Midweek Reflection 27 January 2021

Join Revd Elisabeth Ring for this week’s reflection.

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Third Sunday of Epiphany, wedding at Cana

From Malcolm Guite , a many many-layered ballad for this day and our day.

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Midweek Reflection Wednesday 20 January 2021

Sara ponders the nature of wisdom.
You can find the link to the full reading for Evening Prayer here:

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Midweek Reflection 13 January 2021

With Glyn Stanway

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Press Release January 2021


After nine years of careful consideration and planning, St Mary the Virgin church in Wivenhoe has signed the building contract with Bakers of Danbury for work to begin on its Transformation Project. The project comprises the re-ordering of the existing Nave, and the construction of an annexe extension on the South side of the church . Work has already begun on the site and is expected to finish around Summer 2021.

St Mary’s does not have a church hall and community space in Wivenhoe is limited. With this construction the church aims to fulfil a need and serve all who worship and live in the town. The new annexe will provide a 40-seat room with French doors opening onto the grassed churchyard; modern toilet facilities and a small kitchen. Very importantly it will also provide level access to these facilities and to the main part of the church itself.
The design by Colchester based Architects, Inkpen Downie, allows the annexe to be used independently from the Church, with its own entrance through the Carolin Garden off East Street. It will be available for use by community groups and by individuals for events such as christening receptions, birthdays and wedding parties and will become an exciting and much needed venue for support groups of all kinds.

The remodelling of the main seating area of the church will create a bright, open space, with new flooring and light-weight chairs. This will allow for so much more flexibility for various forms of worship and for weddings, funerals and christenings. It will also significantly extend its use for large community events such as concerts, plays and exhibitions and for smaller, social activities such as quiz nights.
An important decision was taken to leave the Chancel – the area around the Altar – untouched. All of the pews with their beautiful carvings will therefore remain in this area.

Revd Erwin Lammens, Rector of St Mary’s comments: “Bringing the project to completion will make St Mary’s more sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly. It will be a new start not only for church people but for the entire community of all backgrounds. This is no longer just a dream – it is the reality of taking up our responsibility as a church to serve society, care for the weak, protect and endorse our heritage, strengthen cohesion and promote tolerance.
The future for St Mary’s is indeed very exciting!”

And finally St Mary’s very much appreciates the support it has received from so many people and really looks forward to welcoming everyone into a revitalised building later in the year!

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Pews for Sale


St Mary’s Church is making significant alterations to the interior of the building and as a result we have some pews to sell. Not only is this a chance to buy a piece of local history but also an opportunity to acquire a wonderful piece of furniture!
Made of oak, the pews have one beautifully carved end piece and some even come with a full length cushion for the seat! We have

  • 7 measuring approximately 260cm in length (valued in the region of £300);
  • 1 measuring approximately 275 cm (again valued in the region of £300);
  • 1 measuring approximately 195cm (valued in the region of £200) and finally
  • 2, without carved ends, measuring approximately 105cm (valued in the region of £150). Photographs are available from the email address below.

So, if you would like to have a unique piece of furniture in your home as a table-bench; in your hallway or on the upstairs landing we can offer free delivery to homes in Wivenhoe (our thanks to Dave Whymark of Jones & Whymark for providing the transportation).

If you are interested in purchasing a pew we are accepting sealed bids, the deadline for which is 1st March, 2021. The Revd. Erwin Lammens will be opening the envelopes at some point during the week beginning 1st March and notification of successful bidders will arrive soon thereafter.
Please ensure that you include your full details with your bid (name and address) and the length of pew you would like to buy.
Your envelope, clearly marked ‘Sale of pews’, should be sent to: The Rectory, 44, Belle Vue Road, Wivenhoe CO7 9LD

All proceeds will go towards our comprehensive refurbishment programme known as The Transformation Project.
If you need more information please email: stmarys.saleofpews@gmail.com

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Midweek Reflection for Epiphany

With Revd Erwin Lammens, inviting us to share in the Epiphany of the Magi.

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Midweek Reflection 30 December 2020

With Revd Erwin Lammens reflecting on past and future.

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Church closure after Christmas

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Last Midweek Reflection before Christmas

In which Revd Sara talks about the O Antiphons and has provided this link to the choir of Chelmsford Cathedral singing today’s antiphon: https://adventonline.faith/o-emmanuel/

There are recordings from other choirs for all the O Antiphons available on this site.

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