This Month

Churches together Wivenhoe
A brief message will be broadcast on Colne Radio 106.6FM and on-line, on a rota by each of the Wivenhoe churches’ representatives, on Sundays around the top of the hour at 10am, 2pm and 8pm.

August 2020

Sunday morning 10.30am services will be streamed from the Rectory and can be followed on our Facebook page.

Midweek Reflection has moved on line with a Youtube video being posted every Wednesday late afternoon on the News page.

Church Opening update
1 & 8 August–  Private Prayer 2-4pm, followed at 4pm by Evening Prayer
15 August– no Saturday church opening
16 August and following Sundays– 9am Communion service with limited seating. This is in first instances for those people who have not been able to join in with the on-line services. Maximum 10 single attendees; or 21 if members of the same households (in 6×2 and 3×3 seating groups)

The wearing of face coverings when attending church will be compulsory beginning 00.00 hrs on Saturday 8 August.


A season of welcoming

I imagine we all have been in situations when we felt ill at ease because of the unfamiliarity of the circumstances. Years ago, in between two church ministries I took up a job in a completely novel environment and without knowing anyone with whom I had to work. The first couple of hours were uncomfortable. But on the first day of work at the mid-morning coffee break someone walked up to me, spoke, told a few jokes, and gave me some practical information that helped me to settle. He made me feel welcome and from that moment my unease was over. One cannot underestimate the importance of a warm welcome at the work place. And this must be even more true in church.

This August will be a month of welcoming. Firstly, we welcome two new members of our growing church team of ordained, licensed and authorised ministers. Newly appointed university chaplain and assistant priest Revd Sara Batts-Neale and assistant curate Elisabeth Ring will join us. As they settle in in our Parish, make them most welcome. You’ll read about them further in this issue.

We also welcome back to church visitors and members of the congregation. Unfortunately only limited numbers are allowed because of social distancing and in this manner we believe that we save lives. If you can’t get to the church or feel not comfortable with leaving your home, there are alternative ways to make you feel welcome. We reach out to you and the community via Tidings posted to you, e-newsletter, emails, phone calls, tweets and other communications. Do consult these media as regular updates about opening the church for services will be publicised.

It is a Christian duty to welcome others. When you receive someone in your midst, it is Christ whom you receive. But when Jesus spoke about offering a heartfelt welcome, he didn’t just mean welcoming family or close friends, but also the stranger, the poor, the excluded, unloved and ignored. No human should be excluded, no person should be marginalised. The ethos of inclusivity is in the DNA of a Christian.

I continue to pray for you this summer that you and your loved ones may stay well.



  • Sunday morning 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 – by email
  • Men’s Group – via Zoom
  • 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
  • ‘Thought for Sunday’ on Colne Radio – on 106.6FM and on line

Sponsored ride for the Transformation Project
To raise money for and awareness of the Transformation Project, Terry Vanner, a keen cyclist and one of our parishioners, will be cycling 480m in an epic sponsored ride. He will start from St Mary’s church on Saturday 8 August at 10am and aims to finish  on Sunday 16 August.
Donations can be made via Kindlink.
Find out how, and more details, on this page.