This Month

July 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 at the 10.30am service of Holy Communion.
Until Covid resstrictions are lifted, maximum number of attendees is 50. Please wear face covering and observe physical distancing.

Sunday 18 July our curate Elisabeth Ring will preside at the Eucharist in church on site.
Elisabeth was ordained priest on 26 June and this will the first time that she’ll preside.

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

See the latest pictures and read about the progress of work on the Annexe and the nave on the Progress Page of the Transformation Project.
20-minute guided tours of the church and Annexe will be held on Sundays 11, 18 and 25 July for anyone interested. They will start at 3.30pm and 4pm. Until Covid restrictions are lifted group numbers are restricted to 6 people. Please bring face covering and observe physical distancing. The guided tours have been cancelled because the installation of the glass in the Annexe, which is coming from abroad, has been delayed by 2-3 weeks

The Wivenhoe Orchestra returns to St Mary’s for their practices sessions from 19 July. The orchestra is looking for additional members, especially brass and string players with good sight-reading skills.
Contact the director Pam Garland by email on orchestra(at)terrygarland(dot)co(dot)uk if interested or call 01206 824622.

24, 29 and 30 July are the dates when Sam and Lucy, Tom and Leona, and Martin and Maxine will be married at St Mary’s church.
We wish them and their family and friends a joyful day, and pray God’s blessing on each couple’s married life together.

Wednesday 26 July at 2 pm
Strawberry Tea and chat at St Anne church, Compton Rd, Colchester.
The event is organised by the pastoral teams of our three MMP churches. It is free, and not only for churchgoers but open to all people from the three parishes (Wivenhoe, St John’s and Greenstead with St Anne’s). Let Erwin know by 21 July if you wish to attend.

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 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.

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.

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