NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR NOTICES
Please send your submissions and all service details for the notice sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PANCAKE PARTY FOR CHRISTIAN AID
There is going to be an after school Benefice Pancake Party at the Vicarage (2 Piercing Hill, Theydon Bois) on Tuesday 5th March from 3.30 - 5p.m. Ingredients and toppings provided. All children are invited, but are asked to bring a parent/carer with them, and it would be helpful if you could let John or Jen know if you are planning on coming. There will be a collection in aid of Christian Aid.
APCMs (ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS) & ELECTORAL ROLLS
In April, an APCM will be held in each of the churches of the Benefice. In order to vote at the meetings or to stand to serve on the Parochial Church Council it is necessary to be on the electoral roll. The whole roll is revised from scratch every 6 years, and 2019 is the year this will take place. Membership is open to all who live in the parish or have attended church regularly for a period of 6 months. The dates when the rolls is open will differ in each church; please look out for the notices in your church over the next month and complete the forms which will be found at the back of each church, you must complete a new Application Form even if you are presently on the Roll.
At St Mary's TB the deadline for all completed forms is Wednesday 27th March. Sally Crone, the electoral roll officer asks please leave completed and signed form in box provided at the rear of the church. You can also download an application form from the website from 21st February. Forms may also be returned via the Benefice Office.
GIRLGUIDING ANNIVERSARY SERVICE AT ST MARY'S TB
On Sunday 3rd March, there will be a special service at 10.30a.m. run by the girls from the Girlguiding groups from Theydon Bois to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 1st Theydon Bois Guide company, the 50th anniversary of the Brownie pack and the 30th anniversary of the Rainbow unit. All are welcome to join us at this special celebration especially anyone with past connections to the groups.
ST MARY'S TB LENT SOUP LUNCHES STARTING 12TH MARCH
You are warmly invited to our Lent Soup Lunches every Tuesday from 12pm in St Mary's TB Church Hall, starting Tuesday 12th March up to and including Tuesday 16th April. 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. Please come along if you can, and bring a friend or neighbour. We look forward to seeing you.
MONDAY EVENING HOUSEGROUP - MONDAY 25th FEBRUARY
We are a small friendly group who meet approximately once a month on a Monday evening from 7.00p.m. until 8.30p.m. Next meeting will be Monday 25thFebruary. We read and discuss a range of Bible based topics and will be continuing 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 email@example.com
GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Sunday groups for children and young people in the Benefice resume next week. At All Saints TG groups take place on 2nd and 3rd Sundays of each month, and at St Mary’s TB on the 2nd and 4th Sundays. At St Mary’s TB children in year 3 and above are invited to consider joining the choir, please contact Hugh Meteyard for more information.
BARKING AREA VOCATIONS EVENT
God calls different people to different ministries in the church and the world, and there is going to be an opportunity to explore a range of vocations and ministry opportunities in this Diocese and the wider Church of England at the forthcoming Vocations event on Saturday 2nd March at St Mary's Loughton, from 9.00a.m.-2.00p.m. Bishop Peter will be the keynote speaker and there will be opportunities to explore both lay and ordained ministries. Is God calling you? (even in the faintest whisper of a call perhaps.) The Vicar would love to hear from anyone looking to explore their own vocation. (Our Vicar is also the Vocations Advisor for the Epping Forest and Ongar Deanery.)
There is an opportunity to be Confirmed by the Bishop of Chelmsford in the cathedral on Saturday 20th April at 7p.m. Could anyone who is interested in making a commitment to following Jesus in this way, speak to one of the clergy.
QUIZ NIGHT AT ALL SAINTS TG
There will be a quiz on Saturday 16th February at 7.30P.M. in the Gatehouse. Tickets available from Ann (01992 572877) are £12 which includes a fish/chicken/vegetarian supper, bring your own drinks. All proceeds will go to St Clare hospice. If you have any suitable items for a raffle prize please give them to Jean.
BAGS FOR LIVES
The St Mary’s TB Mission committee asks that anyone who has a ‘Bag for Lives’ to please return it to St Mary’s so they can be used for the 2019 appeal.
There is no Benefice Baptism Preparation session in February, the next session will be at St Mary's TB at 8.00p.m. on Thursday 14th March. For all baptism enquiries please contact the Benefice Office in the first instance.
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.
NEW WINE 2019
Tom Warmington (new Curate in Epping) will be going to New Wine 2019 (Week 1: July 27th - August 2nd 2019) in Peterborough. Anyone and everyone from the Benefice is welcome to join the group from the churches in Epping. It is a week of teaching, worship, prayer and rest. Children and young people are looked after and there are a range of accommodation options. Whatever your church ‘tradition’ there will be something for you, Tom & family would love to go with a large and diverse group from the area Epping. When booking choose ‘Epping District Team Ministry’ in order to camp together. See www.united.new-wing.org to book or for more details, or speak to the Vicar or contact Tom using firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.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.