Saint Mary's Theydon Bois


WORSHIP IN THE THEYDON PARISHES – JANUARY 2021

 

The beginning of 2021 is both a time of hope and challenge to us all.  In the last few Sundays, in common with Christian communities around the world, we have heard again the message of Christmas, that the very Word of God, Jesus Christ, came to live in the world in the fulness of humanity and experienced in his earthly life its joys and it sorrow.  

 

Looking ahead, as a nation, we face ongoing restrictions on our national life, in an effort to protect as many as possible from COVID-19.  The most recent restrictions still allow for public worship to take place in England, but the Churchwardens of the Benefice and I are acutely aware that the local area has one of the highest number of cases per 100,000 of the population in the country and our local health service is under significant pressure.    Our Diocese has strongly advised that all services should move online (except for funerals) and as a result, online services will once again become the main way in which the churches of the Theydon Parishes gather in worship until mid February.   

 

Every Sunday, a recorded act of worship will be posted on our Recorded Services page and there will be a weekly Sunday evening service at 6pm and Wedneday Morning Service at 10am on Zoom where we are going to be reading Mark's Gospel until Easter (see the calendar for each week's reading beneath this text).  Groups for children and young people will also continue online and details will be circulated to parents and carers.  Our church buildings will be open for private prayer at the times shown on our Benefice home page.   There may also be occasional services of Holy Communion on festival days, and details of these will be posted on the Benefice website and circulated in the weekly notice sheet emails.

 

As the Bishop of London, who chairs the Church of England COVID recovery group has written “I would urge everyone in our churches to pray for those on the front line in our public services - the NHS and those working in social care, for schools and many others on whom we depend; and for parents and carers of children at this anxious and stressful time.  There is hope. The vaccination programme is underway and, as Christians, we have a deeper hope in God that comforts us beyond fear itself. As we have been remembering this Christmas Season, even in the midst of our darkest fears, that hope brings light.

 

Rev John Fry – Vicar of the Theydon Parishes

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A church of welcome

At St Mary's Theydon Bois you will find an atmosphere that is loving, caring and welcoming to all. We aim to nurture each other to grow in faith together, through quality worship, bible teaching and prayer, sharing the love of God in Christ with others by example and our activities in the community and wider world.

 

Whatever your reason for visiting, you are welcome at any of our services. The main Sunday gathering takes place at 10.30 a.m. weekly (except on a month where there is a 5th Sunday, when we join with other churches for a joint service at 10.00a.m.).  Every Sunday there is also a traditional service of Holy Communion at 8.00a.m. and a sung Evening Service at 6.00p.m.


Services

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News & events

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Special occasions

 Special occasions with spiritual meaning from weddings, baptisms and funerals can be arranged.



For information on groups for Children and Young People at St Mary's Theydon Bois, please click here.


How to find us

St. Mary's Church

Piercing Hill

Theydon Bois

CM16 7JN