Notices for the week beginning May 31

Pentecost

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

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.

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

PLEASE PRAY FOR:

  • the family and friends of those who have died: Violet Fisher, Ralph Pickford, Joyce Newcombe, Jean Linney, Doreen O’Conner-Taylor, Patricia Bunn, Pat Trott
  • those who have asked for prayer: Kayleb, Margaret Smith, Shirley, Janice, Ann, Jill Lloyd, Linzi Jackson, the Dhorasoo Family, Susie, Pat & David Rose, staff and residents of Redbond Lodge

ZOOM FAMILY SERVICE FOR PENTECOST. Please join us in our short family service for the church's birthday on Sunday 31st May, 4:00-4:25 pm. Please wear something red. If you can speak a foreign language, we want to hear everyone say 'Jesus is Lord' in as many languages as possible. Zoom link: zoom.us/j/7075056006 / password: dunmow.

FOODBANK SHOPPING LIST. Thank you for your continuing support during the Coronavirus crisis. We are very thankful for any support you can give. During the current outbreak we have seen a 60% increase in numbers fed compared to last year’s figures. By continuing to support us with your donations you are continuing to support those most in need.

We currently need:

Food Items:

  • Tinned spam
  • Tinned ham
  • Tinned corned beef

Other Essentials:

  • Nappies size 6
  • Washing up liquid
  • Soap powder/detergent

Please no baked beans as we have very full stocks of this item!

Please note: We often ask for small packs — Larger packs do not fit in our boxes and make it difficult for our clients to carry home. Also, we are unable (for hygiene reasons) to split larger sizes or catering packs.

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.

HELP IDENTIFY THE NEXT BISHOP OF CHELMSFORD - CONSULTATION NOW OPEN. To produce the Diocesan Statement of Needs, the Vacancy in See Committee is organising a diocese wide consultation that will be open until 4 July. We want as many people as possible to have their say and we are encouraging submissions from churches, groups and individuals. After the consultation is concluded the Vacancy in See Committee will weigh all comments offered and prayerfully discern what should be included in the final text of the Statement of Needs. This is now open and the consultation questions can be completed online or downloaded and sent in the post. All details can be found on the Diocesan website.

JO WOOD – PLACEMENT. As part of her training for ordination Jo had been due to complete a placement in a different church setting this term. Due to current restrictions this is no longer possible, so Jo will be doing her placement project here in our Benefice instead. The project involves observing and reflecting on church and community life in the situation as it is at present. As part of this project Jo hopes to have conversations with as many people as possible about your experiences of church, community and faith at this time. Jo would be very grateful for your prayerful support as she carries out this project.

PRESERVES. If you are missing your home-made preserves while Coffee, Cake & Chatter is suspended, the preserve-makers are now selling online. Elizabeth Dodd has stocks of marmalade, jam, jelly and pickles which can be delivered within Dunmow and Barnston, or collected. Email elizabethdodd988@gmail.com for a list of what is available. Payment online or cash for church funds.

OUTLOOK MAGAZINE. The June edition is now available on the church website. Guaranteed fun for all the family! :-)

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!

CHRISTIAN CARE. The Archbishops have challenged us to be “overflowing in service to the world”. John Wright is leading a team of volunteers to support those in need, please see below:

Practical Support

We are aware that vulnerable people and those who are self-isolating might struggle with some day to day tasks. If you or anyone you know in our locality needs help with shopping, a friendly phone call or other errands, a group of church members led by John Wright has - independently of St Mary's - set up and is organising a team of volunteers, who would be pleased to hear from you. Please do not contact the church office about this service - the service is being run by John and his team and you can find the contact details below. The team has been working on systems to make sure that it can help people in a safe way without being a source of contagion and risk. If you feel able to assist with delivering shopping, running errands or providing a friendly phone call, John would be pleased to hear from you.

John & Helen Wright: 01371-859477

Email: careforyourneighbours@gmail.com

COMMUNICATION. For information in what is a rapidly changing situation, 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:

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 nice (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! This week's photo of St. Andrew's in very different temperatures was sent by Richard Nunn.

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.

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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