News sheet items

Coming soon – Connect!

On Friday, 20th April Connect will start taking place at St John’s, every Friday from 7-9pm. It will be open to all those aged 11-18.

If you would like to volunteer (must be 18+) to help out at Connect or if you would just like to know more about Connect or any other of our plans for our young people, please speak to Julian Patching, our Community & Youth Pastor on 07535674594.

Men’s Breakfast – St Luke’s Hospice

Tired of eating sawdust covered in cold milk while you stare at the back of a paper on the other side of the breakfast table.  Well we can help you to change that with one of our men’s breakfast held at St John’s Church coffee bar on a saturday morning.

There you will be treated to a proper man’s breakfast of sausages, bacon, beans, mushrooms, fried bread, eggs, toast and tea/coffee.  You will also find fellow men ready to talk about the things that matter – world news, the latest gadget and who’s going to win the league.

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From our Church Mag – March


….to those of you that told me off last month for not helping Jezebel rake up leaves in January. Let me tell you about my morning today. It is still year end at work and I have wall to wall auditors coming out of my ears. I’m spending so much time answering their questions at the expense of current work that I’ve had to bring stuff home with me this weekend. I also have art to do for daughter 2 (that’s Cainetta to you). She wants me to do her a muriel in her new gaff.

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Bored, Want Excitement and Friendship!

Do you fancy some extra excitement in your life.  Bored in the evenings and weekends.  Want to meet some new people and make new friends then the latest mens and Nightingales (women’s) group activities have been posted in the activities section of this website.

We all have a great time socialising and doing different things during the year.  If you are interested in joining in then contact the appropriate person listed by each activity.  If you want to see what we have been up to recently then check out this web page.

Ladies Spring Breakfast – Sat 17th March 2012

We have Jacqueline Peart , founder of Deep Calleth Unto Deep.  Jacqueline is one of the UK’s most dynamic female ministers and has inspired thousands through her radio broadcasts, conferences, workshops and weekly e-zines. Known internationally as an inspirational speaker, poet, author and businesswoman, she was recognised as one of the UK’s leading women preachers by Keep the Faith Magazine in 2009.

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Men’s & Women’s – Bowling Night

The Nightingales and Men’s group are joining together to have a Bowling night at Basildon Bowling on the Wednesday the 14th March 2012 starting at 7.30pm.

If you would like to come please contact Pat Ali at St John’s or phone 07931 801190 or Lin Slocombe at St Mary’s.  Check out our other activities during the year – do come along.

Movie night – The Kings Speech

17 Nightingales and 3 from the Men’s group had a very enjoyable evening watching The Kings Speech at St John’s.  We had a break half way through for a cup of tea and a cake.  Hopefully this will help us with the Lent Course called ‘Finding a voice’ that is going to include extracts from the film – Liz Burton

Ofsted Report

It gives me great pride to inform you that our childcare services at St John’s, which include our Preschool and Out of School Club, recently received a “good with many outstanding features” report following an Ofsted inspection. A copy of the report will be available soon if you would like to read it.

Our congratulations to Gaynor, our manager, and all our staff.

Rev Colin Hopkinson

Our new Community and Youth Pastor

I am delighted to announce that the PCC has appointed Julian Patching as our new “Community and Youth Pastor” starting from 1st February 2012. His duties will include various pastoral and Sunday worship duties as well as setting up new youth work in the parish. There will be a short act of commissioning for Julian during our services at both churches on Sunday 5th  February. Read the rest of this entry »

Finding a Voice

Tuesday evening Lent Course 2012

Every year during Lent (the weeks leading up to Easter) we meet at St. John ’s for a short course about some aspect of our faith. (Some of our small groups will stop meeting and join together, along with others, for these weeks). This year we will be using a course called “Finding a Voice” which is inspired by the film “The King’s Speech”.  The sessions will include worship, excerpts from the film, an introductory talk and led bible based discussion in groups.

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From Our Church Mag – Jan

Bigger. Better. More explosions

Happy new year, viewers. Welcome to the new, improved Off the Wall 2. There will be exposés, there will be quizzes, there will be a problem page and more zzzelebrity gossip than you can shake a bishop’s crook at. And what’s more, it’s still FREE. You can’t say that for the Sun. Get yours today.

The Nightingale’s Christmas Meal

There were about 15 of us ladies and we went to The Artichoke at Brentwood on Wednesday 14th December for our christmas meal.

It was a lovely 3 course meal and we were all bloated after the 2nd course of the carvery but all managed to eat dessert, some of us even managed “Syryp pudding and custard” !!

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