A service for Carers in Marks Tey
St Andrew’s Church, Marks Tey is holding a service for people who are involved in caring for a loved one with long term mental or physical ill-health on Wednesday 28 November from 10am to 11:15am. It is being held in conjunction with a Carer’s support group for loved ones suffering from Mental Health issues, including Eating Disorders: ‘Eased’- who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org . The service is an opportunity to share stories and support one another. It will include reflection, prayer and thanksgiving as a way of journeying together and inviting God to journey with us. Feel free to use the attached invitations.
'War Horse' at Firstsite
There is to be a screening of the film 'War Horse', with an talk from Andrew Phillips, at Firstsite in Colchester on Saturday 3rd November at 2pm. It is organised by the Mayor & the Borough's Task & Finish Group as part of the events to commemorate the WW1 centenary, and all profits from the film are being donated to the Royal British Legion. A full event would raise over £1,000 - and Bishop Roger commends this event to us all. Tickets are £8. Click here to book, and for lots more information.
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 Manger Paula Goddard email@example.com is very happy to speak to churches about CAP in Colchester and how people can get involved.
Vocations - Crossroads Day
The next ‘Crossroads day’ is on Saturday 10th November at St Paul’s Church, Braintree. These Days are for people at every stage of exploring all sorts of ministry, lay and ordained. The Day offers input and information, workshops, time-out to think and pray about your own direction in life, and an opportunity to meet and talk with other people on similar journeys. Principally, it is a day to hear or to listen to God. The day is free and lasts from 10:00 am to 3.30 pm (coffee is available from 09:30, a free lunch is provided) and is packed with helpful information and valuable insights, all set in the context of worship. To register to attend phone Revd Ian Hilton, CMD Advisor on 07813 538926 or email
Wivenhoe's Autumn Fayre
The Friends of St. Mary's, Wivenhoe hold their Autumn Fayre on Saturday 27th October at 2pm in the Church. There will be lots to see, do and buy - including cards and prints, jewellery, traidcraft, books and (of course) refreshments. More details on this poster.
Candlelit Mystery Tour
Well here's something we haven't heard of a Church doing before - a Candlelit Mystery Tour! It's in St. Mary's Church on Wednesday 31st October (the date is well chosen!) from 9pm to 9:30pm. Come along and take part - could it be an idea for your Church?
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.
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.
More news and events:
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. It’s 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 Diocese’s Safeguarding Training webpage, scroll down and click on the Christ Church event, or contact me direct at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
More news items:
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 email@example.com. Her letter also contains a plea re weddings......
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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