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New Church Electoral Roll 2019

The existing Electoral Roll (ER) is dissolved every 6 years, and that happens 7 April 2019. I am tasked with assembling a new ER before that, and the official start date for the process is coming up on Sunday 24th February 2019.

The congregation should be aware of the following:

    • Action is required by all existing and potential church members. Failure to respond leads to omission from the list.
    • Applicants for the Electoral Roll 2019 must inform the ER Officer  (Kennedy Rath) before 10th March to be included. Later applications can be added to the new list after APCM
    • Applications can be by completing and submitting a paper form – available at both church buildings during the period 24 February 2019 to 10 March 2019, or by an online submission to the ERO on, using a digital version of the form

Membership is open to bona fide members of the congregation aged 16 or over on 24 February 2019 to 10 March 2019 who wish to be on the Electoral Roll.  Eligibility is automatic for adults in the parish and regular visitors from outside the parish.  Specific enquiries regarding eligibility may be made in writing or online to the ERO.

Required details for the list are name and address. The published list will show name and address although the address can be omitted from the actual list if requested. The application form requires a date and signature.

All personal information will be dealt with as laid out in the Church’s Privacy Statement

Mind the Gap

Thursday 28th February 2019  7:15pm to 9:45pm  at St John’s Church, Forest Glade.

Contact:  Eddy Lee

Phone: 01268 412016 or


Text: 7803 716260‬

Cost free – donations welcomed

Talk based on

“How to Build a Secure Future”

  • A hot meal
  • DVD talk by Nicky Gumbel
  • Discussion time

Using the:

“Challenging Life Style” series

Bradwell Area Vocations Day

Where will your journey take you in 2019?

  • Just starting out?
  • Not sure of the direction?
  • Tentative steps?
  • Striding out with confidence?
  • At a crossroads?

This day of discovery is for you

Bradwell Area Vocations Day

Saturday 23rd March 2019, 9am to 3.30pm

Meadgate Church, The Orchards: MascallsWay, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 7NS

Workshops Include:

  • Ordained Ministry
  • Licensed Lay Minister
  • Pastoral Assistant
  • Authorised Local Preacher
  • Evangelism Enabler
  • Lay Pioneer Ministry
  • Spiritual Support
  • Faith In The Workplace
  • Church Army
  • Chaplaincy
  • Course in Christian Studies
  • A Workshop for Young People

To register your place, please call Helen Powney on 01375 673806 or email

Lunch is included.  Please notify Helen of any dietary requirements. Please reserve your space by Friday 22ndFebruary 2019.

Vinesong – A Music Ministry

Mulberry House

Chelmsford Road High Ongar

Essex CM5 9NL

Sunday 17th Feb at 6.30-8.30pm

Call to book  01277 365 398 option 4

No charge but a free will offering during the evening

Vinesong is an international, interdenominational team of Christian missionaries. The team shares the gospel through worship and the word, living and traveling together 11 months of every year. The team is based in the UK, although the members are each from different nations. It is the heart cry of Vinesong to encourage unity, growth and balance in the lives of believers. Through worship and teaching of the Word, these changes take place as a necessary preparation for revival.It is Vinesong’s desire to see the Father’s love extended to every area of hurt and pain in the life of the believer. As people are healed and made whole, they become more fully equipped to carry out the Great Commission – fulfilling the plan and purpose for their lives while introducing others to their very own.

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.””

Matthew 28:18-20

The Big Breakfast

Saturday 23rd Feb 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

Josh Childs


Langdon Hills Reserve

Come and hear about the history of the reserve, the challenges around managing 461 acres, the new SSSI status and what future projects need volunteer support

Free Movie Nights

Saturday 2 March 2016 at 5pm at St John’s Church – No need to book

Lion – Set in India, a 5 year boy gets separated from his family during a train journey. The story is about looking for his family when he is an adult.

Talk to Liz Burton

Tel: 01268 546266
Mob: 07595 587723

Donations would be welcome on the night

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

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

St John’s Childcare

Places available now!  Call or email for more details

We run:

  • Breakfast Club
  • Preschool
  • After school club
  • Holiday club with a range of activities

We offer funded places to 2,3 and 4 years old

We offer up to 30 hours funded childcare subject to meeting criteria

St John’s Church, Forest Glade, Langdon Hills, SS16 6RX


Opening times 7:30am to


Afternoon Tea and Magic

Entertainment from magician Paul Clancy

Saturday 30 March 2019 at 2pm at St Johns Church

Open to anyone over the age of 11 years old

Price per ticket is £8.00

Tickets available from Liz Burton in the New year.

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