Sunday 25 August

10.30 am  Family Eucharist
6.30 pm    Sung Evensong at St Albright’s, Stanway
Every Wednesday at 7.07 pm, 15-minute Midweek Reflection

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Julia and Graham

Today at St John’s church Colchester, in a joyful service before a capacity congregation (that included Joey the Springer Spaniel), the marriage between Revd Julia Murphy and Revd Graham Lewis was solemnized by the Revd Bethany Lewis, daughter of the groom.

We send our heart-felt good wishes to the couple and pray God’s blessing on their future life together.


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Wivenhoe Pilgrims welcomed by Archbishop of Canterbury

At the end of their 40 mile pilgrimage on the ancient pilgrim’s way to Canterbury seven members of St Mary’s Church Wivenhoe and their supporters were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This was the culmination, or – as someone put it – the cherry on the cake, of a three day pilgrimage from Aylesford Priory to Canterbury cathedral where the group attended Evensong at their arrival. The pilgrims and their supporters were given a great surprise when they were warmly welcomed by the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Revd Erwin Lammens, rector at Wivenhoe, says: ‘It was a great experience which brought us closer together as we explored our physical fitness and spiritual strength in Christian faith’.

Back home in Wivenhoe a large number of people supported the walkers by making donations for St Mary’s Transformation project. The project appeal raises funds for the building of an annexe, with a meeting room, kitchen and toilets, and for the reordering and refurbishing of the church which will transform the historic grade II* building into an even more attractive and suitable venue for worship and other community use.
Donations are still welcome online

Archbishop Justin Welby with Wivenhoe pilgrims Revd Erwin Lammens, Rector of St Mary’s Wivenhoe, Elle Vanner, Mieke Lammens, Kate King, Andrew Corner, Alison Kent, Sandrine Singleton-Perrin.

Archbishop Justin Welby with Wivenhoe pilgrims and their supporters.

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Pilgrim Day 3

Boughton Aluph was today’s starting point for our pilgrim band.
We heard of a slightly delayed start this morning, due to some pilgrims having locked themselves out of their room! Clearly some of them hadn’t yet had enough excitement…
The plan is for Evensong at Canterbury cathedral followed by a meal, and then home – with surprise additions to the group 🙂

There will be a lot to hear and see in the morning service on Sunday 4 August! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for latest updates.

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Pilgrim Day2

We know that our pilgrims will start every day of their walk with the Pilgrim Prayer.
They each carry the prayer on the card shown below.

As Erwin mentioned last Sunday, pilgrimage is a metaphor for life and the prayer entirely appropriate for us at home, too.
At the time when we expect the group to be leaving for their day’s walk, we are invited to join them in saying:

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Pilgrims Day 1

Our pilgrim band reached Aylesford Priory a little after midday today and, after receiving the pilgrim blessing, set off on the first stretch of the 35 miles to Canterbury.

Aylesford Priory

They walked 15 miles today, so have well and truly bitten the head off the journey!
They sent pictures and post straight to St Mary’s Facebook page for all to follow their progress.

There were some hours of silence in the late afternoon/early evening when there was no signal, but they now just posted on FB about their arrival.


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To be a pilgrim

Here are some of our pilgrims putting their best foot forward, just after the end of the morning service on Sunday 28 July, when Revd John Driver had blessed them with these words:

All powerful God, you always show mercy towards those who love you and you’re never far away from those who seek you,
Remain with your servants on this holy pilgrimage,
guide their way in accord with your will;
shelter them with your protection by day, and give them the light of your grace by night;
and as their companion on the journey bring them to their destination in safety.
So Elle, Sandrine, Alison, Erwin, and Mieke, Andrew and Kate,
May God the Father who created you guide your footsteps;
May God the Son who redeemed you share your journey;
May God the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you lead you on this pilgrimage;
and the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you wherever you may go. Amen.

Look out for updates on St Mary’s Facebook page throughout the next three days.

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Summer Jazz Concert Friday 19 July

Summer Jazz Concert, Chris Allard and friends

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QUIRE in concert

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Erwin’s Walk

Excitement is building as our revd Erwin prepares for the walk of his life- and all in aid of the Transformation project.
A new page has been added under the Appeal tab of the website, where you will also find a link to further information about the venture, and a link to the Kindlink donation page.

Is Erwin confident at the prospect of walking the 35 miles in 3 days?
Find out by listening to this short interview .
Fortunately he will have the support of five companions to keep him going: take a bow Elle, Mieke, Kate, Andrew and Sandrine.
We wish all of them well and God’s speed!
And may Erwin reach the target he hopes to achieve- let’s all help him towards it!

Erwin and his pilgrimage companions

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Congratulations to Teresa and Mike, who on Sunday 23 June marked their 15th wedding anniversary with a renewal of marriage vows at the end of the morning service.
Many happy faces 🙂

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