Notices for the week beginning November 29

Advent Sunday

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


The church (St. John's Chapel at St. Mary's) is open at certain times (typically 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00) for private prayer. Please wear a mask if entering the churches, and check the calendar before visiting!


Almighty God,
as your kingdom dawns,
turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness,
that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


  • the family and friends of those who have died: Arthur Reed

  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb, Shirley, Janice, Ann, Linzi Jackson, Elsie Ratlidge, Thomas & Beverley

LEA & PETRA'S LEAVING PRESENT. It's not long now until we unfortunately lose Lea & Petra. If you would like to donate to a leaving gift for them, please use the following details for bank transfers:
To: PCC of Great Dunmow
Sort code: 30-92-76
Account number: 00072320
Reference: Lea
Alternatively, please contact Nigel Dodd, Trudi Wright, Catherine Salmon or Sarah in the office if you would like to give a cheque or cash.

BRENDA SEWARD is moving to Ireland in early December. There is a card in St. John's Chapel for anyone who would like to sign it.

ST. JOHN'S CHAPEL. Please note that with the dark nights drawing in, the chapel will in future be open in the afternoon from 2:00 until 4:00 (10:00-12:00 in the morning). As always, please check the calendar before you visit, as we sometimes don't have coverage!

ST. MARY'S ONLINE CHRISTMAS MARKET. The Christmas goods which Coffee, Cake & Chatter would normally be selling at their coffee morning are now available to order - please click here to see what's available. We have wrapping paper, cards, tablecloths and other lovely things at bargain prices - all proceeds to church funds. Please share with family and friends, or print off the catalogue for those who can't access it online.
If you have anything else we can offer for sale, please get in touch - via the church WhatsApp group, email to, or ring 873834.

CHRISTMAS CLEANERS. Volunteers are needed to sanitise the pews after the midnight service on Christmas Eve, otherwise it won’t be possible to hold a service on both days. If you are able to help, please let Sarah or the wardens know. Thank you!

ST. MARY'S 'TECH TEAM'. We have a small group of people who handle the 'techy' aspect of the services (Zoom and the service 'screens'), and would love to have some more help. It hopefully looks very high-tech and difficult, but really isn't that hard! If you'd like to know more, please speak to Patrick or Lea.

CROSS OF REMEMBRANCE AND HOPE. One new way that St Mary’s will ‘Remember’ will be a cross marked out in the Town Cemetery from the eve of All Soul’s Day on 1st November until the end of Advent (Christmas Eve). Everyone is invited to bring a stone with the name of a loved one you wish to remember and place it in the cross. Throughout lockdown, painted stones began to appear around our roadsides and gardens sharing simple but profound messages of hope. By placing a stone in our cross, we too are sharing a simple but profound message of hope: that those who have died are let go into God’s loving care. That one day, through Christ, there will be resurrection to a new eternal life, in his kingdom."

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 ( / 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.

STEWARDS NEEDED FOR ST. JOHN'S. If you are available for a couple of hours to help out with stewarding, you can see what dates/times need a steward here. If you are able to help with one of the empty 'slots', please let Catherine Salmon ( know. Thank you!

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

FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST. Braintree food bank collected about 20 boxes and bags of goodies recently with grateful thanks - thank you so much for your support. Our clients are very grateful. We have again seen much increased levels of need this year, in part to the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Last winter saw unprecedented levels of need and we gave out more food than we had ever distributed, and we anticipate that this trend will continue this year.

We urgently need:

  • Cereal Bars

  • Chocolate Bars (Kit Kat, Penguins etc.)

  • Jam

  • Sponge Puddings

  • Mash Potato (Drum or Packet)

Needed to maintain stocks:

  • Tinned Potatoes

  • Sugar (500g or 1Kg if possible)

  • Tinned Hot Snacks (Ravioli, Beans & Sausages etc.)

  • Tinned Hot Meals (Curry, Tinned Pies etc.)

  • Deodorants

  • Washing Detergent (In a gel form if possible please)

Due to the generosity of our community, at present we do not need: Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Biscuits, Fish, Soup, Baby Food, Baby Nappies.

PLEASE NOTE: 1) We often ask for small packs—Larger packs do not fit in our boxes and make it difficult for out clients to carry home. Also, we are unable (for hygiene reasons) to split large size or catering packs. 2) We are grateful for your donations to the Braintree Area foodbank. However, we can only accept donations of freshly-bought, unopened and undamaged goods which are still well within their “use by” date (no less than 6 months where possible). It is difficult to use items which do not meet these requirements. Thank you.


Please check Facebook page to see current needs and book a drop-off time.

Drop off only of freshly laundered clothes from our wish list (see Facebook page). We cannot accept things not on our list.

(Thursday between 1pm and 2pm. This will be outside and signposted from the car park at the Carousel Centre.)

Please message Facebook first. Messages received by the Tuesday will be ready for collection on the Thursday of that week. Once we have made a bag up, we will send you a message to book you in for collection. Please only come along if we have done this.

If we can help you please message us on Facebook with the following details:

  1. Age & sex of child

  2. What you are in need of - a general bag or selected items?

Things we are able to help with
Warm winter clothes, eg trousers/joggers/T-shirts/leggings/jumpers etc.
Coats, Socks/tights, Vests, Underwear, Pj’s / Babygro’s/Gro Bags
Hats, Bedding for Moses baskets/cots, Nappies

We no longer can give out any equipment.

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 and he'll try and help!

COMMUNICATION. For information, please refer to the website: Information will be disseminated by email (if you are not on the circulation list, ask Patrick Whittick to add you: / 07759-317951) and by WhatsApp (if you are not joined to the St Mary’s group, ask Nigel Dodd to add you: 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:

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

PHOTOS OF THE CHURCHES. If you have any photos of St. Andrew's or St. Mary's, could you send them to Patrick who will use different photos. Note: these photos are only seen by people viewing the notices as an email - not on the church website!

VACANCY. As we continue our search for our next vicar, help us to put our trust in you and to send your chosen person to lead us, to equip us and to work alongside us to share the Good News of God’s love with everyone in our communities.


Priest-in-Charge: In Vacancy


Revd. Lea Williams 01371-705066 / Please note that Lea’s usual day off is Friday.

Revd. Elsie Bouffler 07786-957390 / Elsie’s working hours are: Monday am, Tuesday am/pm and Friday am/pm.

Parish Administrator and Hall Bookings: Sarah Jeffrey 01371-875753 /

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 /

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