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Promote your Christmas Services across the Deanery

Let us know about all the services in your Church over the Christmas season, by emailing us at mail@colchesterdeanery.org.uk

These Churches have already taken up the opportunity - click to see them:

 

  Myland     Stanway     St. John's     St. Luke's      Wivenhoe

 

... and don't forget to add them at 'A Church Near You' too!

 

Area Conference 2019

The next Colchester Area Conference is in Colchester itself - on Saturday 26th January at St. John's. The keynote speaker will be Nick Shepherd, the national Programme Director for 'Setting God’s people Free'. He will help us to think together about ‘thriving in the fullness of life’. The day will include time reflecting on how we thrive in our different roles and contexts, and how creativity and activity can be part of our full lives. Here's the Booking Form - why not send it in right now?

 

C2 Safeguarding Training events

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team have organised two face-to-face training sessions in our Deanery. They're for those who have safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving under 18 year olds and/or adults who may be vulnerable due to age, illness or disability. Unless you've done C3 training in the last 3 years, you should attend one of them - they're at St. Leonard's, Lexden on Saturday 16th March and the John Owen Barn in Fordham on Saturday 30th March from 9:15am to 12:30pm. Book online at https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding/c2-training

 

Confirmations 2019

The full list of Confirmation Services in our Deanery has now been published for 2019. If you'd like to present Candidates at any of these services, just make contact with the Incumbent:

Sunday 27th January, 5pm: Christ Church

Sunday 3rd March, 10:30am: St. Mary, Wivenhoe

Sunday 12th May, 10am: St. Luke's Highwoods

Sunday 29th September, 10:15am: St. Michael, Myland (and the North Colchester Family of Churches)

 

Be a Brick, Buy a Brick!

Colchester Foodbank charity works in partnership with Wivenhoe and Brightlingsea Foodbanks to provide emergency food to local individuals and families in crisis. The biggest cost is operating the warehouse, at about £20,000 a year. That's where the army of volunteers welcomes clients, as well as receiving, sorting, storing and redistributing food. For the same cost of renting, they could pay to buy a building if they could raise enough for a deposit first. So far, people have generously donated £32,804. Donate £10 and they will add your name to the Foodbank's wall of gratitude - and an organisation or generous person could buy a window for £500, or a door for £1,000! Donate through Facebook or Just Giving https://www.justgiving.com/colchester-foodbank or directly by downloading either a one-off donation form or a regular standing order from https://colchester.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-money and taking it to your bank. Also see this poster.

 

New appointment at St. Stephen's

We are delighted to share the good news that the Revd Lorraine Badger-Watts has been appointed Rector of the Parish of St. Stephen New Town and the Hythe. Lorraine is currently serving as incumbent of Mostyn, Whitford, Gorsedd, Brynford and Ysceifiog in the Church in Wales. Lorraine is married to Carleton and they have four children: Elin (15), Jac (14), Gethin (13) and Mari (11). The family will be moving to Colchester in the New Year and we look forward to welcoming them. Lorraine will be instituted by Bishop Stephen on Sunday 3 February 2019 at 4pm. Please pray for Lorraine and her family at this time of change and as they prepare for their move.

 

Bishop Stephen's TP Doodle

Just before the November meeting of Diocesan Synod, Bishop Stephen 'doodled' his understanding of Transforming Presence, and circulated it to members. Here it is; it's surely the most concise summary of our vision, and we commend it to you and the Churches!

 

Share your experience of life as a Christian in the UK today

The Christians In Parliament All-Party Parliamentary Group has a consultation open until 16th December concerned with how living out the Christian faith interacts with public institutions such as parliament, central and local government and regulatory bodies. Have your say, and share your experience! It's an online questionnaire covering topics including the contribution Christians make to society, the freedoms we enjoy, any barriers that exist and any evident hostility to the faith. The consultation can be anonymous, and if you respond on behalf of a Church you will have the choice to add your name. Respond to the consultation here.

 

Offer your skills to a worthwhile Project

Colchester Korban Project is looking for 2 exceptional people who can help support our work with their unique skills on a part-time voluntary basis. Are you amazing at admin, or awesome at DIY? Korban really need someone to help in their busy office and also need someone to do various repairs/oddjobs in both Korban properties. Both of these voluntary roles are for just a few hours a week. Go to www.korban.org.uk/vacancies if you are interested or email Mark Wood at: korban.manager@outlook.com for the role descriptions.

 

Deanery Dates for 2019

The Deanery Calendar of dates for next year, including Synod, Chapter and the Committees, is now on the Deanery website Calendar page. Venues and topics for meetings have still to be decided, but publishing the dates will help you fill in your new 2019 diary! Other relevant dates are also listed there, with links to the dates of Diocesan committees and Essex school holidays.

 

Could you be a Street Pastor?

There is an increasingly urgent need for Street Pastors in Colchester. Our Lay Chair Roger Ennals would be pleased to speak to Churches to promote this valuable ministry amongst our congregations. Contact him on 01206 579148 rogerennals@gmail.com with an invitation.

 

The Deanery needs a new Secretary and a Treasurer

We have been blessed by the service and expertise of Christopher Parkinson and Simon Prestney, and we now need to appoint people to succeed them. And those people will indeed succeed - whilst Christopher and Simon have been so good that it will be tough to follow them, even they would say that the jobs are not big, and we will give every support. They needn't be members of Synod already - we can co-opt people. So please do two things - pray that the Lord will show you who to ask, and have the courage to ask them!

 

Colchester CAP Debt Centre has just seen it’s 100th client go debt free!

Christians Against Poverty has also been in the news nationally - the BBC documentary about the work of CAP “The Debt Saviours” aired on BBC 2 on Friday 5 October 2018. See it on catch-up! This week also sees the publication of a report on Christians Against Poverty (CAP) by the London School of Economics (LSE). It found that every pound spent by the charity on poverty relief leads to almost four times as much benefit to society - equating to £6,493 per household receiving debt help from CAP. The report says: 'CAP is required to make explicit the faith that underpins its mission but avoiding any sense of requiring clients to share this faith is critical. However, because churches in general are long established community anchors, they are widely trusted to be on the side of helping communities, even among people who are sceptical of their purpose.' And because faith underpins everything counsellors do, 'their job often goes far beyond a paid role'.

There is no joint celebration planned to CAP Sunday in 2018 but Centre Manager Paula Goddard paulagoddard@capuk.org  is very happy to speak to churches about CAP in Colchester and how people can get involved.

 

Bishop Roger's regular prayer time

Our Bishop runs a regular time of prayer for the town and for our church leaders, at the Oak Tree Coffee House, Highwoods Square, CO4 9BB. 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). Bishop Roger says: "A lot of exciting things happened when Christians in the Town just got together to pray and I am confident that will continue to happen. 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, part of the Diocesan Spiritual Direction Team and a leader of Individual Guided Retreats at Pleshey, can be available to lead a quiet day or retreat for a Parish, team or MMU. If you would like to explore the opportunity, contact her on 01206530586 or by email at revjackiesams@gmail.com.

 

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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