Notices for the week beginning December 15

3rd SUNDAY IN ADVENT

Calendars

Calendar for St. Mary's

Calendar for St. Andrew's

As we continue our search for our next vicar, help us to put our trust in you 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.

PRAYER FOR TODAY

PRAYER FOR TODAY

God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • the family and friends of those who have recently died: Helen Green, Kathryn Alcock, Richard Morris, Vincent Holmes, Michael Smith, David Walls, Patricia Dempsey
  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb, Peter, Joe, Selvin Thompson, Margaret Smith, Shirley, Janice, Gill Dunn, Amanda, the Ainge family, Ann


PARISH PROFILE. A job advertisement and our Parish Profile is now on the Diocesan website. There are some hard copies of the Profile at the back of church and an electronic copy is on our website. A series of advertisements will run in the Church Times after Christmas and applications must be in by early February, with interviews set for early March. Please pray that the advertisement will attract the attention of a suitable candidate to be our new minister.

HELPERS NEEDED FOR THE CRIBSTINGLE SERVICES. At both the 2pm and 4pm services on Christmas Eve, we will need help with the following roles: marshalling in the church car park, welcomers, buggy park attendants and water bucket supervisors. If you are able to help at one or both services, please let Ann Deakins know (ann.deakins@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk). Thank you from the All Age Team.

CHAIR FUND UPDATE. We now have 30 sponsored chairs. The final date for the dedication of a chair must be 31 December 2019.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES. We have printed some attractive cards showing our Christmas services. Copies are available by the door. Please take one for your own use and distribute copies to friends and neighbours.

LIVE NATIVITY. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event last weekend. As always, it was a great joy to see so many townsfolk making their way down to the Church to celebrate the approach of Christmas.

CONNECT 120. This week Connect 120 means: a huge thank you from Tara to all of you for your support over the last 7 terms. Please pray for the Steering Group and Directors of Connect 120 as they discern God's will for the project.

CONNECT 120 NEWS. It is with regret that we need to announce that Tara Russell will be leaving the project at the end of this term. She will be taking up a new position working for the Diocese as Project Leader for developing mission & ministry with and for children, young people and families. We wish her well in her new appointment.

THE TEN PARISHES. Revd. Robert Stone has been appointed Parish Priest of the Ten Parishes (the Rodings, Little Canfield and the Easters). He will be licensed on Thursday 23 January at 7.30 pm at High Easter church. Robert was ordained in 2016 and has been doing his Curacy at Bocking. Everyone is welcome to attend. Parking will be at Lodge Coaches or the Village Hall where a shuttle bus will be running to the church.

ADVENT COURSES. These continue on Thursday mornings at 10.30 am in the church and on Saturday mornings at 9.30 am in SMC. All are welcome. The sessions are freestanding so you can join a course even though you may have missed some of the earlier sessions.

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

NOTICES. If you would like to see more details about any of the events shown in the calendars above, please click on the calendar images which will take you to the church website. You should then be able to click on an event, see future events, and click an event to see more details. Please let me know if you have any problems! Thanks, Patrick.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

TO CONTACT THE PARISHES:

Priest-in-Charge: In Vacancy

Curate: Revd. Lea Williams 01371 705066 / lea@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk. Please note that Lea’s usual day off is Friday.

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

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