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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Weddings / Baptisms

Operation Christmas Child

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.

Events elsewhere

The Keene Lectures 2010
At Chelmsford Cathedral, with the theme ‘Reinventing the Weal’ – Wealth and well-being after the Crash. In the Cathedral at 8.00pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection.

  • Wednesday 3rd November: ‘In the Rich Man’s World’, Maurice Glasman, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, London Metropolitan University
  • Wednesday 10th November: ‘Capitalism – where next?’, Will Morris, Senior Tax Counsel – International General Electric, and Curate of St Martin in the Fields, London
  • Wednesday 17th November: ‘Prosperity without Growth’, Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey
  • Wednesday 24th November: ‘Back to Basics, or Business as Usual?’, John Milbank, Professor in Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham

Soul Sistas

Saturday, 11th September, SOUL SISTAS at St John’s. More information nearer the time.

Annual Picnic

Annual Picnic
St John’s and St Mary’s Annual Picnic is at 1.30 pm on
Sunday 15th August
Venue: Westley Heights ( behind the Harvester).
Come and join us for our annual picnic. There will be plenty of fun and games for all the family. Bring your own picnic and chairs. For more information contact Liz Burton.

Apologies for website problems – our Facebook group (link above) is still working if you need to get in touch.

Apologies for website problems – our Facebook group (link above) is still working if you need to get in touch.

A 62 mile walk

St John’s Journey

Bob Burton, Steve Spencer, Mark Chambers and Tess Wisbey are doing a 62 mile walk across the south downs on the 17th/18th July. It will take approximately 30 hours continuous walking. It is in aid of Oxfam and The Gurka Welfare Trust. If you would like to sponsor them there are several ways of doing so.

The easiest way is to log onto the this website and follow the instructions, or you can ask any of the the walkers for the sponsor form, or use the sponsor form on the notice board at St John’s church.

For any other information you can contact Liz Burton.

Bishop Laurie’s Visit

Bishop’s visit, celebration and Project launch Sunday 18th July

We are delighted that Bishop Laurie Green (Bishop of Bradwell) will be presiding and preaching at St Mary’s and St John’s morning services on Sunday 18th July. We will be taking this opportunity to officially launch the building works for the extension to St John’s. We also hope to celebrate the completion of the lighting project at St Marys. We plan to bury a time capsule during the service at St. Johns and to follow on with tea/coffee & cakes and informal praise and worship led by our music group. We hope you will be able to join us!

The Bradwell Pilgrimage

The Bradwell Pilgrimage: “Who is my neighbour”

We welcome the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to the Bradwell Pilgrimage on 3 July, as guest speaker. There will be music and childrens and youth activities.

The timings of the Pilgrimage are as follows:
10:45 am Arrival
11:00 am Opening service at St Thomas, Bradwell-on-Sea followed by a two-mile walk to St Peter’s Chapel.
3:15 pm Closing service at St Peter’s Chapel.

Bring a picnic or book a lunch at Othona (01621 776564).

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Reports from recent events

Christian Aid collection

May I say a big thank you to all those who went out collecting for Christian Aid week and to all who made contributions. We have now paid into the Christian Aid account £1,664.55. We also had a lot of people Gift Aiding their donations, which adds substantially to their contribution.

Can I echo Joseph Maina a community activist in Kiambu, a slum area in Nairobi, where Christian Aid partners built sanitation blocks and have used the income generated to start to buy a plot outside Nairobi to move to and begin new lives there? Joseph says “I would like to thank people in the UK for their generous support. Without it we would not have been able to achieve this dream for ourselves.” Well done everyone and thank you.
Jean Gough

Music for a Summer Evening

Many thanks to all who supported and enjoyed the event last Saturday. The net contribution to the St John’s building fund was £570.

Annual picnic

St John’s and St Mary’s Annual Picnic is at 1.30 pm on Sunday 15th August

Venue: Westley Heights ( behind the Harvester).

Come and join us for our annual picnic.  There will be plenty of fun and games for all the family. Bring your own picnic and chairs.  For more information contact Liz Burton on 01268 546266.

Barn Dance

The next social event is a barn dance on Saturday 15th May at St John’s Church.

  1. 7pm for 7.30pm start.
  2. Food at 8.30pm (Not 8 as in notice sheet): Jumbo Sausage & Chips or Veggie Burger: Bring your own beer, glasses and nibbles.
  3. £10.00 Adults, £6.00 under 12’s

It’s a proper band, not a bloke with a cd player!

Tickets available from Ruth Booth at St Mary’s or Moreen Hasley at St. John’s. If you could purchase tickets by Sunday that would be ideal.

Steve shaves off his beard for Hope HIV

Many witnessed, during the services, Steve shave off his beard, explaining how he had been given a £10 note and then challenged to turn that into £100 for the charity Hope HIV. In fact it became over £600!

Here are some photos:

Above: Steve with half of his bear removed. He did half at St Mary’s, and the other half later the same morning at St John’s.

Above: Beard-shaving in progress.

Above: The finished result.

Note from Linda Spencer:
It’s always difficult when two people from the same parish need to find different ways in taking up a challenge like this without putting more financial pressure on the same individuals.
So, with that in mind I thought I would ask the congregation to give in a different way – through getting rid of things we don’t need. I intend to invest my £10.00 in a pitch at the Marillac Nursing Home car boot sale on Saturday 19th June to raise funds in order to support some of the millions of children who have been orphaned or affected by AIDS in Africa. So, if you would like to clear your attic or garage of any ‘car boot’ saleable items please pass them onto me as soon as you can.
I hope you feel able to support me in this challenge because by working together we can make a difference.
You can find out more about Hope HIV here.
Many thanks,
Linda Spencer