Archive for April, 2009

Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid week is approaching – it takes place from the 10th to the 16th May. During this time volunteers from the parish will be collecting from houses all over the parish – we collect for the work of Christian Aid, who work with those in need in developing countries.

See you on the doorsteps perhaps. If you’d like to find out more about Christian Aid week click here: Christian Aid Week 2009 – 10-16 May – Christian Aid

Youth barbeque and social night

Where: St John’s
When: Friday 1st May
Time: 7-9pm
Who’s it for? Those 10 years+

Bring a friend, but you must get a permission slip signed in advance by a parent / carer – available from Jill Hurley, Donna Martin or Sally-Ann Childs. Please return them as soon as you can so we know how much food to buy.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

[Rather a last minute notice and one that I posted before Easter, but I thought I’d repost just in case someone is looking for last minute information]

Sunday 26th April 2009:
7 -9 pm following Worship at St John’s Church at 6.30 pm

All members on the church 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, Deanery Synod Representatives, PCC members and Sides persons for 2009/2010.

Nomination forms will be displayed on the notice boards of both churches .
There will also be presentation of Annual Reports on the proceedings of the PCC and the Deanery Synod, the Fabric of each Church, the activities of church and uniformed groups, changes in the electoral roll and submission of audited financial statements and Treasurer’s Report.
Please come and join us.
A booklet containing the Agenda, last year’s Minutes and the reports will be available from Sunday 19th April.
For further information please contact Ann Sargent – PCC Secretary.

Quiz night

Saturday, 16th May: Quiz Night, St John’s: 7.30 pm. Tickets needed – more information to follow.

Bluebell walk

Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May: Bluebell Walk; starts from St Mary’s, 2 pm.

From the notice sheet:

From Paula Sofowora, a member of our congregation at St John’s

This July I will be doing a trek of 35 miles in Landmannalaugar across the
Southern Highlands in Iceland which involves climbing through lava fields,
hills laden with snow and wading through ice cold streams for charity.

I Just Giving website if anyone would like to sponsor me: http://www.justgiving.com/paulasofowora

URGENT NEED for Pastoral Care Volunteers at Basildon Hospital

Volunteers spend perhaps two hours a week, visiting a couple of wards, to speak to those staying in the hospital. The qualities required are to listen and show compassion for possibly very frightened people, offering to pray for them if they wish. This contact must not be used to preach or in any way to promote the gospel. After the training and the usual Criminal Records Bureau check you would receive ongoing support from the Chaplains and other volunteers.

Call the Chaplain (William Ruddle) on 0845 155 3111 x4281 (or leave message) if interested in joining the ten week training course commencing on 20 April (7-9 pm).

Theological Society Talks

Wednesday 6th May, 8 pm IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE at Chelmsford Cathedral.
The Montgomery Lecture 2009

‘My thanks to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’ with Haddon Willmer, Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Leeds.

St John’s Children’s Music Group

This group is for any children under 16 years who enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument.
Once a month we will be leading 1 or 2 songs during the service.

The first dates for practice will be: Sunday 26th April and Sunday 3rd May. The children will need to arrive at 10.40 am and we will meet in the small room at the front of the church where Stars Sunday School group meets.

We will then be singing and playing during the service on Sunday 10th May (All age and parade service).

Please see Jane Curno or Jill Hurley if your children are interested. Any CRB checked adults who would like to help are very welcome.

Easter 2009

Easter Services & Events 2009

Palm Sunday – 5th April
9 am St Mary’s Holy Communion with distribution of palm crosses
11 am St John’s Holy Communion with distribution of palm crosses
4 pm St Mary’s Parade Service
6.30 pm St Mary’s Healing Service

Maundy Thursday – 9th April
7 pm Passover meals in people’s homes (see list in Church)
9 pm Methodist Church, Emanuel Road – Holy Communion

Good Friday – 10th April
10 am Walk of Witness from Holy Trinity, Wickhay to Town
12-3 pm St Mary’s 3 hour service with Holy Communion at 2.30 pm
6 pm St Giles & All Saints, High Road, Orsett The Crucifixion – a meditation by John Stainer (Proceeds to charity)

Easter Sunday – 12th April
9 am St Mary’s Holy Communion
11 am St John’s All Age Communion

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, 9th April
Similar to the last two years we are holding short Passover meals in various homes in the parish.
These look at the symbols of the Passover  and are followed by  a simple meal of Lamb  and vegetables and fruit. 
At 9 p.m. there will be a communion service at Langdon Hills Methodist church in Emmanuel Road, with washing of feet and reflection time.
If you would like to take part in the meals, which begin at 7 pm, please sign the list at the back of St. Mary’s or on the one on the
 welcome desk at St. John’s.
 If you don’t want to attend one of the meals then of course you are most welcome to attend the service at 9 p.m.

Annual meeting

St John’s Meeting
ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS AND ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
Sunday 26th April 2009:
7 -9 pm following Worship at St John’s Church at 6.30 pm
All members on the church 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, Deanery Synod Representatives, PCC members and Sides persons for 2009/2010.
Nomination forms will be displayed on the notice boards of both churches .
There will also be presentation of Annual Reports on the proceedings of the PCC and the Deanery Synod, the Fabric of each Church, the activities of church and uniformed groups, changes in the electoral roll and submission of audited financial statements and Treasurer’s Report.
Please come and join us.
A booklet containing the Agenda, last year’s Minutes and the reports will be available from Sunday 19th April.
For further information please contact Ann Sargent – PCC Secretary.

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

“The PCC works in co-operation with the incumbent in promoting the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.”

Come and join us.

At our Annual Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 26th April we will be electing our 2009/2010 Council which presently consists of our Clergy (3), Readers (2), Churchwardens (2), Deputy Churchwardens (4), and Deanery Synod Representatives (4) who are automatically ex officio members of the Council. In addition, we need to elect 8 members from our congregations, a small increase which was agreed at last year’s APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting). Four of our current members have expressed their willingness to stand for election again this year and we are therefore looking to elect 4 new members. If you are interested in the running and maintenance of the churches, in their financial management, pastoral care, working with children and youth, outreach, co-operation with outside organizations and social events, why not join us. We meet officially 6 times a year in addition to which you could become involved in sub-committees or working groups on topics that may interest or concern you. Interested? If so, please offer to be nominated when the election forms are posted on the Church Notice Boards from 5th April. For further information please speak to Ann Sargent, PCC Secretary, Colin, Terry or Steve or indeed any present member of the PCC. We look forward to welcoming you.