Revd Robert Hughes
We were saddened to report last June the death of Revd Robert Hughes, who had for some years ministered in Myland and also been very much a part of Colchester Clerical Society. Revd Canon Hugh Beavan has written recollections of Robert as an Obituary; it is available to read and download here.
Nativity at Christ Church
'Nativity' is a modern mediaeval mystery play, which is being presented by Christ Church and Colchester Theatre Group at Christ Church, Ireton Road, Colchester on Thursday 1st February and Friday 2nd February, at 7:45pm. We can expect the play to be 'comical, sad and with devastating surprises' - so why not experience the Nativity in a new way by taking a party from your Church? Tickets £5 from Christ Church (01206 542307) or Headgate Theatre (01206 366000).
Colchester Clerical Society
The Society have just published their 2018 Programme of meetings, events and speakers - and an interesting programme it is, too! View it and download it by clicking here.
Important new Data Protection laws
New Data Protection legislation comes into force on 25th May of this year which affects all organisations which hold data – and that includes Churches. Each Parish will need to comply – so watch out for training events early in the New Year. Churchwardens, Secretaries, Treasurers, Group leaders and many others will need to be involved in this, so we strongly recommend that you mention this to them now. Ahead of the training, we suggest you also view the guidance at http://www.parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/ from which you may glean how deeply this will impact your Parish.
Revd Geoff Read is on the move
It has been announced that Revd Geoff Read, Associate Priest at St. John’s, Colchester and the Colchester Area CMD Adviser, has been appointed Chaplain/Vicar of the Anglican Church of Luxembourg. We are delighted for Geoff but will certainly miss him. Geoff says: “I have greatly enjoyed working with clergy in the Colchester Area and in the whole Diocese. I am at heart a parish priest and I hope that has come across in the way I have worked in my role as CMD Adviser. It’s also one important factor in our decision to move back into that role and now back into the Diocese in Europe. Marie-Louise and I plan to move in the first week of March, and I hope to have had the opportunity to say farewell to people personally at upcoming events.” Please pray for them as they make preparations for this important step.
Revised Churchyard Regulations and Forms
The Diocesan Office has just published a revised Churchyard Handbook, with new versions of forms for authorising headstones and monuments. Copies have been sent to Clergy and to all the Funeral Directors based in the Colchester Deanery. To make sure your Church has the right versions, you can download these for documents by clicking on them: Churchyard Handbook; Headstone Application; Memorial application; Gravespace reservation.
Check out the 2018 Deanery Calendar
Welcome to the New Year, and to a new calendar of meetings and events within the Deanery. Our online calendar carries dates and details of Synod and Chapter meetings, plus lots of other information. It's still 'work in progress', so please view it online at www.colchesterdeanery.org.uk/calendar.htm so that you always have the up-to-date version. See you soon!
Graham Wadley, BEM
We are delighted to learn that Graham Wadley, organist at St. Mary's, Wivenhoe, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours List. Graham has been organist at St. Mary's for over 50 years, and is honoured for his services to Church music. He continues to be a mainstay of Church life in the Parish and is an inspiration to many. So if you would like to learn the organ, why not make it your New Year's resolution? Organists are in high and increasing demand. And in 50 years' time, a BEM could be yours!
Colchester Area Conference 2018
The annual Conference for the Colchester Episcopal Area in 2018 is in Colchester! It's on Saturday 3rd February at Colchester High School for Girls, Norman Way, CO3 3US. Entitled 'Sounding Sweet: becoming communities of grace', it will be led by Bishop Roger and we will focus on how to welcome others and work together to demonstrate God's amazing grace. It would be really good for lots of people to attend from each Parish: let's promote it with this poster. Booking Forms can be downloaded from here.
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 email@example.com
Important dates for your new 2018 diary
Let's continue to pray for more vocations in the coming year, and also do something practical about it - by inviting people to the Colchester Area 2018 Crossroads (Vocation) days. The next one in our Archdeaconry will take place on Saturday 12th May from 10am to 5pm; and there'll be one in the Stansted area on Saturday 10th November. Both events are open to people from the whole Colchester Episcopal Area. Venues are yet to be decided, but we'll let you know as soon as we can.
Our new Youth Adviser
A big deanery welcome to Dot Salmon, who has been appointed to the role of Colchester Area Youth Adviser. Dot is passionate about supporting the churches and organisations in the area with all things related to youth work and ministry. She can help parishes with recruiting youth workers, running training, developing best practice and can support in developing and reviewing youth work strategy. Contact Dot on firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Vicar and Pioneer appointed to Greenstead
The good news has been announced that the Revd Sue Howlett has been appointed Team Vicar (Pioneer) in the parish of Greenstead with Colchester St Anne. Sue is currently Lead Pioneer Minister of Beaulieu Church Chelmsford and Assistant Curate at St Andrew, Boreham. Sue is married to Philip who is a self-supporting Assistant Curate at Black Notley, Great Notley and Rayne. They will move to Greenstead early next year. Sue and Philip have three grown up daughters: Becky, Alice and Millie. Please pray for Sue and Philip and their family as she prepares to take up this new ministry.
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 events for young people 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.
North Colchester MMU going ahead
It has been confirmed that the North Colchester Family of Churches will be the first grouping in the Deanery to become an MMU. The Parishes of Myland, Langham & Boxted, West Bergholt, Great Horkesley, Little Horkesley, Wormingford, Mount Bures and Highwoods will be commissioned as a unit in the coming months. We pray that the Lord will bless their mission and future.
Provisional 2018 Synod dates
We hope to publish a complete list of 2018 Deanery meeting dates and venues soon, but in the meantime here are provisional dates for the next two meetings of Deanery Synod to put in our new diaries: Thursday 22nd February and Thursday 21st June.
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 email@example.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.
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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