Main service times
St Mary's: 9am
St John's: 11am
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Rector: Colin Hopkinson (01268 542156)
Curate: Emma Wylie
Community & Youth Pastor: Julian Patching (07860 119450)
Parish Office: 01268 490400
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Childcare Services
Phone: 01268 490400
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From our Church Mag – April

So that’s that for another year

Nearly 2 solid months of constant attack in the name of regulatory compliance, but finally the auditors have gone and the accounts have been signed off. The FSA returns have been posted to Canary Wharf and I am apparently a legend in the office for not even blinking when I downed 2 chilli vodka shots at my boss’s farewell party Thursday night. Read the rest of this entry »

Easter Services at St John’s and St Mary’s

Good Friday

12 noon to 3 pm Good Friday vigil at St Mary’s with meditations on each half hour and communion at 2.30 pm.

Meditations will be based on Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell’s new book “The Nail”.

Easter Sunday

9 am Easter Communion at St Mary’s

11 am All Age Easter Communion at St Johns

Thursday Morning Group

For those aged 50+

Last month 20 very chatty and friendly folk gathered for the first meeting of this Thursday Morning group. It was a great opportunity to spend an enjoyable morning meeting new people over a cuppa and a few specially made cup cakes.

The next gathering will take place on Thursday, 19th April, also from 10-11/11.30am. On this occasion we hope to confirm the following:

  • A name for the group. One suggestion is the Thursday Rendezvous group.
  • That the group will meet every 2 weeks after this date.
  • Details about the variety of short talks or presentations which we hope will happen at every other meeting of the group.

There is no cost but donations are welcome.

All those aged 50+ are welcome to come along and join us on 19th April. You are guaranteed a warm welcome and to feel a valued member of the group.

For more information please ask Sue Purbrick, Liz Burton, Carol Carter or Julian Patching.

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 »