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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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Walls of Jericho – Church Mag Oct

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Autumn is upon us and I am reminded of a pome we learnt in primary school, back when my short term memory still worked. Keats, if I’m not mistaken, or was it Masefield? Not quite on a par for daffodil swooning as the more summery Wordsworth offering, but a cue for those of us that haven’t switched our fuel contracts yet that winter is upon us which usually guarantees gas and electric prices are bound to go up soon.


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A Joyous Occasion

Weddings are usually a joyous occasions but even more when two members of our congregation choose their church to seal their marriage. Kelly has been a regular member of St Mary’s congregation for about a year, Gary for around six months and he was confirmed recently among our 21 candidates, by Bishop John. Read the rest of this entry »

Walls of Jericho – Church Mag Sep

We’re Riding Along on the Crest of a Wave

…..OR Wot I did on my holidays.

Innit funny how you find something to write about when you said you wouldn’t have time?

Do you remember having to write an essay upon return to school in September. Usually mine was an essay about day trips to the museums in London. We didn’t have the money to go away every year, it was more every other year on the chara to the Cliffs Hotel in Dovercourt and the museums in the intervening years.

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Walls of Jericho – Church Mag Aug

Oh I Don’t Like To Be Beside The Seaside

Not when I have a deadline to meet, at any rate, still August is always quite an easy month to cater for. So many people are away when the mag comes out, we could put in any old garbage and no one would spot it.

For me, however, August will be my usual cop out of recycled amusing things church children say and a recent shopping list. I hope you’re as entertained reading it as I was plagiarising it. Read the rest of this entry »

What every woman wants!

Around 20 Ladies from the Nightingales group enjoyed a fabulous Chinese meal in Billericay on Thursday 4th July. The restaurant called “Plum Valley” – formally known as Silver lotus – offered us good hospitality and a variety of freshly cooked Chinese food. This ranged from ribs and satay starters, Crispy Duck and a lovely choice of  main dishes. – We were all so full up !
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Walls of Jericho – Church Mag July

John, Paul, George and Bingo

Who sank the boat? Noah, Noah. Who sank the boat? Brother Noah sank the boat.  No, those words don’t sound right to me either, but that’s what Jezebel was singing to our grandson last Saturday when she was giving him his bath.  I tell you, my missus may have many talents, but Jezzie J she ain’t.

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Changing Bank – Children’s Joy

Children’s Joy UK (CJUK)  now has a new bank account. If you support CJUK financially with an existing standing order, please contact your bank to switch the payment.

Excellent and Flexible Childcare for ages

St John’s Childcare at St John’s Church are pleased to announce that we now have additional 18months to 12 years places available from September opening   7.30 am  –  6.00 pm providing a breakfast, preschool and after school club.  We take children to and pick up from three local schools: Great Berry, Lincewood and Merrylands.  We are open during most School holidays for all ages.

See attached leaflet for further information and please contact the Childcare team on 01268 490400 who will be happy to provide you further information

Childcare St John’s

Here’s looking at you!

For those of us who were fortunate to go to Rendez-Vous we had a real treat listening to Steve Hearn from tell us of his journey from being office bound to a worldwide opportunity to meet over 8,000 people each year and bring a smile to their face as he creates their own personal caricature.

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Almost two operas

The St Mary’s and St John’s social group were out and about again this month in London.  This time to see the Phantom of the Opera.  Eddy Lee arranged for a coach trip for 46 opera buffs.

The trip went swimmingly until we got on the Embankment. Because of the crowds in London for Trooping the Colour the last half mile took 40 minutes.

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Teen Brunch

Julian was delighted to welcome 12 young people to our first Teen Brunch held at St John’s on Saturday, 25th May. Some were from our faith community, others were those who simply regularly attend Connect.

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Walls of Jericho – Church Mag June

All creatures great and small

The comments some people make about articles on web versions of Fleet Street’s finest rags make me laugh. Anything to do with Christianity gets them coming out in droves to denounce it all as fairy tales. In one recent one I read, the writer stated that he had no problem with people holding beliefs, but as far as he was concerned, he was a born again atheist.

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