This Month

June 2021

Online church
Our 10.30 am church service is online and can be joined on our Facebook page at 10.30 am every Sunday morning, or viewed on Youtube at anytime via the On-line Services tab above.

On site church
The church will be open for public worship again from Sunday 27 June.
Here is the announcement made at the end of the online service on 20 June.

Midweek Reflection is online, with a Youtube video being posted every Wednesday late afternoon on the News page.

The Fundraising Team is fortunate in having Bonnie Hill as its new leader. Bonnie has agreed to stay on until August 2022. There is a need for a larger pool of volunteers that the team can call on to help with big (and not so big) events.
Bonnie would be pleased to hear from anyone who would consider volunteering by email to

The Poetry Anthology booklet by Eileen Root, also in support of fundraising for the Annexe, is available from the rectory and from Wivenhoe Bookshop. The suggested donation is £5.

Peter’s Pop-up Shop at 8 Spring Lane continues to thrive as visitors are attracted by the bargains and plants on sale. The shop is stocked with items donated by friends, neighbours and folk keen to support what has become a community venture. The funds raised will go towards the Transformation Project.
Donations of items are welcome, contact Peter if in doubt about suitability.
The shop operates every day when the weather is good; if it’s raining only plants will be out for sale.

The Bellringers were in the news on Wednesday 16 June when the tower captain Adrienne Wood was interviewed on the Sadie Nine show of BBC Essex radio, about the resumption of bellringing in Wivenhoe. Listen to the interview on the Bellringers tab.

On Saturday 26 June two events will happen.
St Mary’s curate Revd Dr Elisabeth Ring will be ordained priest, and Pip Hicks and Mark Williams are to be married in the church. Both are by invitation only events.
Please pray for Elisabeth and Pip & Mark on this for them very special day

FOSM seeks new chairperson and people interested in the role should contact Lynne Horner by email on
For information about the Friends of St Mary’s please see under the Affiliated Societies tab.

See the latest pictures of work on the Annexe and the nave on the Progress Page of the Transformation Project. There will also be a presentation of the works progress immediately after the APCM on 22 May.

Rector’s WebWords

What will we find at the end of the month of June when we plan to open the church again?

We will need to find each other again and rebuild fellowship, faith and commitment.
Our shaken church will need to be reinforced. But the weak human construction is founded on the strong foundation, Jesus Christ. If we build the church on this foundation and grow from our roots in Christ, no spiritual poverty or natural disaster will be able to destroy our community of love, hope and faith. The re-opening of the church is a sign that this crisis of suffering and death will never have the last say; it is a sign that hope prevails.

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  • Sunday morning on-line Communion service at 10.30 – live on our Facebook page
  • Midweek Reflection, every Wednesday – on Youtube & this website’s News page.
  • St Mary’s Singers singalong – by email to choir members
  • Bible study – via Zoom with Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale. Email for the Zoom link
  • Phone buddies – by telephone, contact the Rector
  • St Mary’s Bellringers – via WhatsApp and Zoom
  • e-Newsletter – by email subscription
  • Tidings Magazine – Royal Mail distribution to subscribers