Sunday 17 December 2017
8 am                Holy Communion
10.30 am        Matins, with Sunday Club Nativity play
6 pm                St Mary’s Carol Service
15-minute Midweek Reflection, Every Wednesday at 7.07 pm

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Black Friday #BuyNothingDay

Greenbelt Festival closed its box office for the day, encouraging others to “do something that doesn’t cost any money!

Or why not turn the whole invitation to be tempted into consumerism properly on its head and GIVE money.
St Mary’s Christmas Appeal 2017 is for Boxes of Blessing for Namalemba, Uganda. Through the link we have with the Mothers Union there, we’ll help towards the distribution of essentials to the most needy in that parish.

We did the same last year, enabling the MU to give out food parcels just before Christmas. After Christmas when another payment was sent they purchased goats and chickens and spent the balance on financing a place at a school for a blind child in their congregation.
They told us a significant difference had been made to the lives of many in the community.

We hope that this year the Boxes of Blessings will be well filled through people’s generosity.


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Poppy church

We had a wonderfully decorated church for Remembrance 2017.
Wivenhoe organisations and individuals generously contributed time and effort towards this local tribute and we’re very grateful for the way so many people took to the idea.
Below is a picture of the front of the church.
More poppies covered the four pillars of the nave and everything will remain in situ until after the In Loving Memory service for the bereaved on 19 November.

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Congratulations Deirdre!

Seven of us from St Mary’s made our way to Chelmsford on 14 October to be with Deirdre Gill when she received her Certificate from, and was Commissioned as a Pastoral Assistant by Bishop Stephen in a Service of Celebration of Lay Ministry.

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Wivenhoe Poppy Tribute

St. Mary’s Church and the Wivenhoe Royal British Legion Branch would like you to join them in paying tribute to all those who lost their lives in conflicts,
however long ago or recent. This is also an opportunity to remember someone special, or those who have been victims of the terrible tragedies that have occurred in recent months, both at home and abroad.

Everybody is invited to make a large poppy- red with black centre – and bring it to the church between 10 am and 2.30 pm on Saturday 4 November with a dedication tag attached.
If you belong to an organisation it would be great if you could involve others.
Or you could join the poppy making that will be going on in the church on that day, bringing some materials or using those made available at St Mary’s.

Now try to visualise this: all the poppies will be mounted onto netting surrounding the columns in the church where they will remain until after the Remembrance Service at 2.30 pm on Sunday 12 November.
And we’ll need HUNDREDS so please spread the word!

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LUTHER, the movie

In the year of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and with the kind assistance of Wivenhoe Moving Image, this film (Cert 12A) will be shown in the church on
Saturday 21 October, starting time 7.30 pm. Refreshments available from 7 pm.
Free of charge, with retiring collection.
On Sunday 22 October, at 3 pm, we will have a discussion about the film. All welcome.

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Harvest 2017

On Sunday morning 1 October you may bring your Harvest Gifts to the Harvest Festival Service at 10.30. Canned fruit vegetables/beans and soup, tinned meats or fish, pasta, rice, coffee, tea are all very suitable (but please check the Best Before date!). Also soap, toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, etc.
On Monday morning 2 October at 9.30 am we’ll begin the sorting, packing and distributing of the gifts. Helpers are most welcome to join us, also drivers to deliver in Wivenhoe and some addresses in Colchester.


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Castle Park Free Fun Day

The Free Family Fun Festival is held and hosted by a number of Colchester Churches working together to give the families of Colchester a great day out. It is also supported by Colchester Borough Council and Christian organisations across the town.
St Mary’s church & Sunday Club were there, and here are some of the pictures of the happenings around their stall.

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ArtSeaMusic activities at St Mary’s

As part of the second Wivenhoe ArtSeaMusic festival on Saturday 9 September, St Mary’s again ran a well attended exhibition inside the church, while outside the Big Bad Wolf was huffing and puffing to blow the house down in one of the various children’s activities taking place in the church grounds at the same time.

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Music for Remembrance 2017

For Remembrance Sunday this year on 12th November St Mary’s Singers will be singing Requiem – a Thanksgiving for Life by Sir Philip Ledger.
This very moving work was written especially for Remembrance and is very suitable for our group of singers and soloists.
Rehearsals start on Thursday 21st September in St Marys at 7.30pm and continue every Thursday until the event.
We would very much welcome singers of all voice parts to join our friendly group for some enjoyable singing. Do come along and give it a go.
More details from Graham Wadley: email or any member of SMS.
Listen to an extract from the middle section of the work

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of OZ is coming to St Mary’s churchyard on Sunday 13 August at 2 pm, presented by Chameleon’s Web Theatre Company.
Tickets are £11 Adults, £9 Concessions, £34 Family (2 adults, 2 children). They may be obtained on line at or by phoning 0333 6663366 (£1.50 booking fee includes postage).
A Synopsis is available here.

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