Category Archive New Events

Xmas Market – St Lukes Hospice

Christmas Market and Coffee Morning

on behalf of St Luke’s Hospice

Saturday 17th November 10am – 1pm

Loads of gifts to be bought:

  • Toys
  • Knitwear
  • Books
  • jigsaw puzzles
  • Tombola
  • Christmas & Birthday cards
  • Gifts and Raffle
  • Home made cakes

Please help support our local Hospice

All Enquiries: Ruth Booth 01268 416561


Rendezvous Speakers and Events

Rendezvous Talks 2018

Talks are from 10.15-11am and the Rendezvous gathering are from 10-11.30am

  • 15 Nov – Ken Porter – World War I
  • 29 Nov – Roger Corrie – Essex & Herts Air Ambulance

Also….13th Dec @12.30pm – Christmas Lunch at Top Meadow Golf Club, Fen Lane, North Ockendon RM14 3PR. £10 payment must be made with booking. Please speak to Rev Julian Patching ASAP to book your place.

20th Dec – We will enjoy a little Christmas service during our usual morning gathering

BENS – Needs Help

Basildon Emergency Night Shelter (BENS)

We need male support to cover the Evening shift from 9.15-11pm

Also assistance still required on any dates below (all Saturdays):

  • 22nd December
  • 29th December
  • 19th January
  • 9th February
  • 23rd February
  • 2nd March

The URC address where it takes place is below:

6 Honeypot Lane
SS14 2JZ

Please contact Muriel’s
Mobiles 07375 622117

Or you can talk to Jon Turner (St John’s Pianist) for more information

Memorial Service – 4th November

Memorial Service St Mary’s Sunday 4th November at 3pm

An opportunity to remember loved ones.  Fill in a request card on arrival to have the name read out during the service.  If you are unable to be at the service, Memorial name cards for you to complete are available at both St Mary’s and St John’s together with an envelope for their collection.

Remembrance Day Service – 100 Years

St Mary’s & All St Saints Church
Sunday 2.45pm – 11 November 2018

  • Celebration commences with Laindon Community Choir presenting songs from WW1 era
  • 3.00pm presentation of colours by uniformed organisations
  • Service of Remembrance will include tributes and readings from members of Senior Outreach, Connect and Uniformed groups
  • Traditional music with church choir & organ
  • Display of craft, memorabilia and historical local connections

Operation Christmas Child

The Mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Since 1990, more than 157 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. From children to seniors, people pack shoebox gifts each year to bless children in need around the world. Parents often use the project to teach their kids about giving.

We have supported this project for many years at St. John’s, last year we collected over 150 boxes, what a great contribution !!
Can we beat it this year ? Leaflets for more details can be found on the Welcome Desk and we also have shoeboxes if you need one.

Boxes should be returned to St. John’s by Sunday, 11th November.


How can I become a Generous Giver?

I have recently taken up the position of Treasurer for our Parish of Langdon Hills and would like to share some of my thoughts with you on giving, but firstly I would like to say a BIG thankyou to those who already give so generously in so many ways. It makes a huge difference to our Parish.

I always find that I need to reflect and remind myself that everything I have belongs to God; I am just a steward of God’s gifts. The Bible encourages us all to be generous givers.
We can be called to do this in several ways from tithing, which means giving a percentage of our income, to giving our time and talents to serve the Church and Gods people.

In Giving, I believe the most important thing to God is our attitude of heart. Is it to Glorify God? Is it out of Love and Adoration for our Father? Is it to become more like Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives? Are we loving our neighbours as ourselves by showing generosity, kindness and love? Are we giving to grow Gods kingdom locally and around the world?

If I give my money and time, but my heart is heavy because I feel that I don’t really want to give, then I am not giving Freely, ”willingly and readily” to God.

I should give because I want to have faith and learn to trust that my wonderful Heavenly Father will provide for my EVERY need. I choose to serve because I love others and want to show this love through acts of generosity and service. None of us is perfect but God wants us to persevere with serving and giving of ourselves so that we can grow in our faith and receive many blessings along the way.

Jesus said, “When you give (Matthew 6)“, not “If you give“ which implies that we are called to give in whatever way we can. ”Lord what can I do to honour and serve you today?“ could be our daily prayer.

If we want to be more like Jesus and love others like he loved us, then in Freely giving our money, time, talents we are showing our Father how much we truly love him and our deep desire to honour him in every way we can. Giving of ourselves (all that I am, all that I have) is an act of love and devotion which God sees and truly rejoices in.

You do not have to be rich to give, just give what you can with a joyful spirit and a thankful heart. Please take some time to pray about generosity and ask God to fill you with his grace, allowing you to trust, serve and be moulded to become a generous giver in every aspect of your life.

If you would like to find out more about how you can give your time, money and talents to help our Church serve the local and wider community, please feel free to contact myself, Colin, Emma, Julian or Anna.

Kind regards

Jill Hurley -Treasurer - PCC of Langdon Hills

Alpha – 2018

What is Alpha ?  Sign-up Today!

Alpha is a series of 10 interactive sessions that freely explore the Christian faith

Starting Thurs 27th Sept 2018

When : 7:15pm to 9:30pm (with meal)

Where : St Johns Church , Langdon Hills

Contact Jill Hurley – 01268 543179 for info and complete an Alpha Registration form to book your place

The Big Breakfast

Saturday 27th Oct breakfast served at St John’s Church 8.00am.

All men and women welcome to a free full English breakfast

Donations to speaker always welcomed

Only 50 places available send email to book Perry Childs –

Guest Speaker

Bruce Bott

Tools With A Mission

“Our mission is to collect unwanted tools, refurbish them, sort them into trade kits and send them across the world for livelihood creation”

Resourcing Pastoral Carers

A Foundation Course in Pastoral Care

St John’s Church, Langdon Hills, Basildon, SS16 6RX

  • Sat 6th, 13thand 27th Oct -10am-4pm
  • Sat 10thand 17Nov -10am-4pm

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 contact Diane Hardy, Course administrator at

or phone Diane on 01245 294449