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Luther in Wivenhoe (the film)

St Mary’s Church and Moving Image Wivenhoe invite us to the film ‘Luther’ at the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday 21 October at 7.30pm – refreshments from 7pm – at St Mary’s church Wivenhoe.  Joseph Fiennes is an impressive Luther.  Free with retiring collection.  If you like to discuss the movie you are welcome to the discussion on Sunday 22 October at 3pm at St Mary’s Church.


Support  Colchester Food Bank this Harvest

Our Food Bank are so grateful for all the donations they receive, edible and financial, as the fruit of our Harvest celebrations. We are specifically asked, however, to ensure that the items we deliver to them are those on their published list, as it is quite difficult for them to administer fresh produce.


You heard it here first

The internationally-known Christian singer Jonathan Veira will be at St. Margaret's, Berechurch on Saturday 4th November. Tickets aren't yet available - look out for news on the Parish website. It will be an excellent opportunity to bring a non-Christian friend to hear him sing and to bring a Gospel message.


Essex Records Office Churches Conference

Now here's something different! On Saturday 21st October, from 9:30am to 3:45pm, Essex Records Office are holding a Conference entitled: 'Foundation, Reformation and Reformation: Essex Churches from the Saxons to the Victorians'. The fabric of Church buildings can say much about the communities who built them and worshipped in them, and the Conference will examine the evolution of Essex Parish Churches over many centuries. It's £25 per person; book in advance through www.essexrecordoffice.co.uk/events You may also wish to display this poster to encourage others.


The Reformation: Tragedy and Triumph

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is being marked in Colchester's Moot Hall on Sunday 8th October at 6pm with a talk by Revd Lee Gatiss, Lecturer in Church History at Union School of Theology. It's an ecumenical event, when Colchester's Reformation martyrs will also be remembered in song and prayer. Did you know that there were more from here than anywhere else? The plaques in the Town Hall and St. Peter's movingly list their names. Why not come along as a Church, instead of a regular Sunday evening service? It's a free event, though registration is required at https://eventbrite.co.uk. Enquiries: 01206 572641 or 01206 240627; and this poster will promote the event.


Vocations Day - now Crossroads Day

The next Colchester Episcopal Area Crossroads (Vocations) Day will take place on Saturday 11th November at Holy Cross Church, Felstead. We are now offering two events each year, one in each Archdeaconry, but open to people from the whole Episcopal Area. Please can you begin to think and pray about who you could invite to this event. The programme and contents are different in comparison with the day in March (at Christ Church Colchester); so people who attended the first Crossroads Day are welcome to join on 11 November. Can you also use this magazine article and bulletin insert to advertise the event. Flyers and posters will be sent out in mid-September. You can see more details about the event and how to book using Eventbrite at http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/thepath


Football Outreach: How to do it

DNA Networks are partnering with Ambassadors Football to develop football-based Gospel outreach in the Colchester area. It's already happening - and if you are thinking about how it could help your ministry, this Football Outreach Training Day is for you. It's on Saturday 18th November from 10am to 4pm at Wimpole Road Methodist Church, CO1 2DL. Here's a poster all about it; learn even more and book in by contacting danlayzell@sky.com or 07739 124021. And please pray for how football and sport can be a catalyst for bringing our communities closer to Gods love.


Revd Mark Thompson retires this month

Revd Mark Thompson is retiring after 20+ years as a Trust Chaplain at Colchester General Hospital, as well as serving various mental health sites in Colchester and Chelmsford. His final Eucharist will be on Wednesday 27th September at 12:30 p.m. in the Colchester Hospital Chapel, and his last working day will be Friday 29th September. Mark has been an experienced, valuable and valued member of the Chaplaincy and the Colchester Chapter, and many will wish to record their thanks to him - as do we all in the Deanery of Colchester.


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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......


Essex Integration needs Befrienders

Essex Integration is a Colchester-based Christian charity which provides practical help to refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers. They are looking for new befrienders for clients as they continue to help build on their integration development to date. Befrienders help support families with everyday activities and hope this will help expand their clients' local knowledge and social circle. Whether you have only a few hours or several days spare you will make a big difference. If you are interested please click to download the Application Form and Declaration, and send them to Info@essexintegration.org. There's also a Handbook to view, here.


Job opportunity: Families Worker

The three Parishes of West Bergholt, Great Horkesley and Langham with Boxted wish to appoint a part-time Families Worker. This is an exciting new post for a part-time (20 hours per week) Families Worker to initiate new ways of outreach and to develop our work with families across the three Parishes. Salary up to £12,000 per annum, subject to experience and qualifications. Click here to download an application pack, or for further information contact Revd Dr Amanda Elmes at revmandyelmes@btinternet.com or Mrs Caroline Finlay at cfinlay2412@gmail.com. Closing date for applications: Friday 29th September. Interviews: Monday 16th October.


Revd Teresa Wynne's last service in Lexden

It was recently announced that Revd Teresa Wynne, Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Lexden, is to take up the role of Team Vicar in the Cheshunt Team Ministry, with special responsibility for Christ Church, Waltham Cross, in the Diocese of St. Albans. Teresa's last service in St. Leonard's will be at 6:30pm on Sunday 1st October; an opportunity for us all to thank her for her contribution to Deanery life.


Youth Newsletter

Beks Korniej, the Deanery Youth Champion, has published her latest Newsletter, which is available on the Deanery website here, and there's an amazing array of youth events and training opportunities to enthuse us. See the youth pages of the website to see them all; pray for our young people, invite them to take part in the events, and also pray that the Lord will continue to raise up leaders to inspire our young people in the Name of Jesus.


Update from our Youth Champion

Beks Korniej also produced an interesting and informative update at Deanery Synod, for all who have an interest in youth work - and for those who haven't, it's a brilliant demonstration that this is a busy Deanery for youth work! Download it from here.


and Reminders....


Confirmation service in North Colchester

Bishop Roger will be presiding at a Confirmation Service in the Benefice of Langham with Boxted, West Bergholt & Great Horkesley on Sunday 10th December; feel free to contact Revd Mandy Elmes to present candidates there.


Colchester Clerical Society

The Society's 2017 Programme is in full swing; here's a copy of the full Programme, which includes some very high-profile speakers and interesting topics. Meetings are at the Holiday Inn, Eight Ash Green, start at 10:30am for 11am, and conclude with lunch. Chairman of the Society is Canon Hugh Beavan (01206 564577) who would be very pleased to give more details about membership of the society.


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!


Mission & Ministry Units - A Simple Guide

This might be just what you are looking for - the Bishop of Chelmsford's summary of the vision for the new structure within the Diocese. Click here to download a copy of the booklet.   




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