April minutes of PCC meeting

The April minutes have now been put on line.
This is not really news – as online is where they have been for years.
But these April Minutes deserve honorable mention – as they’re the longest ever…!

Don’t let the length put you off.
They are well worth a read, as they’re packed full of the most interesting details about what’s going on around the Annexe/nave work, and the decisions that have to be taken.

Reading them will also give an appreciation of all the very hard work that’s been going on behind the scenes, during this whole period when we haven’t been able to catch up on things over coffee after the service.
Find the minutes under the Contact/Parochial Church Council tab or click here.

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Ringing resumes in Wivenhoe

The following is a message from St Mary’s tower captain Adrienne Wood.

“After fifteen months of silence, church bells will soon be heard over Wivenhoe and its environs.
We will ring for the first time on Wednesday 16 June at 8.00pm for about 45 minutes and the same on the following week.
This is to enable us to have a bit of practice ready for our first wedding of 2021 on Saturday 26 June. Thereafter we will ring for the first service to be held at St Mary’s on Sunday 27 June.

We will be fully Covid compliant with guidance issued by HM Government, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, and of course, the church authorities.”

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Midweek Reflection 9 June 2021

Sara asks us to think about worrying.

Luke 12:22-31
NRSV

22 He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

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e-Newsletter for June

This is the e-newsletter that didn’t want to be written – but it gave in 🙂

Here is the link to the June issue.
It’s on its way to those who subscribe.


Anyone who doesn’t but would like to receive the newsletter by monthly email can find the subscription link on the Home page of the website.

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Midweek Reflection 2 June 2021

With St Mary’s Reader Glyn Stanway, thinking about another of the ‘I Am’ sayings of Jesus.

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Midweek Reflection 26 May 2021

Wherein Revd Erwin discovers the language of love …. is cake!

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Midweek Reflection 19 May 2021

Waiting… and waiting.
With Revd Dr Elisabeth Ring

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New Transformation pictures

Photos have been added to the Progress Reports of the Transformation Project pages.
It may still all look a bit messy, but it’s really cheering to see how the work speeds along!

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Midweek Reflection 12 May 2021

With Revd Dr Sara Batts-Neale.
On the eve of the Ascension Sara reflects on the stairway to heaven, the mystery of God and the comfort of the new seats for the church.

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2021 – and Terry is riding again!

Terry Vanner completed a sponsored 480 mile ride in 2020, in support of the Transformation project.
As reported, the building is now well underway but there are still funds to be raised for some of the fittings and furnishings of the Annexe.

So Terry decided to have another go, and the full story can be read here.
He’s starting his ride on 10 May and as before, he hopes that you will be generous in sponsoring his effort.
The donation link is on the linked page.

Terry standing by his bike in front of Transformation Project banner
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