Cakes, History, Remembrance & Fitness

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Remembrance pebblesCakes, History, Remembrance, Fitness & St Mary’s Update – Updated for Lockdown

This news update covers several topics, starting with Cakes, History & Xmas, then covering:

First let’s find out what Cakes, History & Xmas have in common:

Cards, Cakes, History & Xmas – what’s not to like?

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Day 112 after (loose) Lockdown – St Mary’s Update

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St Mary the VirginDay 112 after (loose) Lockdown

On Day 112 since Lockdown started St Mary’s issue the latest edition of their News Update, topics addressed include:

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Zoom Visit from Cambodia – St Mary’s News Update

The McCann's work in Cambodia

OMF - missions in CambodiaZoom Visit from Cambodia

This coming weekend, St Mary’s congregation will be joined by the McCann family on a home visit from Cambodia. They have been serving as missionaries there for 3 years.

This update starts with a message from Revd. Mandy Elmes and also includes details of how to access Zoom services,  listings of services and contacts.  There is also a sprinkle of humour.

Message from Revd Mandy

Jesus ascended

On Ascension Day, I received a post on the West Bergholt WhatsApp chat group which said

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Day 39 of Lockdown – the St Mary’s May edition

VE-Day 75th Anniversary Stamp

Clowns humour by Manny Francisco in ManilaDay 39 of Lockdown

Our day 39 update starts with St Mary’s May edition of their news which includes a message from Revd Mandy Elmes and details of how to access services online.  Other updates include:

St Mary’s Update

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Day 9 of Lockdown – The Spiritual Edition

Day 9 of Lockdown

Day 9 and, with nearly 600 UK COVID-19 deaths in the past day, we start off this update in a thoughtful mood.  We start with the latest news from St Mary’s which has an appropriate Easter Message from Revd Mandy Elmes.  As well as that there is a bulletin from Colchester Police.

St Mary’s Update

This update focusses on the COVID-19 crisis with online services and a message from Revd Mandy Elmes.  Some prayer suggestions are offered and also some spiritual one-liners!  It also provides listings of services and contacts but first the Easter Message:

Easter Message from Revd Mandy Elmes

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Candle for Hope and other Church News

Light a candle for hopeCandle for Hope

Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic, read their letter below for more details. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday.  In other news, the Methodist Church is cancelling activities.  First, the Candle for Hope though:

Churches Together in EnglandLight a Candle of Hope on Mothering Sunday

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, Churches Together are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action.  At such a time as this, when so many are Continue reading “Candle for Hope and other Church News”

Rise! World Day of Prayer – St Mary’s News Update

Rise

Rise! Take your mat & walk

Rise! World Day of Prayer

Rise! is the topic of the World Day of Prayer this year as discussed in St Mary’s latest edition of their News Update.  Other topics addressed include:

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Saying “Yes to Life” – St Mary’s News Update

#Live Lent - Care for God's Creation

#Live Lent - Care for God's CreationSaying “Yes to Life”

This edition of St Mary’s News reports on a course focussed on environmental issues, tidying the churchyard, Rise! world day of prayer, 5Ts Lunch, and also provides listings of services and contacts but first, “Yes to Life”.

Saying “Yes to Life”

Environmental issues are at the forefront of everyone’s minds today.  In our Lent Course for 2020 we will be taking a fresh look at Continue reading “Saying “Yes to Life” – St Mary’s News Update”