News and Events for Stapleford Tawney and Theydon Mount


Please send your submissions and all service details for the notice sheet to

Please note the new deadline for the weekly notice sheet. Could all submissions please be sent by Tuesday at 5.00p.m.


From the beginning of October, John, our Vicar will be swapping his regular rest day to a Friday.  


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which this year falls on 26th February. In the Benefice we will mark the occasion with a said service of Holy Communion at 10am and Sung Communion with the Imposition of Ashes at 8.00pm. (both services will take place at St Mary's TB).


Easter Day was traditionally the time when new converts to the Christian faith would commit to following Jesus through baptism. As part of our journey to Easter this year Lent groups will meet in the Benefice and using the Pilgrim course will be exploring and revisiting those promises. This year the course is also suitable as Confirmation preparation. Groups will meet during Lent on Wednesdays at 10.30am in St Mary's TB, and Thursdays at 8pm at the Theydon Garnon Vicarage in Fiddlers Hamlet. Also there will be a Lent course at St John's Church in Epping run by Rev Olivia Maxfield- Coote as part of the Diocesan Lent modules entitled "When God disappoints: Developing Reslient Faith in an Uncertain World" The course will explore the theme of disappointment with God throughout the Bible, including studying the Psalms of lament and the life of the prophet Jeremiah with the aim of helping people to appreciate that doubt and frustration are part of faith and to encourage them to speak openly to God and to express disappointment. It will take place on weekly for 5 sessions on Wednesday afternoons from 4.00-5.15pm beginning on 4th March.


Our next event at St Mary's Stapleford Tawney (RM4 1DQ) is on Friday 6th March, 7 for 7.30pm. It's a return visit by an excellent speaker, Nick Dobson, entitled

"Agatha Christie, Queen of Crime" and tells the intriguing story of the crime writer's life and work. Tickets are £10 each, including a glass of wine and interval refreshments, from Colin Flint (0208 500 6373, or Anne Padfield (07803 555869,


There is an opportunity to explore potential callings to lay or ordained ministry at the next Barking Area Vocations Day to be held on Saturday 7th March at St Mary's Loughton from 9.30am – 2.00pm. Bishop Peter and a range of speakers will tell us

something of their different stories and callings and invite us to consider our own. There will be an opportunity to ask questions, to be encouraged and to find out more in a relaxed and informal way. No need to prebook, please bring a packed lunch, tea and coffee provided. For more details please speak to the Vicar, or Rev Stuart Batten by email at


Epping Forest ReUse has good quality furniture, household appliances and other goods for sale. Do come and visit. The charity is 5 mins from Epping Station on the Bower Hill Industrial Estate. See or ask Janet Whitehouse for information 01992 812503.


28th March - an invitation to the whole Benefice to join in the fun! The idea is simple. We each enjoy a three course meal with each course in a different house with different guests. You can choose to host one or more courses if you like, or not if you prefer. Then we all end up at St Mary’s Church Parish Centre for coffee and liqueurs. Guests who reside in Theydon Bois are asked to consider hosting a course. If you would like to participate, as a host or a guest or both, please take a letter from the back of your church for further details, or contact Phil or Amanda Simmance (01992 813732).


On Sunday 15th March at 3.30pm, All Saints TG will be hosting the annual lambing service where we celebrate this point in the agricultural year. The service, which lasts half an hour; will take place outside the Gatehouse and refreshments will be served afterwards.


In the Theydon Parishes, we welcome children and adults to join the church through Baptism, either in our main services or on occasion in special services. To inquire about booking a baptism, please contact Sarah Bowen using the Benefice office email or phone number in the first instance. We are no longer offering preparation in a session held monthly, instead this will take place by arrangement between a member of the Benefice clergy and the candidates and/or their family.


It is always a very moving experience to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and visit the places where Jesus lived, taught, died and was raised to life. St Jerome said: ‘Five gospels record the life of Jesus. Four you will find in books and one you will find in the land they call Holy. Read the fifth gospel and the world of the four will open to you.’ 


We are fortunate that there are two pilgrimages to the Holy Land being organised in our deanery over the next year. Both are through McCabe Pilgrimages and are fully inclusive of all flights, travel, accommodation, meals and gratuities.


Revd Elizabeth Price is leading a pilgrimage from 9 - 16 September 2020 for 8 days based in Jerusalem and Galilee. Her trip has a more archaeological emphasis visiting 3 newly open sites as well as many of the usual ones. The cost is £1795pp. Please contact Elizabeth directly on 07922866535 for more information or an informal chat. Alternatively email her at


The second one is being led by Revd Lee Batson from 1 – 12 February 2021 for 12 days based in Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Galilee. The cost is £2475pp. Please contact Lee directly on 01992 5611517 for more information or an informal chat. Alternatively email him at


One of the most powerful things that followers of Jesus Christ can do is to pray for matters or people which concern us, James wrote to the early Church "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord" (James 5.14). Beginning next week, there will be a section of the sheet entitled "Your prayers are asked for", If you would like to make a prayer request for yourself (or for someone else with their consent) to be included please contact the clergy, who are also able to arrange pastoral visits. There are also prayer boards where requests can be made in each of the parishes.


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 is said on a Monday at 9.30am and on Tuesday at 8.45am in St Mary's TB. Both are said services, use contemporary language, and last about 15 minutes. On Tuesday BCP Evening Prayer (traditional language) is said at St Mary's TB at 5pm. Holy Communion is celebrated during the week on Tuesday at 10.00am at All Saints TG and on Wednesday at 10.00am at St Mary's TB. 


For any who need it, gluten free bread is available for Communion on request.


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.


Email contacts for the Vicar and Benefice Administrator have changed, please use or 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.