News sheet items

The NEW Electoral Roll

The Church electoral roll is the foundation of the whole structure of synodical government in the church. It contains the names and addresses of everyone who can vote at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.

Please remember to sign up for the NEW electoral roll. Forms are at the back of each church. This year we have to produce a completely new Electoral Roll throughout the Church of England; there is no automatic inclusion!

This important document will give a snapshot of Christian presence in our area, as well as feed in to the national picture.

The Seniors’ Afternoon Tea & Film

The Seniors’ Afternoon Tea & Film on Sunday, 3rd March was another great success. 33 Seniors attended and 8 young people helped on the day.

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Good Intentions – Church Mag March

Another Lent has begun. Already we are in the middle of our preparations for the greatest feast in the Christian calendar, Easter. So did you decide to give anything up for Lent? Or start something new? I have never understand why some people try to give up things like chocolate. It more-or-less guarantees that they will become the most miserable people living on the planet during this penitential season!

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Our Thanksgiving Service

The vision for this service is summed up in its title. This service is a celebration. For everyone. We will be celebrating with our thanksgiving families for the gift of their children. We will be celebrating the amazing grace God has shown us in Jesus through the communion. We will be celebrating with the families whose children have recently joined the church through baptism. This service is a celebration.

Click this link to download the service explanation handbook

Wall of Jericho – Church Mag March

Quick! March!

No, that’s not a military order barked out by a parade ground drill sergeant  that my father was obliged to take notice of when he did his national service just prior to him sailing off to fight communists in 1950s Malaya along with several Royal Artillery chums. I have asked Gunner Jericho (retd.) how they managed to drag 25 pounder field guns around thick jungle, but he assures me the Lee Enfields they were issued with on jungle patrol would have far more effective had they been unlucky enough to meet up with any marauding revolutionaries.

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Yeehaw! – Grab your partner

Nightingales and Men’s Group – Saturday 9 February was Linedancing night!  70 of us had a really good night dancing to The Dixieliners! We would like to thank them for giving their services free. The chip and Fin provided the fish and chips and a big thank you to Bob and John for collecting it. I would also like to thank my other helpers Wendy, Sue, Barbara, Diane, and Pat.

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Messy Church – Baptist Church

Saturday, 9th March: Baptist Church, High Rd, Langdon Hills. 3-5.00 pm

Primary school children and their parents, carers or grandparents are warmly invited to join us for this event of activities, games and short time of worship. A meal will be provided but there is no need to book!  Please note that all children and young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Contact Details:  Christine Hopkinson 01268 542156

From Our Church Mag – Feb

Happy 2013

Do you like those round robins people send out in December? Often, they’re tucked inside Christmas cards, frequently they’re emailed instead of cards. They list the wonderful achievements of the sender’s family in the year gone by and sometimes the anticipated triumphs in the years to come.

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A Real Community Christmas

What a lovely afternoon it was on 15th December when 41 ‘senior’ guests were welcomed and entertained by a group of young people (organised by Julian, our Community & Youth Pastor) and a hard working team of workers in the kitchen. The guests were greeted by the young people as they arrived at St John’s and taken to their seats inside the church. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s not all study – some play as well!

The small group that meets at St John’s Church every week decided to let their hair down and have their Christmas do.  We have a number of small groups that meet every week around the St Mary’s and St John’s Parish in the evening and during the day.  Why not make a new years resolution and come and join one of our groups.  Speak to Colin or Mark who I am sure will point you in the right direction.

From Our Church Mag – Dec

A to Z of the Bible

A is for apple and who would believe

The trouble it caused for poor Adam and Eve.

Z is for Zebedee, boing, time for bed.

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Visit to Palace of Westminster

On Saturday 10 November 21 members of the Nighingales and the Mens Group set off from Laindon railway station headed for Westminster to visit the Palace of Westminster (also known as The Houses of Parliament).

Arriving just before 2pm we went very efficiently through the security search and were all issued with a photo ID. We then met our guide, Joanne, in the great Westminster Hall. We then proceeded to walk to the far end of the buildings and our tour began following the route taken by The Queen when she attends to open Parliament every October.

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