GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)
Many thanks to those of you who have returned your consent forms; not only is this important from a compliance perspective, but the production of a database of church members should make administrative life considerably easier. There is still time for forms to be returned and can we remind you that we do need a form per person, not per family. We will be very mindful of what we send to you and will not bombard you with anything!
ECCA SUMMER CONCERT
Epping Church Choirs Association (ECCA) present Summer Thyme, a concert featuring John Rutter's folk-song collection A Sprig of Thymeas well as O Be Joyfulby Vaughan Williams, and other works by George Dyson, Herbert Howells and John Ireland. Accompanist - Laurence Williams, conductor - Simon Winters. The concert is on Saturday 7thJuly, 7.30pm at St John's Church, Epping CM16 5DN. Admission free, retiring collection.
Baptism of adults or children (often referred to as a Christening), is a marker of the beginning of a journey with God. This journey is life long, and coming to Baptism is a step making a positive response to the love of God for all people, as revealed through the life and work of Jesus Christ. It is not about having all the answers, but it is about wanting to bring Jesus into the centre of life, and to look to Him to receive as a gift the life which He offers. In the service, serious promises are made, and other signs of the Christian way are used, including the presentation of a lit candle, which is a sign of the light of Christ which has conquered evil, and that which Christians follow on the life-long journey of faith. Baptism services usually take place in the main Sunday services (9.15a.m. at All Saints TG and 10.30a.m at St Mary's TB, or St Michael's TM or St Mary's ST) or in special circumstances a service can be arranged for 12.30p.m at St Mary's TB or 2.00p.m. at All Saints TG. If you would like to be baptised, or to make arrangements for a child to be baptised, the first step is to attend a Baptism preparation session. The next session is on Thursday 12th July at 8.00p.m. at St Mary's TB.
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.