Main service times
St Mary's: 9am
St John's: 11am
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Contacts
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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Weddings / Baptisms

Carol Singing at Basildon Hospital

7-9 pm on Christmas Eve

HELP!…..
There are over 30 wards open Christmas Eve: 30-40 people needed to come carolling. We will start prompt at 7pm and guarantee you will be in the car going home by 9pm.
A real `feel good’ evening which will make you appreciate all you have whilst lifting those less fortunate.
The universal appreciation of nurses & patients.

PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL PEOPLE AGED 8 YEARS (IF ACCOMPANIED) AND OVER: SUMMARY:
Meet in the multi-faith prayer room at Basildon Hospital at 7pm sharp. A cappella singing or if you have an mobile, acoustic instrument (flute, recorder etc) – please bring it along.
Carol sheets are provided. Further details contact William Ruddle on william.ruddle@btuh.nhs.uk OR 01268 524900 x4281


Christingle: Collecting Candles

This year’s Christingle services for the Children’s Society will be on Christmas Eve (Friday 24th December) at St Mary’s at 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 6.00pm.

Advent Sunday is a good day for children to start to take their collecting candles from either church to put whatever pennies, fivepences or pounds they can cadge from their parents into their candles to bring forward for their collections at the service. This all helps the wonderful work of the Children’s Society which is the foremost charity helping endangered and needy children.

You can watch a video about Christingle and the work of the Children’s Society here:


Carol service at Evelyn May Residential Home for the Elderly

Members of St Mary’s and St John’s will be visiting Evelyn May residential home for the elderly on
Wednesday 15th December, at 3-30 pm for a carol service.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO COME AND HELP. PLEASE DO COME ALONG; THE RESIDENTS ARE SO APPRECIATIVE.
If you believe you can spare some time, please contact John Harris on 01268 418726.
(The home is located in Florence Way,  near the Catholic church and Laindon railway station).


Christmas Lunch

Christmas Lunch by Churches Together in Basildon

No need to be HOME ALONE on Christmas Day. You are welcome to CHRISTMAS LUNCH Saturday 25th December, 1.00pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Basildon (corner of Clay Hill Road/Bardfield). Essential to pre-book your place and pre-book if you need a lift Please leave your name and tel: 01268 541158 + ans

Also…..
Offers of help needed on Christmas Eve 1.30-3.30 pm at Trinity Methodist Church Hall for peeling vegetables, setting tables etc.  On Christmas Day, drivers needed to pick up folk from home and transport home afterwards; washing up & clearing up.  Again, please phone 541158 leaving your offer of help & when available, name and telephone no.
We are most grateful to Trinity Methodist Church for their hospitality and to Peter and Ann Finch for their delicious catering.
 
Many thanks,
Rev Esther McCafferty
St Martin of Tours, Basildon
Tel/Fax/Ans: 01268 522455
email: emccafferty@talk21.com


Sunday School Party

The Sunday School Christmas Party for children aged between 3 and 11 will take place on Sunday 12th December during the 11 am service at St. John’s.  We will be having dancing, games, party food and lots of fun!  If your child/grandchild would like to come along, please give their details to Donna, Paula, Sally-Ann or Jane.  Additionally, please ensure details of any food allergies/intolerances are made known at this time. Look forward to seeing you on 12th!!


Prayer

ROAD PRAYERS

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: roadprayers@btconnect.com


Advent Carol Service

Sunday, 28th November: Advent Carol Service; 6.30 pm with the Methodists at St Mary’s.


Wine tasting at St John’s

Saturday, 27th November: Wine tasting at St John’s: More information soon.


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.


Memorial Service

Sunday 7 November is the annual memorial Service at St Mary’s Church, 3.00 pm.

The service gives people an opportunity to remember departed loved ones. Fill in a request card on arrival to have a name read out in the service.


Alpha course 2010

These are the details for the weekly Alpha course sessions starting in September 2010.

Week 1 30th September
Who is Jesus? / DVD

Week 2 7th October
Why did Jesus die? / Debbie Clark

Week 3 14th October
How can I be sure of my faith? / Helen Bryan

Week 4 21st October
Why and how do I pray? / Lilian Ellis

Week 5 4th November
Why and how should I read the bible? / John Coulthard

Week 6 11th November
How does God guide us? / Kennedy Rath

Alpha Away Day
13th November Colin/Steve

Week 7 18th November
How can I resist evil? / Vic Davidson

Week 8 25th November
Why and how should I tell others? / Eddie Lee

Week 9 2nd December
Does God heal today? / William Ruddle

Week 10 9th December
What about the Church / Steve

Alpha Celebration Supper 6th January


An audience with Jonathan Veira

Fantastic Musical Evening coming early next year!!

At the Towngate Theatre, Basildon, Wednesday 19th January, 2011 at 8.00 pm.

All proceeds from sale of tickets and donations to our local charity, St Luke’s Hospice. Tickets £10 available from Eddy Lee.

“An eminently likeable, amusing and thoroughly entertaining artist”

“I laughed so much that I cried. I applauded like there was no tomorrow”

www.jonathanveira.co.uk