Sunday 29 November
10.30 am, a service of Eucharist  from the Rectory  via this link

Midweek Reflection, video on Wednesdays at 5 pm, on the News page

Saturdays 10.30-11.30 am
Church open for private prayer

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Midweek Reflection 18 November 2020

With Revd Erwin Lammens on seasons, autumn and prayer.

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Midweek Reflection 11 November 2020

With Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale, on silence, and when it’s not golden..

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Remembrance Sunday 2020 film

Remembrance service and Act of Remembrance from St Mary’s church Wiivenhoe with the Royal British Legion Wivenhoe branch
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Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2020

As every year, St Mary’s church and the Wivenhoe branch of the Royal British Legion have worked together on the arrangements for Remembrance Sunday.
For social distancing reasons, this year these had to be substantially adjusted.

It would not be possible to have a church full of people at the Remembrance Service followed by a community gathering around the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance. Therefore Laurence Knox of the RBL adapted the usual program so that both elements could be filmed and streamed from the church on Remembrance Sunday, giving the Wivenhoe community an opportunity to share in the event as it was happening.

That plan had to be changed when a second lockdown looked likely, and on 1 November we recorded a film which will now be premiered at 2.30 pm on 8 November on the Facebook pages of both St Mary’s church and the Royal British Legion Wivenhoe branch.

We are immensely grateful to Adam Terry and friend, whose freely given time and professional expertise produced a film that will do justice to the occasion.

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Midweek Reflection 4 November 2020

Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale reflects on Psalm 13, a Psalm of Lament.

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Declaration of Assent

There were only a few people present at the Covid-restricted service on All Saints day to witness the admittance of our new assistant curate Elisabeth Ring.
Fortunately we have some pictures to share with you.

This is the point where Revd Erwin read out the formal text, ending with the question:

In the declaration you are about to make, will you affirm your loyalty to this inheritance of faith as your inspiration and guidance under God in bringing the grace and truth of Christ to this generation and making Him known to those in your care?

Elisabeth then made her Declaration of Assent with these words:

I, Elisabeth Ring, do so affirm, and accordingly declare my belief in the faith which is revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds and to which the historic formularies of the Church of England bear witness; and in public prayer and administration of the sacraments, I will use only the forms of service which are authorized or allowed by Canon.

words in italics: © The Archbishops’ Council 2007

The Declaration of Assent is made by deacons, priests and bishops of the Church of England when they are ordained and on each occasion when they take up a new appointment (Canon C 15).

Elisabeth’s first sermon at St Mary’s followed. We wish her much joy of her appointment – and much luck with the house hunting!

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Midweek Reflection 28 October 2020

With Revd Dr Elisabeth Ring

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The IICSA Report

People will (or should have) heard about the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in the Church of England.
At 154 pages, the devastating report may not have been read widely outside the sphere of those with direct safeguarding responsibilities, but it is definitely not the exclusive concern of safeguarders.
Earlier this month a Statement in response was published by the C of E lead bishop on safeguarding and it contains a link to the full report.

A few days ago, Revd Caroline Beckett wrote an article commenting on this issue and, while it makes for a salutary read all round, it is essential reading for anyone who has a connection with the church and cares about it.
We have a collective responsibility to eliminate the opportunities for abuse.
Awareness is necessary.

The article is titled Serpents and Doves: Leadership, Abuse and the Church.
It can be found here on Revd Caroline’s website.

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Midweek Reflection 21 October 2020

Wiith Revd Dr Elisabeth Ring.

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APCM 2020 election results

See below for the official notice of the election results.

The composition of the new PCC can be found on the Parish Council page.

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