Sunday 24 June
10.30 am         Family Eucharist with Holy Baptisms
15-minute Midweek Reflection, every Wednesday evening at 7.07 pm

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Wildlife in the churchyard

Thanks to a joint initiative by Wild about Wivenhoe (a loose collective of local people with an interest in enhancing wildlife in Wivenhoe), Wivenhoe Town Council (who are responsible for the maintenance of St Mary’s churchyard), and helped by the professional expertise of the Wivenhoe Watching Wildlife people, there is now a well thought out and ecologically sound maintenance plan for the churchyard

In discussions between Erwin, the churchwardens and the above bodies, a Management Plan for the churchyard was agreed and this has now been approved by the PCC.
The new regime ties in very well with the Fifth of the
C of E’s Five Marks of Mission: “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the earth“.

Through a judicious mowing, planting and sowing scheme the churchyard will gradually be transformed into an area that both pleases human uses and senses, and provides a haven for wildlife.
Here is the link to the Management Plan with all the details of what will be done where.

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June market 2018

The sun shone, music filled the air, lunches ++ were prepared, and the marshall caught the bear!
Many thanks to all the people who worked so hard to make a success of the day 🙂
There are some pictures here.

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exam time prayer

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The Vicar, the Bishop and the MP

… and many more people were all there on the Day that St Mary’s Transformation Project Appeal was launched.
There’s now also a new page on the website where you will be able to follow progress reports on the Appeal, with a link to pictures.

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Thy Kingdom Come #Wivenhoe

We’re now looking ahead to Ascension and Pentecost, marked across the Church by the Thy Kingdom Come initiative, started in 2016 as a simple invitation from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu, encouraging Christians from all denominations to pray for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

The WIVENHOE PRAYER DAY on Thursday 10 May at St Mary’s is part of this. The day wil begin with Morning Prayer at 10 am and the church will remain open for anyone who wants to come in for private prayer. The day will conclude at 8 pm with a service of Eucharist for Ascension Day.

To learn more about Thy Kingdom Come, visit the website and join the global wave of prayer during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost.

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At 12 noon today, Colne radio will broadcast Erwin’s Easter message.
Tune in to listen on line at or on 106.6 FM
After the broadcast it will be available on the Listen Again feature on the News page here.

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Easter Floral workshop

Just a couple of pictures of this fundraising event, held today in the church. Well done to the team for a well-publicised and clearly much enjoyed event.
Experienced florist Jenny Bennett demonstrated and instructed, as well as bringing along materials for the participants to use in their attempts. And then there were the home-baked cookies… 🙂
Judging by the results, Jenny’s teaching is very effective! A Summer Floral workshop is already in contemplation…

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The Still Days

Maundy Thursday 29th March, Good Friday 30th and Holy Saturday 31st together make up the Triduum, the period of three days that begins with the Maundy Thursday evening service and ends on Easter Sunday. In Anglo-Saxon times it was referred to as “the still days” as no bells would be rung and the church organ not used.

During this period, we recall the foot washing and the Last Supper; the crucifixion, and the burial of Jesus.
Some wonderfully evocative poetry has been written to accompany these events of Holy Week. We’ve put it on a page that you can access by clicking here

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FOSM coffee morning cancelled

Due to the very adverse weather and surface conditions, the Friends of St Mary’s coffee morning planned for Saturday 3 March at the church has unfortunately been cancelled.

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The Bishop’s Lent Appeal

This year St Mary’s PCC has agreed to support the bishop’s Lent Charity which will be raising funds to purchase a Water Bowser for use by the Diocese of Marsabit in northern Kenya. This will help them to transport water to the more remote communities that they serve.
More information about the background to the appeal can be read here.

March Tidings magazine will include an envelope for contributions to the appeal.

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