Investiture of Canon Dr Ronald Blythe, CBE
Ronald Blythe, Reader in the Benefice of Wormingford & Mount Bures with Little Horkesley, was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to literature. His investiture will be by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Lord Petre, on Saturday 29th July at an event in St. Andrew's Church Wormingford starting at 4pm. All who know Ronald are welcome to attend. If you intend to come along, please email the Churchwardens.
Church on the Farm
The Parish of Mount Bures are holding a 'pop-up Fresh Expression' on Saturday 29th July from 2pm to 4pm., at Hammonds Farm, Hemps Green, CO6 3LS, where an informal service will include the blessing of a newly-born foal. There'll be refreshments and other activities. Sounds interesting!
Update from our Youth Champion
Beks Korniej, our Deanery Youth Champion, 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.
We are pleased to confirm the appointments made at the meeting of Deanery Synod on 22nd June. Joining Area Dean Revd Canon Paul Norrington on the Deanery Standing & Pastoral Committee are Canon Roger Ennals, re-elected Lay Chair; Melanie Bateman, Mary Durlacher and Tim Nice; Revd Hannah Cooper, Revd Andy Sachs, Revd Ian Scott-Thompson and Revd Mark Wallace; Simon Prestney as Lay Treasurer and Christopher Parkinson co-opted as Lay Secretary. We also elected David Gentry to Diocesan Synod. Please pray for each of them as we work together for the spread of the Gospel across the whole Deanery.
Revd Robert Hughes
We are immensely saddened to report the death of Revd Robert Hughes. Until his recent illness, Robert assisted regularly with the priestly ministry at St. Michael's, Myland and fulfilled an important role in the leadership there. He has also been a valued member of the Colchester Clerical Society. He and his wife Hazel, until recently Treasurer to the Deanery Synod, were excellent support to each other. A simple funeral has taken place, and there will be a Service of Thanksgiving in St. Michael's at a later date. Please pray for Hazel, giving thanks to the Lord for their faith and ministry.
Appointment: Revd Teresa Wynne
It has been announced that Revd Teresa Wynne, Priest-in-Charge of Lexden, has been appointed Team Vicar of Christ Church, Waltham Cross in the Cheshunt Team Ministry of St Albanís Diocese. Please pray for Teresa and her family as they prepare for this significant change, and for the fellowship at St. Leonardís in the weeks and months ahead, that they will be led by the Spirit into a positive and helpful time of Vacancy.
Essence comes to Colchester
Coming to Colchester this summer is Essence, a week of training for worship and mission using rhythm, movement and spirit-led outreach from Monday 24th to Saturday 29th July 2017. Organised by Movement In Worship (see their website here) it is an annual training week which usually takes place in Brighton or Edinburgh, but this year it's actually in Colchester. People come from across the UK and Europe to learn and get some practical experience of outreach on the streets using the creative arts. It would be great to get the local churches involved and part of the week and the outreaches on the Friday and Saturday in Castle Park and the town centre respectively. We encourage you to download and display the poster.
2017 Free Family Fun Festival
It's not too early to advertise the Festival. Please mark the date, which is Saturday 16th September 2017 - and plan to be involved as a Church. There were 12 local Churches involved in 2015, then 18 in 2016 - let's make this year's Festival even busier and more successful!
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.
And don't forget:
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. Added 8th March
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.
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.
The Church of England Deanery of Colchester is part of the Colchester Episcopal Area of the Diocese of Chelmsford.
The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance is a registered Charity, no. 249505