23 February

10.30 am  Family Eucharist & Sunday Club

Ash Wednesday 26 February at 7.30 pm
Sung Eucharist with imposition of ashes

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Chelmsford Cathedral Musicians concert

We’re privileged and excited to welcome James Davy, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Hilary Punnett Assistant Organist and the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir to St Mary’s church on Saturday 14 March at 7.30 pm.
The concert will feature choral and organ music spanning the centuries and including both sacred and secular items.

The proceeds of this concert are in aid of St Mary’s Transformation project.
Tickets priced at £10, are available in advance from the Wivenhoe Bookshop or at the door on the night.
See the poster here.

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Update on churchyard bulb planting

Remember when last October we posted about the the spring planting scheme for the churchyard?

Today Dr. Chris Gibson, who was also intrumental in realising the original scheme, has posted a follow up about the results of last year’s efforts- and they are encouraging!
Chris has posted about it on the Wivenhoe Forum and you can read his observations by following the link, but we’re sure he wouldn’t mind if we copied his photograph of the lovely native daffodil into this post!
It’s great to find that St Mary’s policy of working to help the local flora and fauna flourish is beginning to bear fruit.

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Come and be diverted . . .

… and pleasantly so, by Charlie Price, Teresa Greene and Francis Garland on Saturday 22 February at 7 pm.
The musicians are performing on clarinets and bassoon in a Concert of Chamber Music in aid of the National Autistic Society and St Mary’s Church.

The programme promises Mozart and more, and includes Divertimenti 2 and 5 for Wind Trio, Duets and a New Composition.

Admission is FREE, programmes will be provided at the door.
Contributions to the causes are voluntary and will, we hope, be generous!

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Ghostly bellringers. . . ?

If anyone should hear St Mary’s bells this Sunday afternoon- be assured there’s nothing supernatural going on!

One of the bellringers posted this explanatory Tweet.

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Come all ye singers!

St Mary’s Singers meets again on Thursday evenings from 13th February at 7.30pm to prepare Music for Good Friday 10th April. This year there will be a selection of pieces by Palestrina, Dubois, Jacob Handl and others together with some solo pieces and organ music by John Rippin.

Rehearsals continue on Thursday evenings up to Good Friday and we would welcome any singers who would like to join us for what promises to be an interesting selection of smaller but moving choral pieces suitable for Good Friday.

If you are interested do please contact Graham Wadley or any choir member or better still just turn up.

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Paul the apostle of Christ

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY at 2 pm the movie PAUL THE APOSTLE OF CHIST will be shown in church. 15 rating, 1.45 hr. duration. FREE and all welcome.

See a short Youtube interview with the actors and technicians who made the film.


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Alpha course January 2020

An Alpha Course will be run in St Anne’s church, a member of our Mission & Ministry Partnership group of churches.
Alpha is aimed at those who wish to explore Christianity in an unpressured, informal and friendly setting.
The course will run every Tuesday in January 2020, at 7.15pm.

Booking is probably not necessary but keep an eye on St Anne’s  Facebook page which also has a map with directions.
St Anne’s  is at  Compton Road, Colchester, CO4 0BH.

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Rector’s Christmas broadcast on Colne Radio

Revd Erwin Lammens has recorded a short Christmas Message to be broadcast on our local radio station Colne Radio, on Christmas Day at 9 am and 12 noon.
You can catch it on line at or listen on your radio on 106.6FM.

If you had to miss it at those times you can listen to it here. .

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Crib service

We’re all set for the Crib service at 4.30 pm this afternoon and hope that many children will be there to help put the figures of the shepherds and their sheep in the Christmas stable – and the donkey, and all the other figures of course.
And when we run out of figures there will be plenty of STARS to bring and shine on the stable!

Also, we hope to welcome back to the church the three sets of Posada figures and hear something of their journeys!

With projection to screen of the whole service and including a film clip of the Christmas story for the little ones.

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Panoramic view of Carols on the Quay

Thanks to Lucy Crocker, who sent in this wide view of a very well attended event.

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