St Mary’s Update – 1st June 2017

St Mary’s Update – 1st June 2017

St Mary’s Church update for 1st June provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as Christian Aid week, general election, Thy Kingdom Come and the Children’s Society.

Don’t forget, the church is now open on weekdays if you would like a quiet space to reflect or say a prayer for someone.

General Election

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a letter to help you decide whether it is worth voting next Thursday, as they say within this letter:

Archbishops' crestsThis election is being contested against the backdrop of deep and profound questions of identity. Opportunities to renew and reimagine our shared values as a country and a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland only come around every few generations. We are in such a time.

(Click to read: Archbishops’ election letter).

Christian Aid Week – Thank You

A huge thank you to collectors and those who donated. We raised a fantastic total of £1,346.89, half of which was gift-aided!

Thy Kingdom Come Week of Prayer – 25 May – 4 June

There’s still time to get involved in Thy Kingdom Come week of prayer. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement originally initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury & York.  It invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to know Jesus Christ. There are lots of ways you can pray individually for friends and family – see the attached for some easy to follow ideas:

Men at Work – From Punk to Pulpit

Men at Work is a social gathering for men of all ages with speakers from all walks of life.  The next event takes place on Tuesday 20th June at the Five Bells Pub, Colne Engaine.  The speaker, Andrew Stewart Darling, a former Punk Rocker and now the pastor of Stour Valley Vineyard Church will be talking about his background, his journey of faith and what prompted the move to East Anglia.

With hot food and good company this is another speaker not to be missed.  Tickets are £12 each (including hot food) and they are available from John Tuffen (07974 907885) or Terry Hawthorn (01787 223141).  Arrivals 7:15 for a 7:30 start.

Messy ChurchMessy Church 11th June

Starting at 9:30 in Sunday 11th June this month’s theme is the wedding at Cana when Jesus turned water into wine.  . Join us for a wedding breakfast, and lots of fun activities and songs.

Children's SocietyChildren’s Society Boxes

Time to collect in your Children’s Society Boxes! Thank you to all who support the Children’s Society by collecting their loose change in the special money boxes. Liz will arrange to collect them in June, or you can drop them off in the church office.

Services & Other Dates

Sunday 4 June 9.30am Pentecost Communion led by Rev Mandy Elmes
Communion at Langham
11.15am Morning Praise at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Tuesday 6 June 7.45pm Alpha Course
Thursday 8 June 9am Open House
10am Rachel’s Home Group
2.30pm 5Ts
7.00pm Messy Church prayer meeting
Friday 9 june 7.45pm Wired youth group
Sunday 11 June 9.30am Messy Church
Communion at Boxted
11.15am 15am Communion at All Saints’, Great Horkesley
6.30pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 13 June 7.45pm Alpha Course
8.00pm Michael’s Home Group
Thursday 15 June 9.00am Open House
2.30pm 5Ts
Sunday 18 June 1.15am Communion led by Rev Mandy Elmes
Tuesday 20June 7.15pm Men at Work, Five Bells Pub, Colne Engaine
Saturday 24 June Senior Citizen’s Lunch
Friday 30 June 7.45pm IGNITE! Youth service at St Peter’s, Boxted
Sunday 30 June 9.30am 3 parishes joint service at St Peter’s, Boxted

Sunday Gospel Readings




Sunday 4 June John 20:19-23 Jesus appears to the disciples in a locked room
Sunday 11 June Matthew 28:16-20 Jesus gives the Great Commission
Sunday 18 June Matthew 9:35-10:23 Jesus sends out the 12 disciples
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