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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.


Prayers for Mission Weekend

The Parish of St. James and St. Paul, Colchester are holding their annual Mission Weekend on 2nd & 3rd December, and they would appreciate our prayers. Please therefore pray that their mission in the Lord's name will bear fruit for Him; and also uphold the Church family in your prayers as they continue to minister to the Parish during their vacancy.


Love Colchester on Sunday 3rd December

We love the people of Colchester. That's true because the Lord Jesus has placed His love in our hearts for all those around us. Now let's show it! On Sunday 3rd December at 11am people from a number of our Churches will be gathering in the town centre to simply bless those who are shopping, working or visiting. We will be handing out mince pies and little cards, which is a very simple and practical way to show people that we love them and God loves them.  Why not join us from late morning till the mince pies run out, to bless the people of Colchester! To find out how you can be involved, visit www.lovecolchester.org, watch the video and click 'contact'. And, if you can, feel free to download the video to show in Church.


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.


Elected at Synod

We are delighted to announce that Diana Benge-Abbott of St. Luke's Highwoods and David Gentry of St. John's Colchester were elected to the Deanery Standing and Pastoral Committee at the recent meeting of Deanery Synod. Revd Erwin Lammens, our Assistant Area Dean, was also formally elected to the Committee. Two vacancies had also arisen on Diocesan Synod, and we elected Revd Mark Wallace, Priest-in-Charge of St Peter's & St. Botolph's and Margaret Smith of St. Leonard's, Lexden to represent us all.


A new Deacon at Michaelmas

Congratulations to Revd Hazel Greenland, who was one of the 31 Ordinands made Deacon in the Cathedral on 30th September. Hazel is serving in the Parish of Myland, and we pray that the Lord will continue to bless her ministry richly.


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.


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.


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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