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Day of Prayer and Action

A national call to prayer, Sunday 22 March 7pm

“At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.”

A National Day of Prayer and Action has been announced by the presidents of Churches Together in England, in response to the Coronavirus epidemic, for this Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday.

We will pray for those who are sick or anxious and those working in our Health Service.

As one action we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7pm as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.

Please join with us in your home by lighting a candle in your window and saying a prayer at 7pm.

Mothering Sunday

With Bishop John Perumbaleth, Bishop of Bradwell

Sunday 22 March 11 am St John’s Church

Everyone invited

Collect a posy for someone who means the world to you.

Family friendly service with children’s participation.

Spring Fair – 21 March

Saturday 21st March, 9am – 12 noon

Spring Fair on behalf of
St Luke’s Hospice

Combined with:

  • Coffee Bar with proceeds to Christian Aid
  • Home made Cakes and Preserves
  • Books, Gifts, Knitwear and lots more

Enquiries – Ruth Booth  01268  416561 – Offers of help appreciated!

Rendezvous – Feb Events

The events happening in February are:
Thursday 13 February – breakfast of bacon or sausage bap. Cost £2.00.
Thursday 27 February – Speaker : Council for Rural Essex. Cost £2.00.  (To be confirmed).
Saturday 29 February at 1.00pm – Ploughman’s Lunch. Cost £5.00.

Lent Course – From Now On

Every year during Lent (the weeks leading up to Easter) we meet at St. John’s for a short course about some aspect of our faith. The evenings include an introductory talk and led discussion in groups. This year’s course will be based on the hugely popular film The Greatest Showman (the 2018 Golden Globe-nominated movie starring Hugh Jackman, about the founder and stars of the Barnum & Bailey Circus). The studies focus on the Christian themes of hope, redemption and new life.

This is what the blurb says: The five-week course offers discussion points, biblical reflections and prayers based on  excerpts from the film. The themes are: (1) ‘A Million Dreams’, exploring what liberation and hope might look like for an ‘outsider’ in the world; (2) ‘Come Alive’, exploring how the family of faith can bring hope and purpose; (3) ‘Rewrite the stars’, asks what forms of resistance can be placed in the way of salvation; (4) ‘Never Enough’, questions the temptations of false fulfilment that can lead us to betrayal; (5) ‘The Greatest Show’, shows how redemption is found when we discover ‘the circus is our home’.

The course will run on Tuesday evenings, 7.45pm coffee for 8.00pm start, from 3rd to 31sth March. Before the course starts we will show the film itself at St Johns on Sunday 1st March at 6.30pm (we’ll vote at the event on whether to have the singalong version!). It will be a real help if we know in advance if you intend to come so please sign up on the lists which will be available at both churches.

Prior to the course we will start Lent with a service on Ash Wednesday (26th February) at St. Mary’s church at 8pm, which includes the traditional imposition of ashes.

A donation of £6 will be invited for the course book (list price £6.99).

Mind the Gap

Thursday 25th February 2020  7:15pm to 9:45pm  at St John’s Church, Forest Glade.

Contact:  Eddy Lee

Phone: 01268 412016 or


Text: 07803 716260‬

Cost free – donations welcomed

“Who are you?

Why are you here?”

  • A hot meal
  • Video talk by Steve Chalke
  • Discussion time

All are welcome, bring a friend

Memorial Service – 3rd November

Memorial Service St Mary’s Sunday 3rd 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.

Messy Church 50+

Messy Vintage Church

St John’s Church

Saturday 30 November 2019 at 11.00am
Price £5.00 (including lunch and craft materials)

The day will include a craft activity a short service and lunch
This is open to anyone over 50 years old.

Bring an apron and gloves as the craft maybe be messy

You don’t need to attend Rendezvous to come to this event

Names and money to Liz Burton 01268 546266
Any Sunday or Thursday morning for collecting money

Christmas Services – 2019

St Mary’s – High Rd, Nr Miller & Carter Restaurant – SS16 6HY

Sunday 1st December – 6:30pm Advent Carol Service

Sunday 15th December – 6:30pm 9 Lessons & Carols

Christmas Eve – St Mary’s Church

11.30am Christingle (recommended for younger children)

2:00pm Christingle

4:00pm Christingle (most popular, doors closed when full!)

6:00pm Christingle (recommended for older children)

11:30pm Midnight Communion

Christmas Day – St John’s Church, Forest Glade, SS16 6RX

11:00am All Age Worship

Contact Rev Colin Hopkinson on 01268 542156

Operation Christmas Child

A very BIG  “Thank you” to everyone who packed a shoe box this year! I have just dropped off

86 boxes

to the be sent in time for Christmas to these beautiful children.