Coronacles chapter 1

Further to yesterday’s post, here’s what we’ll be doing at St Mary’s for the duration of the Corona virus crisis or until advised otherwise.

The Common Cup will not be offered and communion will be in one kind only (wafer)
Intinction will not be available.

No handshaking, hugging or kissing at the Peace; we are encouraged to adopt the Namaste gesture or use British Sign Language, as shown in the clip below.

All Services
Open plate collection will be standard for the time being as it avoids the hand-to-hand passing along of the collection bags.
The sidespersons will be the only ones actually handling the plate and they have been separately instructed in handwashing procedures.
Don’t forget that you can use the contactless payment facility at the back of the church!

Returning service books at the end of the service: we are encouraged to replace the books on the cupboard shelves ourselves rather than handing them to sidespersons.

After service refreshments will still be offered but we are asked not to carry cups to/for other people and also just take/return our own only.

Just look after each other!
Give people a ring or send them an email if you have any worries about them.
Wash your hands when you get home.
Don’t be tempted to hoard; just keep in mind this jokey Tweet, seen this morning:
“To the people who have bought 27 bottles of soap leaving none on the shop shelves for others, you do realise that to stop getting the corona virus, you need other people to wash their hands too!”
(Of course we’re not for a moment suggesting that anyone of St Mary’s needs this exhortation!)

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St Mary’s Lent Appeal

From the minutes of the PCC’s February meeting:

“The Standing Committee had discussed the [Lent charities] at their recent meeting and would recommend to the PCC that the Wivenhoe Food Bank and Namalemba be accepted as our Lent Charities.

The PCC approved the choice of the charities and the open plate collection taken on Sunday 29th March will be used together with any envelopes placed in the Treasurer’s box at the back of church.”

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News from the Diocese

Corona Virus
The Church of England has published guidance for parishes which will continue to be updated to reflect any change in circumstances.
This link will take you to the guidance.

Bishop Stephen has written his final Easter message as the Bishop of Chelmsford.
It can be read in this linked attachment.

The Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2020 will support the people of Marsabit diocese in Kenya.
Donations can be made online at or by sending a cheque made payable to CDBF with ‘Lent Appeal’ on the reverse to Lent Appeal, Diocese of Chelmsford, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT.

#LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation
The Church of England’s first ever Green Lent Campaign is underway.
More information via this link.

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Chelmsford Cathedral Musicians concert

We’re privileged and excited to welcome James Davy, Organist and Master of the Choristers, Hilary Punnett Assistant Organist and the Gentlemen of the Cathedral Choir to St Mary’s church on Saturday 14 March at 7.30 pm.
The concert will feature choral and organ music spanning the centuries and including both sacred and secular items.

The proceeds of this concert are in aid of St Mary’s Transformation project.
Tickets priced at £10, are available in advance from the Wivenhoe Bookshop or at the door on the night.
See the poster here.

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Update on churchyard bulb planting

Remember when last October we posted about the the spring planting scheme for the churchyard?

Today Dr. Chris Gibson, who was also intrumental in realising the original scheme, has posted a follow up about the results of last year’s efforts- and they are encouraging!
Chris has posted about it on the Wivenhoe Forum and you can read his observations by following the link, but we’re sure he wouldn’t mind if we copied his photograph of the lovely native daffodil into this post!
It’s great to find that St Mary’s policy of working to help the local flora and fauna flourish is beginning to bear fruit.

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Come and be diverted . . .

… and pleasantly so, by Charlie Price, Teresa Greene and Francis Garland on Saturday 22 February at 7 pm.
The musicians are performing on clarinets and bassoon in a Concert of Chamber Music in aid of the National Autistic Society and St Mary’s Church.

The programme promises Mozart and more, and includes Divertimenti 2 and 5 for Wind Trio, Duets and a New Composition.

Admission is FREE, programmes will be provided at the door.
Contributions to the causes are voluntary and will, we hope, be generous!

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Ghostly bellringers. . . ?

If anyone should hear St Mary’s bells this Sunday afternoon- be assured there’s nothing supernatural going on!

One of the bellringers posted this explanatory Tweet.

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Come all ye singers!

St Mary’s Singers meets again on Thursday evenings from 13th February at 7.30pm to prepare Music for Good Friday 10th April. This year there will be a selection of pieces by Palestrina, Dubois, Jacob Handl and others together with some solo pieces and organ music by John Rippin.

Rehearsals continue on Thursday evenings up to Good Friday and we would welcome any singers who would like to join us for what promises to be an interesting selection of smaller but moving choral pieces suitable for Good Friday.

If you are interested do please contact Graham Wadley or any choir member or better still just turn up.

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Paul the apostle of Christ

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY at 2 pm the movie PAUL THE APOSTLE OF CHIST will be shown in church. 15 rating, 1.45 hr. duration. FREE and all welcome.

See a short Youtube interview with the actors and technicians who made the film.


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Alpha course January 2020

An Alpha Course will be run in St Anne’s church, a member of our Mission & Ministry Partnership group of churches.
Alpha is aimed at those who wish to explore Christianity in an unpressured, informal and friendly setting.
The course will run every Tuesday in January 2020, at 7.15pm.

Booking is probably not necessary but keep an eye on St Anne’s  Facebook page which also has a map with directions.
St Anne’s  is at  Compton Road, Colchester, CO4 0BH.

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