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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.

I think that the biblical Zebedee’s dead. Read the rest of this entry »

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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A stitch in time…….

On Thursday, 18th October Maddie Harris gave a very interesting talk to the members of Thursday Rendezvous about her dress making. The dresses she had on show were all her own designs. These included dresses from the Tudor, Edwordian and early Victorian periods. She also had some fascinators on show.

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From Our Church Mag – Nov

Einstein a go go

If anyone can tell me what my worst gaffe ever was in last month’s magazine, you’ll make me a happy man. Not because I derive any perverse delight from being found out, but because it will demonstrate that I still have some readers left. After I spotted what I had done, I had serious thoughts about hanging up my aging word processor and trying something else that will be less reliant on my ability to remember to …… just a minute, if I finish that sentence, I’ll give the answer away. You won’t get me that easily. Find out for yourselves.

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From Our Church Mag – Oct

Elves have left the building

Where was I? Oh yes, cold callers. Obviously I get the ones that can’t read as they wouldn’t bother knocking if they understood the “No cold callers” sign on my front door. The ones that make me laugh, though, are the ones that ring up from former British dominions. Now these boys CAN read. Read the rest of this entry »

Ladies that do tea!!

On the last sunny afternoon in September, 23 of us met at Mary Green Manor in Brentwood for afternoon tea.  We had lovely sandwiches with the crusts cut off!  We had our tea in the conservatory sitting at beautifully laid up tables.  There were plenty of cakes from strawberry tarts to chocolate eclairs.  The scones with thick cream and strawberry jam were a favourite with everyone! The tea just kept on coming and so did the chatter!
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Maddie does make exceedingly good cakes

Well I think Mr Kipling needs to watch out as our ladies had a master class from Maddie Harris on her bakewell tart last week (13th September)

It is amazing how baking is getting so popular they really should make a television programme on it!

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From our Church Mag – Sep

Render unto Caesar, but don’t take the Mick

Parking at Westgate shops car park t’other day like, it said on’t pay station 90p for up to 2 hours stay. Ah put in pound but no change came forth. Ah’ll go t’foot of our stairs. By ‘eck ducks, it were reet daylight robbery as Ah were only theer not 20 minutes to make our monthly Children’s Joy payment t’Ukraine, baht ‘at.

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St Mary’s and St John’s Annual Picnic

We arrived at Westley Heights at 1 0’clock on Sunday 19 August 2012.  The Weather forecast said it would be 90s! A bit hot maybe for rounder’s but we could always have an ice cream afterwards.  What we were actually met with when we arrived was an absolute down pour of rain!  Oh dear that’s the end of our picnic.

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