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Sunday 31 May, Pentecost
A service of Eucharist will be streamed from the Rectory at 10.30 am via this link
The Order of Service can be downloaded here.

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Consultation re next bishop of Chelmsford

We wrote back in April about the consultation that would be opened to help identify the next bishop of Chelmsford.
This is now underway and will end on 4 July.

Erwin has invited comments from St Mary’s parishioners to be sent to him before 28 June so they can be collated for the submission on behalf of St Mary’s.
These are the questions posed by the diocese, to reflect on when you consider any comments you may wish to contribute.

  1. Can you tell us what you value most about the Church in your commmunity, Essex and East London?
  2. What wider issues would you like our next bishop of Chelmsford to be passionate about?
  3. What qualities, skills or leadership characteristics will our next bishop of Chelmsford require?
  4. What kind of person will our next bishop of Chelmsford need to be (particularly as we emerge from the Corona virus pandemic)?
  5. What else would you like to tell us?

 

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Introduction to seventh Easter Sunday

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Remember those who died from COVID19

Perhaps you have heard on the news today that a virtual Book of Remembrance for the victims of the pandemic has been opened by St Paul’s cathedral in London.
This post may help you find the site after the verbal references have vanished from memory.

The Very Revd Dr David Inson, Dean of St Paul’s, said in his welcome message

St Paul’s Cathedral in London has been for centuries a place where significant national events have been prayed for and remembered, from the outcomes and losses of war to the tragedy of Grenfell Tower – events which have touched the lives of many or all communities across the country.

This on-line book of remembrance continues that tradition in a changing world, and makes it available across the country, as together we remember and pray for one another.

 

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Ascension Day video

Presented by Elle Vanner, at the start of the Thy Kingdom Come period of prayer.

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TKC, with support from Chelmsford Cathedral

Chelmsford Cathedral is supporting Christians in the region to participate in the Thy Kingdom Come cycle of prayer so we can join together from Thursday 21st May until Sunday 31 May 2020 to pray Thy Kingdom Come.
Everyone from every denomination is invited to participate – individuals, families and churches.

Each day there will be morning prayer, a lunchtime reflection from different clergy and then evening prayer based on the theme and resources produced by Thy Kingdom Come live streamed from the Cathedral’s Facebook page  and on their YouTube channel.

7:45am Morning Prayer
12 noon – Short reflections in a range of different styles from different church leaders
5.15 pm Evening Prayer
On Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday there will also be a simple communion and reflection at 10.30am.

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Introduction to Sixth Easter Sunday

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SundayClub@Home

Starting on Sunday 26th April our Sunday Club leaders began offering a Sunday Club @ Home package.

The package usually includes a video message, a short story from the bible, a downloadable activity sheet, a prayer and more, for families to complete together in their homes.

The package for Sunday 17 May has now gone on line.
Issues for Sundays since 26 April will remain available for some time.
Please bring this to the attention of families with children if you are able to do so.

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Thy Kingdom Come, 21-31 May 2020

THY KINGDOM COME is the global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know the love and peace of Jesus Christ. This year the dates are from May 21st to May 31st.

Because of the current restrictions, the TKC team has gone all out to provide seriously attractive digital content for use by families. One is called the Family Adventure Prayer Map.You can see ABC Justin Welby being introduced to it on this video.

If you want to give it a go, or recommend it to a family, then all resources can be found on this web page.
Once on the TKC website, browse around to find a plethora of downloadable adult prayer content too.

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Archaeological survey

Colchester Archaeological Trust (CAT) are undertaking an archaeological survey for the church as part of the requirements for the ongoing Transformation Project.

This work, to the south of the church, was originally planned to be undertaken during March but had to be postponed due to the onset of the coronavirus.
With the recent government announcement and the introduction of safe working practices, this work is now able to proceed with strict safety controls.

It is likely to take two days to complete the archaeological investigation.
Posted: 13 May 2020

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Hospital Chaplaincy collection

The box that was in the Rectory porch for the collection of tea/coffee/biscuits/sweets destined for the General Hospital Chaplaincy has now been removed.
At the Chaplaincy’s request the collection has stopped and the final delivery was made this morning.
Thank you to all who contributed – you’ve brought smiles of appreciation.

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