Sunday 16 December
Third Sunday of Advent
8 am              Holy Communion
10.30 am      Morning Prayer with Sunday Club Nativity Play
6 pm              Choral Carol Service

15-minute Midweek Reflection, every Wednesday evening at 7.07 pm

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Musicians for Carols on the Quay

Urgent request from the Director of Music, as several regulars cannot make it this year.
Please get in touch if you can help.

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Last Floral Workshop of the year

Easter, Summer and now Christmas – the Floral Workshops have been a popular innovation in the fundraising range of activities.
We’re very grateful to Jenny Bennett to have made them possible by donating her professional expertise – and to all the participants for their contributions.
There will be some good-looking front doors this Christmas!

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Bishop Stephen’s Advent message 2018

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Christmas Charities

This year St Mary’s PCC has chosen Namalemba (Uganda) and Beacon House (Colchester) as the Christmas Charities that will be supported with your gifts.
Envelopes were distributed with Tidings magazine and more are available at the back of the church.
Last date to make your gift is Sunday 6 January 2019.

Through our local contact Rachel Butterfiield, St Mary’s has previously supported the Mother’s Union in Namalemba and their Thank You letter (with fotos) can still be seen on the big table in the church.

With your support we will again be able to provide Parcels of Blessings. These will contain what are regarded as luxuries in Namalemba and a typical parcel is made up of
4 kg rice
1 kg meat
2 kg sugar
0.5 kg salt
1 bar of soap
tea leaves
1 loaf of bread
1 medium tin Blue Band margarine

Last year’s rice and meat together for one Parcel cost the equivalent of £2.50 in sterling. Maybe double that for the other items, £5 for a parcel?
Last year, your gifts enabled 19 people to be helped with a Parcel of Blessings.
Maybe double that this year…?

Donations to the Christmas Charities will be shared between the two named above.


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December Market

Many thanks to the fundraising committee and all the helpers who set up for the December market. No idea where they managed to stow all the chairs… but a good job they were out of the way!

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Christingle 2018

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St Nicholas 2018

There was a full house to greet St Nicholas when he paid his annual visit to St Mary’s.
Enjoy the pictures, thank you Mieke Lammens for providing them!

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Making a joyful noise

Saturday 17 November at 3 pm.
That’s when the Kingsland Community Gospel Choir will be singing at St Mary’s church.
Exactly the right time to come, listen and have a sit-down – after all the other Saturday activities in Wivenhoe have wound down!
Tickets £6, available at the door.

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Music for Remembrance

St Mary’s Singers and soloists will be singing a selection of appropriate music for this special anniversary on Remembrance Sunday evening 11th November at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s church.
This will include music for choir and soloists by Fauré, Stanford, Mozart, John Rutter and Handel, and also Mark Blatchly’s choral setting of “For the Fallen” (written for the British Legion in 1980), with lyrics taken from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem.
The performance will feature organ music played by John Rippin including a piece by Parry from 1918.

Do come along to the concert conducted by Graham Wadley and accompanied by John Rippin. Free admission with retiring collection for St Mary’s.

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Bells will ring!

On Thursday 8 November, 9.15-10 am a group of North Americans on a bellringing tour will ring the bells at St Mary’s.
What is it about Wivenhoe that brought them here, you may wonder?
Well, we’re not too sure but fancy: they’ve rung in Australia, New Zealand , South Africa and other places where there are bells, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, etc.
We’re happy for you to speculate why they wanted to add Wivenhoe, UK to the list!

On Sunday 11 November bells will ring out across the country to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. This is a national moment and St Mary’s tower will be part of it.
Muffled bells will be rung from 10 am before the Sunday service.
The muffles will be off at 12.30 pm when bells ring for about 20 minutes.
During the wreath laying at the war memorial in the churchyard at about 3.30 pm a muffled Tenor will toll during the calling of names of the fallen.
Then in the early evening, after the lighting of the beacon on the King George V playing field, St Mary’s bells will join in the national Ringing for Peace from 7.05 pm until 7.30 pm.

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