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.


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.


THEYDON BOIS SUMMER FAYRE - 8thJUNE

The Summer Fayre at St Mary’s TB last weekend was a very successful and enjoyable event, in spite of the 35 mph winds! A total of approximately £1,900 was raised for church funds, in addition to the £870 raised at our recent Plant Sale. We would like to thank everybody who worked so hard to make the event happen, as well as Butler & Stag who sponsored us. Also, a big thank you to everybody who came along on the day to support us.


PARISH LUNCH AT ST MARY'S ST

The next parish lunch will take place at Stapleford Tawney on Tuesday 25th June.  All welcome, more details from Margaret Dennis


BENEFICE SHARED LUNCH

Everyone is invited to a Bring and Share Lunch on Sunday 30th June in the Vicarage Garden at 2 Piercing Hill, Theydon Bois immediately after the United Benefice Morning Service to be held at St Mary's TB. There will be a sign up list at the back of each church, and it would be helpful if you could indicate whether you are able to bring something savory or sweet to share. Soft drinks will be provided.


COURSE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES (CCS)

CCS is a course which has been run in the Diocese of Chelmsford for 30 years and helps people to learn about the Bible, prayer and the Christian faith. The course is two years long and at the end of the course, students know more about how God teaches us, the Bible, prayer, church history, Christian decision making, and God's mission in the world. Many former students have found the course to be a turning point in life, and have gone onto explore next steps in Christian ministry. The course it suitable for people at all stages on the Christian journey, and in September, a course will be taking place on Tuesday nights at St Mary's TB, led by our Vicar and Rev Sam Peters (Curate at St John's Loughton). There will be a taster event at St Mary's TB on Thursday 18th July at 7.30p.m., to which all are invited.


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 


ST MARY’S TB BAGS FOR LIVES

Every year, St Mary’s TB Mission Committee has given out our printed canvas bags so they can be filled with items needed by the various charities that we support. We only have 30 left! Please have a search around your house and return any that you find so we can relabel them and hand them out again for this year’s appeal. Thank you very much for your continuing support for our mission work.


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.