NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR NOTICES
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Please note the new deadline for the weekly notice sheet. Could all submissions please be sent by Tuesday at 5.00p.m.
VICAR'S REST DAY
From the beginning of October, John, our Vicar will be swapping his regular rest day to a Friday. Morning Prayer at St Mary's TB will be said weekly on a Monday beginning on Monday 14th October at 9.30am, to allow for the visit of Theydon Bois Primary School on Monday 7th.
FUNERAL OF THE LATE PETER SIMMANCE
The funeral for Peter who was known to many in the Theydon Bois community will take place in church on Wednesday 11th December at 2.00pm in St Mary's TB. A large congregation is expected, and any attending are asked to arrive in good time.
One of the most powerful things that followers of Jesus Christ can do is to pray for matters or people which concern us, James wrote to the early Church "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5.14). Beginning next week, there will be a section of the sheet entitled "Your prayers are asked for", If you would like to make a prayer request for yourself (or for someone else with their consent) to be included please contact the clergy, who are also able to arrange pastoral visits. There are also prayer boards where requests can be made in each of the parishes.
Regular prayer is an important part of following Christ, and there are lots of opportunities to come together as a Benefice to pray. Morning Prayer is said on a Monday at 9.30am and on Tuesday at 8.45am in St Mary's TB. Both are said services, use contemporary language, and last about 15 minutes. On Tuesday BCP Evening Prayer (traditional language) is said at St Mary's TB at 5pm. Holy Communion is celebrated during the week on Tuesday at 10.00am at All Saints TG and on Wednesday at 10.00am at St Mary's TB. (Midweek services will not take place between Boxing Day and 2nd January).
ST MARY'S TB PRAM GROUP
Due to the General Election there will be no Pram Group Thursday 12th December, and then the group will be taking a break for Christmas. Pram Group returns to St Mary's TB Church Hall on Thursday 9th January from 10.00- 11.30am.
Last Sunday we celebrated as Harriet, Lucy, Lily, Alice, Jayden, Sally, Kerry and Alex from St Mary's TB and Sophia from All Saints TG were Confirmed. Their first Communion will be on Sunday 8th December at St Mary's TB during the 10.30am service; please keep them all in your prayers at this time.
'FINE LINES' CLOSING DOWN SALE
Heather Higgins had a business where she made craft items and sold them at prestigious London craft fairs. Her family are selling the remaining stock, along with her crafting supplies and equipment, at heavily discounted prices. The remaining stock items are an opportunity to buy unique Christmas presents at low prices. If you like crafting then it's not to be missed, as there will be all sorts of things on sale, some of them unusual ones. It's on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December in the church hall, 11am-5pm both days. More details on www.fine-lines.co.uk
CHRISTINGLE MAKING FOR ST MARY'S TB
The Christingle Service on Christmas Eve is the highlight of Christmas for many in Theydon Bois, but help is needed to prepare for it. There will be a "Christingle Making Party" on Monday 23rd December at 6.00pm in St Mary's TB Church Hall, to which everyone of any age is invited. Mulled wine, mulled non-alcoholic punch, and Christmas refreshments provided. Last year we made 250 Christingles in under 90 minutes; can we beat the record this year?
A Blue Christmas service (sometimes referred to as a Longest Night service) is a simple time of prayer, readings and gentle carols and offered to help to anyone for whatever reason is not looking forward to the festivities. We are exploring this kind of service in the Benefice this year at 8pm on Tuesday 17th December at St Mary's TB, with the hope that it might become a part of our Christmas worship for as long as it is needed.
ALL SAINTS TG ADVENT STALL
Pam Mulholland will be running the Advent Stall throughout December and Daphne Elliot will be helping. They would be grateful for contributions of homemade produce, crafts and donations for the stall.
CAROL SINGING IN THE MERRY FIDDLERS
Our Associate Priest has arranged for us to go carol singing in the Merry Fiddlers pub on Wednesday 18th December from 8.00pm. It is located in the parish of All Saints TG and replaces the carol singing which took place in the Moletrap (in the parish of St Mary's ST) in previous years. Mulled wine is available, and tables can be booked for dinner by contacting the pub (the landlord will donate 10% of the food takings to the parishes). All welcome to what should be an enjoyable Christmas evening.
DAVENANT FOUNDATION SCHOOL GOVERNOR ELECTION
Davenant school are looking for new Governors, more details available from the Benefice office.
BENEFICE GROUPS CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
Sunday groups for children and young people will take a short break over the Christmas period, and resume after the holidays on Sunday 12th January.
St Mary’s extend a warm welcome to couples seeking to be married.
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Regular prayer is an important part of following Christ, and there are lots of opportunities to come together as a Benefice to pray. Morning Prayer will be said on a Tuesday at 8.45a.m. in St Mary's TB as well as on a Friday at 9.30a.m. Both are said services, use contemporary language, and last about 15 minutes.
WESTMINSTER ABBEY PARISH PASS
The Benefice Office now holds a parish passes for each church in our group. Each pass can be used on 6 occasions, and allows a group of up for 4 people entry for free each time. Passes can be borrowed from Sarah Bowen.
CONTACTS IN THE UNITED BENEFICE
Email contacts for the Vicar and Benefice Administrator have changed, please use firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to contact John or Sarah. Our Vicar is trying to be more disciplined in using email, and will not have access to email on the move, so sometimes it may take a little longer for a reply to be sent.