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

NEW ASSOCIATE PRIEST - A REQUEST FOR HELP

Rev Carol Newnham, currently Curate at St Thomas' Beacontree, will be joining the team in the Benefice as our Associate Priest soon. She will be licensed by the Archdeacon of Harlow in a special service to be held on Thursday 8th November at 7.30p.m. at St Mary's Stapleford Tawney. Please come along and let's fill the church to welcome her. A picture of Carol, and her brief biography can be found on the Benefice website, or in paper form at the back of the churches.

Rev Carol is moving into her new home on Thursday 18th October, this the first time she and her family have lived in a church property, and she is in need of some office furniture.  If anyone has spare desk, office chair, filing cabinets or small soft furniture, which they would be willing to donate, please contact the Vicar.


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

On the evening of Sunday the 11th November the Benefice will be joining in the national Beacon lighting to conclude Remembrance Sunday. There will be a bring and share tea in The Gatehouse at All Saints TG at 6 p.m. and a beacon lighting ceremony in the next door field at 7 p.m. when we will read the names of all who died in the first world war from the churches of the Benefice. This will also be an opportunity to meet our new associate priest in an informal setting.


HARVEST SUNDAY

Thank you to everyone across the Benefice who helped make Harvest Sunday such a special occasion in all the churches, and in particular to those who gave their time to decorate our buildings with flowers and produce.


BRIGHT AND LIGHT PARTY

Churches Together in Epping and District is hosting an alternative Halloween event at St John's Church Epping at 6.45p.m. on Wednesday 31stOctober for primary school aged children. Help is sought at the event itself (for example, leading games, helping with craft, first aid, tattoo art, etc.) and setting up beforehand between midday and 3p.m. Contact louise.want@outlook.com if you are interested.


HARVEST LUNCH AT ST MARY'S ST

There will be a a  Ploughman’s lunch served today at Mary's ST after the Morning Harvest Festival Communion service which begins at 10.30a.m.


ST MARY’S TB MISSION COMMITTEE DATES:

The final cake baking session is this Tuesday from 9a.m. and don't forget Soup Lunches return in November on Tuesdays 6th, 13th, & 20th November, 12-1.30pm all in St Mary's TB church hall.


MUSIC QUIZ! AT ST MARY’S TB

St Mary’s Church TB is holding a fabulous music and general knowledge quiz night and you are invited! The quiz will take place from 8.00pm (doors open 7.30) on Saturday 10thNovember at St Mary’s Church Hall, Theydon Bois. Tickets are £12.50 per person including a Fish & Chip supper. You can book a table (of 8) or individual tickets. BYO drinks and glasses. For tickets please contact Amanda Simmance on 01992 813732 or mandrew_harris@hotmail.com. We are also looking for an extra scorer. Please speak to Phil if you think you could help.


HOUSEGROUP ON WEDNESDAY EVENINGS

The weekly housegroup has started again at a new location. This term we will be looking at an overview of the Bible and how all its puzzle pieces fit together, so that hopefully we can see the big picture more clearly. We’d love to see you any week you’d like to come. The group runs from 8.00p.m. - 10.00p.m. on Wednesdays at 52 Orchard Drive in Theydon Bois and starts with cake/fruit and coffee. For more information contact Alan & Heather on 07759496357; heather.higgins@blueyonder.co.uk


ST MARY’S TB CHRISTMAS FAIR

St Mary’s TB will be holding our annual Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December, 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!


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.