News sheet items

St John’s open meeting

Sunday, 18th January after the 11 am service.

Among items to be discussed are the Belfry project and the Altar Cross.  The theme of the meeting will be “Encouraging Congregational Engagement with Worship”.
If you have any suggestions, issues or comments there will be a Suggestion Box in the foyer of St. John’s for the next few weeks, please submit your views with your name,  and post them in our box for inclusion on the Agenda.  The box will remain in place until the 11th January. This is a good opportunity for your voice to be heard.

‘Getting to know you’ Sunday


18th January 2009.
9 o/c service at St Mary’s and 11 o/c service at St John’s.
Please do come along to either or both services and let’s get to know each other better!!

St Mary’s Ladies Guild Meeting with guest speaker Ron Gough

Thursday, 15th January: St Mary’s Ladies Guild Meeting with guest speaker Ron Gough.

New Year Family Party

Sunday 11th January 2009
Venue: St John’s
Time: 3 pm – 5.30 pm
Tickets available from Gaynor Cartor at the Parish Office.
Children £3 (includes a present) Adults £1.
All children to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
No tickets on sale at the door on the day of the party.

Bryn Haworth at Emmanuel Church, Laindon

Saturday, 31st January: ‘The Winter Blues’ music by Bryn Haworth: Emmanuel Church, Laindon, 7-30 pm (see Dec 08/ Jan 09 magazine for more details).

Event for young people at Chelmsford Cathedral

Chelmsford Cathedral: Saturday,
January 17th 5 – 7.30 pm
Cost: £8

Competitions, football cage, table tennis, pool/snooker, pole joust –
challenge your youth leader and your friends to be the best at each activity!
BBQ and tuck shop, big screen console games, craft and an incredible DJ workshop where you can spend time mixing on the decks with DJ Andy B.
8 – 9.30 pm: Worship session.
For more information go to; or
‘phone 01268 530531 with credit/debit card details.
Physical Output
Spiritual Input

Christmas Day all age worship

Details of our Christmas services are here.

Christmas services

St Mary’s

Sunday, 21st December:
11.00 am All age Carol Service
6.30 pm Nine Lessons & Carols

Wednesday 24th December: (Christmas Eve):
2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm: Christingle Services
(Three services to cater for numbers)
11.30pm: Holy Communion

St John’s

Thursday, 25th December (Christmas Day):
11.00 am All age worship

Christmas Carol Singing

Please come and join the Carol singing outside Laindon Station.

Date: Monday 22nd December
Time: 5.30 to 7 pm.

We will be singing with our brothers and sisters from the Methodist Church and St. Nicholas, Laindon. Refreshments afterwards. If you want to know more speak to Terry.

Churches Together Carol Singing

Churches Together in Basildon (CTB)

We have arranged our usual Carol Singing in the town for Sunday 14th December from 1 pm to 3 pm. The CTB Brass players will be joining with the Salvation Army Band and we need as many people to come and join in the singing as possible. There will be mince pies handed out and leaflets with information about the churches activities over the Christmas season.

Also, there will be carol singing at the hospital on Christmas Eve from 7 pm to 9 pm. Meet  in the Sanctuary located between Reception and the Restaurant.

Nativity Play

St. John’s Pre-school Nativity Play
On Friday 12th December at 10. 15 am, the Pre-school children will be performing their Nativity Play at St. John’s and we would like to invite members of the congregation of St. John’s & St. Mary’s to attend this very special event!  If you would like to come along, please speak with Colin or Gaynor to obtain your tickets. 

Roller Disco & Quasar Night

After the success of our last roller skating trip, we have arranged another evening for Saturday 13th December.

We will be returning Rollerworld, Colchester, for their Saturday night skating disco, as well as a game of Quasar.

Leaving from St John’s at 6 pm, all 16-25′s are welcome. Please call or text Anna (contact us for number) if you would like to come or need more information, and collect a permission slip if you are under 18.

There a limited number of places for people outside the age group, please speak to Anna if you are interested.