In time it is hoped that we will together develop the content and style of this Parish News. But for now, with the constraints on time and resources we have, I hope you will tolerate my simple attempts to pass on some news in this way.
The plan is we will send a PARISH NEWS (posted on the website, emailed out and printed and posted specifically for those identified by the Pastoral Team as not having access to email) on a Monday each week, as often as is humanly possible. I will also be doing my best to ‘present’ the notices at each of the services on Sunday mornings in the churches (so they can be heard online as part of our regular streamed services and in person as well when we are able to once again come together to worship).
If you would like something specifically mentioned in the Parish News, then please do email me at email@example.com. However, we do hold editorial control so no rude jokes (no names mentioned) or adverts for winning raffle tickets for sale please.
SERVICES IN THE PARISH THIS WEEK.
St Mary’s 9am – Communion Service – Public Worship (restricted numbers) (this service will be livestreamed)
St John’s 11am – Communion Service – Public Worship (restricted numbers)
To Book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Nikki (the Parish Administrator) on 07720 089260. Please note that we will need to allocate seats and on a first come first served basis (but priority will be given for the next weeks service to anyone who we were unable to accommodate).
THE READING FOR THE 9am and 11am SERVICE 13th JUNE
Mark 4: 26-34
Both services will be led by Revd Barry Johnson and The Venerable Mike Lodge, Archdeacon of Southend will be preaching at the 9am service.
A HUGE THANK YOU
This week I would like to thank all those that enrich our lives and worship through music. Yes we are still not allowed to sing as a congregation in church and I know this is a huge disappointment to so many of us. But there are those, whether it is singing solo here in St Marys or on our Wattsapp groups or selecting and preparing the music to be played during our services, sharing songs online or are so busy preparing for that time we can dust off the microphones and sing in church again. They are doing all they can to still bring music into our lives and services and to them I am so very grateful.
So please this week, hold in your thoughts and prayers all those that enrich our lives and worship with music and pray that many more with music in their hearts will step forward to help in bringing a joyful noise back into church just as soon as we are allowed.
PARISH DAY OF PRAYER 11th June
(Coming Together, Healing Together, Forward Together)
On the 11th of June from 9am we will be holding a Parish Day of Prayer. The theme for the day will be Coming Together, Healing Together, Forward Together. So far the plans for the day consist of :-
9am Morning Prayer (Zoom Details to join available from the Parish Administrator)
1pm Café Prayer This will be a relaxed opportunity for fellowship and prayer. To join on the day Zoom details are available from the Parish Administrator
6.30pm Healing Service at St Johns. Restrictions mean places will be limited so please do book in advance (details below)
8pm Evening Prayer (Zoom details to join available from the Parish Administrator)
9pm A simple candle lighting service (and also livestreamed with a request that we all light a candle wherever we are) at St Mary’s Church. Places in church will have to be limited so please do book a place in advance (details below)
To Book a place for the Healing or Candle Lighting Service please email email@example.com or call Nikki (the Parish Administrator) on 07720 089260. Please note that we will need to allocate seats and on a first come first served basis
Throughout the 24hrs there will be opportunities online to share prayers and join together in prayer, so please do check the Reaching Out Wattsapp group, Social Media and Email.
This event is one of only (it is hoped) many opportunities throughout the year for us to join in events to pray and reflect.
On Sunday 13th of June at the 9am St Mary’s Service (therefor also Livestreamed and recorded) The Archdeacon of Southend the Venerable Mike Lodge will be preaching. So please do take the opportunity to hear Mike preach.
We currently have a vacancy for a cleaner at St Johns Church. The post is for a couple of hours either in the morning or evening. If you or someone you know is possibly interested then please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will give more details and/or send out an application pack.
Much work has been done on the Parish Sensory Garden and it is looking great. But Sue and Anne (the leaders) are asking if anyone might have some perennial or bedding plants that they could donate, to fill the beds with glorious color. If you do then please either email (Parish Administrator who will forward on) or contact Sue and Anne.
WEEKLY PRAYER FROM THE PRAYER MINISTRY TEAM
Loving Lord, help us to remember that you are our shepherd, though we might walk in the darkness, we will not be afraid because you are with us. Help us to cast all our anxiety on you because you care for us. May we not be anxious about tomorrow but trust in you for each day as it comes. We ask this in the name of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Whilst the weather today, as I write this is glorious, with clear skies and the warmth of the sun, I was caught out by the sudden downpour last week. Such a sudden change in weather I suppose is something that we are almost used to, in this country, but it did somehow illustrate, at least to me, the certainty that nothing remains the same for always and sometimes things feel sudden and unpredictable.
We have and continue to go through so much change as a church, families and community and I suspect there will be more moments of sudden downpours ahead. But as you will have read in the beautiful prayer above – do not be afraid, anxious, fearful or down, be patient on the Lord for he is with us now, forever and his timing is always perfect.