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.


BENEFICE OFFICE 

The Benefice Office will be closed during Essex School holidays, weeks commencing 8th and 15th April. 


ST MARY'S TB LENT SOUP LUNCHES

You are warmly invited to our Lent Soup Lunches every Tuesday from 12pm in St Mary's TB Church Hall, 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 organisationssupported by St Mary’s TB at home and overseas. Please come along if you can.


DEER IN ST MARY'S TB CHURCHYARD

As you may have noticed, an increasing number of deer are grazing in and around the churchyard at St Mary's TB. Please take care when using the path from the Hoppitt to the church as a number of stags are regularly sighted there.


ST MARY'S TB MONTHLY NEWSLETTER DISTRIBUTION

We are looking for a volunteer to deliver the church newsletter, (10 times a year), in Buxton Road, starting with the May edition. Please contact Mary Gill or Mike Palmer if you could take on this important outreach to the community.


 

GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE 

The groups at St Mary's TB will be taking a break over the school Easter holidays. The first session back will be Sunday 28th April, and from that Sunday onwards, there will be a new group for children who are currently in Year 3 or above. On a 4th Sunday all the groups come in and out of the main service at the same time, on Sundays when there are children singing in the choir, the older group leave the main service after the anthem. 

 


ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS (APCM)

The APCM for each parish in the Benefice will take place as follows: Parish of Stapleford Tawney and Theydon Mount, Sunday 7th April at St Mary's ST immediately after 10.30a.m. service; Parish of Theydon Bois St Mary, Wednesday 24th April at 7.30p.m. in St Mary's TB, Parish of Theydon Garnon All Saints, Thursday 25th April at 8p.m. in the Gatehouse.  These are important opportunities to reflect on the last year and pray, plan and dream dreams for the future and elect Churchwardens, Deanery Synod and PCC members where vacancies occur.  Please come along and have your say at the APCM for your church, and speak to the Vicar in the first instance if you would like to stand in the elections.

 


DIOCESE OF CHELMSFORD LENT APPEAL

The Bishop of Chelmsford's Lent appeal this year is to support the work of St Andrew's College of Theology and Development in Kabare in developing vocational training courses for the people of the Mount Kenya region.  Your support will help to lay foundations for human flourishing in that part of God's world.  For more information please visit www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lentappeal


ST MARY’S TB PLANT SALE 

St Mary’s will be holding our Plant Sale on Saturday 25th May at 10.00a.m. to 2.00p.m. in the Church Hall. Selections of quality traditional and unusual perennials, bedding plants, plants for baskets and containers. Many cottage garden favourites. Refreshments available. Contact Joy Simmance on 814410 for further information or to offer help.


ST MARY'S TB FAMILY FUN DAY

St Mary’s TB will be holding a Family Fun Day on Saturday 8thJune to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday. To do this, we need your help! Please could you think about donating the following items:

  • Home Produce (cakes, scones, pies, jams, chutneys etc)
  • Second hand Bric-a-brac, China & Glass, Books, Toys and Jewellery
  • Unused Toiletries, Handicrafts, Gifts and other nearly new items
  • Raffle prizes and, in particular, bottles of wine for our wine tombola

We will also need plenty of help over the weekend. If you are able to spare some time to get involved in this fun event and/or to donate some of the above items, please contact Amanda Simmance (mandrew_harris@hotmail.com or 813732) or any of the Events Committee.


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 

The Rev Sally Lynch is leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming September (17th – 26th), staying in Jerusalem and Galilee. There are a few places left and anyone who would like to join in is more than welcome. For further details contact Sally at sally514@btinternet.com 


CONFIRMATION

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.


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.


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.


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  tomwarmit@gmail.com


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.