Sunday 29 April
10.30 am              Family Eucharist with Holy Baptism
12 noon                Annual Parish Church Meeting
15-minute Midweek Reflection, every Wednesday evening at 7.07 pm

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Thy Kingdom Come #Wivenhoe

We’re now looking ahead to Ascension and Pentecost, marked across the Church by the Thy Kingdom Come initiative, started in 2016 as a simple invitation from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu, encouraging Christians from all denominations to pray for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

The WIVENHOE PRAYER DAY on Thursday 10 May at St Mary’s is part of this. The day wil begin with Morning Prayer at 10 am and the church will remain open for anyone who wants to come in for private prayer. The day will conclude at 8 pm with a service of Eucharist for Ascension Day.

To learn more about Thy Kingdom Come, visit the website and join the global wave of prayer during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost.

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At 12 noon today, Colne radio will broadcast Erwin’s Easter message.
Tune in to listen on line at or on 106.6 FM
After the broadcast it will be available on the Listen Again feature on the News page here.

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Easter Floral workshop

Just a couple of pictures of this fundraising event, held today in the church. Well done to the team for a well-publicised and clearly much enjoyed event.
Experienced florist Jenny Bennett demonstrated and instructed, as well as bringing along materials for the participants to use in their attempts. And then there were the home-baked cookies… 🙂
Judging by the results, Jenny’s teaching is very effective! A Summer Floral workshop is already in contemplation…

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The Still Days

Maundy Thursday 29th March, Good Friday 30th and Holy Saturday 31st together make up the Triduum, the period of three days that begins with the Maundy Thursday evening service and ends on Easter Sunday. In Anglo-Saxon times it was referred to as “the still days” as no bells would be rung and the church organ not used.

During this period, we recall the foot washing and the Last Supper; the crucifixion, and the burial of Jesus.
Some wonderfully evocative poetry has been written to accompany these events of Holy Week. We’ve put it on a page that you can access by clicking here

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FOSM coffee morning cancelled

Due to the very adverse weather and surface conditions, the Friends of St Mary’s coffee morning planned for Saturday 3 March at the church has unfortunately been cancelled.

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The Bishop’s Lent Appeal

This year St Mary’s PCC has agreed to support the bishop’s Lent Charity which will be raising funds to purchase a Water Bowser for use by the Diocese of Marsabit in northern Kenya. This will help them to transport water to the more remote communities that they serve.
More information about the background to the appeal can be read here.

March Tidings magazine will include an envelope for contributions to the appeal.

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Lent 2018

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on 14 February.
The usual Midweek Reflection service at 7.07 pm will not happen on that Wednesday. Instead, the church will be open from 6.45 pm for personal reflection and self-examination, followed at 7.30 pm by a service of Holy Communion with imposition of ashes.

Also, details of the various locations for the Lent course have now been received from Churches Together Wivenhoe as follows:


Led by Betty Rampling  01206 825397

Led by Glyn Stanway 01206 822620

10.30AM STARTING 22nd February at 46 VANESSA DRIVE
Led by Vic Copus  01206 824528
7.30PM STARTING 22nd February at 2 AMBERLEY CLOSE
Led by Jean Goody 01206 615886

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Stations of the Cross

During Lent, St Mary’s church will be privileged to house an exhibition of the Stations of the Cross by local artist Michael Fletcher.

While these Stations are modern in execution, they had followed the tradition by being Fourteen in number.
However, Michael later discovered that modern versions now often include a Fifteenth Station and has added one for “Resurrection” to the series, which will first be displayed on Easter Sunday.
Depicted on the right is an image of the Twelfth Station “Jesus dies on the Cross“. An article by the artist, explaining how he came to paint the series, can be read by clicking here.

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Quiz 2018

Quiz Night on 3 February was enjoyed by 70 participants and one thing is certain: judging by the different quality of the groans, the scrumptious cakes (gateaux really!) provided by the catering team were enjoyed a lot more than the Doris Day round that QM Peter Kerr had teasingly  prepared once more!!
In future we should try pretending that the DD questions are our favourites – perhaps that way we will eventually escape them. 🙂

Many thanks to everybody who supported this fundraising event and congratulations to The DAWS on winning the 2018 Quiz- a new plaque will soon be added to the trophy.

The winning team

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Lent courses 2018

This year the Lent study course has a new format, and another change is that there will be daytime as well as evening sessions to choose from.
Churches Together Wivenhoe  have organised the meetings so that hopefully more people will be able to attend.

The 5-week course will use the York course On the Third Day as a study guide.
Details are on this poster.



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