Deanery News 






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Revd Caroline Beckett is on her way to Brightlingsea

We are so pleased to hear that Revd Caroline Beckett, Curate at St. Margaret's, Berechurch has been appointed Vicar of All Saints with St. James, Brightlingsea. Caroline, already well-known in the area, is to be Licensed on Tuesday 6th November. Please pray for her, her husband Michael and the family - and the people of the town too - as they take this important step into the future.


Ordinations to the Priesthood

Congratulations to Revd Hazel Greenland (Myland) and Revd Vivien Whitfield (St. John's) who are to be ordained Priest in St. Michael's, Myland on Saturday 29th September. We pray that the Lord will continue to bless them, their ministry, their Parishes and all with whom they work.


September in Wivenhoe

St. Mary's Church have a very busy month planned, which includes these special events..... 'Songs from the Musicals' on Friday 21 September, 7.30 pm in the church - a joint fundraising concert for St Mary's Transformation Project & Colne Radio by the group ENCORE. Tickets £6 on the door. Finally, an Autumn Floral Workshop on Saturday 29 September 2.30-4.30 pm in the church. Make and take home a seasonal arrangement, constructed under tuition of florist Jenni Bennett. £20 pp (of which £10 to St Mary's fundraising) for all materials including container, coffee/tea/biscuits. Bring secateurs or scissors. There's lots more information on all these events at https://stmaryswivenhoe.org/forthcoming/


Black History month at Firstsite

On Tuesday, 2nd October at the Firstsite Art Gallery from 10am to 5pm, Black History Month will be celebrated in a networking day organised by African families in the UK. A range of stalls (including food!) plus workshops, music drumming and art are on offer. Fairtrade Town Colchester will be providing free fairtrade tea and coffee. A real chance to practically get involved with the contributions BME communities make to our life together in Colchester. Let's promote it using this flyer.


Colchester Citizens - Delegates Assembly

People from diverse organisations across Colchester will come together at Essex University on Wednesday 3rd October from 7pm to 8:30pm., to decide whether to start a powerful civil society alliance. The alliance would exist to build relationships, take action and win justice on issues affecting our community. It would be good for our Churches to be at the forefront of the initiative; to register your attendance email colchestercitizens@gmail.com, and you'll receive detailed instructions for finding the room and about parking.


Wetzlar visits Colchester

We are delighted that 16 people from the Churches in Wetzlar will be visiting us from 10th to 14th October. The group are looking to enjoy meeting up with old friends, to make contact with the civic side of life and importantly for us to experience something of church and ministry in the Deanery. Could you help us give them a warm welcome? We would be grateful if people could help to pick them up from the airport, or join them to do some sightseeing, show them something of our Church work, and share a service of worship. If you might be able to help, please contact Revd Erwin Lammens at erwinlammens@btinternet.com.


Revd David Armstrong to move on

It has been announced that Revd David Armstrong, Assistant Curate in Lexden, is to become Priest-in-Charge of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, in the Diocese of London. David has done such an excellent job in Lexden, notably in leading the leaders during the Vacancy (now ended!) and we pray that he will be as loved and as blessed in his new role.


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Course in Christian Studies

This year's Course in Christian Studies begins in September, and our local course will be held in St. John's Community Centre, CO4 0HP. The first weekly session is on Wednesday 19th September, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. It's a fantastic course for anyone who wants to learn more about the Christian faith, and it can also be a foundation course for those who may in future consider a vocation to a licensed ministry. To enrol for the course, email Diane Hardy at the Diocesan office - dhardy@chelmsford.anglican.org


Don't take yourself too seriously!

That's the typically light-hearted title of an evening with Church cartoonist Dave Walker, at St. Mary's Church, Wivenhoe on

Thursday 20th September at 7:30pm. Promote the event using this poster, and book early on 01206 822511. Admission free; retiring collection.


Mission Shaped Ministry Course comes to Colchester

The MSM Course is known nationally as a very effective course for the development of Pioneer ministry, and it's excellent news that it will be held in Colchester beginning on Saturday 22nd September. Individuals can book, but it would be good for a small group from a Church to attend the course. Places are limited, and we understand that they are in high demand - so waste no time in speaking to others about this opportunity and sign up quickly! All the information you need and a booking form are in this leaflet.


A New Discipleship Year Hub in Colchester

St. John's Church, Colchester are planning to develop a New Wine Discipleship Year Hub, which will start in September 2018. It's for people aged 18-24, who will be trained and equipped to grow as disciples of Jesus and to be effective in their ministry in their local Church. Read more here, and if you would like to express an interest or know more about having a young adult as part of the hub, contact Revd Andy Sachs on andy.sachs@stjohnscolchester.org.uk


Jesus' female disciples - the new evidence

St. Mary's Wivenhoe are delighted to have been able to book Dr Joan Taylor, Professor of Christian Origins and Second temple Judaism, Kings College London, to present the newest academic position on Jesus' female disciples, in the Church on the evening of Friday 5th October (please note the new date). This poster can be downloaded to encourage others to attend. Admission is free; there will be a retiring collection.


