Main service times
St Mary's: 9am
St John's: 11am
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Contacts
Rector: Colin Hopkinson (01268 542156)
Curate: Mark Petitt (07900 466373)
Community & Youth Pastor: Julian Patching (07860 119450)
Parish Office: 01268 490400
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Childcare Services
Manager: Gaynor Carter (01268 490400)
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Weddings / Baptisms

Gift to the Basildon Community Resource Centre

Our PCC recently voted a substantial gift of £10,000 to the CRC , taken from funds set aside for charitable giving. We have a long established relationship with the CRC and what follows is an explanation for this particular gift (with thanks to Perry Childs, CRC trustee and member of our church).

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ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS AND ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING

Sunday 10th April 2016 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 2016/2017.

At the APCM, in addition to the Rector’s Annual Report, there will be presentation of Reports on the proceedings of the PCC and the Deanery Synod, the Fabric of each Church, the Churchwardens’ reports, the activities of church, community, youth and uniformed groups, submission of the electoral roll and presentation of financial statements and report from the Treasurer as well as reports on the many activities of our Church members. Please come and join us. For further information please contact Ann Sargent – PCC Secretary.  ann.s.sargent@gmail.com


Easter Services

During this important period in our Christian calendar we will be conducting the following services: Read the rest of this entry »


Reflections of Calais

Read full report on Colin’s visit to Calais to see first hand what he discovered in the Jungle Read the rest of this entry »


It is Good to Affirm Motherhood

This month there is a day when we officially declare that we think mothers are incredible.

And for those of you who don’t think this is, or could be you, let me just say;

It is a day when we also recognise the importance of mothering, and personally, I don’t think you have to have birthed a child to be a mother…

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Lent Coffee Mornings

Come and join us for a chat over a cup of
coffee and some cakes!

9 am till 12 noon

- Sat 13th Feb

- Sat 27th Feb

- Sat 12th March

At St Johns Church, Forest Glade

Everyone is welcome!


MICHAELMAS FAYRE – Sat 26 Sep 2015

Nine months ago we started planning The Michaelmas Fayre.  I advertised for anyone who could make anything to meet at my house on a cold January afternoon, and I was amazed that 12 people turned up and others who couldn’t come to the meeting also offered to make things. So we all starting knitting sewing, cooking and generally gathering things together.  There were more meetings and more gathering and finally we came to the day to price all our items.  We took over the coffee bar at St John’s and had lunch together then got on with sorting out how much to charge for our handmade items.

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Street Pastors

Guest Speaker – Rev. Chris Wragg,
Vicar of All Saints Ardleigh Green Hornchurch

Not only did we get a superb, full English, with my favourite (fried bread), and seconds, all expertly prepared by Perry and his team, we had a most excellent talk about the life and times of a Street Pastor.

Build a bridge of hope and love

A Seeking Sanctuary initiative for refugees living in the Calais “Jungle”

Supported by the Catholic Parish of Our Lady & All Saints, St Mary’s and St John’s Church

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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 »