NEWS BLOG

Week beginning 22 May 2022,
10.30am Family Eucharist
Any recorded services can be watched on the online services page of this website.

Every Wednesday,
Midweek Reflection, 7.07 pm in the church



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Who’s calling?

Living through a global pandemic has caused many people to reflect on the purpose of life. If you are one of them, these events may be of interest to you.

The evenings are open to anyone over the age of 16, and at any stage of life and faith. Whether you are a “seasoned” Christian or new on the road, or whether you already know that you might want to become or have no idea at all. Everyone is welcome.

hey are on Tuesdays 14th and 21st June 2022 starting at 7.30pm (coffee served from 7.00pm) and lasting 1.5 hours. The venue is St Peter-ad-Vincula Church, Coggeshall, CO6 1QF

In order to attend you will need to register via Eventbrite. The tickets are free and cover both evenings. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/colchester-episcopal-area-vocations-event-tickets-316833005047 If you have any questions, please contact Revd Ian Hilton at ihilton@chelmsford.anglican.org


In the video below – ‘Call and response’ – Caroline Harding, Lay Ministry Adviser in the Diocese of Chelmsford, says it is not how we hear God’s call that’s important – there is no hierarchy of call.
What sets us apart is our response.

The readings are Acts 9.1-20 and John 21.1-19

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St Mary’s Jubilee Market

St Mary’s Church in Wivenhoe is holding a Jubilee Market on Saturday 4th June.
Starting at 10.00 and finishing at 14.30 there will be a warm welcome to the local community and those travelling from further afield.

There will be stalls of all kinds inside and outside the church for those wishing to buy handmade jewellery, skin care products, leather goods, clothing, plants, books and the very popular Lyon crafts cards, prints and calendars, plus many more diverse and attractive stalls.. There will be live music throughout the event.

Approved logo for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

We are incorporating the very popular Scrufts event for dog owners. Please do consider bringing your dog along and taking part in the dog trail and the fun competition – the dog with the waggiest tail – which will take place at 12 noon.

As usual St. Mary’s catering team will be serving an excellent range of refreshments throughout the event.

This is an ideal event for all of the family and a chance to take a look at the changes that have taken place at St. Mary’s if you haven’t visited in the past twelve months..

For more information please email fundraisingwivstmarys@gmail.com and a member of the fundraising team will respond quickly to your enquiry.

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Essex Police Choir concert postponed

WE ARE REALLY SORRY to have to make the following announcement:

Unfortunately the concert planned for 30th April at St Mary’s has been postponed due to circumstances beyond the choir’s control.

We apologise for this unavoidable situation.
It is hoped that the concert may be re-arranged for later in the year.

If you had purchased tickets from the Wivenhoe Bookshop and wish to have a refund, this will be dealt with by the Bookshop on presentation of the tickets to them.

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Music for Good Friday 2022

St Mary’s Singers will present a programme of reflective music for Good Friday at St Mary’s church on Friday 15th April at 7.30pm.

The choral works include pieces by several French composers including two movements from the Messe Brève by Théodore Dubois and a delightful Ave Verum Corpus by Alexandre
Guilmant.
Other pieces are by Camille Saint Saens and Jacob Handl.
Soloists from within the group will also contribute solo songs

The choir’s regular organist John Rippin, organist emeritus of Chingford Parish Church, will accompany the singers and also contribute two organ pieces, by Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Hubert Parry.

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

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Essex Police Choir concert

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO A DATE TBA

The Essex Police Choir will present their first concert for 2 years at St Marys
on Saturday 30th April at 7.30pm

The Choir will sing a range of numbers including songs from the shows (One Day More and From Rags to Riches) , ‘standards’ (Danny Boy and Ave Maria) and more modern numbers (Hallelujah from Shrek and Bohemian Rhapsody).

In addition, there will be a guest appearance by Clacton based ladies choir ‘Spectrum’. Proceeds will go towards the cost of the James Dodds stained glass window in the Annexe.

Tickets @ £10 each are available in advance from the Wivenhoe Bookshop; from Graham Wadley at graham.wadley@tiscali.co.uk or on the door if available.

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2022 Concert Programme

After last year’s disappointment, when they had to cancel virtually all concerts because of the pandemic, St Mary’s Music Society is now set to make 2022 a resounding success if its new programme is anything to go by.
Six attractive events are listed and can be seen here, together with links to details of the performers.
And of course, it will all take place in the refurbished St Mary’s nave where acoustics have never been better.

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Day of National Reflection

Midweek Reflection 23 March 2022 falls on the Covid19 National Day of Reflection.

The Marie Curie charity is promoting this day and The Church of England is supporting the initiative, the first anniversary of the UK Covid lockdown, to commemorate the tragic loss of life and to stand together with everyone who is grieving.

Midweek Reflection with the Revd John Driver is here.

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Called to be playful?

St James the Great in Colchester is the venue on Saturday 26 March for what sounds like a really attractive event.

Titled Playing for Parish Worship, it is an invitation to all keyboard players of whatever ability or age, from beginner to experienced, from ‘hands only’ to ‘pedals included’, to brush up on how to lead congregational singing.

The event is organised jointly by the Royal School of Church Music and the Essex Organ Academy.

Entry fee is £10 for adults, £5 for children.
The details are here.


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Ukraine Relief

Ukraine Relief

If you want to make a donation to help the people in Ukraine, and you haven’t already done so, St Mary’s is coordinating the collection of donations during Lent.

On Sunday 10 April after the 10.30am service a retiring collection will be held for the people affected by the war in Ukraine.

If you like to make your donation sooner please leave it in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the words ‘Ukraine Relief’ or you could transfer your donation by BACS with the reference ‘Ukraine Relief’.

All donations will be transferred to the Ukraine Emergency Appeal by USPG – United Society Partners in the Gospel who work with the Anglican Diocese in Europe to help those affected by the war.

Account Name: St Mary’s Church Wivenhoe Parochial Church Council

Sort Code: 20-22-67 – Account Number: 90103144 – Reference: Ukraine Relief.

Cheques payable to St Mary’s church Wivenhoe. Please leave in the treasurer’s box or send your cheque to:

Hon. Treasurer Douglas McCormick, River Lodge, West Street, Wivenhoe, CO7 9DE

Many thanks for thinking of the people in Ukraine. Your support will make a difference.

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Ash Wednesday 2022

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