26 January

10.30 am  Family Eucharist
15-minute Midweek Reflection, every Wednesday at 7.07 pm

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Alpha course January 2020

An Alpha Course will be run in St Anne’s church, a member of our Mission & Ministry Partnership group of churches.
Alpha is aimed at those who wish to explore Christianity in an unpressured, informal and friendly setting.
The course will run every Tuesday in January 2020, at 7.15pm.

Booking is probably not necessary but keep an eye on St Anne’s  Facebook page which also has a map with directions.
St Anne’s  is at  Compton Road, Colchester, CO4 0BH.

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Rector’s Christmas broadcast on Colne Radio

Revd Erwin Lammens has recorded a short Christmas Message to be broadcast on our local radio station Colne Radio, on Christmas Day at 9 am and 12 noon.
You can catch it on line at or listen on your radio on 106.6FM.

If you had to miss it at those times you can listen to it here. .

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Crib service

We’re all set for the Crib service at 4.30 pm this afternoon and hope that many children will be there to help put the figures of the shepherds and their sheep in the Christmas stable – and the donkey, and all the other figures of course.
And when we run out of figures there will be plenty of STARS to bring and shine on the stable!

Also, we hope to welcome back to the church the three sets of Posada figures and hear something of their journeys!

With projection to screen of the whole service and including a film clip of the Christmas story for the little ones.

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Panoramic view of Carols on the Quay

Thanks to Lucy Crocker, who sent in this wide view of a very well attended event.

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Bishop’s move

Sharing this bitter-sweet news that was released this morning.

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Quay Carols Angel host


That’s the acclamation neatly lettered on the trumpet of each of the 400 angels that will be given out as Advent gifts to the town’s carol singers on The Quay.

An industrious group of people have been busy for some months to get the gifts ready for this Sunday 22 December at 6 pm and they produced a veritable Angel Host!
Thank you all.

angel gifts

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Advent Calendar on line

Biola University’s Center for Christianity, Culture and the Arts (CCCA) has just opened its online Advent project for 2019. This is a free resource, made available to the whole world. Biola University is a Christian university in California.

The Advent project is in the nature of an Advent calendar and consists of a daily offering of Scripture, devotional, art/poetry/video/music.
If you follow this link and click on today’s date,  you will see an invitation to get a daily email reminder for each following day through Advent and until 7 January 2020.

The art work, music, poetry etc is all attributed and explained on the About tab of each day’s side panel.

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St Nicholas arrives in Wivenhoe

St Nicholas will arrive by boat at Wivenhoe Quay today at 2 pm.
He will then process to St Mary’s for his official welcome and speak to all the children. And as usual, his helpers will bring a sackful of sweets to be distributed!

Come and find out why St Nicholas brings sweets and what he has to do with Christmas!
All welcome.

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Dr Paula Gooder talks about the Christmas stories

One of the blessings of social media is that geography no longer needs to limit our participation in events.

On Wednesday evening 27 November, Dr Paula Gooder spoke to an audience in St Paul’s cathedral, unraveling some of what the well-loved and familiar Christmas stories really tell us about Jesus’ birth and why God chose this ludicrously risky way to redeem the world.

Dr Gooder is a New Testament scholar and a captivating speaker, and the subject of her talk is very topical. Thanks to St Paul’s Learning, whose staff filmed the event and placed it on Youtube, we also can experience the evening.

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Let there be lights

Our December printed Tidings ran out of space so we post this contribution from Iain Ward here.
Thanks Iain, for the hard work you and all the team, each year again, put into making the church and lower Wivenhoe look so special!
The switch-on will be performed by the mayor at 6 pm on Thursday 5 December.

“Local traders have decorated their shops and businesses for Christmas since time immemorial, but the idea that they should be coordinated centrally with the church as the centrepiece was first initiated by Councillor Mary Hignall in 1999 during her term in office as mayor.
The main design was conceived by David Sleightholme, who designed and implemented the World War I soldier silhouette projected onto the tower for Remembrance in November 2018.

Quite when someone accidentally rigged one of the street decorations the wrong way up is lost in time, but the error became such a conversation piece that it is now traditional that one of the decorations should be upside down.

The light scheme on St Mary’s church tower is the most complex of the town’s displays – all the ropes, cables, copper poles, spotlights, wooden angels and other gear have to be hoisted up to the top of the tower every year and then be dismantled and lowered down again after the festival.”
Iain Ward

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