Archive for September, 2008

Flower Festival pictures

Some photos from the Flower Festival at St Mary’s in August – Thanks to Tony Dunhill. Click here to see them all.

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Harvest supper

Harvest Supper
Forest Glade, Langdon Hills.

Cost: £5.00 per person and tickets are available from Ruth Booth At St. Mary’s, Moreen Hasley Or Liz Burton At St. John’s.


Vegetarian alternative if ordered when ticket purchased. Please bring own drinks.  Glasses provided.

After Dinner Entertainment By Carl Merry – Talented Essex Storyteller.

Admission by ticket only.

Christian Listening course

At the last Annual Meeting there was discussion leading to the formation of a pastoral care group. Lilian ran such a course earlier this year. Another linked course has been arranged, called Acorn Christian Learning to Listen.

Dates: evening sessions on October 6th , 13th and 20th and November 11th. The location has yet to be determined and will be based either in St. Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Hall or private homes. An invitation is extended to anyone who either couldn’t attend the earlier meetings but is interested in pastoral care,  or who would like to attend simply for personal development, with no obligation to be part of  the pastoral care team.  We hope to cover the most of the cost of the course, subject to PCC approval, so the charge for attending will be approximately £10, but concessions will be available if this would prevent anyone from attending. 

Please contact Ros Huntley or Julie Coker if you’d like more information about the course.

Roller Disco trip

Saturday 11th October a trip for 16 – 25s to RollerWorld, Colchester.

Starts at 7.30, meet St John’s at 6 pm. Lifts are available if necessary and entry is £4.90. Please contact Anna if you have any queries.

Alpha Course

Alpha is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed setting over ten thought provoking weekly sessions. Our Alpha Courses begin on the following dates:

  • Evening course: Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
  • Daytime course: Friday 3 October 1.15pm. This is an ‘Express’ course with slightly shorter sessions and free childcare for age 2 years +.

For more information on either of these courses speak to Colin, Donna Martin at St John’s or Eddy Lee at St Mary’s. You can also find out more on the Alpha website.

Registration forms are available at St Mary’s and St John’s – simply return to the Parish Office by 7th September.

Flower festival

The flower festival at St Mary’s was visited by approximately 300 people over the Bank Holiday weekend and many positive comments were received. I’ll post some photos shortly. In meantime a great deal of thanks needs to go to Sue and everyone else who was involved.

The cross on St John’s tower


You may have noticed a cross on the tower outside St John’s. Why is it there? Well, we are considering putting some form of cross on the tower and this is a temporary version so that we can see what it looks like. Any opinions? Let us know!

Praise and worship service

St John’s Church – Sunday 21 September, 6.30pm. A time for us to come together and celebrate our forthcoming Alpha courses.

Footsteps through Laindon

The “Footsteps through Laindon” festival is over the weekend of 13th and 14th September at St Nicholas Church. The festival aims to celebrate the rich heritage of Laindon, not just in the past but also in the diversity of talents and activities that are here in the present. There will be all kinds of demonstrations and activities as well as stalls (even a throw a wet sponge at the vicar!) so there should be something for everyone – a real family occasion. The Festival will be opened by the Bishop of Bradwell, Rt Revd Laurie Green, and the weekend will finish with a “Songs of Praise” style service at 5.00 p.m. when we will be able to raise the roof, singing your favourite hymns.

For more details download a parish magazine from the St Nicholas website: St Nicholas Church Web Site