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

From the notice sheet:

From Paula Sofowora, a member of our congregation at St John’s

This July I will be doing a trek of 35 miles in Landmannalaugar across the
Southern Highlands in Iceland which involves climbing through lava fields,
hills laden with snow and wading through ice cold streams for charity.

I Just Giving website if anyone would like to sponsor me:

URGENT NEED for Pastoral Care Volunteers at Basildon Hospital

Volunteers spend perhaps two hours a week, visiting a couple of wards, to speak to those staying in the hospital. The qualities required are to listen and show compassion for possibly very frightened people, offering to pray for them if they wish. This contact must not be used to preach or in any way to promote the gospel. After the training and the usual Criminal Records Bureau check you would receive ongoing support from the Chaplains and other volunteers.

Call the Chaplain (William Ruddle) on 0845 155 3111 x4281 (or leave message) if interested in joining the ten week training course commencing on 20 April (7-9 pm).

Theological Society Talks

Wednesday 6th May, 8 pm IN THE CHAPTER HOUSE at Chelmsford Cathedral.
The Montgomery Lecture 2009

‘My thanks to Dietrich Bonhoeffer’ with Haddon Willmer, Emeritus Professor of Theology, University of Leeds.

St John’s Children’s Music Group

This group is for any children under 16 years who enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument.
Once a month we will be leading 1 or 2 songs during the service.

The first dates for practice will be: Sunday 26th April and Sunday 3rd May. The children will need to arrive at 10.40 am and we will meet in the small room at the front of the church where Stars Sunday School group meets.

We will then be singing and playing during the service on Sunday 10th May (All age and parade service).

Please see Jane Curno or Jill Hurley if your children are interested. Any CRB checked adults who would like to help are very welcome.

Easter 2009

Easter Services & Events 2009

Palm Sunday – 5th April
9 am St Mary’s Holy Communion with distribution of palm crosses
11 am St John’s Holy Communion with distribution of palm crosses
4 pm St Mary’s Parade Service
6.30 pm St Mary’s Healing Service

Maundy Thursday – 9th April
7 pm Passover meals in people’s homes (see list in Church)
9 pm Methodist Church, Emanuel Road – Holy Communion

Good Friday – 10th April
10 am Walk of Witness from Holy Trinity, Wickhay to Town
12-3 pm St Mary’s 3 hour service with Holy Communion at 2.30 pm
6 pm St Giles & All Saints, High Road, Orsett The Crucifixion – a meditation by John Stainer (Proceeds to charity)

Easter Sunday – 12th April
9 am St Mary’s Holy Communion
11 am St John’s All Age Communion

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.