Harvest Flower Festival in Lexden

St.Leonard's Church, Lexden, invite us to their Harvest Flower Festival on Saturday 6th October and Sunday 7th October. On Saturday, the Church is open and refreshments will be served from 10:30am to 5pm., and there is a concert at 7:30pm by Lexden Choral Society featuring Vivaldi's Gloria. On Sunday the Church opens at 2pm; refreshments will be available; and the evening ends with a Harvest Songs of Praise at 5pm. Everyone is welcome; more information at www.stleonardslexden.org.uk.


Aldham Harvest Flower Festival

The Aldham Harvest Flower Festival is on the theme 'God's Wonderful World' and will be held in the Church on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th October from 11am to 5pm on both days with members of the Colchester Group of Flower Arrangers. In the Village Hall there will be 'Framed' an Art Exhibition featuring framed works by local artists, all day refreshments and various stalls. In aid of Aldham Church Fabric Repairs. Postcode for the Church: CO6 6RE. More information in due course at www.aldham-church.co.uk


Diocesan Synod Elections

We are delighted to announce that Deanery Synod has elected Roger Ennals, David Gentry and Hugh Thomas to serve on Diocesan Synod. One vacancy remains for a representative to the House of Laity; may we consider whom we should nominate, ready for a further election to take place at the next meeting of Deanery Synod which is on Tuesday 16th October. We also congratulate Revd Ray Gibbs, Revd Canon Paul Norrington, Revd Tim Platts and Revd Mark Wallace who were elected to the House of Clergy.


Deanery Safeguarding Training Event

A number of people in the Deanery have asked if we could hold a Safeguarding Training event locally, and I am pleased to say that we now have a confirmed date for the event. It will take place on Saturday 27th October at Christ Church, Ireton Road, Colchester CO3 3AT from 9:45am to 12:45pm. This training is suitable for those who have safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children and/or adults who may be vulnerable. Itís an excellent opportunity to ensure that all appropriate people in our Parish have received C2 training. Here's a poster to promote the event. To book places, visit the Dioceseís Safeguarding Training webpage, scroll down and click on the Christ Church event, or contact me direct at paul.nozzer@btinternet.com.

Let's bless Archdeacon Annette

By now you will know that Ven Annette Cooper, Archdeacon of Colchester, will be retiring in November after 14 years' service to the Parishes in our Deanery and the other Deaneries in the Area. Annette has been a blessing to us; there will be opportunities to thank her, and one way will be to attend her Farewell Service which will take place in Chelmsford Cathedral at 3:30pm on Sunday 18th November.


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St. George's Flag for free

Little Horkesley Church have discovered that they have a St. George flag which is too large for their flagpole - it's 3.9m x 2.6m. If anyone can use it, contact Churchwarden Christopher Orme at christopheraorme@gmail.com.


Can we make a Labyrinth?

Revd Ian Scott-Thompson and Revd Wendy Pagden of Marks Tey & Aldham are thinking of making a portable Labyrinth. They say: 'We want to make a Labyrinth out of white sheets, for prayer and worship, that could be used by anybody in the Deanery/Colchester area. The trouble is, we need somebody with the sewing and painting skills! Do you have sewing/painting/craft skills, and could help us this summer?  This lady offers instructions how to do it.  There are companies selling them, but large size is expensive (here and here). Contact either of us at ian.scott-thompson@virgin.net or wendypagden@gmail.com


Deanery Synod Secretary to retire

It was announced at Deanery Synod that Christopher Parkinson, who has served the Deanery so well for more than 15 years, is to retire from the role of Secretary to the Synod at the end of the year. We are so grateful to Christopher for his skill and efficiency in the role, and we ask that we all now consider whom to appoint as his successor. He says that it's not a big job, and that he will gladly meet with anyone interested to explain how it's done.


Bishop Roger's regular prayer time

Our Bishop now runs a regular time of prayer for the town and for our church leaders. Bishop Roger says: "My plan is to make a regular thing of this on the last Tuesday of every month. Coffee etc can be available from 7.30 am when we will also have a short time of worship and a brief reflection on Scripture. We can then spend some time praying and - if your diary allows - have a bite of breakfast at the end (from about 8.30-ish). A lot of exciting things happened when Christians in the Town just got together to pray and I am confident that will happen again. Please do buzz this around your networks - and if people wanted to let me know if they are coming then that would be great!"


A Retreat for your Parish or MMU?

Revd Jackie Sams, a trained Spiritual Director and experienced leader of retreats, can be available to lead a quiet day or retreat for a Parish, team or MMU, and we are pleased to attach a letter from Jackie which explains more. If you would like to explore the opportunity, contact her on 01206530586 or by email at revjackiesams@gmail.com. Her letter also contains a plea re weddings......


Sharing equipment

Here's a new kind of 'Parish Share'! One Church in the Deanery recently asked if there's a way of sharing items of equipment, rather than having to hire or buy it. For instance, we know of another Church where there's an easy-to-construct tower which could be loaned out for changing light bulbs etc. What have you got that others could use, and what do you need? We think there's a Biblical principle in this too.... Let us know!




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