Archive for February, 2009

Taize service

Coming Soon…….
Taize Service at St John’s on Sunday 8th March at 8 pm.

Our parish magazine

We are setting up a meeting to review the content of the Parish Magazine.  This is an important part of our outreach and is often the only contact that some people have with our church. If you would like to  be part of the meeting (date to be announced) then please contact Gloria Wort or Ruth Booth at St. Mary’s, any of the clergy, or Sue Drury at St John’s.  Alternatively there will be suggestion boxes at both churches if you have any ideas or suggestions for inclusion  at the meeting.  We look forward to your input.

Dave Bilbrough at St John’s

The singer Dave Bilbrough came to St Johns on Sunday and played to a full house. If you’d like to hear more of his music you can do so via his website.

Dave Bilbrough

[Picture taken with a mobile phone – some better pictures are hopefully on their way!]

Parish Weekend Away: June 2010

The next Parish Weekend Away is planned for 25/27th June 2010.

What is a Parish Weekend Away?

  • An opportunity for the whole family to get away from the rigours of life (well, for a weekend) and join together with Church family to draw nearer to God.
  • To seek God’s guidance in all matters of life, private and corporate.
  • Fellowship through prayer, worship and fun.

Building on the great success of the 2007 Parish Weekend at Ashburnham Place in East Sussex, it has been decided to revisit the same venue in June 2010. And although it may seem a long time off, the reality is that before we know it we will all be wondering what happened to 2009! Therefore to get the ball rolling we need to have a good idea of those interested.

The price (2010 not yet fixed) should be around £125 pp plus £13-15 supplement for single rooms and discounts for children. This includes all meals plus an organised teaching programme for the whole family.

If you are interested or would like more details please contact Steve Spencer or Nicky Legon.

Ashburnham Place web site:

Murder Mystery Evening

Saturday 28th February, 2009: 7.30 pm at St John’s

Bring your own nibbles and drinks. Ticket Price: £3.00 per person.

There has been a murder and it is your job to work out who done it!!
Each person on a table of eight will be given a role before the evening (dressing up adds to the fun but is optional) and on the evening through questions and DVD clips the idea is to solve the mystery.

If you cannot find a full team then don’t worry; we can make up teams. Tickets and details of the evening will be made available on Sunday 8th February.

If you have never been to a murder mystery evening you don’t know what you have missed. They are great fun!!

Tickets are available from:
Ruth and Ann at St Mary’s
Moreen and Eliz Burton at St John’s

Some forthcoming events

At local churches and further afield:

The Lent & Eastertide Schools 2009
The Diocese of Chelmsford are running short courses across the diocese at a cost of £15 and include a range of titles such as;
Living with God’s Created Order; Pastoral Care; Gospel and Popular Culture; The Faith we Share; Christian Art; Dance & Worship; Old Testament Issues; Exploring Prayer; The Ministry of the Evangelist; Children’s Ministry; Walk Thru’ the Bible; Old & New Testament; Mission Shaped Ministry; Signpost into Life; Christian Poetry; Myers Briggs Refresher; Churches Together Today; Living with Other Faiths; The Reformation in East London.
For information: Contact Mrs Liz Watson on 01245 294449 or e-mail on lwatson at
NB: There is a brochure on the notice board at each church, plus booking form; OR ask Colin.

‘Child of Mine’ Project in Concert
Sunday, February 22nd 2009 @ 6.30 pm; Manor Mission host the
Gospel singer/songwriter Helen Yousaf and presents the inspired album and tour ‘Child of Mine’, which not only shuns all the common stereotypes associated with Christian music, but does so in a way that is remarkably honest, personal and refreshingly unpretentious, mixing acoustic R & B, world-music & blues. Also featuring local singer Miriam Ojera.
For further details phone Tim Marshall on 07709 240000.
Listen to some of Helen’s music at her ‘Myspace’ site:

What’s the BIG idea?
Walk through the Bible
Kingswood Baptist Church
Codenham Straight, Basildon Saturday 21st February 2009
9.30 for 9.45 am – 5.00 pm
Contact: Peter Willson
Telephone: 01268 452197

Gang Show 09
Please come along and support local Scouts and Guides.
Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st February. In the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 7.15 pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 2.15 pm.  
Fun for all the family.  For information and tickets telephone 01277 658 723.

Lent course

Dates: from 5th March to 2nd April:
Every year during Lent (the weeks leading up to Easter) we meet together at St. John’s for a short 5 week course about some aspect of our faith. The evenings include some worship, an introductory talk and led discussion in groups. This year we will be using a course called “Lentwise” which will help us to think about the spiritual essentials we need for our journey through life with God. The course will run on Thursday evenings, 7.45 pm coffee for 8.00 pm start, from 5th March to 2nd April. It will be a real help if we know in advance if you intend to come (so we can get enough booklets etc) so please sign up on the lists which are available at both churches. As in previous years we will be joined by our friends from the Methodist churches.
Prior to the course we will start Lent with a service on Ash Wednesday (25th February) at St. Mary’s church at 8 pm, which includes the traditional imposition of ashes. At the end of the Lent course we will be having special meals in people’s homes followed by a service together at the Methodist church on Maundy Thursday (9th April).

Maundy Thursday service

At the end of the Lent course we will be having special meals in people’s homes followed by a service together at the Methodist church on Maundy Thursday (9th April).

See also details of our Lent course.

Post-Alpha groups

As a  follow up to Alpha we are organising two groups meeting at St. John’s on Tuesday evenings 8.00 pm from 20th January. Led by Steve Spencer and Anna Davis.
Friday afternoons 1.00 pm to 2.45 pm from 23rd January. Led by Colin Hopkinson and Gaynor Carter. (If you require childcare please speak to Gaynor or Colin).

We will be looking at stories from the gospels.  Please let us know if you would like to join one of these groups by speaking to one of the leaders or phoning Colin (542156) or the parish office (490400). You do not need to have attended Alpha to join a group.

Ash Wednesday service

We will start Lent with a service on Ash Wednesday (25th February) at St. Mary’s church at 8 pm, which includes the traditional imposition of ashes.

See also details of our Lent course.

Bar N Bus Fundraising

Bar N Bus fundraising curry night  on Tuesday 10th February 2009
The Tandoori Parlour, Hart Road Thundersley: seat between 7 pm and 8 pm; tickets £12 includes all you can eat buffet.
Call 01268 793331 or email team at for tickets

Bar ‘N’ Bus Trust