St Mary’s Update – 21st February

St Mary’s Update – 21st February 2017

St Mary’s Church update for 21st February provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as Alpha Course, Lent, Men’s Breakfast & more.

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.

Parable of the Good Samaritan
Parable of the Good Samaritan

3 Parishes Lent Group

Starting 7 March 2017 8.00pm at St Mary’s Church Hall

You are warmly invited to join us for a series of Lent groups when we will be exploring some of the Parables of Jesus and their relevance for us today. Dates for the sessions are:

7 March, 14 March, 21 March, 28 March & 4 April – all at 8.00pm.

The group will start with coffee/tea and biscuits from 8pm-8.15pm and aims to finish promptly at 9.15pm. Each session will involve some discussion in smaller groups.

If you would like more information, please contact Michael Foster, 01206 241022.We look forward to seeing you!

3 Parishes Men’s Breakfast

Saturday 11 March 2017 – 8.30am at the Half Butt Inn, Great Horkesley

Calling all men! You are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at the Half Butt Inn, Great Horkesley, Nayland Road CO4 4ET.  There will be a full English breakfast, including cereal, orange juice, toast & tea or coffee, followed by a talk by Richard Chadborn on the subject of his passion for model railways and how it links to his own Christian faith and ministry. Please invite a friend!

The cost will be approximately £10.  It would help with arrangements if you could let Geoffrey Baker know by Tuesday 7 March if you would like to come. Geoff can be contacted on 01206 271760 or [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Afternoon teaAfternoon Tea at the Methodist Hall

The West Bergholt Methodist Church are inviting older members of the community to afternoon tea.  The event takes place at the Methodist Church Hall on Sunday 17th July starting at 3pm.  Particularly aimed at those who are elderly, living alone and with no nearby family or friends this will bring together those in similar circumstances.  Read more here.

Women’s World Day of Prayer

Friday 3 March at 12.30pm – West Bergholt Methodist Church

As in previous years, we will be joining with the Methodist Church to celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer on FRIDAY 3rd MARCH. This year the service will be held at the Methodist Church. There will be a Soup ’n Snack Lunch at 12.30pm in the Hall in Chapel Lane followed by the Service in the Chapel at 1.30pm.

TAm I Being Unfair To Youhis years’ service has been written by the women of the Philippines and the theme will be “Am I being unfair to you?”

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan – named locally as Yolanda – struck the Philippine islands in the western Pacific Ocean. This is mentioned in the service but you will also hear the stories of a girl, a mother and an older woman, recounting their situations and their hopes and fears.

The service focuses on the Bible story of the workers in the vineyard: Matthew 20 v 1-16. There is a reflection on the artwork designed by Rowena ‘Apol’ Laxamana-Sta.Rosa.  It is very thought provoking and illustrates contrasting scenes.

ALL ARE WELCOME – Children & gentlemen welcome!

Alpha CourseAlpha Course 2017

What? Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. It starts with a meal and is followed by a short talk about an aspect of the Christian faith and a chance to ask questions and talk about the issues raised.

When? We plan to run the Alpha Course over a period of 10 weeks, sometime after Easter. To help us find the best day and time to run the course, please could you contact either Rev Mandy Elmes, or Liz Dixon in the church office, by Friday 31 March.

We look forward to seeing you!

Services & Other Dates

Thursday 23 February 9.00am Open House
10.00am Home Group (Rachel Hutchings)
2.30pm 5Ts
7.45pm PCC Meeting
Sunday 26 February 8.00am Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley
9.30am Morning Worship, with Kids’ Church
Communion at Boxted
11.15am Service 4 All at All Saints, Great Horkesley
Wednesday 1 March 8.00pm Ash Wednesday Communion at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Thursday 2 March 9.00am Open House
2.30pm 5Ts
Friday 3 March 12.30pm Soup Lunch at Methodist Church followed by
1.30pm Women’s World Day of Prayer
7.45pm Wired Talent Night
Sunday 5 March 9.30am Holy Communion led by Mandy Elmes, with Kids’ Church and talk by the McCanns from OMF
Communion at Boxted
11.15am Morning Praise at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Tuesday 7 March Lent Group Starts
Saturday 11 March 8.30am Men’s Breakfast at the Half Butt Inn, Great Horkesley
Sunday 12 March 9.30am Messy Church (no Kids’ Church)
3.00pm Afternoon Tea at the Methodist Church Hall
4.30pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 14 March 11.00am Village Communion at St Mary’s
Sunday 19 March 11.15am Holy Communion led by Mandy Elmes, with Kids’ Church
Sunday 26 March Mothering Sunday 9.30am Morning Worship, with Kids’ Church
Sunday 2 April Annual Church Meeting
Thursday 13 April Maundy Thursday 8.00pm Communion at St Mary’s
Friday 14 April – Good Friday 10.00am Devotional Service at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Sunday 16 April – Easter Sunday 11.15am Communion at St Mary’s, West Bergholt
Sunday 30 April 11.00am Joint 3 Parishes Service, Methodist Chapel, West Bergholt

Sunday Gospel Readings

Sunday 26 February Matthew 17:1-9 The Transfiguration.
Sunday 5 March Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus is tempted in the desert.
Sunday 12 March John 3:1-17 Nicodemus asks Jesus ‘how can a man be born again?’
Sunday 19 March John 4:5-42 Jesus talks to the Samaritan women at the well.
Sunday 26 March Luke 2:33-35 Simeon prophesies about Jesus’ destiny.
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