Notices for the week beginning July 12

Fifth Sunday after Trinity

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

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Almighty God,

send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit,

and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • the family and friends of those who have died: Frances Rusted, Steven Regoli, Pat Rose, Gerard Wiffen, Margaret Smith

  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb, Shirley, Janice, Ann, Jill Lloyd, Linzi Jackson, Susie, David Rose

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM). Unfortunately St Mary’s APCM has had to be postponed and will not now take place on 12 July. We will let you know as soon as the meeting has been rescheduled. In the meantime if you have any queries please speak to the churchwardens or to Jenny DW.

OPENING OF ST. MARY'S AND ST. ANDREW'S CHURCHES. Both churches are open at different times, so please check the calendar before visiting.

STEWARDS NEEDED. St John’s Chapel is open for private prayer, with entry via the side door into the chapel. If anyone is available to act as stewards, please let Catherine Salmon (wepilgrims@gmail.com) know. Thank you!

THANK YOU! Thank you for everyone who came along to the cleaning parties. They were well attended and the church now looks and smells much fresher. For good hygiene in the future we shall need to reform the fortnightly cleaning teams. If anyone would like to volunteer, please let Catherine Salmon know.

GAMES EVENING. Please note that these will be taking place on the 3rd Friday of the month. The next one will be on July 17, followed by August 21.

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. Elizabeth would be grateful for any blackcurrants anyone has available.

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.

NEW FLOOR IN THE NORTH AISLE. Gerald has supplied the two photos at the foot of this page, showing the extent of the new flooring.

SUPPORT WITH CHURCH SERVICES. If anyone is able to offer some occasional support running the 'tech' for the services, please contact Patrick. There's a chance I might not be available for some services, so it would be good (nay, great) if others were able to help. It's becoming relatively easy to handle these, and I'll of course help with as much training as is required.

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@whittick.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.

PHOTOS OF THE CHURCHES. If you have any landscape 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.

Church services

In line with advice from the Archbishops, our pattern of regular church services is suspended until further notice. Our services are being broadcast online and details of how to connect can be found on our home page or by clicking on the events in the calendar. In addition, you can view recorded services from the 'Church services' page.

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

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

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