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

CHILDREN AT ST MARY'S TB

Groups for children during the 10.30 service will resume on Sunday 26th November.  More details will be posted here as they are confirmed.    


TIDYING THE CHURCHYARD

Please could you spare some time on Saturday, 11th November between 1.00p.m. and 4.00p.m. to help with the last minute clearing of the churchyard in preparation for Remembrance Sunday? We need as many volunteers as possible - all are welcome. To finish off, drinks and hot sausages will be provided.


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.


ADVENT

On Sunday 3rd December at 10. 30am there will be a Nativity service for all ages. This will be a scratch Nativity put together on the day in which everyone can take part. 


MINI CHRISTMAS CAKES FOR SALE AFTER 10.30 SERVICE

During November we will be selling our home-made mini Christmas cakes in the Parish Centre after the 10.30 service. The cakes cost  £5 each or two for £9, with all profits to missions or charities supported by St Mary’s including St Clare Hospice, The Box in Epping, Aquabox, Mercy Ships, Operation Christmas Child and The Mission to Seafarers. The cakes come beautifully wrapped with a label containing the full list of ingredients, and would make wonderful Christmas gifts for friends, family or neighbours. Shop now while stocks last.


NOVEMBER SOUP LUNCHES IN THEYDON BOIS

Soup Lunches are taking place in St Mary's Church Hall, on 7th, 14th, and 21st November from midday. All welcome to share in fun and fellowship, not to mention a wide variety of tasty, nourishing home-made soups – fresh roll and butter, delicious hand-baked desserts with cream, as much tea or coffee as you can drink, and a home-made mince pie on the side. All this for £5 and £1.50 for children. There will be a bring and buy stall where you can shop early for Christmas. We will be selling our very own mini Christmas cakes, and each week there will be a fabulous Christmas raffle, with tickets being drawn and prizes distributed during the lunch. As ever, all proceeds from the soup lunches are donated to charities supported by St Mary’s TB. Our focus charities at this time of the year are The Mission to Seafarers, Operation Christmas Child and The Manna Society, all of whom need our support and prayers as winter and Christmas approaches. St Mary's Mission Committee look forward very much to welcoming you and thank you so much for your unwavering support.


CHRISTMAS FAIR 2017

St Mary’s TB will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 25th November, 10am-2pm, at St Mary’s Church Hall. We are looking for donations for the usual selection of stalls including gifts (unused; for adults and children), home produce (incl. cakes), toiletries, jewellery, handicrafts, bottles of wine for tombola and raffle prizes. Offers of help on the day will also be gratefully accepted. Please pass any donations and/or offers of help to Phil or Amanda Simmance or any member of the Events Committee. Please also come along and show your support on the day!


OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD TRANSPORT APPEAL

With the help of many in the wider community St Mary's have filled 200 shoeboxes again this year, but the transportation cost has risen from £3 to £5 per box! So please could you help to raise the funds needed by the Mission Committee by putting a donation in the box by the display in the Parish Centre. The boxes have to be at the warehouse by 18th November, so we haven't got long to reach our target...with your help, we can do it!