This Month

May 2021

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.
If all goes to plan, the church will be open for public worship again from Sunday 27 June.

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

10 May is the date that Terry Vanner will begin his 312 mile cycle ride to raise funds for the Transformation Project. Terry aims to ride 50 miles each day. Monies raised are intended to fund items for the Annexe that are not yet funded. This is the link to the donation page. Please sponsor Terry in support.

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.

The ANNUAL PARISH CHURCH MEETING will be held via Zoom on
Saturday 22 May at 10.30 am.
It is open to all persons whose names are registered on the Church Electoral roll.
Please email annualmtgstmarys@gmail.com for the Zoom link.
The 2020 Annual Report can be downloaded here.

Thy Kingdom Come prayer event will take place from 13-23 May. Prayer Journals and Family Prayer Adventure Maps are available to collect for free from 1-20 May, from the porch of the Rectory (Journals and Maps) and from the drive at 8 Spring Lane (Journals only)

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

For a few years now we have been talking about the transformation project as we call the building development and reordering at St Mary’s. We transform the church by building an annexe and refurbishing the nave. This physical transformation of the church building when it is ready will be remarkable: new bricks, new flooring, new seating, new toilets, new entrance, new kitchen. But this transformation will be empty and soulless if we ourselves haven’t been transformed. The new bricks and shiny floor will remain cold and chilly if we ourselves haven’t changed during this pandemic.

Have you changed during the time you saw the change to our church? Have you changed while the health crisis changed the lives of many? Have you allowed this negative experience to release more love for others? And has the undesirable but necessary church closure inspired you to grow in faith and engender a fresh vision for our church tomorrow?

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OTHER CURRENT ST MARY’S ACTIVITIES

  • 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 revdrsara@gmail.com 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