St Mary’s Update – 6th March

St Mary’s Update – 6th March 2017

St Mary’s Church update for 6th March provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as the Bishop’s Lent Appeal for our partner diocese in Kenya, 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.

Bishop's Lent AppealBishop Stephen’s Lent Appeal

Have you given up something for Lent and would like to support a good cause with the money you’ve saved?   Together we can make a massive difference to the lives of people in our partner diocese in Kenya.  The community there needs our help to create a safe water source and buy three incubators and two infant warmers for a maternity hospital. Our money will also go on other equipment and renovation in the hospital.

Please take a moment to visit our Lent Appeal webpage and read more about the projects we are supporting. You can also read about this year’s Lent Appeal in The Month.

If you would like to make a donation, please send a cheque payable to Chelmsford DBF to Liz Watson, Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT, or you can donate on line on the Lent appeal website.

The Appeal will remain open until September 2017.

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.


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!

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!

Messy ChurchMessy Church

Taking place at 9:30am on Sunday 12th March, this month’s theme is forgiveness – hope you can join us.

Services & Other Dates

Tuesday 7 March  8.00pm Lent Group Starts
Thursday 9 March 9.00am Open House
2.30pm 5Ts
7.00pm St Botolph’s Church – Bishop Stephen’s School for Disciples meeting
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)
9.30am Communion at Langham
11.15am Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley
3.00pm Afternoon Tea at the Methodist Church Hall
4.30pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 14 March 11.00am Village Communion at St Mary’s
8.00pm Lent Group
Thursday 16 March 9.00am Open House
2.30pm 5Ts
Sunday 19 March 9.30am Family Service at Boxted
11.15am Holy Communion led by Mandy Elmes, with Kids’ Church
11.15am Morning Praise at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Tuesday 21 March 8.00pm Lent Group
9.00am Open House
2.30pm 5Ts
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 Maundy Thursday Service
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

12th March John 3:1-17 Nicodemus asks Jesus ‘how can a man be born again?’
19th March John 4:5-42 Jesus talks to the Samaritan women at the well.
26th March Luke 2:33-35 Simeon prophesies about Jesus’ destiny.
Skip to content