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

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

The Bradwell Pilgrimage

Meet John Sentamu at Bradwell.
We welcome the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, to the Bradwell Pilgrimage on 3 July.

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.

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Christian Aid Week

Christian Aid Week takes place this week (May 9th – 15th). People from St Mary’s and St John’s will be out and about delivering envelopes and collecting them in again a few days later.

What is Christian Aid Week? In summary: seven amazing days of fundraising, action and prayer. It’s a time when communities all over the country get together to raise funds to make real and lasting changes in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. It has now become the country’s biggest ‘house-to-house’ collection – with 300,000 volunteers going from door to door every year delivering envelopes and picking them back up from householders in the week. Find out more here.

Evening of Music with Strawberries and Bubbly

Saturday 19th June
St John’s Church 7.30pm
Tickets £8 in advance.
Further details to follow.

Pub Walk

On Saturday June 12th Pub Walk – 11am at The Crown Harvester Car Park, return at about 12.30 pm for lunch. Details to follow.

Churches Together in Basildon Parliamentary Hustings

Churches Together in Basildon invites you to a Parliamentary Hustings for the constituency of South Basildon & East Thurrock.

It will be held at the St Gabriel’s Centre (Rectory Road Basildon, SS13 2AA), on Friday 23 April 2010, at 7.00pm for 7.30 start.

Mr Stephen Metcalfe, Candidate for the Conservative Party
R. H. Angela Smith M. P. Candidate for the Labour Party
Mr Geoffrey Williams, Candidate for the Liberal Democrat Party

We will be requesting questions from the floor to be submitted prior to the start between 7.00 & 7.30 pm.

Planning permission granted for St John’s extension

Planning permission granted!
Many thanks to all those who wrote to support our application for planning permission for the extension to St. Johns. The Council received 65 letters of support and the Committee passed the permission by 6 votes to one. Our thanks also to Councillor Sandra Hillier who spoke in favour of the proposal at the meeting.

See the building project pages for more information about the project and to see the plans.

Annual meeting


Sunday 18th April 2010 7 -9 pm following Worship at St John’s Church at 6.30pm
All members on the electoral roll or resident in the parish and on a Register of Local Government Electors are warmly invited to attend the above meetings at which we will be appointing our Churchwardens, their Deputies, PCC members and Sides persons for 2010/2011. (Our 4 Deanery Synod Representatives continue in office until April 2011).

Nomination forms are displayed on the notice boards of both churches. At the APCM there will also be presentation of Annual Reports on the proceedings of the PCC and the Deanery Synod, the Fabric of each Church, the activities of church and uniformed groups, changes in the electoral roll and submission of audited financial statements and Treasurer’s Report. Please come and join us.

A booklet containing the Agenda, last year’s Minutes and the reports will be available from Sunday 11th April. For further information please contact Ann Sargent – PCC Secretary

Church electoral roll

Now is an ideal time to join the church ‘electoral roll’, ie become a member of St Mary’s and St John’s. The official notice about this follows – you can pick up a form at the back of either church.

Diocese of Chelmsford
Parish of Langdon Hills
Notice is hereby given that the Church Electoral Roll of the above parish
will be revised by the Parochial Church Council beginning
21st March 2010 and ending on 4th April 2010.

After such Revision, a copy of the roll will forthwith be exhibited on,
or near to, the principal door of St. Mary’s & St. John’s Church for inspection.

Under the Church Representation Rules any persons are entitled to have
their names entered on the roll, if they:-
(i) are baptised
(ii) are members of the Church of England or of any Church in
communion with the Church of England,
(iii) are sixteen or over,
(iv) are resident in the parish, or, not being resident in the
parish, have habitually attended public worship in the parish
during the six months before the date of application for enrolment,
(v) have signed a form of application for enrolment.

Forms of application for enrolment can be obtained from the undersigned
and the parish churches, and should be returned, if possible, in time
for the Revision.

Any error discovered in the electoral roll should at once be reported
to the undersigned or clergy.

Dated this 21st day of March 2010 Alan Minnis
Church Electoral Roll Officer

New Bishop of Chelmsford

The Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading, has been nominated by Her Majesty the Queen as Bishop of Chelmsford in succession to The Right Reverend John Gladwin. He will be the tenth Bishop of Chelmsford.

Bishop Stephen said: “I was born and brought up in Essex, and it is still the place I think of as home. Now I have been invited to return to this large, diverse and richly varied diocese to serve as your bishop. It is an immense privilege.

Bishop Laurie added: “We are delighted that Bishop Stephen Cottrell is to become the new Diocesan Bishop of Chelmsford. Bishop Stephen is an exceptional man, whose abiding concern is that we all catch that glimpse of the wonder of God which can change our lives. “He is man of prayer who has a shrewd eye for the important issues of the day.  His books are always challenging and delightful, and he will bring new insights about how we should respond to God’s love and justice amidst the world’s challenges.   He is family man of great warmth and charm, and we look forward to learning from him and working with him here in Essex and East London.”

Daisy Palmer

Daisy Palmer is 6 and lives in Langdon Hills.

Tracy Palmer, Karen Allwood, Lisa Pohl and Joe Odd are running the 2010 Brentwood Half Marathon on Sunday 21st March for PORT (Pseudo Obstruction Research Trust), in support of Tracy’s 6 year old Daughter Daisy who suffers from Chronic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction (CIPs)

Daisy is currently in Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel where she is receiving further treatment for this rare and very serious condition. You can read her story, and some more about PORT here:

Daisy, like many other sufferers, is currently unable to eat anything orally, and is instead entirely reliant on being fed intravenously, and will remain this way whilst much needed research continues.

If you can, we would be most grateful if you could spread awareness of this rare and very serious illness. The more people that know and learn about it, can only help to further research ways of treating and managing CIPs.

If you would like to make a donation the JustGiving page is here.