Sunday 17 February
8 am          Holy Communion
10.30 am  Matins
6 pm          Holy Ground (Fresh Expressions of Church)

Every Wednesday at 7.07 pm, 15-minute Midweek Reflection

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Confirmation 2019

Candidates from both St John’s Colchester and St Mary’s Wivenhoe will be confirmed by the Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, at St Mary’s Wivenhoe on Sunday 3 March, 10.30 am.

Meetings for those preparing for Confirmation will begin on Saturday 16 February.
They will be held at the Rectory, 44 Belle Vue Ave, Wivenhoe and led by Revds Viv Whitfield and Erwin Lammens.
If you were considering being confirmed but hadn’t yet decided to join the preparation sessions, call 01206 822511 for information. There is still space for a few candidates.
Sessions will start at 9.30 am and end at 12 noon.

The Church of England website has a page on Confirmation FAQs; here is the link:

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Electoral Roll renewal

A new Electoral Roll will be published on 20 March 2019.

Such renewal happens every 5 years. It means that we start from scratch.
So if your name was on the current Roll, you need to fill in a simple form to make sure it will appear on the new one!
If you wish to join the Electoral Roll for the first time, please complete and return the same form.

This does not involve you in any financial obligations, but only people whose name is on the Roll will be entitled to vote and take part in the proceedings at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 14 April.
Currently there are 126 names on the Roll.

Forms are available at the back of the church or may be obtained from Viv Howard, our Electoral Roll Officer. Viv’s contact details can be found here.

Completed forms must be returned before Monday 18 March 2019 to Viv Howard. Or they can be posted in the marked box at the back of the church.

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Holy Ground 17 February

The theme for February will be an introduction to the use of silence for prayer, reflection and peace, and to help us we will be looking at a famous piece of artwork and the Bible passage that tells the story of the Prodigal Son.

It starts at 6 pm as usual with a warm welcome and hot drinks, with the odd mini cheddar and sherbert lemon on offer too!

For anyone who doesn’t ‘DO’ church – though others are equally welcome 🙂

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Asante sana

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Seeds of Prayer at Holy Ground

Sunday 20 January at 6 pm will see another Holy Ground gathering at St Mary’s and ALL ARE WELCOME.

The Holy Ground service-that-is-not-a-service is an opportunity for us to celebrate and discuss our faith in a relaxed way, through discussion, reflection and creativity.
This week we will be looking at ‘wind’ as part of our elements series that started with earth, and with wind as the theme, some room for a bit of a laugh!
There will be nibbles/coffee and tea available and we will be taking a short walk to the river to plant some prayers as part of our gathering this Sunday! (We will be writing prayers on special seed paper that has wildflower seeds embedded in it).

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During the Morning Service at 10.30 am on Sunday 20 January St Mary’s will host the Watoto Children’s choir.
The following information is from the Watoto website:

The Watoto Children’s Choir tours the world annually to advocate millions of African children currently orphaned by AIDS, poverty and war. The choir’s Concerts of Hope are held in churches, community halls and schools across the globe.
The Watoto Children’s Choir has performed before royalty and world leaders at Buckingham Palace, at the White House and at many national parliaments across the globe. Wherever they go, audiences are inspired as the children sing, dance and celebrate their stories of hope.

Watoto choir has been touring the Colchester area and it’s great that we have been included in the tour. Here is an example of their contribution to a service in Christ Church (not sure where in the world…).

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Bishop Stephen’s New Year message 2019

One of the joys of 2018 was returning to Spain to walk part of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I first completed the northern Way of St James in the autumn of 2016. It’s deeply satisfying for the soul when prayer, solitude and the unrelenting tread of boot leather come together.  During the pilgrimage, yellow arrows painted on lampposts guided me through mountainous terrain. I came to rely on these arrows in this unfamiliar, beautiful place. Read the whole message

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Erwin’s Christmas message on Colne Radio

Colne Radio, our local community radio station which can be heard on line or on 106.6 FM on your radio set, will carry a short Christmas message from Erwin on 25 December.

It will be broadcast twice: once just before or after the 9 am News bulletin, and again just before or after the 12 noon News bulletin.

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Musicians for Carols on the Quay

Urgent request from the Director of Music, as several regulars cannot make it this year.
Please get in touch if you can help.

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Last Floral Workshop of the year

Easter, Summer and now Christmas – the Floral Workshops have been a popular innovation in the fundraising range of activities.
We’re very grateful to Jenny Bennett to have made them possible by donating her professional expertise – and to all the participants for their contributions.
There will be some good-looking front doors this Christmas!

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