To help Terry Vanner raise funds for the Transformation Project please click on the link.
He is hoping to contribute £1000 to the Appeal through his efforts and already on Day 1 of his ride a generous £301 had been raised – we’re so appreciative!
Daily updates will be posted on the Appeal News page.
Today’s Reflection will be led by Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale, the newly appointed Anglican Chaplain at the University of Essex, who is also licensed as associate priest to St Mary’s church.
Sara has just moved into Wivenhoe and in the video introduces herself and her family.
In a departure from the usual practice the video has been scheduled to launch on St Mary’s Facebook page instead of on the website here, on 5 August at 5 pm.
To make it easy to watch together with others this link will take you to it. The video will not play before 5pm.
After 5pm it can also be seen here – with the benefit of subtitles.
Terry Vanner is gearing up for a 480m cycle ride in support of the Appeal for the Transformation Project.
He will set off from St Mary’s on Saturday 8 August and aims to be back on Sunday 23 August.
Please read the full story here on the Appeal News page and sponsor him if you can.
We continue to follow the Government’s guidance of keeping a distance of 2 metres as mitigation such as face coverings are not compulsory in church, though strongly recommended.
The following is valid for the month of August (and possibly September).
There are two more Saturday afternoons for people to visit the church for private prayer between 2pm and 4pm followed by Evening Prayer at 4pm.
They are August – 1st and 8th.
How many may attend?
We were able to create 10 seating areas – 6 for maximum 2 people and 3 for maximum 3 people, plus one individual seat near the font for the verger, churchwarden or sidesperson.
So 10 separate visitors can attend, or maximum 22 persons if they all belong to the same household groups of two or three.
No Saturday opening on 15 August.
From the weekend of 15-16 August we open the church only on Sunday morning for the 9am communion service.
In addition to the live-streamed services (which will continue) we will hold a short communion service (30 minutes) at the church at 9am on Sundays from 16 August until further notice.
This option has been introduced in first instance for those who are unable to watch the live stream which follows on line at 10.30am.
We will start on 16 August on a first come, first serve basis.
We strongly advise to wear a face mask at the service.
Erwin’s letter announcing these developments will be distributed with the August/September edition of Tidings and can also be downloaded here.
Our Midweek Reflection has this week been prepared by Revd. Erwin Lammens.
It used to be known as 7Past7, as 7.07 pm was the time it was held in church, to make it do-able for commuters to attend as trains arrived close together around 7 pm.
We hope the on-line version has made it even more accessible.
Please note that you can click the subtitle icon at the bottom of the video to make subtitles visible.
This week’s Midweek Reflection has been prepared by Dr Elisabeth Ring whom we are hoping to welcome as our assistant curate in the near future.
Join us for the live streamed service of Eucharist on our Facebook page at 10.30 am.
Sunday Club: the last one before the holidays, Matthew 6.25-33, videos, and includes 25 activity suggestions for those “don’t know what to do…! days.
Our Midweek Reflection is about the reasons for keeping Silence.