Notices for the week beginning November 28

Advent Sunday

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

PRAYER FOR TODAY


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.

Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • the family and friends of those who have died: Michael Deason, Douglas May

  • those who have asked for prayer: Jenny Salisbury

COVID-19 (Updated November 26)
From Rev Tom and the churchwardens... 
Since national restrictions were eased, we have been conducting services according to the national church guidelines and our own assessment of risk. Our large building, it's natural ventilation and open doors, have enabled us to be slightly more relaxed about face coverings. With the on-set of colder weather we will now be keeping the West doors closed during services (the usual entrance will be half open or ajar so people can see they can come in). Less ventilation, along with an increase in the number of people expected at service over Christmas, obviously increases the risk of viruses being transmitted. To mitigate this we are hoping you will be prepared to wear your face coverings as much as possible again in church, just for the next few weeks and particularly at services with large numbers of people. We really don't want to mitigate the risk in other ways (e.g. reduce capacity or re-introduce closed pews). Therefore, we would really appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Click here to join our Zoom services.

ADVENT CAROLS
Take place at 6pm on Sunday in Barnston, led by the choir of St Mary's Church. All are very welcome.

TEAM THANK YOU NIGHT
A date for your diary... on Wednesday 1st December at 7.30pm at St Mary's Church Rev Tom and Allula will be hosting a special event to say thank you to everyone who has served God at St Mary's or St Andrew's churches in any way over the last year. Wine and nibbles will be provided as our opportunity to say THANK YOU! Everyone who has served in any way, however small, is welcome to attend. For catering purposes please let us know you're coming by signing up on the link here or by emailing hello@smgd.org.uk. Please spread the word.

HOPE IS BORN
This year’s Live Nativity will take place on Sunday 5th  December, starting at the town square and following Mary, Joseph and the donkey as they journey to the stable (St Mary’s Church car park). This year we are able to Live Stream the story from the stable, so if you would prefer to be inside, you are  welcome to come to church from 3pm where you can watch events unfold live once the procession from the town square arrives at St. Mary's Church at around 3:20pm. Please join us for tea / coffee and mulled wine afterwards. If you are unable to come down to church, you can join us on Zoom to watch the story unfolding in the car park. Sorry, you'll have to supply your own mulled wine!

ADVENT BOOKS
Our 2021 Advent book, "Finding Hope Under Bethlehem's Skies" is back in stock. Pick up your copy from the refreshment area in church. Suggested donation of £5 per book please. Money to be placed in offertory box or you can pay by card on Sundays.

MULLED WINE
Our Live Nativity is back on Sunday December 5th at 3pm! We would like to show our generosity to the community by providing free refreshments so please could you shop for as much mulled wine as you can carry and drop it off to the church office or to Revs Tom or Elsie (we promise not to drink it). If you're unable to get to the shops you can give a cash donation and we'll shop for you.

CHRISTMAS
Our Christmas services can be viewed here. Please be praying about who you will invite to our special services.

UNITY SUPPER
The Unity Supper will be held on Friday 21 January 2022 at Our Lady & St Anne Line Church Hall, Mill Lane, Great Dunmow. Tickets are £8 each and are available from Sarah in the church office.

ALPHA COURSE
A date for your diary... a brand new Alpha course for Great Dunmow will start on Monday 31st January at 7.30pm. It will run for nine Mondays and include an away day together on Saturday 19th March. Millions of people worldwide have tried an Alpha Course; it is an informal and fun exploration of what Christians believe with good refreshments, friendships and discussions. If you're interested in attending please speak to Rev Tom or email hello@smgd.org.uk. You may like to bring someone who doesn't come to church.
We're also looking for cake bakers who could bake for one or two of the weeks and volunteers who can commit to all sessions to help lead discussions - please speak to Tom.

RESOURCING PASTORAL CARERS
A Foundation course in Pastoral Care, via the online Zoom App. There will be two courses running on Thursdays, in the afternoon from 2 – 4:30 pm OR, in the evening from 7 – 9:30 pm on the following dates: January 13th , 20th , 27th, February 3rd , 10th , 17th , 24th, March 3rd , 10th , 17th.
Develop your understanding of pastoral care from a Christian perspective, and be more effective in caring for others. For more information and an application form for this free course contact Diane Hardy, Course Administrator at
dhardy@chelmsford.anglican.org or phone Diane on 01245 294449.

CHURCH TECH KIT - HELPERS NEEDED!
Now that we have the cameras installed and the improvements to the sound system, we ideally need three people at each service to handle things - one for the slides, one for the sound and one for the cameras. If you think you might be able to help us, please have a word with Patrick (
patrick@smgd.org.uk) and he'll show you how easy it is to use. I know it looks scary, but the kit is quite straight-forward to use, and nobody will be asked to handle things during the service unless they feel happy to do so.

TO CONTACT THE PARISHES:

Priest-in-Charge: Revd. Tom Warmington 01371-513233 / 07895-712954 / tom@smgd.org.uk. Tom’s day off is Friday

Curate: Revd. Elsie Bouffler 07786-957390 / elsie@smgd.org.uk. Elsie works Monday-Wednesday

Revd. Canon 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: Eva Percival 01371 876510 / epercival.124@gmail.com

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


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