Sunday 30 June

10.30 am  Family Eucharist and Sunday Club
Wednesdays at 7.07 pm, 15-minute Midweek Reflection

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Wivenhoe Prayer Day 2019

Thursday 20 June the church will be open from 10 am until 6 pm.
Walk in, give thanks, enjoy the peace, rest a while, meditate, pray. All welcome.

As 20 June is the date of Corpus Christi, when we give thanks for the Eucharist, there will first be a short (30 minutes) Communion Service at 10 am.

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Coffee morning ‘NOT’ in the Annexe

Everyone is welcome at this awareness and fund raising event, when we’ll have an al fresco coffee morning within the chalked outlines of what is hopefully to come!
There will also be an opportunity to view the scale models of the Annexe design, with removable roof, which give a really good idea of what the finished building would look and feel like.

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June market 2019

A few pictures of this year’s event, taken early in the day. We were blessed with beautiful weather; soon, the photographer would be crowded out!

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D-day commemoration 11 am

At short notice, members of the Royal British Legion have organised a commemoration on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of D-day, to be held on Thursday 6 June at 11 am at the war memorial in St Mary’s churchyard.
All are welcome to attend.

Pictures below were added after the event.

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Pray for Five

Thy Kingdom Come
May 30 – June 9 2019

As those who get Tidings magazine or follow the website calendar will know, Praying for Five was the May theme of Erwin’s monthly message.
As we have reached the start date for this global wave of prayer, the Archbishop of York adds his encouragement.

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Transformation Appeal

The Appeal Progress page has been updated – now showing how far we have got with the fundraising.
Reason all the information is not in this post is that its length would create havoc on mobile phone screens 🙂
Click here to find out more.

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Urgent need in Namalemba

Our link person Rachel Butterfield has alerted us to the plight of our brothers and sisters in Namalemba.

The rains were two months late, attributed in part to tropical cyclone Idai in southern Africa, which drove moisture away from the East Africa region. Planting has not been completed in most of Uganda, while crops in the south are currently experiencing poor germination and moisture stress.*

In Namalemba the drought made it impossible to plant crops; crops that would normally be grown as the mainstay of both nutrition and trading ability.
We were told that many people are starving.

This Sunday there will be a short presentation at the start of the morning service.
Donations can be made by cash or cheque (payable to St Mary’s church Wivenhoe) to help the people of Namalemba to buy staple foods.
A little money goes a very long way in Uganda…



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Wivenhoe Open Gardens

Ann and Len, who began it all in 1987

The weekend of 18 & 19 May will the the 32nd year of Open Gardens in Wivenhoe.
The event, started by Ann and Len Horner so long ago, has gone from strength to strength and this year 30 gardens will be opening to visitors.

The programme costs £5 and gives admission on both the Saturday and Sunday. It also contains a numbered map with short description of the gardens, e.g. if they are wheelchair accessible, serve refreshments, sell plants and other helpful information about opening times.
You might want to plan your route so as to include refreshment stops and remember that St Mary’s church is one of those watering holes; coffee/tea and home-made cakes will be available.

This joint fundraising event by St Mary’s and Wivenhoe Society is one of the highlights of Wivenhoe’s summer calendar. Please support it.
Proceeds of the weekend will be shared between the organisers, with St Mary’s share going to the church and Wivenhoe Society’s distributed amongst its chosen charities.
Programmes are available at the following outlets:

  • Wivenhoe Bookshop
  • RSVP (corner High Street/StationRd)
  • Fleur Parfait (Vine Parade)
  • Michaels Estate Agents
  • Lifestyle Express (formerly Crossways Stores)
  • Wyvern Food Store (the old Post Office)
  • and at 89 High Street on the days.
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More about the Transformation Project

The Transformation Project team prepared a splendid 3-D model -with removable roof- of the Annexe and it is currently on display in the church. It  gives a real feel of what the planned extension will look like. The photos below hardly do it justice so make sure you don’t miss the ‘hands-on’ experience while it is there!

On the same day that the model went on display, Anastashia Jones launched her  Transformation fundraising initiative in the form of delicious cupcakes to accompany the after-service coffee! Big thanks to her – and her mum 🙂 !

£47 raised!

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Church bells for Notre Dame

As always when there is unusual ringing activity, we tell our neighbours why by posting.
Today, at 7 pm for  7 minutes, St Mary’s bells will ring in common with those of cathedrals and churches nationally.

The bells will be rung ‘open’ rather than tolled, as Maundy Thursday is also a major festival of the church.

Tonight at 8pm there will be a Sung Eucharist with stripping of the altar.
Afterwards the church will remain open until 10 pm for private meditation.

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