News and Events for St Mary's Church, Theydon Bois


THE THEYDON PARISHES ON SOCIAL MEDIA

The Vicar is looking for someone with the skills to manage the profile of the parishes on social media.  Please contact him on Twitter @revjefry or by email if you could be that person.    


BAPTISM PREPARATION

The next Baptism preparation session will be on Thursday 8th February at 8.00p.m. at St Mary's TB. Please direct any questions about Baptism in the Benefice in the first instance to the Benefice Administrator.


LENT SOUP LUNCHES IN THEYDON BOIS

You are warmly invited to come for lunch every Tuesday in Lent from 12.00p.m.-1.30p.m. in St Mary’s TB Church Hall, starting Tuesday 20th February up to and including Tuesday 27th March. On offer is a choice of tasty home-made soups, fresh roll and butter, delicious home-baked desserts with cream, and tea, coffee or a soft drink to finish, all for just £5 per person, £1.50 for children. There is a bring and buy stall and plenty of fun and fellowship. Proceeds from these lunches are donated to charities and organisations supported by St Mary’s at home and overseas, including The Box in Epping, St Clare Hospice, the Church Mission Society and the Mission to Seafarers. Why not bring a friend or neighbour. If you are able to help serve on the day , or make soup or dessert, please sign the list at the back of St Mary’s TB or contact either Linda, lin_hammond@hotmail.com or Robyn, robynmarsh@pommies.plus.com


BENEFICE LENT COURSE

There will be a Benefice Lent Course exploring Christianity through the Gospel of Mark, meeting every Tuesday during Lent from 1.30p.m. - 2.30p.m. in St Mary's TB Church Hall. The first session will be on Tuesday 20th February. All welcome, more details from our Vicar or Beryl Denney.


MONDAY EVENING HOUSEGROUP - MONDAY 26TH FEBRUARY

We are a small friendly group who meet approximately once a month on a Monday evening from 7pm until 8.30pm. Next meeting will be Monday 26th February. We read and discuss a range of Bible based topics and at the moment we are exploring the book of Hebrews. We are always happy to welcome new people, so please feel free to come along or, for more information, contact Lynne Welham on 07958 786777 or lynne.welham@yahoo.com    


THE WOMEN'S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - FRIDAY 2ND MARCH 2018

The Women's World Day of Prayer service starts at 2.00p.m. on Friday 2nd March 2018 at Theydon Bois Baptist Church. World Day of Prayer is an international, ecumenical, prayer movement initiated and carried out by Christian women in more than 180 countries. Every year Christians of many traditions and all ages, celebrate a common day of prayer on the first Friday in March. The theme this year is "All God’s Creation is Very Good!"  We will join an estimated 3 million people around the world that day in a service which has been written this year by the women of Suriname in South America. Starting in Samoa as the sun rises, and ending as the sun sets off the coast of American Samoa, the service will have been translated into more than 95 languages and 1000 dialects as we are reminded that we have responsibilities in caring for this wonderful world we live in. With its vast rainforest and wealth of resources, Suriname asks us to pray for conservation and the protection of wildlife, through an awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse, as well as for the situation in Suriname and concerns for the future. This is not simply a day of prayer for women, but for everyone who cares about our world and those who live in it. Please join us for the service followed by refreshments. Further information from Liz Emmett 814951


A WHOLE BENEFICE JOURNEY

On Saturday 24th March, all are invited to join our Vicar in walking across the whole Benefice, and praying in each of our church buildings. Exact timings to be published soon, but please keep the day free and come along to walk all or part of the journey or to pray in one of the churches.


EVENING PRAYER

Evening Prayer is usually said publicly in the Benefice at St Mary's TB on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5p.m.  The service takes place in the choir stalls, and entry is via the clergy door at the east end of the building.


GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON SUNDAYS

Groups for children on a Sunday will be starting again next Sunday, 14th January at both St Mary's TB and All Saints TG during the main services. In 2018, there will be provision for pre and primary school aged children on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month at All Saints TG and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at St Mary's TB.


ALL AGE FAMILY WORSHIP AT ST MARY’S TB

The All Age Family service at St Mary’s TB is a lay led service of the Word designed to meet the needs of families with young children. The next All Age Family service will be at 10.30a.m. on 4th February, when we will be celebrating Candlemas. Please join us.


CONFIRMATION IN THE BENEFICE - SUNDAY 6th MAY 2018

On Sunday 6th May at 6p.m., St Mary's TB will be hosting a service of Confirmation at which the Bishop of Barking will be confirming candidates from the Deanery. This is a rare opportunity for us to host such a service, and also a special opportunity for anyone thinking of Confirmation to make a step of Christian commitment here in the Benefice. Confirmation is a special service led by a Bishop where those baptised (usually those baptised as children) confirm the promises made and it is usual to participate fully in services of Holy Communion following Confirmation. Bishops preside on these occasions as a reminder that we belong to the universal church as well to our local congregation. Two preparation courses will be offered, one for adults and one specifically for young people, more details to follow. Would anyone interested in Confirmation or in joining either group please speak to the Vicar to register your interest.


PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Last February, I joined a group led by Rev. Sally Lynch on a memorable trip to Israel. The group of 17 were very friendly, the Christian Palestinian guide was excellent, the accommodation, meals etc very good, and the comprehensive itinerary took us to all the important Christian sites in Jerusalem, the desert, Bethlehem, Nazareth etc, to the Dead Sea, and Masada, and to Galilee. Sally was a very experienced, kind and inspiring leader: memorable moments were many, such as Communion on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, by the river Jordan at the Baptism site…Sally is leading a Pilgrimage again, from 2-11 October, 2018, 10 days based in Jerusalem and Galilee. Further information from Robyn, robynmarsh@pommies.plus.com


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 vicar@theydonparishes.org or office@theydonparishes.org 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.