Week beginning 11 April 2021
Online Sunday service of Holy Communion
  from the Rectory.
Watch it in company at 10.30 am  via this link,
or on the online services page of this website at any time.

The eve of HRH Prince Philip’s funeral Friday 16 April
Church open for private prayer and lighting a candle from 5.00 until 6.30pm with commemorative prayers said at 6pm.

The day of the funeral Saturday 17 April
Church will not be open.
People are encouraged not to gather in large numbers at this time due to coronavirus restrictions.

Every Wednesday,
Midweek Reflection, video is posted on Wednesdays around 5 pm, on the News page

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Midweek Reflection 14 April 2021

With Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale.

Sara ponders the nature of our emotions, and the ways Jesus touches the ordinary things of life.

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April at the Annexe

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Sales and a volunteer job

If you read our posts and suddenly a person who might be interested in any of the undermentioned springs to mind, then we’d be grateful if you would forward the URL link for their attention.

St Mary’s Church in Wivenhoe is seeking someone to manage the bookings for both our new annexe and the main church. The ability to manage an electronic diary, receive and send emails and respond to prospective hirers is essential. If you have the appropriate administration skills then we would love to hear from you. A role description is available which gives the details of all that is involved. Just email for further information.

I am delighted to report that all of the movable pews have now been sold and safely delivered to their new owners in homes in Wivenhoe. Particular thanks to Dave Whymark for supplying the truck and able bodies to move these large heavy objects – an impossible task without his willing support!
At the beginning of May, Bakers of Danbury the contractors for our nave refurbishment, will begin the dismantling of the fixed pews. They will do this very carefully and ensure that large sections of high quality oak will be released. It is our intention to sell this wood and already there are a number of people who have shown an interest. The wood from the seat section of the pews (measuring approximately 240cm in length and with a 3cm thickness) is being considered for tables and benches for example. There will of course be thinner and shorter pieces available.
The wood will be for sale in church on a ‘first come first served basis’ on Wednesday 5th May, 9am – 12 noon and on Thursday 6th May, 1pm – 4pm. Buyers will be expected to remove their purchases at the point of sale.
If you are interested in acquiring a piece of our history and would like more details, or you are just keen to register an interest, please contact me on this dedicated email address:
Peter Terry.

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This is brilliant!

Read the story about it here.

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Duke of Edinburgh

Following the announcement yesterday of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, St Mary’s tenor bell will be tolled 99 times at 12 noon on Saturday 10 April.

We pray for Her Majesty the Queen, the Royal Family, the Commonwealth and the Nation and we give thanks for The Duke of Edinburgh’s extraordinary life of duty and dedication.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrives for his visit to Richmond Adult Community College in Richmond, south west London.
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Midweek Reflection 7 April 2021

With St Mary’s Reader Dr Glyn Stanway, pondering another of the ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus.
This week: I am the gate for the sheep.

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The Harrowing of Hell

For a rare insider view / alternatively off the wall account of this event, head over to this RIP Jesus? blogpost.

And don’t forget that the Sunday Club leaders will be in the churchyard today from 2-4 pm, with Easter gifts (and eggs!) to be collected by families out on a walk.

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Good Friday Passion video

A dramatised reading of the Passion story accompanied by stills from the 2012 Wivenhoe Passion Play, with subtitles.
Narration by the Lammens family.

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Midweek Reflection 31 March 2021

The Midweek Reflection for Holy Week has been prepared by Revd Erwin Lammens.

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Compline in Holy Week – Wednesday

Join in with Night Prayer from our partner church Greenstead with St Anne’s at 7.30 pm
These are the links:
to the Facebook page
and to the website

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