Sunday 21 October
8 am                Holy communion
10.30 am        Civic Service
15-minute Midweek Reflection, every Wednesday evening at 7.07 pm

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Thy Kingdom come

The Archbishop of Canterbury recently retweeted a video in the context of the Thy Kingdom Come movement which it would be good to bring to our non-Twitter  audience.

Once you start playing the video, you can enlarge it to ‘full screen’ by clicking on the bottom right arrows icon. Make sure you have sound switched on!

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Jesus’ female disciples: the new evidence

7.30 pm tonight, Friday 5 October, Dr Joan Taylor will give a talk illustrated with slides, on the above subject which caught national attention when first aired on Channel 4 television and in the press earlier this year.
This is a privileged opportunity to hear the talk locally as Joan has been much in demand to speak, and we look forward to an interesting evening (even if we have to share the audience with a big yellow cherry picker – being used in the installation of new lighting!).
The event is Free, with retiring collection for St Mary’s church.

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Pumpkins are for . . .

Despite it being that time of the year there are other imaginative uses for pumpkins, as shown here in the results of the Autumn Flower Workshop.
Beautifully warm colours to lift your spirits on dreary days.
The next workshop will be making an outdoor Christmas wreath – it could be even more popular than the last three were, so don’t miss booking a place!

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Spring bulb planting in the churchyard

On Tuesday 2 October at 5.45 pm masses of spring bulbs and plug plants will be put into the ground in the strip of the churchyard where the Art on the Railings is usually displayed.

The event has been coordinated by the Wild about Wivenhoe group and is part of the environmental enhancement work which, you may remember, has included St Mary’s churchyard since the church’s adoption of the Wildlife Management plan back in June of this year- see the document here.

There are hundreds of little bulbs and plug plants, specially selected for their value to wildlife and pollinators, that need to be planted on Tuesday.
Listen to an interview about the event here and if you are available to join the other volunteers it would be lovely to see you, trowel in hand, to help with this!

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Music for Remembrance

Mozart, Handel and Fauré – if you like singing this music then come along to the first rehearsal of St Mary’s Singers on Thursday 27 September, 7.30 pm in the church.
Rehearsals for this special centenary event will continue weekly until the performance on Sunday 11 November.
Singers for all voice parts are invited to join. Contact Graham Wadley with any queries.

St Mary’s Singers perform four times per year. They welcome you to join them for a one-off, no further commitment expected (though you might like it enough to want to stay 🙂 )

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Music and Cartoons

Thursday 20 September St Mary’s church is looking forward to welcoming Dave Walker, whose cartoons regularly appear in the Church Times.
Dave will give a talk with slide presentation of cartoons at 7.30 pm. Entry is free with a retiring collection for St Mary’s church.
Anyone not familiar with his work should come braced for a (gentle) sending-up of just about everything churchy!

The next day, on Friday 21 September at 7.30 pm, The Wivenhoe based group ENCORE! will entertain with Songs from the Musicals.
This is a joint fundraising concert for the benefit of St Mary’s Transformation Project and Colne Radio.
Tickets are £6 from RSVP Gift shop or on the door. Here’s a very cheerful poster with all the information.


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Appeal Team Survey

St Mary’s Transformation Appeal team have designed a short Survey about aspects of the Transformation project.
Having as many answers as possible to this anonymous Survey will help enormously when the team begin to approach grant making bodies.

There are 7 simple questions to answer.
Please help. You can go to the Survey by clicking the green button.
If you’d rather do it on paper, there will be copies available in the church.
It would be great if you could encourage friends, young and old, to also take the Survey.

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Lammas Day BBQ

What a lovely day it was for our Lammas celebration. If you have not already heard the news: the total for the raffle was £72 and tickets £315, making a total of £387.
A very big THANK YOU to everyone for all efforts to make the day go really well.

Enjoy some pictures of the day (and spare a thought for the ‘burnt out’ fire chefs in the background of the pudding queue…!)

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Children’s Society box opening

Good result after the count
Contact Ann on 824732 if you’d like a box to help towards next year’s total.

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Rectory garden Proms

The music and the weather all worked together to make the Last(?) Night of the Proms a resounding success. Many thanks to the Colchester Brass Band and the fundraising organisers for treating the audience to an entertaining event.

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