BISHOP OF CHELMSFORD'S LENT APPEAL
This year the Bishop’s Lent Appeal is to raise money for a water bowser in our link Diocese of Marsabit in Kenya. Details of the appeal can be found at http://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/lentappeal/ and from there is a link to the donations page.
CONFIRMATION IN THE BENEFICE - SUNDAY 6th MAY 2018
On Sunday 6th May at 6p.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 also 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 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, one for adults and one specifically for young people, more details to follow. Would anyone interested in Confirmation or in joining either group please speak to the Vicar to register your interest.
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, 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.