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

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday
Thursday, 9th April
Similar to the last two years we are holding short Passover meals in various homes in the parish.
These look at the symbols of the Passover  and are followed by  a simple meal of Lamb  and vegetables and fruit. 
At 9 p.m. there will be a communion service at Langdon Hills Methodist church in Emmanuel Road, with washing of feet and reflection time.
If you would like to take part in the meals, which begin at 7 pm, please sign the list at the back of St. Mary’s or on the one on the
 welcome desk at St. John’s.
 If you don’t want to attend one of the meals then of course you are most welcome to attend the service at 9 p.m.

Annual meeting

St John’s Meeting
Sunday 26th April 2009:
7 -9 pm following Worship at St John’s Church at 6.30 pm
All members on the church 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, Deanery Synod Representatives, PCC members and Sides persons for 2009/2010.
Nomination forms will be displayed on the notice boards of both churches .
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 19th April.
For further information please contact Ann Sargent – PCC Secretary.

Parochial Church Council (PCC)

“The PCC works in co-operation with the incumbent in promoting the whole mission of the Church, pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical.”

Come and join us.

At our Annual Meeting of Parishioners and Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 26th April we will be electing our 2009/2010 Council which presently consists of our Clergy (3), Readers (2), Churchwardens (2), Deputy Churchwardens (4), and Deanery Synod Representatives (4) who are automatically ex officio members of the Council. In addition, we need to elect 8 members from our congregations, a small increase which was agreed at last year’s APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting). Four of our current members have expressed their willingness to stand for election again this year and we are therefore looking to elect 4 new members. If you are interested in the running and maintenance of the churches, in their financial management, pastoral care, working with children and youth, outreach, co-operation with outside organizations and social events, why not join us. We meet officially 6 times a year in addition to which you could become involved in sub-committees or working groups on topics that may interest or concern you. Interested? If so, please offer to be nominated when the election forms are posted on the Church Notice Boards from 5th April. For further information please speak to Ann Sargent, PCC Secretary, Colin, Terry or Steve or indeed any present member of the PCC. We look forward to welcoming you.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service
St Nicholas Laindon at 6.30 am followed by breakfast.

Easter services at St Mary’s and St John’s to follow.

Good Friday Walk of Witness

Good Friday Walk of Witness
Starting at 10 am at Holy Trinity Wick Hay, reaching the Town Centre by the Bulls Eye at about 10.15 am and ending in the Eastgate Centre near Debenhams. Do come and join us for this public witness.

Basildon Resource Centre

Basildon Resource Centre
“Lord Jesus, help us to show You”
 One way in which we can ‘live out’ our Mission Statement is out reach into our community, so when Colin was approached for help by the Centre, he passed the appeal to our PCC, who agreed to help out in a practical and simple manner; to ask for our help in regularly supplying provisions that can be distributed to the needy and homeless of our town.  Donations are requested for the following:-Tinned Meat (not fish); Longlife Fruit Juice; Squash; Biscuits; UHT Milk; however, other items would also be welcomed.  To this end there will be collection boxes in each church from next week.  It may be that from time to time their needs may vary, and so regular updates will appear in the Notice Sheet.  I do hope that we can really make a difference in our community and this seems to be a good start. 
Thank you all and God Bless 
Sue Drury

Spring Harvest 2009

Spring Harvest 2009
There is a vacancy for a male sharing twin room at Spring Harvest 2009 at Minehead. Dates are: Thursday 9th April to Tuesday 11th April. For more details contact Eddy Lee

The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion
A meditation on the sacred passion of the Holy Redeemer
by John Stainer
Sung by combined local choirs on Good Friday 10th April at 6.00 pm
St Giles & All Saints Church, High Road, Orsett
Guest Soloists: Martyn Harrison (Tenor) and John Read (Bas-Baritone)
Conductor: Richard Wade; Organist: Roy Wise
Proceeds to charity

The laughter of fools?

Wednesday 1st April, 8 pm: Chelmsford Cathedral, IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE ‘The Laughter of Fools?’ The relevance of Wisdom Literature for today, with Katharine Dell, Senior Lecturer, Old Testament Studies, University of Cambridge.

Taize service

Coming Soon…….
Taize Service at St John’s on Sunday 8th March at 8 pm.

Our parish magazine

We are setting up a meeting to review the content of the Parish Magazine.  This is an important part of our outreach and is often the only contact that some people have with our church. If you would like to  be part of the meeting (date to be announced) then please contact Gloria Wort or Ruth Booth at St. Mary’s, any of the clergy, or Sue Drury at St John’s.  Alternatively there will be suggestion boxes at both churches if you have any ideas or suggestions for inclusion  at the meeting.  We look forward to your input.

Dave Bilbrough at St John’s

The singer Dave Bilbrough came to St Johns on Sunday and played to a full house. If you’d like to hear more of his music you can do so via his website.

Dave Bilbrough

[Picture taken with a mobile phone – some better pictures are hopefully on their way!]