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 (07535 674594)
Parish Office: 01268 490400
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Childcare Services
Manager: Gaynor Carter (01268 490400)
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Weddings / Baptisms

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

ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS AND 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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Perrywood Garden Centre

On Thursday 9th October Julian had arranged a coach outing to Perrywood Garden Centre near Tiptree. At 9.30am on what seemed a gloriously sunny autumn day with a weather forecast set fair, he shepherded forty nine  “young at hearts” from our meeting point at  St John’s Church on to an “Amber Coaches” coach driven by the skilful Bob. Read the rest of this entry »


Rendezvous Ploughman’s lunch

Many thanks to Liz and her team for another splendid Rendezvous event.
We gathered at St John’s on 27th September for a ploughman’s lunch, followed by cakes and fresh fruit.

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Mary Green Manor Afternoon Tea

On 13th September I ventured out with some of the ladies of St Johns on my first social event.
Prior to leaving I searched my wardrobe for a loose fitting dress, I had heard what to expect!I might add that was a definite need !

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