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Mission Shaped Ministry Course comes to Colchester

The MSM Course is known nationally as a very effective course for the development of Pioneer ministry, and it's excellent news that it will be held in Colchester from September of this year. Individuals can book, but it would be good for a small group from a Church to attend the course. Places are limited, and we understand that they are in high demand - so waste no time in speaking to others about this opportunity and sign up quickly! All the information you need and a booking form are in this leaflet.


Wormingford Flower Festival

This year's Flower Festival at St. Andrew's Church, Wormingford takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Monday 28th May from 10am to 5pm., with the Celebration Service at 6:30pm on Sunday. The theme is 'Up London Town' and is sure to involve many impressive displays, plus things to buy and refreshments too.


Aldham Open Gardens is back!

The famous Aldham Open Gardens returns on Sunday 10th June from 11am to 5pm, with more than 15 open gardens, an art exhibition, plant stall, cake stall and book stall, refreshments and even a minibus to take you round the village! Here are some posters of various sizes to promote the event.


GDPR is here

You might be sick of the sight of emails, Privacy policies and the like, in the run-up to 25th May - but just in case you need a little more guidance, attached is a Powerpoint presentation from Nathan Whitehead (in .pdf form), which he delivered recently to the Colchester Deanery Chapter. Hopefully it will give you confidence, knowing you have everything in hand - but if not, don't hesitate to seek advice.


Diocesan Synod elections

Yes, the election of members to the next Triennium of the Diocesan Synod takes place this year; this summer, actually. Look out for the paperwork which was emailed to all members of Deanery Synod on 14th May.


The next Deanery Synod meeting

We next meet as a Synod on Thursday 24th June, when Revd Lee Batson will visit us to talk on international ministry. We're at St. leonard's Church, Lexden, and as usual there'll be refreshments at 7:15pm for a 7:45pm start.


New Incumbent for Lexden

It is announced that the Revd Matthew Simpkins has been appointed Priest-in-Charge of the Parish of Lexden. Matt is currently Chaplain to the Bishop of Chelmsford, in addition to being the Assistant Curate in the Wickford and Runwell team Ministry - and is very much looking forward to taking up residence and duties in Lexden. His Service of Licensing is to take place on the evening of Thursday 6th September. Please pray for him and his family as they prepare for this important step in their lives and ministry.



Here's information on the big event at Essex University on Saturday 16th June, where there'll be training for all PCC members on a wide variety of Church matters, including governance, health & safety, Data Protection and the DAC - plus interesting ideas on Vision Days, spirituality and much more. See this A5 Flyer, and ask your Incumbent - they have even more details!


Mount Bures Flower Festival

The little village of Mount Bures punches above its weight when it comes to community events, and the Flower Festival is definitely worth a visit on the weekend of 23rd & 24th June. It's open from 10am to 5pm, with a Celebration Service on Sunday 24th at 6pm. As well as flowers, there's a Rock Choir, Ukulele Group, hot food, secondhand books and goods, cream teas, open gardens...... this poster should encourage lots of people to go along.


Safeguarding Training - an event in our Deanery

We're planning a face-to-face training event on Safeguarding, which the Parish of West Bergholt will host - but we need 40 participants to make it a success. If you haven't done the online training, or know people who would benefit from a tutored session, then contact revmandyelmes@btinternet.com and we can get on with organising the date and time.


Would you Adam & Eve it?

Searchlight Theatre presents ‘Would you Adam and Eve it’ at Christ Church Colchester on Thursday 14th June at 7.15 pm. Come and experience the first 90 chapters of the bible in 90 minutes! This show was awarded 5 stars at the Edinburgh Fringe and on tour through 2018. It was devised in partnership with The Bible Society. Tickets are £10 from Christ Church Office on01206 542307, email christ-church-vestry@btconnect.com or from Searchlight Theatre www.searchlighttheatre.org


Latest Deanery Youth news

Beks Korniej has just published her latest Youth Update, which can be viewed on the Deanery website at www.colchesterdeanery.org.uk/youth, and tells us that it will be our new Colchester Area Youth Adviser, Dot Salmon, who'll be sending out future updates. Beks, of course, continues as our much-valued Deanery Youth Champion!


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Residential developments

You can’t miss  the 'Say no to West Tey' signs around Marks Tey, campaigning against the private developers’ proposals for housing.  Meanwhile Tendring, Colchester and Braintree Councils have to build houses and follow planning procedure, and have been consulting with local communities at meetings and online: www.ne-gc.co.uk is a good website to check. One key point to make is that churches can contribute to building new community involvement - the plans avoid mentioning church volunteers.  There are many rumours, and even the future routes of the A12 and A120 are still under debate. We can make sure the Church's views are heard, and by keeping up to date with proposals we can respond to the challenge in the Lord's name.


Bishop Roger introduces a 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!"


Colchester Clerical Society

The Society are well into their 2018 Programme of meetings, events and speakers - and an interesting programme it is, too! View it and download it by clicking here.


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.


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 andy.sachs@stjohnscolchester.org.uk


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......


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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