St Mary’s Update – 4th April

St Mary’s Update – 4th April 2017

St Mary’s Church update for 4th April provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as the Good Friday and other Easter events, IGNITE! Youth Service and the Alpha Course.

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.

Good Friday – 14th April

Walk of Witness

We will be following the cross through Colchester Town Centre in a silent Walk of Witness.  As we walk we will be praying for peace in our town.

Meet in Essex Street (off Headgate), at 11.45am to start to walk through the town at 12 noon, finishing in Lion Walk.

Mercury Theatre

Hope & Reconciliation is the theme of this event on 14th April, starting at 7.30pm.  Guest Speaker Rev Dr Russ Parker will address seeking God’s blessing for Colchester and Cantus Firmus.

Messy EasterMessy Church

Messy Church becomes Messy Easter on Sunday 9th April at 9.30am. April’s theme is Easter. Hope you can join us!

Maundy Thursday Fellowship Meal

Taking place on 13th April at 8pm in the church all are welcome. Please can you let Liz Dixon know if you would like to come, for catering purposes: tel: 01206 243683, email: [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Alpha CourseAlpha Course

We are running the Alpha Course for 10 weeks starting on 25 April at 7.45pm in the church hall. Alpha is a series of informal sessions exploring the Christian faith, including a hot meal. All are welcome to come along. For catering purposes, please let Liz Dixon know if you are interested in taking part.

Decorating the church for Easter

This kicks off at 9.45am on Saturday 15th April.  We are a bit short of helpers this year so if you can help decorate the church you would be very welcome (no experience necessary!). Please contact [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Ignite imageIGNITE! Youth Celebration Service – Friday 21 April 7.45pm, St Mary’s, West Bergholt

The first IGNITE service in January was such a success that the young people have asked for another one! This will be held on Friday 21 April at 7.45pm at St Mary’s, West Bergholt. There will be music from the band, a sketch, reflections, interactive prayer stations, a short talk and hot chocolate! For more details, please contact [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

All welcome, not just young people!

Services & Other Dates

Thursday 6 April 2.30pm 5Ts
Sunday 9 April
Palm Sunday
9.30am Messy Church (no Kids’ Church)
Communion at Boxted
11.15am Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley
6.30pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 11 April 11.00am Village Communion at St Mary’s
Thursday 13 April
Maundy Thursday
2.30pm 5Ts
8.00pm Fellowship Meal with Communion
Friday 14 April
Good Friday
10.00am Devotional Service at St John’s Church, Great Horkesley
Saturday 15 April 9.45am Decorating Church for Easter
Sunday 16 April
Easter Day
8.00am BCP Communion at Langham
11.15am Holy Communion led by Mandy Elmes (No Kids’ Church)
Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley
Thursday 20 April 9.00am Open House
2.30pm 5Ts
Friday 21 April 7.45pm IGNITE! Youth Service
Sunday 23 April 9.30am St George’s Day Parade (No Kids’ Church)
Tuesday 25 April 7.45pm Alpha Course in the church hall
Saturday 29 April 12.45pm Seniors Lunch
Sunday 30 April 11.00am Joint 3-Parishes Service at West Bergholt Methodist Church
Thursday 11 May Dying Matters Awareness Week during Open House
Sunday 14 May Christian Aid Week
Thursday 25 May –
Sunday 6 June
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ week of prayer

Sunday Gospel Readings




Sunday 9 April Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey.
Sunday 16 April Matthew 28:1-10 The Resurrection.
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