Notices for the week beginning May 2

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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

CHURCH SERVICES. Our Sunday services are 'hybrid' ones, where you can join us in church or continue to watch on Zoom.

Please wear a mask if entering the churches, and check the calendar before visiting!

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • the family and friends of those who have died: Steve Swift, Audrey Wakeling

  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb, Shirley, Janice, Ann, Linzi Jackson, Father Martin

THANK YOU FROM TOM & ALLULA
On behalf of Allula and our boys, we are enormously grateful for the warm welcome we have received and have so valued your prayers as we settle in to life in Great Dunmow and Barnston and begin our ministry among you. We look forward with joyful anticipation to what God has in store for us all in the months and years ahead. My huge thanks go to you all, for all you have done during the long vacancy to keep the church at the heart of our community in extremely challenging circumstances, special thanks to our churchwardens, PCCs and those who have taken services. Due to the on-going restrictions it will be harder for us to get to know people as quickly as we might have done in other times. I know you will bear with us and please be assured that the Vicarage door is open to you all (even if we have to enjoy tea in the garden for now), I'm also very happy to come to your garden if you'd welcome it (alternatively, I hear the Angel and Harp garden is nice!). Please feel free to introduce yourselves in person or via other means, my contact details are below. I am looking forward to getting to know you all. Tom.
Email:
tom@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk

Home: 01371-513233
Mobile: 07895 712954

ATTENDING SERVICES AT ST. ANDREW'S. If you are planning to attend a service at St. Andrew's Church between now and the end of July, please advise Eva (epercival.124@gmail.com), as until seating restrictions change, seating everyone could be a struggle.

ST. MARY'S APCM. At our APCM meeting on 25th April the following were elected:
Churchwardens: Michael Ryley and Catherine Salmon
PCC members: Michael Best, Gerald Crowley, Norma Danes, Ann Deakins, Nigel Dodd, Bruce Drew, Marcus Frost, Colin Parker, Jenny Salisbury, Edward Salmon, Linda Todd and Helen Wright.
Our Deanery Synod representatives (Maureen Best, Jenny Dalton White and Malcolm Dulwich) remain in post.
Thanks to them all for standing. Please pray for them as they take office.

ST. MARY'S VIRTUAL MORNING PRAYER SERVICES. Please note that from Tuesday, May 5 these will start at 9:15 a.m. They take place every weekday with the exception of Thursday, when there is a service at 9:30 a.m.

CAIRN STONES. Our Easter Garden has been dismantled. If you wish to collect your stone, it is on a path in the graveyard. The cairn was so admired that a record of its growth was kept. A slideshow of the photos is on the front page of the website.

ST JOHN’S CHAPEL is open from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00, depending on whether we have volunteers available. Catherine has a rota of stewards - please contact her if you are able to help, so we can get the Chapel open as often as possible. Before visiting, please check the St. John's calendar.

DRIVE-IN CHARITY CONCERTS. A further 2 concerts have been arranged, which will again bring much-needed funds to St. Mary's.
The first, on Saturday, May 8, features the soprano singer Nancy May.
The second, on Saturday, May 15, features the acoustic duo Afterglow and the covers band We B 40.
To book tickets for either/both concerts, please fill in
this form, or email driveinconcertdunmow@gmail.com.
You can see the poster for these concerts
here.

ST ANDREW'S ELECTORAL ROLL is being revised from Sunday 25th April until Saturday 8th May, in preparation for the APCM. Those already on the roll need do nothing but anyone who would like to join the roll is invited to complete an application form available from the Electoral Roll Officer (Anne Hanney - annehanney123@gmail.com).

ST ANDREW'S CHURCH'S Annual Meeting of Parishioners & Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held as part of our Church Service on the 23rd May 2021, starting at 5.30pm. Nominations are now open for anyone interested and of course eligible to apply for Parish Wardens, PCC membership and/or Deanery Synod rep. Information & Application forms can be obtained in Church or by contacting Eva.

FAITH IN ACTION. To read the latest newsflash, please click here. Please note that it is a little gruesome.

EASYFUNDRAISING CLOSES IN ON £2,000! Yes that’s right, as of 21st April, between us we have raised £1,947.90 through easyfundraising. It’s miraculous how all those little bits add up. If you’re not sure what easyfundrasing is, just click on the link and find out how by shopping online or choosing a new utilities provider, you may be able to support St. Mary’s. Not every on-line retailer is on easyfundraising, but there are two other schemes where St Mary’s has registered; Amazon’s Smile and also thegivingmachine. It costs us nothing, but really does help St. Mary’s.
Maybe we can get to £2,500 by this time next year.
If you need some help getting set up, please contact Nigel Dodd, Michael Ryley or Patrick Whittick.

Sponsored dog walk

As you will see from the poster to the left (please click on it to see it larger), Pam Allen will be doing a sponsored walk from Daniel Robinson's down to the church up until May 14 to raise funds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.
You can read more at https://www.facebook.com/DanielRobinsonAndSons, and sponsor her here.

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.

RECORDINGS OF SERVICES. If you miss any of our Sunday services, or would like to listen to them again, they are available via the church website Services page.

PRAYER LIST. If anyone who has been on the prayer list for a long time is known to you, please let a member of the clergy, or Sarah, know if they are still in need of prayer. Thank you.

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

FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST - UPDATED APRIL. '21. If you are able to help with this essential work, please see this list of currently required foodstuffs.

BABY STUFF BRAINTREE. If you, or someone you know, are able to donate or require clothes/equipment requires support, please have a look at this page for details.

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.

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.

TO CONTACT THE PARISHES:

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

Assistant Curate: Revd. Elsie Bouffler 07786-957390 / elsie@stmarysgreatdunmow.org.uk. Elsie’s working hours are: Monday am, Tuesday am/pm and Friday am/pm

Revd. 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: Vacant - Contact the Parish Administrator

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


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