St Mary’s News – the Daffodils & Hope edition

This edition of St Mary’s News starts with Daffodils & Hope and then continues with:

Daffodils - By Genet, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Daffodils and Hope

As March beckons, spring bursts onto the scene. The words of William Wordsworth might come to mind as we see the daffodils emerging from beneath the ground:

I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

From: I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud, by William Wordsworth

With St. David’s day on March the first, and the Marie Curie, Spring Daffodil appeal, we really will be surrounded by Daffodils in March.

Symbol of Hope

They are a symbol of hope, as the winter months go into retreat, new life blossoms all around us, these bright yellow flowers bring joy and hope and often become the perfect gift for mums on Mothering Sunday, given away in little posies in churches up and down the country.

We can often feel all is hopeless

Syrian Earthquake Scene

When we turn on the news and see the devastating aftermath of a massive earthquake in Turkey and Syria, or see the marking of the first anniversary of the Russian invasion in Ukraine, with no end to the hostilities in sight, we can often feel as if all is hopeless. Yet, even in these most horrifying situations, hope can still be seen in the response of the rescuers on the ground, in the international community sending aid and much needed resources, praying, and rejoicing in every person found alive. In the offer of a home and place of sanctuary for a refugee fleeing war hope is found.

Where do you see hope today?

So where do you see hope today? Perhaps it is in the all the signs of new life, as spring bursts into new life, or in the kindness of a stranger.

The psalmist writes

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the Lord, who remains faithful for ever.

Our hope is in the Lord, he is faithful to ever. May we trust in him, and always hold fast to hope.

May God Bless you

Eco Church

St Mary’s Church is taking part in a scheme to become anEco Church. Eco Church is an award scheme for churches in England and Wales who want to demonstrate their care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbour and following God faithfully.

Eco Church

The scheme is run by Rocha UK, part of a worldwide family of A Rocha organisations committed to nature conservation as an expression of Christian mission.

Looking at the life of our church

It looks at the life of our church in relation to worship and teaching, buildings, land, engagement with the local community and in lifestyles. The actions taken count towards an Eco Church award at Bronze, Silver or Gold level. St Mary’s is currently working to achieving the Bronze level award.

Soup Lunches at Lent

Lent Soup Lunches

Join us every Tuesday from 11.30am throughout Lent. The lunches will move around the churches of the six parishes with donations going to Mary’s meals, a charity providing hot meals for pupils in Sub Saharan Africa, and you are also encouraged to bring items for the Food Bank collection points in each of the churches. All are welcome.

7th MarchSt John the Baptist, Mount Bures
14th MarchSt Mary’s, West Bergholt
21st MarchSt Peter’s, Boxted
28th MarchSt Andrew’s, Wormingford
4th AprilSt John’s, Great Horkesley

Vocations Evening

WHAT’S MY CALLING? – Colchester Episcopal Area Online Vocations evenings. Mondays 13th and 20th March, 7.30 – 9.00pm. The webinars will allow you to explore your vocational call from different angles and with the support of fellow Christians and guided by the Vocations team. They are open to anyone over the age of 16 and at any stage of life and faith.

In order to access the webinars you will need to register through Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please contact the organiser, Revd. Ian Hilton at [email protected].

Lent Compline


Join us on Zoom every Thursday evening, from now and up to 30 March,  for a short, reflective service based on the night time prayer service known as Compline.

Below is the meeting ID and password for anyone wishing to take part. All are welcome.

COMPLINE FOR LENT via ZOOM – every Thursday at 9pm. Meeting ID: 816 1375 0048 Passcode: 40266

Services & Other Dates

5th March9:30 amHoly Communion
12th March9:30 amMessy Church
13th March7:30 pmVocations Evening 1
14th March11:30 amLent Soup Lunch at St Mary’s
19th March9:30 amAll Age Mothering Sunday Service
20th March7:30 pmVocations Evening 2
26th March9:30 amCafé Church
2nd April9:30 amAll Age Palm Sunday Service & Baptism
9th April9:30 amAll Age Easter Celebration Service 

Our Team at St Mary’s

  • Priest in Charge: Revd. Heather Wilcox
    email: [email protected]
    tel: 01206 240906 or 07503 151715
  • Assistant Priest: Revd Anne Mason
    email: [email protected].
    tel: 07895 970834 (Sunday & Tuesday – Thursday).
  • Church Wardens:
    Peter & Caroline Finlay, — [email protected] or 07926 387551 and
    Kate & Stephen Penrose, — 07973 421306
  • Licensed Lay Ministers (LLMs):
    Richard Chadborn—01206 240541;
    Michael Foster—01206 241022;
    Joy Budden—01206 241871;
    Liz Dixon—07914 001212.
  • Parish Evangelist
    Ron Seymour—01206 272579.
  • Church Administrator:
    Donna Luxton — 01206 243683,
    email: [email protected].
    Church Office Hours — Monday – Friday 10 am – midday.
  • Hall Bookings:
    Nicole Long—01206 240443.
  • Newsletter Editor:
    Liz Dixon
    tel: 07914 001212
    email: [email protected].
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