Notices for the week beginning September 20

Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

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


Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.



  • the family and friends of those who have died: Alan Carter, Michael Homan, David Bassingthwaighte Snr.

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

FACE MASKS IN CHURCH. The CofE/Diocese have issued additional guidance on worship during the pandemic, stating "The Department of Health and Social Care PPE policy team has stated as follows, which impacts on our obligation to wear masks in church: ‘We are not endorsing any particular style of face covering but face shields/visors do not meet the government guidance on what a face covering is and therefore they are not considered an appropriate alternative to a face covering. We are clear that a face covering is something which covers the nose and mouth as well as securely fitting round the side of the face. As such, religious services should be following the face coverings guidance where applicable.’

SERVICES IN CHURCH. If you are planning to attend any services in St. Mary's or St. Andrew's, please read the details shown in the Opening Doors article here, and remember to wear a mask! See also the article above.

LIVESTREAMING OF ELSIE'S ORDINATION. If you didn't get the chance to watch Elsie's ordination last Sunday, you can still watch it at

COLD OFF THE PRESS. Two new varieties of apple juice available:

  • Speculate: a rustic full-bodied juice. Best drunk well-stirred. Tasty.

  • Brut Spécial: a superior delicate sweet rosé. Labour intensive and double donations most welcome here. But it’s worth it!

All available through the usual channels.

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.

ST MARY’S APCM. The APCM will be held Monday 12th October at 7.30 pm on Zoom. The papers for this meeting can be found on the church website.

DR GERVASE VERNON’S NEW BOOK ‘The countenance of Christ: A commentary on the Beatitudes in Matthew’ is now on sale from Amazon: £1 Kindle or £7 paperback.

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. Thank you for your continuing support during the Coronavirus crisis. Foodbanks within the Trussell Trust network have seen an 89% increase across our network. By continuing to support us with your donations you are continuing to support those most in need. We are very thankful for any donations you can give.

We currently need:

Food Items:

  • Sponge Puddings

  • Rice Puddings

Other Essentials:

  • Toothbrushes

  • Shampoo

  • Soap detergent gel (rather than a powder variant please)

Our food parcels are made up of specific food goods and we are in need of the above items. However, we have good stocks of baked beans, cereals and biscuits as of late. Therefore we ask that any donations are from the list above. We also ask for small packs of food as larger packs do not fit in our parcels, making it difficult for our clients to carry home.

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). We cannot use items which do not meet these requirements, and the donation is wasted. Thank you.

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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