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

ST MARY’S THEYDON BOIS SAFARI SUPPER - SATURDAY 14TH OCTOBER

An invitation to the whole Benefice to join in the fun! The idea is simple. We each enjoy a three course meal with each course in a different house with different guests. You can choose to host one or more courses if you like, or not if you prefer. Then we all end up at St Mary’s Church Hall for coffee and liqueurs. Guests who reside in Theydon Bois are asked to consider hosting a course, please take a letter from the back of your church for further details.


CONFIRMATION AT ST MARY'S THEYDON BOIS

Advance notice, that in 2018 the Bishop of Barking will be confirming candidates from across the Deanery of Epping Forest and Ongar in St Mary's Theydon Bois on Sunday 6th May 2018.  Confirmation is a special service led by a Bishop where those baptised (usually those baptised as children) confirm the promises made on their behalf by others. It is usual to participate fully in services of Holy Communion following Confirmation.


CONFIRMATION & CHRISTIAN BASICS COURSE

A Christian Basics course suitable for adults will be taking place in the Benefice beginning at 8p.m. on Tuesday 3rd October, at a venue to be confirmed. This is a 6 week course designed to provide an opportunity to explore the Christian faith, and is suitable as preparation for Confirmation - the next opportunity to be Confirmed will be on the evening Sunday 19th November at Waltham Abbey. Confirmation is a special service led by a Bishop where those baptised (usually those baptised as children) confirm the promises made on their behalf by others. It is usual to participate fully in services of Holy Communion following Confirmation. Preparation for Confirmation will also be offered to young people, more details to follow. Would anyone interested in Confirmation or in joining the group please speak to the Vicar to register your interest.


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!


ST MARY’S MISSION COMMITTEE – FAIRTRADE VOLUNTEER NEEDED

We are looking for somebody who might be interested in joining the Mission Committee. We would like someone to volunteer to look after Fairtrade. We are a Fairtrade accredited church and use goods marked Fairtrade in the parish Centre such as tea, coffee, biscuits and then cleaning products for kitchens and toilets. Anyone interested would be responsible for maintaining the stock of these products. There is a list of products and outlets from which to purchase them to help you. In addition, you would be a member of the mission committee which entails three meetings a year, duration of 60 - 90 minutes. It is a lively committee which discusses ideas for the forthcoming events. Members get involved in the Lent and November soup lunches, operations Christmas Child and mini Christmas cake making and of course being involved in the annual Mission Sunday services. Your degree of input into these activities would of course be governed by your availability. Any budding volunteers would be warmly welcomed by the committee.


WEDNESDAY EVENING HOUSEGROUP

The weekly Wednesday housegroup is continuing to look at The Apostles Creed and is currently concentrating on the 'I believe in Jesus Christ' aspect. We at working through an overview of the Gospel of Mark to expand on this. As well as being part of a series, each evening is complete on its own, so you are welcome to dip in and out of the group at any time. For more information contact Heather Higgins on 07759 496357 or heather.higgins@blueyonder.co.uk


MONDAY EVENING HOUSEGROUP - MONDAY 30th OCTOBER

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 30th October. We read and discuss a range of Bible based topics and at the moment we are exploring the book of Hebrews. 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


CHURCHES TOGETHER BRIGHT AND LIGHT PARTY

Louise Want is coordinating this year's Bright and Light Party (the churches' alternative to Halloween for children up to 11 years old) on Tuesday 31st October. She is now looking for volunteers for the party and for set-up / take down before and after. If you are able to help, please get in touch with Louise, louise.want@outlook.com.