St Mary’s December newsletter provides details of this years, advent trail and a Christmas message. It also, of course, has the usual listings of services (and they look forward to welcoming you for their Christmas Services in both the Old Church & St Mary’s), and contacts.
Christmas Message from Revd Heather Wilcox
It’s that time of year, when we are bombarded with Christmas advertising, but one advert in particular has caught my attention, probably because it has generated the most complaints in 2021 so far, the Tesco’s advert.
It begins with a lady standing outside a Tesco’s store being asked, ‘Do you need a little help’ and she responds, ‘Don’t worry my love, this year, nothings stopping me.’ Queens ‘Don’t stop me now’ providing the soundtrack to the advert.
This December’s edition of the Essex Community Watch magazine contains over 20 pages of great information and advice. Topics addressed range from practical advice, ways to avoid fraud and scams, how to keep safe, and some ideas for Christmas – it’s well worth a read
Last week we announced the plans for a Remembrance Service partially in St Mary’s (socially distanced and limited numbers) with Zoom. The new Lockdown has thwarted that and plans have changed. We also have an update report from the Friends of St Mary’s Old Church with a video presentation to the parish council. First, Remembrance:
Last week’s news roundup spoke of fundraising ideas from the Friends of St Mary’s Old Church but there will now be no cakes. Unfortunately, Lockdown restrictions have made it very difficult to organise the sale of cakes, Cards & books on Saturday as had been planned. There is a slim chance that they may be able to rearrange for December but this is likely to be too late for Xmas post.
Vocal Zones would like to thank all those who attended their Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church. They were overwhelmed by the number of people in the church and the positive responses and compliments!
The Methodist Church & friends enjoyed Coffee, Craft & Carols last Friday. Twenty-eight children with their parents/grandparent came to their afternoon Coffee & Craft morning. The six tables, each with a different Christmas craft, were enjoyed as were the refreshments & snacks. The morning closed with reading the traditional Christmas story and singing “Away in a Manger”.
Carols at the Coop
That evening 14 singers came to enjoy Carol Singing outside the Co-op. They were fortunate that the rain cleared and so enjoyed a largely dry, if somewhat cold, evening. The hot drinks and warm mince pies afterwards were certainly welcome. The singers entertained the shoppers for 90-minutes of traditional Christmas carols.
The church was grateful to the Co-op for letting them sing there, also to the singers and to the shoppers who contributed to the £22.95 raised for Action for Children.
Other Christmas Events Still to Come:
24th December – Crib Service at St Mary’s,
24th December – Carol Service with ‘pop-up’ choir at St Mary’s,