Sunday 13 October

10.30 am  Family Eucharist & Sunday Club
6 pm          Sung Evensong
Every Wednesday at 7.07 pm, 15-minute Midweek Reflection

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Honey Harvest 2019

It was a real joy to welcome so many people to the Harvest Festival on Sunday 6 October! The three schools’ choirs all sang beautifully and we hope all parents were able to see- it was so full that many were left standing all around the sides of the nave and at the back.

The service was themed around bees, honey and the environment and featured a film clip of Pooh bear, a talk by Steve Allen, a bear in search of honey, lots of buzzing bees and the unveiling of the Wivenhoe Wildlife board in the churchyard afterwards.

Thanks go to everyone who contributed to the enormous pile of Harvest gifts! They were distributed the following day to the organisations and people mentioned in the post before this one.

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Bees, bears and honey

We’re all set for the Harvest Festival service at 10.30 am tomorrow, it will be a ‘buzzy’ one 🙂

Children: don’t forget to bring your BEE pictures and drawings. We’ll need lots of them!

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Harvest Festival 2019

Harvest Festival is on Sunday 6 October. We are looking forward to welcoming pupils from the local schools and their parents, and we’re sure we’ll enjoy the special songs the school choirs have prepared for the service at 10.30 am – we always do!

All are welcome to bring in-date non-perishable goods to both the 8.00 am and 10.30 am services, for example:  food tins, pasta, rice, coffee, tea, soap, shower gel, shampoo etc. The gifts are destined for Beacon House, Night Shelter, Colchester Soup Run, Wivenhoe Foodbank and Wivenhoe residents in need.

We will need help with packing up all the gifts. Just come to the church at 9.30 am on Monday 7th October if you can give a hand, and if you could bring a cardboard box that would be most useful too.

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Film Friday 20 September

WAR ROOM is the title of the film we’ll be showing this Friday 20 September, at 7.30 pm.

In the industry jargon the film is know as a sleeper hit, meaning one that had relatively little promotion or lacked a successful opening but then goes on to play successfully for a long period and becomes a big success.

As is not nowadays surprising in response to a film that deals with the power of prayer, some scathing criticisms had come its way. Possibly the unsuccessful launch may have been related to the initial reviews.
According to the review site Rotten Tomatoes it attained an 87% positive audience rating.

As with our previous films, this one will almost certainly throw up questions with the audience. We have wondered before if there would be any interest in a post-film chaired discussion, where questions and views could be shared. This could perhaps be held on the following Sunday evening.
On Friday we will have a sheet at the back of the church where you can indicate a yes/no to the above.



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Many Happy Returns!

… to Jo last Sunday, who didn’t know we knew 🙂

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And the winner is . . .

Wivenhoe textile artist Annie Bielecka generously donated  one of her creations towards the Transformation Appeal. The piece was made the prize of a special raffle and ticket sales raised £500 towards the Appeal.
On Friday 6 September Annie came to draw the winning ticket.

Big thanks to Annie and congratulations to the lucky winner, both pictured here.

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Julia and Graham

Today at St John’s church Colchester, in a joyful service before a capacity congregation (that included Joey the Springer Spaniel), the marriage between Revd Julia Murphy and Revd Graham Lewis was solemnized by the Revd Bethany Lewis, daughter of the groom.

We send our heart-felt good wishes to the couple and pray God’s blessing on their future life together.


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Wivenhoe Pilgrims welcomed by Archbishop of Canterbury

At the end of their 40 mile pilgrimage on the ancient pilgrim’s way to Canterbury seven members of St Mary’s Church Wivenhoe and their supporters were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury. This was the culmination, or – as someone put it – the cherry on the cake, of a three day pilgrimage from Aylesford Priory to Canterbury cathedral where the group attended Evensong at their arrival. The pilgrims and their supporters were given a great surprise when they were warmly welcomed by the Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Revd Erwin Lammens, rector at Wivenhoe, says: ‘It was a great experience which brought us closer together as we explored our physical fitness and spiritual strength in Christian faith’.

Back home in Wivenhoe a large number of people supported the walkers by making donations for St Mary’s Transformation project. The project appeal raises funds for the building of an annexe, with a meeting room, kitchen and toilets, and for the reordering and refurbishing of the church which will transform the historic grade II* building into an even more attractive and suitable venue for worship and other community use.
Donations are still welcome online

Archbishop Justin Welby with Wivenhoe pilgrims Revd Erwin Lammens, Rector of St Mary’s Wivenhoe, Elle Vanner, Mieke Lammens, Kate King, Andrew Corner, Alison Kent, Sandrine Singleton-Perrin.

Archbishop Justin Welby with Wivenhoe pilgrims and their supporters.

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Pilgrim Day 3

Boughton Aluph was today’s starting point for our pilgrim band.
We heard of a slightly delayed start this morning, due to some pilgrims having locked themselves out of their room! Clearly some of them hadn’t yet had enough excitement…
The plan is for Evensong at Canterbury cathedral followed by a meal, and then home – with surprise additions to the group 🙂

There will be a lot to hear and see in the morning service on Sunday 4 August! Keep an eye on the Facebook page for latest updates.

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Pilgrim Day2

We know that our pilgrims will start every day of their walk with the Pilgrim Prayer.
They each carry the prayer on the card shown below.

As Erwin mentioned last Sunday, pilgrimage is a metaphor for life and the prayer entirely appropriate for us at home, too.
At the time when we expect the group to be leaving for their day’s walk, we are invited to join them in saying:

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