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


CALL MY BLUFF WINE QUIZ

St Mary’s ST with St Michael’s TM is holding a fundraising ‘Call my Bluff Wine Quiz’ on Friday 20th July, 7.30 start, at St Mary’s Church Hall, Theydon Bois. Tickets £15.00 - Price includes light supper & a glass of wine, as well as the ‘tasting wines’, available from Jo Shephard, 01992 814103, 07897 397009,jo.shephard30@gmail.com


GROUPS FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAYS

The regular groups for children at both St Mary's TB and All Saints TG on a Sunday will be taking a break over the school summer holidays and resume their usual pattern on Sunday 9th September.


SING WITH THE CHOIR AT ST MARY’S TB

In what is becoming a regular feature on the third Sunday of the month, we have again arranged for children aged 6+ to do some singing in the Choir Vestry during the sermon today 10.30am service today. They will work with Hugh and Christine (organist) to learn a short anthem. At the end of the sermon they will come back into the church and join with the choir to sing Fairest Lord Jesus.


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.


VISIT OF ALISON KOTRICI TO ST MARY'S TB

Alison Kotrici and her three children are arriving from Albania on July 26th. It will be good to see them again. Alison will be taking part in the service on July 29th, and there will be an opportunity to meet them informally on Friday 27th at 8pm at 8 The Heights, Forest Drive.


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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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. 


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.