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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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Phone: 01268 490400
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Lent course

Lent course 2013: Not a Tame Lion starts Tuesday 19th February.

Following the success of 2012’s course based on The King’s Speech we will be using another course by the same author, Hilary Brand. Not a Tame Lion is a five-week Lent course based around the writings of C S Lewis and the films The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Shadowlands. The course aims to bring ideas from C S Lewis’s writing to a wider contemporary audience. In doing so it looks at issues including suffering, God’s absence, the gift of the present moment, heaven, judgement, and the force of evil. Each film clip is related to one of the sayings of Jesus as found in the gospels.

The course will start 7.45 for 8pm to 9.30 pm on Tuesdays from 19th February to 19th March at St. Johns. It will be helpful if those coming will sign up on the sheets at St Marys and St John’s so that we have an idea how many books to buy.

From Our Church Mag – Feb

Happy 2013

Do you like those round robins people send out in December? Often, they’re tucked inside Christmas cards, frequently they’re emailed instead of cards. They list the wonderful achievements of the sender’s family in the year gone by and sometimes the anticipated triumphs in the years to come.

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A Real Community Christmas

What a lovely afternoon it was on 15th December when 41 ‘senior’ guests were welcomed and entertained by a group of young people (organised by Julian, our Community & Youth Pastor) and a hard working team of workers in the kitchen. The guests were greeted by the young people as they arrived at St John’s and taken to their seats inside the church. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s not all study – some play as well!

The small group that meets at St John’s Church every week decided to let their hair down and have their Christmas do.  We have a number of small groups that meet every week around the St Mary’s and St John’s Parish in the evening and during the day.  Why not make a new years resolution and come and join one of our groups.  Speak to Colin or Mark who I am sure will point you in the right direction.

From Our Church Mag – Dec

A to Z of the Bible

A is for apple and who would believe

The trouble it caused for poor Adam and Eve.

Z is for Zebedee, boing, time for bed.

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Visit to Palace of Westminster

On Saturday 10 November 21 members of the Nighingales and the Mens Group set off from Laindon railway station headed for Westminster to visit the Palace of Westminster (also known as The Houses of Parliament).

Arriving just before 2pm we went very efficiently through the security search and were all issued with a photo ID. We then met our guide, Joanne, in the great Westminster Hall. We then proceeded to walk to the far end of the buildings and our tour began following the route taken by The Queen when she attends to open Parliament every October.

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A stitch in time…….

On Thursday, 18th October Maddie Harris gave a very interesting talk to the members of Thursday Rendezvous about her dress making. The dresses she had on show were all her own designs. These included dresses from the Tudor, Edwordian and early Victorian periods. She also had some fascinators on show.

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From Our Church Mag – Nov

Einstein a go go

If anyone can tell me what my worst gaffe ever was in last month’s magazine, you’ll make me a happy man. Not because I derive any perverse delight from being found out, but because it will demonstrate that I still have some readers left. After I spotted what I had done, I had serious thoughts about hanging up my aging word processor and trying something else that will be less reliant on my ability to remember to …… just a minute, if I finish that sentence, I’ll give the answer away. You won’t get me that easily. Find out for yourselves.

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From Our Church Mag – Oct

Elves have left the building

Where was I? Oh yes, cold callers. Obviously I get the ones that can’t read as they wouldn’t bother knocking if they understood the “No cold callers” sign on my front door. The ones that make me laugh, though, are the ones that ring up from former British dominions. Now these boys CAN read. Read the rest of this entry »

Ladies that do tea!!

On the last sunny afternoon in September, 23 of us met at Mary Green Manor in Brentwood for afternoon tea.  We had lovely sandwiches with the crusts cut off!  We had our tea in the conservatory sitting at beautifully laid up tables.  There were plenty of cakes from strawberry tarts to chocolate eclairs.  The scones with thick cream and strawberry jam were a favourite with everyone! The tea just kept on coming and so did the chatter!
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Maddie does make exceedingly good cakes

Well I think Mr Kipling needs to watch out as our ladies had a master class from Maddie Harris on her bakewell tart last week (13th September)

It is amazing how baking is getting so popular they really should make a television programme on it!

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From our Church Mag – Sep

Render unto Caesar, but don’t take the Mick

Parking at Westgate shops car park t’other day like, it said on’t pay station 90p for up to 2 hours stay. Ah put in pound but no change came forth. Ah’ll go t’foot of our stairs. By ‘eck ducks, it were reet daylight robbery as Ah were only theer not 20 minutes to make our monthly Children’s Joy payment t’Ukraine, baht ‘at.

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