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


GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

Many thanks to those of you who have returned your consent forms; not only is this important from a compliance perspective, but the production of a database of church members should make administrative life considerably easier. There is still time for forms to be returned and can we remind you that we do need a form per person, not per family. We will be very mindful of what we send to you and will not bombard you with anything! 

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TB STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN

The St Mary's TB 'Lenten Campaign' is now completed. Response forms have been received back under confidential cover, and the Working Group would like to thank all those who have declared their giving intentions for 2018/19. Planned Giving is the backbone of our Parish finances, so we hope that newcomers to our Congregations will feel able to participate. The Planned Giving Secretary is Sally Crone on Tel. 572566.


BAPTISM

Baptism of adults or children (often referred to as a Christening), is a marker of the beginning of a journey with God. This journey is life long, and coming to Baptism is a step making a positive response to the love of God for all people, as revealed through the life and work of Jesus Christ. It is not about having all the answers, but it is about wanting to bring Jesus into the centre of life, and to look to Him to receive as a gift the life which He offers. In the service, serious promises are made, and other signs of the Christian way are used, including the presentation of a lit candle, which is a sign of the light of Christ which has conquered evil, and that which Christians follow on the life-long journey of faith. Baptism services usually take place in the main Sunday services (9.15a.m. at All Saints TG and 10.30a.m at St Mary's TB, or St Michael's TM or St Mary's ST) or in special circumstances a service can be arranged for 12.30p.m at St Mary's TB or 2.00p.m. at All Saints TG. If you would like to be baptised, or to make arrangements for a child to be baptised, the first step is to attend a Baptism preparation session. The next session is on Thursday 12th July at 8.00p.m. at St Mary's TB. 


WEDNESDAY EVENING HOUSEGROUP

What is God like? What experience of him does he expect us to have? 

These are the questions the Wednesday evening housegroup is thinking about at the moment, using a course called 'Life Explored'. Each session stands alone, so if you'd like to join us then it doesn't matter which weeks you come. The group runs from 8.00p.m.- 10.00p.m. on Wednesday evenings at 6 Graylands in Theydon Bois and starts with cake/fruit and coffee. For more information contact Alan and Heather on 07759 496357 or heather.higgins@blueyonder.co.uk


MONDAY EVENING HOUSEGROUP - MONDAY 25thJUNE

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 25thJune. We read and discuss a range of Bible based topics and will be starting a series of sessions looking at aspects of Grace in our Christian faith. 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


BAGS FOR LIVES AT ST MARY'S TB

The Mission Committee at St Mary's TB are launching the annual Bags for Lives appeal today. Members of the Committee will be explaining in the 10.30a.m. service how we can practically support the work of Christian Mission through gifts of foodstuffs, toys, and items such as clothing and bedding.


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


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. Please join us.


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.