Main service times
St Mary's: 9am
St John's: 11am
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Rector: Colin Hopkinson (01268 542156)
Curate: Mark Petitt (07900 466373)
Community & Youth Pastor: Julian Patching (07535 674594)
Parish Office: 01268 490400
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Childcare Services
Manager: Gaynor Carter (01268 490400)
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Weddings / Baptisms

Visit to RHS Hyde Hall

On July 16th a group set out by coach from St. John’s and went on a lovely day out at one of our favourite places, RHS Gardens at Hyde Hall. This was organised by Julian for Rendezvous. We enjoy Hyde Hall at any time of year and are frequent visitors, but it was a special treat to be driven by coach. Most of the party were new to it so could enjoy the lovely gardens with fresh eyes.

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Rendezvous Ploughmans

In view of the success of the first ploughman’s lunch at St John’s earlier in the year, a second one was held on Saturday 20th June, it was very well attended with 46 people from both churches. The food was varied and plentiful and conversation just flowed judging by the amount of chatter. The dessert was homemade apple crumble with proper custard and it was worth attending for this alone – just like mum made.

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Go-Karting at Rayleigh Stadium

On the 5 June we had a group of 13 drivers attend the Nightingales and Men’s Group evening at Raleigh Go-Karting Stadium which was greatly enjoyed by all.

We initially had a drivers briefing about safety and unfair or dangerous driving and penalties that would result from the latter followed by a 5 lap practice session for everybody then by 15 very competitively driven heats each of 5 laps from which points were awarded.   Read the rest of this entry »

The Inclusive Church

Hot off the press is a new book which looks at ways in which our church can be more inclusive.

Natalie Collins, who preaches at St John’s, has contributed towards these new resource books

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Rendezvous Ploughmans Lunch

Wow what a feast! The Rendevous Ploughman’s Lunch on Saturday 25th April was another resounding success, thanks to Liz Bob Sue John Carole Pat Michael H and Sally-Anne

Bob hot footing it to Tesco first thing Saturday morning for fresh bread, and salad meant 39 of us sat down to, in the words of some of the more inventive menus!

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Annual Parochial Church Meeting


Sunday 12th April 2015 at 7pm following Worship at St John’s Church at 6.30pm

All members on the electoral roll or resident in the parish and on a Register of Local Government Electors are warmly invited to attend the above meetings at which we will be appointing our Churchwardens, their Deputies, PCC members and Sidespersons for 2015/2016.

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Lunch at The Artichoke

29th January 2015
A poem by Mary Nokes

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St Mary’s and St John’s Christmas Party

130 people had great fun at the Church Christmas party on 20th December 2014.  All the volunteers did an amazing job decorating the hall and providing us with lovely food that seems to go on and on and on; tiny fish and chips, burgers, pastries, cakes, sandwiches, snacks and more.  The children all enjoyed meeting Santa, who had a very nattily dressed elf to help him.  Each child received a present and the chapel was suitably decked out as a cosy grotto.   Read the rest of this entry »

Christmas Services 2014

Mens Group Christmas Dinner 2014

The Artichoke over at Brentwood provided the venue for an earlier than usual Men’s Group Christmas meal. Expertly organized and marshalled by Bob Burton, we arrived promptly (apart from Messrs.Petitt and Claughan and soon worked out that unlimited refills were on offer…….of soft drinks, not beer, unfortunately.

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Christmas Party – 20th December 2014

St John’s and St Mary’s church are holding a Christmas Party on Saturday 20 December at 6.30 – 10.00. Tickets are £4 for adults and children £2. This party is for all ages not just children. Father Christmas will be making an early visit. Its being held at St John’s and tickets are going fast. If you would like tickets call me on 01268 546266 or Jean Guppy on 01268 414566 – Liz Burton

St John’s Quiz Night

It’s not the winning; it’s the taking part….

…..That’s what I told myself when our team of 6, (imaginatively named after a popular brand of crisp), took our seats amongst the 128 people in St John’s who had managed to form teams of 8 and even 10 members (!).

Soon things were looking up! Alan Short joined us, making a team of 7. It may well have been as a direct result of this that we found ourselves to be in the lead at the halfway point of the evening.

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