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Wardens Sworn In

On Thursday 5th May our newly elected church wardens were sworn in by the Arch Deacon of Southend the Venerable David Lowman at St Martins Church Basildon.  Going from right to left our wardens are Bob Burton warden, Jim Seargent deputy warden, Sue Houghton warden, John Purbick deputy warden and our out going warden Sue Drury.  Our other elected deputy church warden is Dudley Naslund.

As well as swearing in the newly elected wardens a very big grateful thanks was given to our previous wardens for their unconditional support to the smooth running of our church fabric.

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Christian Aid

Ron and Jean Gough  have undertaken to organise our collecting again this year. Envelopes will be available in both churches on Sunday May 1st, May 8th and May 15th to distribute to our parish from the 16th May.

Sadly although Christian Aid and others have made great contributions to the relief of poverty, and many have benefited from our efforts, a lot of the problems have not improved in the last twelve months and our help is still required.

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Yippee! Club

This children’s club meets at the Methodist Church, Emanuel Road, on the last Thursday of each month. The age range is 5-13. This has broadened slightly as those starting secondary school continue to come, arriving later and leaving later than the others. Craft activities, games and Bible teaching form the basis of the enjoyable sessions. This is a joint Methodist/Anglican venture. The next two sessions will be on 26th May and 30th June. If you know of any young people you think might enjoy this please let them know!

Easter Experience 2011 – Stephen Spencer

Reflecting back upon our Easter experience, for those of you who gave up chocolate or some other goody for Lent it’s probably not a moment to soon. For those of you who took something on, perhaps it might be worth while to continue, but what ever your decision was congratulations to you all, you have made it! And as we look at the Easter story itself, there is an element that Easter is the finish line, when Jesus accomplished all that he came to do. But is that the whole story, or is there more to it than meets the eye.

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Treasurer’s report to the APCM – April 2011

For those of you who may have missed the parish AGM and in particular the Treasurer’s report, a PDF version of the report can viewed by clicking the link below.

Treasurer’s Report to APCM – 2011

History page now online

A page outlining the history of our two churches has now been added to the website – see History.

Thanks to Tony Dunhill for this contribution.

St John’s and St Mary’s this Lent

Do you wish…

  • You could discover your gifts;
  • You could live a more joyful and fruitful Christian life;
  • You could serve God more fully;
  • You could become the person God has designed you to be?

Take part in exploring “Your SHAPE for God’s Service”!

What will it involve?
“Your SHAPE for God’s Service” involves six meetings in a small informal group. It will be enjoyable and interesting!
We will help each other to explore our unique God-given “SHAPE,” and how we can use it in his service.
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Potential chapel designs

Our glass artist Sarah Galloway has prepared possible designs for the new chapel at St John’s. These designs will be on display at St Johns on Sundays 6th and 13th February and are shown below (click ‘read the rest of this entry‘ if you can only see one). Colin will do an informal explanatory presentation using the projector for those who wish it on 6th Feb after church. You are invited to make any comments you wish either verbally or in writing or by e mail ( ) or comment on the website or on the comments sheet on the display board. On 13th February we will hold a consultative meeting open to all after the 11am service at St Johns to discuss the proposals and to test opinion as to the preferred designs. On Sundays 20th and 27th our 11am service will be at St Mary’s (see other notice) and the designs will be available there. A task group will meet on 21st February and we will need to feedback to Sarah by the end of February.

You can contact Colin via the contact page.

Altar table (alternative designs)
St John's chapel
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St John’s is moving to St Mary’s, 20/27 February


Due to the need to complete works to our existing building during the
February half term our 11am service will be held at ST. MARY’S and not at St John’s on Sundays 20th and 27th February. In all other respects the services will remain as advertised.

Sermon from the Advent carol service

This is Steve Spencer’s sermon from the Advent carol service on Sunday 28 November. You can listen to it using the player below:

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Steve’s sermon at Advent carols

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This outreach initiative will start from the beginning of November 2010, led by a small team from one of the house groups.

We aim to cover at least two roads in the Langdon Hills parish every month, by delivering a leaflet, attached to an addressed envelope, to each house in those roads.

The leaflet informs that prayers will be said that month for all the people in that road and in addition, personal prayers may be requested by way of the addressed envelope or by using the dedicated email address printed on the leaflet.

The email site will be accessed daily and all prayer requests whether written or via the web will be handled confidentially within the prayer group.

Our email is:

Operation Christmas Child 2010

Can you spare £2.50 and an old shoe box? If the answer is YES then please pick up a leaflet from St Mary’s or St John’s.

I am co-ordinating a collection of shoebox gifts for the Samaritans Purse charity. The filled boxes will be distributed to needy children all around the world.

We are all so fortunate. Our houses are warm and full of clothes and food. Your precious gift may be the only one that a child receives this Christmas so please give generously.

Please leave your filled box at St John’s Church between 3rd and 18th November.
Thank you, Jill Hurley.