St Mary’s Update – 7th July 2017

St Mary’s Update – 7th July 2017

St Mary’s Church update for 7th July provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as Senior Citizen’s lunch, Treasure Hunt and a Course in Christian Studies.

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.

Treasure MapFamily Treasure Hunt

This takes place on Saturday 15th July starting from St John’s Church, Elstar Lane, Great Horkesley, CO6 4FE between 2:30pm-3:30pm.

All families welcome on a Treasure Hunt around local footpaths in Great Horkesley, children must be accompanied by an adult to take part.  Longer & shorter trails are available with refreshments at the end of the trail.

For more information, or to register your interest, please contact Liz Dixon on 01206 243683 or email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”] by Thursday 13th July.

Head profilesCourse in Christian Studies

Would you like to share in a journey of discovery?  This course is an opportunity to explore the Christian faith with others.  The course runs over 2 years, is open to anyone over the age of 16 and is based on weekly meetings in local groups.

You can find out more from students and tutors at these local Taster Events:

  • Daytime Group – 10am – 12noon
    • Chelmsford, Friday 21st July at the Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT,
  • Evening Groups – 7:30pm – 9:30pm
    • Colchester, Wednesday 12th July, St Botolph’s Church
    • Frating, Thursday 13th July, Memorial Hall
    • Halstead, Tuesday 25th July, St Andrew’s Church
    • Tiptree, Thursday 20th July, United Reformed Church

A new online version of the course is also available for the first time this year.  Please visit for more details.

For further information contact: Diane Hardy, Administrator, Course in Christian Studies, Diocesan Office, 53 New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1AT

Tel: 01245 294449 email: [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”].

Afternoon Tea on Sunday 23rd July at 3pm

For the older members of our community. Particularly if you are elderly, living alone and not fortunate enough to have family and/or friends living nearby this could be for you. You are warmly invited to an Afternoon Tea, at the Methodist Church Hall, with folk in a similar situation to yourself.

If wanted, transport will pick you up from your home, bring you to the tea and return you to your home when the tea has finished.

Please contact Judith Fletcher 241969 or Andrew Wilks 242511 if you would like to come or need transport.

Messy ChurchMessy Church

Taking place on Sunday 9th July at 9:30am.  The theme for this month is the story of Joshua & the walls of Jericho tumbling down.

Join us for coffee and croissants, and lots of fun activities and songs.

Services & Other Dates

Friday 7 July Wired Pool Party
Sunday 9 July 9:30am Messy Church
9:30am Communion at Langham
11:15am Communion at All Saints, Great Horkesley
6:30pm Evening Prayer
Tuesday 11 July 7:45pm Last Alpha Course
8:00pm Michael’s Home Group
Thursday 13 July 9:00am Open House
2:30pm 5Ts
Saturday 15 July 2:30pm Treasure Hunt at St John’s
Sunday 16 July 9:30am Family Service at Boxted
11:15am Communion led by Rev Mandy Elmes
11:15am Morning Praise at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Thursday 20 July 9:00am Last Open House before summer holidays
10:00am Rachel’s Home Group
2:30pm 5Ts
Sunday 23 July 9:30am Morning Worship
3.00pm Afternoon tea at the Methodist Church
Sunday 30 July 9.30am 3 parishes joint service at St Peter’s, Boxted
Sunday 13 August 9.30am Messy Church
Sunday 1 October 9.30am Harvest Festival

Sunday Gospel Readings




Sunday 9 July Matthew 11:16-19 & 25-30 Come to me all you who are burdened.
Sunday 16 July Matthew 13:1-9 & 18-23 The parable of the four soils.
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