St Mary’s Jubilee Songs Edition

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This edition of St Mary’s News starts with Christian Aid Coffee Morning, announces Jubilee Songs of Praise at the Old Church, updates on Church Heating and Hall and other events and the usual listings of services and contacts.

Christian Aid Coffee Morning and Plant Sale

Coffee & cake

Please pop along to the Rectory on Monday 16th May, between 10 am – 12 pm, at 1 Church Close, West Bergholt for tea/coffee and cake and lots of fun and fellowship whilst raising money for Christian Aid. This is an event for all the six parishes and all are very welcome!

Donation of plants for the plant stall, cakes for a cake stall (please include ingredients for cakes) and prizes for a raffle would all be greatly appreciated. If you can help with any of these things, please contact Revd Heather or the church office (contact details below).

Christian Aid Week runs from 15th—22nd May. For more details please visit the Christian Aid website.

Jubilee Songs of Praise

Inside Old St Mary's Church
Inside Old St Mary's Church

On Sunday 5th June we look forward to welcoming you to a special Jubilee Songs of Praise Service at the Old Church. You can either join us walking from St Mary’s at 5.30pm or meet us at the Old Church at 6.00pm.

Revd Heather Wilcox will be leading the service and would love to include some of your favourite hymns so, if you have one that is special to you, please let us know by contacting the church office on 01206 243683 or [email protected].

Church Hall and Heating Update

Plans to replace our current church hall are progressing and it is hoped that we will be able to submit an outline proposal to the Diocesan Advisory Committee (The Church planning authority) soon.

As some of you will know, the existing heating system in the church is no longer functional. We are in the process of investigating an eco-friendlier replacement system and hope this will be in place before the winter!

Other Events & Activities

Seniors Lunch

Lunch set up

We are delighted to announce the return of the Seniors’ Lunches at the Church Hall, and the first one will be held on Thursday 19th May at approx. 12.30pm (exact time TBC). Please contact Ronnie Seymour or Kate Penrose (contact details below) to reserve your place. Donations of £2.50 would be appreciated to help cover costs.

Church Annual Meeting

All are welcome to attend the Annual Church Meeting on Sunday 22nd May which which will be held after the Café Church service at approximately 11 am.

Prayer Spaces

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Spaces will run from Thursday 26th May—Sunday 5th June

Following on from the success of the prayer spaces in church during Lent, we are planning to have some more prayer spaces during the period from Ascension to Pentecost.

 The prayer spaces will be part of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ global prayer initiative and will therefore focus on the Lord’s Prayer. They will also link to prayer spaces in Revd Heather’s other parishes of Great and Little Horkesley, Boxted and Langham,

Services & Other Dates

1st May9:30 amHoly Communion (also on Zoom)
8th May9:30 amMessy Church
15th May9:30 pmHoly Communion (also on Zoom)
16th May10:00 am – 12:00 pmChristian Aid Coffee Morning and Plant Sale
19th May11:00 amSeniors’ Lunch
22nd May9:30 amCafé Church—followed by the Church Annual Meeting
26th May8:00 pmAscension Day—Holy Communion
29th May10:00 amUnited Parishes Service at St John’s Church, Hall Road, Mount Bures CO8 5AS, with guest speaker Rev Janet Nicholls (NB No service at St Mary’s)
4th JuneAttending Jubilee Festival
5th June6:00 pmJubilee Songs of Praise at the Old Church
For those services which are also being zoomed, please contact the church office on 01206 243683 or [email protected] for the zoom link.

Our Team at St Mary’s

  • Priest in Charge: Revd. Heather Wilcox
    email: [email protected]
    tel: 01206 240906 or 07503 151715
  • Assistant Curate: Revd Anne Mason
    email: [email protected].
    tel: 07895 970834 (Sunday & Tuesday – Thursday).
  • Church Wardens:
    Peter & Caroline Finlay, — [email protected] or 07926 387551 and
    Kate & Stephen Penrose, — 07973 421306
  • Lay Readers:
    Richard Chadborn—01206 240541;
    Michael Foster—01206 241022;
    Joy Budden—01206 241871.
  • Parish Evangelist
    Ron Seymour—01206 272579.
  • Church Administrator:
    Jo Rassell — 01206 243683,
    email: [email protected].
    Church Office Hours — Monday 9 am—12:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm.
  • Hall Bookings:
    Nicole Long—01206 240443.
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    email: [email protected].
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