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

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.

Messy Church

For families with primary school children: Church as you’ve never known it!

Where: Methodist Church Emmanuel Road, Langdon Hills
When: Saturday 27th March, 2010 – starting at 3 pm

Come and enjoy as a family together: Craft–Games–Singing–Stories- -ending with a meal together. Please note that all children and young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Details: Linda Spencer 01268 490869

Cuppa with a copper

Our local PCSO, John Dewhirst will be joining us again for our Wednesday Coffee Morning at St. John’s on Wednesday, 24th March between 9.15 am and 10.15 am.  Do come along and meet John over a cuppa and feel free to speak with him about any local issues or concerns you may have.

Lent course

This year’s Lent course is on Tuesdays from 8 pm at St. John’s. The course starts on 23rd February and runs until 23rd March.

The theme will be “A Way through the wilderness: Experiencing God’s help in times of crisis”. It will follow a format similar to previous years: meeting at St Johns on Tuesday evenings with a mixture of input together and group discussion. As in previous years we will be joining together with our Methodist friends. We hope you will want to join us. Please sign up on the sheets at the back of each of our churches to assist us in anticipating numbers and purchasing an appropriate number of books.

Ash Wednesday service

Our Ash Wednesday service is on 17th February at 8pm at St Mary’s. It is a quiet service of penitence and reflection including the traditional imposition of ashes.

St John’s Building Project grant granted

From Colin:

I am delighted to report that (as many of you will already know) we have been voted a grant of over £900,000 from Essex Early Years towards the building of an extension to St John’s. I wish to record our enormous gratitude to all those who worked so hard to make our bid successful, especially to John Purbrick; Gaynor Carter; Tony Dunhill, Claire Bland and our architect John Inkpen. Please continue to pray that we will be guided to use this grant aright in the service of God’s kingdom and our local community, especially as detailed preparation is now undertaken.

New service at Evelyn May Residential Home

Following our first and successful service in December, we will be visiting Evelyn May Residential Home for the elderly again on Wednesday 27th January at 3-30 pm. The service lasts for 30 minutes and includes 3 hymns and a short talk.

We are looking for church members to come along and support in bringing God’s message to the elderly residents. If you believe you can spare some time, please contact John Harris (number via parish office). The home is located in Florence way, near the Catholic Church and Laindon railway station.

Events happening elsewhere

Caribbean Party
Saturday, 30 January 2010. Time: 19:00 – 01:00
St Andrews Church, 3 The Fremnells, Basildon, SS14 2QX
Let’s warm up the cold weather, have fun and raise funds for a good cause: Authentic Caribbean dishes, special guest entertainer D’Mighty Hitman from the Frontline Radio! We don’t think you’ll need it but you are welcome to take your own alcohol. Tickets £5 includes one Meal: email at or telephone 01268 520516

Chelmsford Cathedral Theological Society
‘Spiritual Fitness’
Speaker: Revd. Dr Graham Tomlin
Wednesday 3rd February at 8 pm in the Chapter House. Fee: £3.50.

Charity Request
The Elim Charity Shop raise funds to support elderly and vulnerable people. They need urgently the following items;
Clothing, Shoes, Handbags, Belts, Towels, Linen, Curtains, Cosmetics, Toiletries, Perfumes, Toys, bedding, Video Games, CD’s, DVD’s, Books, China Plates and Mirrors.
If you can help then either contact 01268 410297 (Mobile: 07886 276035) for collection or deliver to Elim Pentecostal Church, Vowler Road, Langdon Hills on Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday. Thank you.

Quiz Night at St John’s

The next Quiz Night is on Saturday, 27th February. 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm start at St John’s Church.

Tickets are £4 each from Charlotte or Moreen St John’s, Ruth or Ann St Mary’s.

Tables of up to 8 players. Bring your own nibbles and drinks. All proceeds to Church charities.

Schools Team Ministry fundraiser

Fundraiser for STM (School Teams Ministry) – Indian Meal

What: a delicious Indian meal shared with your friends and family.
When: Wednesday 10th February
Time: 700 pm for 7.30 pm
Where: The Maharaja (356 London Road, SS7 4BG)
How much: £12 (£6 goes to STM)
RSVP to Kirsten at 01269 530 531 or kirstenthomson (at) by Feb 5th

Things happening elsewhere

Churches Together in Basildon (CTB) Celebration
Sunday 24th January: 6.30 pm at St Gabriel’s Church, Rectory Road, Pitsea. SS13 2AA.

Basildon Intercessors Group (BIG) Prayer Meeting
Saturday, 23rd January: 3 pm – 5 pm at Kingswood Baptist Church (Clay Hill Road / Codenham Straight)