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

ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM)

The APCM for the Parish of Theydon Bois St Mary, will take place on Wednesday 25th April at 8.00p.m. in St Mary's TB All relevant documents can be viewed by clicking here.


5th SUNDAY BENEFICE SERVICE

The next joint Benefice service takes place next Sunday 29th April at 10a.m. at St Michael's Theydon Mount, the preacher is the Ven Vanessa Herrick, Archdeacon of Harlow. The church is located at Mount Road, Theydon Mount, CM16 7QQ, and there is off street parking available, but no baby-changing facilities.


CONFIRMATION IN THE BENEFICE - SUNDAY 6th MAY 2018

On Sunday 6th May 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. This is a rare opportunity for us to host such a service, and to welcome those from across the area to join with candidates from the Benefice in making a commitment to Christ.  After the service, we would like to offer refreshments, please speak to the Vicar or a Warden if you could help.


CHRISTIAN AID

St Mary's TB Mission Committee is hoping that the annual door to door collection for Christian Aid can take place this year, but to do this, they are looking for a co-ordinator. If that could be you or you'd like to find out more about what is involved, please speak to John Eaton.


GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

As many of you will be aware, the law on data protection will be changing very soon. In simple terms, we need to have your explicit consent to store your personal data and to contact you in some circumstances.  To this end, a consent sheet has been prepared and we would ask that you would fill it in as soon as possible and return to church or the Parish Office.  Sarah will be at the 8.00 am service at Theydon Bois and the 10.00 am joint service at Theydon Mount to answer any questions and to assist if needed.


PLANT SALE

We will be holding a Plant Sale on Saturday 19th May at 9.30am to 12pm in St Mary's TB Church Hall. Selections of quality nursery grown 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.


 

MAY FAYRE

In addition we will be holding a May Fayre on Monday 28th May from 11-4 at the Church Hall. To do this, we need your help! Please could you think about donating the following items, ideally before the day or to the church hall on Sunday 27th May:

  • Home Produce and Cakes, scones and pies for refreshments
  • Second hand Bric-a-brac, China & Glass, Books, Toys and Jewellery
  • Unused Toiletries, Handicrafts, Gifts and other nearly new items
  • Raffle prizes and bottles for tombola

We also need lots of help over that weekend as follows:

  • Set up on Sunday afternoon 2-5
  • Set up on Monday morning 8-10
  • Set down on Monday evening 4-6

If you can help with any (or all!) of these sessions, please offer your services to Phil Simmance (813732 or 07876 686845), Mike Palmer (815034). There will likely be a BBQ for helpers on the Monday evening. Also, if you would be able to run a stall, or help in any way, for ½ day or the full day please offer your services to Phil or Amanda Simmance.


BAPTISM PREPARATION

There is no Benefice Baptism Preparation session in April or May. The next session will be on Thursday 14th June at 8.00p.m. at St Mary's TB. To make arrangements before then, please contact the Benefice office.


LENT SOUP LUNCHES - THANK YOU!

We have been overwhelmed by your generous support of our Lent lunches this year, whether helping to make them happen or coming along as customers, sometimes both!  The total amount raised was an amazing £2318, all of which will be donated to charities and organisations supported by St Mary’s.  We couldn’t do it without you.  With our warmest thanks, St Mary’s Mission Committee


PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

Last February, I joined a group led by Rev. Sally Lynch on a memorable trip to Israel. The group of 17 were very friendly, the Christian Palestinian guide was excellent, the accommodation, meals etc very good, and the comprehensive itinerary took us to all the important Christian sites in Jerusalem, the desert, Bethlehem, Nazareth etc, to the Dead Sea, and Masada, and to Galilee. Sally was a very experienced, kind and inspiring leader: memorable moments were many, such as Communion on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, by the river Jordan at the Baptism site…Sally is leading a Pilgrimage again, from 2-11 October, 2018, 10 days based in Jerusalem and Galilee. Further information from Robyn, robynmarsh@pommies.plus.com


EVENING PRAYER

Evening Prayer is usually said publicly in the Benefice at St Mary's TB on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5p.m.  The service takes place in the choir stalls, and entry is via the clergy door at the east end of the building.


GROUPS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE ON SUNDAYS

Groups for children on a Sunday will be starting again next Sunday, 14th January at both St Mary's TB and All Saints TG during the main services. In 2018, there will be provision for pre and primary school aged children on the 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month at All Saints TG and on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at St Mary's TB.


ALL AGE FAMILY WORSHIP AT ST MARY’S TB

The All Age Family service at St Mary’s TB is a lay led service of the Word designed to meet the needs of families with young children. The next All Age Family service will be at 10.30a.m. Please join us.


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.