating system so any personal data will be removed. We can also use desktop PCs, tablets, laptop chargers, mice, or any other devices to get people online. We can collect in a socially distanced manner. Many Thanks – John Wright (www.careforyourneighbours.com / 07715-633387).

PRESERVES. If you are missing your home-made preserves while Coffee, Cake & Chatter is suspended, the preserve-makers still have some stock - please see here for details of what is available, and check regularly as things will change. These can be delivered within Dunmow and Barnston or collected from Elizabeth. Over £200 has been made for church funds so far. If anyone else has home-made preserves to sell, please let Elizabeth know.

WONDERING IF YOU'RE ON DUTY? Please have a look at the Rotas calendar!

FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST - UPDATED FEB. '21. If you are able to help with this essential work, please see this list of currently required foodstuffs.

BABY STUFF BRAINTREE. If you, or someone you know, are able to donate or require clothes/equipment requires support, please have a look at this page for details.

CHURCH SERVICES. Those who join our services are, we believe, enjoying them from both a spiritual and social point of view. If anyone is still trying to get to grips with joining them, please let Patrick know (07759-317951 or patrick@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk) and he'll try and help!

COMMUNICATION. For information, please refer to the website: https://www.stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk. Information will be disseminated by email (if you are not on the circulation list, ask Patrick Whittick to add you: patrick@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk / 07759-317951) and by WhatsApp (if you are not joined to the St Mary’s group, ask Nigel Dodd to add you: nga.dodd@btinternet.com). If you know a church member who is not online, please pass the word on. Information and requests for assistance can be directed to any of the following:

DAILY HOPE is a free national phone line to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are still closed for services. Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

DEVOTIONAL. For those who are online, it is relatively simple to find many existing resources, which will doubtless be added to quickly. Inter alia, the Church of England offers online resources: https://www.churchofengland.org/coronavirus.

HAVE A SMART SPEAKER? You may be interested in this page from the Church of England website.

MINISTRY TEAM. The Ministry Team would like to be informed if anyone is ill or in need of a visit.

TO CONTACT THE PARISHES:

Priest-in-Charge: In Vacancy

Assistant Curate: Revd. Elsie Bouffler 07786-957390 / elsie@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk. Elsie’s working hours are: Monday am, Tuesday am/pm and Friday am/pm

Revd. Rosemary Drew 01371-872662

Parish Administrator and Hall Bookings: Sarah Jeffrey 01371-875753 / administrator@smgd.org.uk

Churchwardens, St. Mary the Virgin, Great Dunmow: Miss Catherine Salmon 01371-872580 / Mr Michael Ryley 07879-486293

Churchwarden, St. Andrew the Apostle, Barnston: Vacant - Contact the Parish Administrator

Pastoral Assistant: Miss Pam Warren 01371-878219 / pastoral.assistant@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk


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