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

NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR NOTICES

Please send your submissions and all service details for the notice sheet to notices@theydonparishes.org.

Please note the new deadline for the weekly notice sheet. Could all submissions please be sent by Tuesday at 5.00p.m.


VICAR'S REST DAY

From the beginning of October, John, our Vicar will be swapping his regular rest day to a Friday.  Morning Prayer at St Mary's TB will be said weekly on a Monday beginning on Monday 14th October at 9.30am, to allow for the visit of Theydon Bois Primary School on Monday 7th.


ENCOUNTERING GOD - GROWING IN THE AWE & INTIMACY OF PRAYER

This is a day conference hosted at St Mary's Loughton on Saturday 26th October.  The speaker is Charlie Cleverly, (Rector of St Aldate’s, Oxford & Author of The Discipline of Intimacy and Epiphanies of the Ordinary).  Tickets cost £10 (including lunch), to register please email: office@stmarysloughton.com or call 020 8508 3643


EVENING SERVICE SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER ST MARY’S TB

Beryl Denney will be presiding at the evening service on Sunday 27th October at 6.00pm, entitled “Breath of Life”, which will be a meditation with time to think and pray. We will sing a few hymns too.


BISHOP'S STUDY DAY

The Bishop of Barking is hosting a day conference on  Artificial Intelligence and Christianity with Professor John Wyatt on Saturday 9 November,from 9.30-2pm at All Saints Woodford Wells, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, IG8 0NH  This is a day open to anyone with an interest in the subject.  Advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics have been making the headlines for some time now. There is clearly a growing interest in humanoid robots and the varied issues raised by their interactions with humans. How does this speak into Christian ethics? 
John Wyatt is co-Principal Investigator for a research project at the Faraday Institute on the implications for human self-understanding of recent advances in artificial intelligence and robotic technology.  The cost for the day is  £15 including lunch, £5 concessions To book please email 
HHenry@chelmsford.anglican.org


GUIDING CELEBRATORY OPEN AFTERNOON

Many thanks to all who supported the Guiding celebratory open afternoon last Saturday in aid of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.  We raised nearly £600 in all, a wonderful result!


MUSIC AND GENERAL KNOWLEDGE QUIZ!

Following last year’s great success, St Mary’s Church TB are again holding a fabulous music and general knowledge quiz night and you are invited! The quiz will take place from 8pm (doors open 7.30pm) on Saturday 9th November at Theydon Bois Village Hall. 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. Please contact Amanda Simmance on 01992 813732 or mandrew_harris@hotmail.com to book tickets or for further information.


ST MARY’S TB MISSION COMMITTEE

Thank you so much for all your support for our Harvest Soup Lunch.  We raised an amazing £323 for the Manna Centre and collected a lot of provisions that will be donated to them, along with your Harvest gifts. Our next Soup Lunches will be on 5th, 12th and 19th November, so we hope to see you there! 


MUSICIANS WANTED AT ST MARY'S TB

The All Age Family Worship group at St Mary's TB is seeking musicians to add to our numbers so we can make an even more joyful noise. We rehearse at 9:30am, before the service, on the first Sunday of the month. If you play any instrument, from piano to triangle, and would like to help with this part of the church's ministry, please speak to Rosalyn Philip - r.j.philip@ntlworld.com, John Philip - j.philip@ntlworld.com or Liz Douglass - lizvic@gmail.com for more details.


ARCHDEACONRY LEARNING HUB AT EPPING ST JOHN'S CHURCH

St John's Church in Epping is the centre of the new learning hub, led by Rev Olivia Maxfield-Coote, Team Vicar in the Epping Team Ministry.  There are a number of events coming up in the autumn, everyone is welcome to everything!

Tuesday 1st, October12-1.15pm. Lunchtime Short Talk on Healing theology (do bring your lunch)

Wednesdays 23rd & 30th October, 10.30-12pm, Study Sessions 1 & 2 on St Mark led by the Rev Dr John Brown and the Bishop of Barking

Wednesdays 6th & 13th November, 10.30-12pm, Study Sessions 3 & 4 on St Mark led by the Rev Dr John Brown and the Bishop of Barking

Tuesday 26th November, 12.15-1.30pm Lunchtime Short Talk on Inter-generational Worship (do bring your lunch)


CONFIRMATION IN THE BENEFICE - SUNDAY 24th NOVEMBER 2019

On Sunday 24thNovember at 6.00p.m., St Mary's TB will be hosting a service of Confirmation at which the Bishop of Barking will be confirming candidates from the Deanery of Epping Forest and Ongar. This is a special opportunity for anyone thinking of Confirmation to make a step of Christian commitment here in the Benefice. Confirmation is a special service led by a Bishop where those baptised (usually those baptised as children) confirm the promises made on their behalf and it is usual to participate fully in services of Holy Communion following Confirmation. Bishops preside on these occasions as a reminder that we belong to the universal church as well to our local congregation. Two preparation courses will be offered in the autumn at times to suit candidates for Confirmation, one for adults and one for young people. Please speak to the clergy to register your interest.


WEDDINGS

 

St Mary’s extend a warm welcome to couples seeking to be married. 

 

To find out more information please view the full details on our Special Events page by clicking here.



MORNING PRAYER

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.


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.