There will be no midweek services according to our regular pattern between Christmas and the first Sunday in January; the pattern resuming on Tuesday 8thJanuary.
THEYDON GARNON CAROLS BY CANDLELGHT SERVICE
A Carol Service will be held this Sunday at All Saints TG at 6.00p.m. followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Gatehouse!
CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH
Churches Together in Epping and District are organising a lunch on Christmas Day for anyone who finds themselves alone on the day itself, to be held at the Roman Catholic church in Epping. Details can be found on posters at each church, including transport arrangements.
CHRISTINGLE AT ST MARY'S TB
The Christingle Service on Christmas Eve is the highlight for many in the wider parish of our Christmas celebrations, but help is needed to prepare for it. There will be a "Christingle Making Party" on Sunday 23rd December at 2.00p.m. in St Mary's TB Church Hall, to which everyone of any age is invited. Mulled wine, mulled non-alcoholic punch, and Christmas refreshments provided. Last year we made 200 Christingles in 90 minutes; can we beat the record this year?
St Mary's TB are hosting a Christmas service for local preschool groups at 10a.m. on Friday 14th December and for Reception and Key Stage 1 children and parents from Theydon Bois Primary School on Tuesday 18th December at 9.30a.m. (The other year groups will be attending a service at Theydon Bois Baptist Church). Please pray that these services would be good witnesses of the light of Christ into the community.
JESSE TREE AT ST MARY'S TB
Our Jesse tree serves both as a sharing of greetings between the friends and family of St Mary’s and to support the organisation Embrace the Middle East.Their mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in the lands of the Bible, working with partners to provide health, education and community development programmes, regardless of faith or nationality. If you would like to help support this cause and send a Christmas greeting to friends and family here at St Mary’s, please add your greeting to a card and tie it to the tree in the Parish Centre, putting your donation in the jar provided. Thank you.
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.
CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE AT ST MARY'S TB
The groups for children and young people will take a short break over the Christmas period. There will be sessions led by the team from the Red Balloon Family during the service on today and then the normal pattern (groups on 2ndand 4thSundays of the month) resumes on Sunday 13thJanuary. Children are invited to join with the choir to learn a section of the anthem during the service on the 3rdSunday of the month.
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.