ST MICHAEL'S TM - TEMPORARY CLOSURE EXTENDED
St. Michael's will remain closed until at least the beginning of March; all services in the parish of Stapleford Tawney with Theydon Mount will take place in St Mary's ST until further notice. It is hoped the church will be able to be used on Mothering Sunday.
NEW EMAIL ADDRESS FOR NOTICES
Please send your submissions and all service details for the notice sheet to firstname.lastname@example.org.
QUIZ NIGHT AT ALL SAINTS THEYDON GARNON
There will be a quiz on Saturday 16th February at 7.30P.M. in the Gatehouse. Tickets available from Ann (01992 572877) are £12 which includes a fish/chicken/vegetarian supper, bring your own drinks. All proceeds will go to St Clare hospice. If you have any suitable items for a raffle prize please give them to Jean.
APCMs (ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS) & ELECTORAL ROLLS
In April, an APCM will be held in each of the churches of the Benefice. In order to vote at the meetings or to stand to serve on the Parochial Church Council it is necessary to be on the electoral roll. The whole roll is revised from scratch every 6 years, and 2019 is the year this will take place. Membership is open to all who live in the parish or have attended church regularly for a period of 6 months. The dates when the rolls is open will differ in each church; please look out for the notices in your church over the next month and complete the forms which will be found at the back of each church, you must complete a new Application Form even if you are presently on the Roll. Please look out for information in the church buildings from Ann Padfield at St Mary's ST and St Michael's TM). Forms may also be returned via the Benefice Office.
There is an opportunity to be Confirmed by the Bishop of Chelmsford in the cathedral on Saturday 20th April at 7p.m. Could anyone who is interested in making a commitment to following Jesus in this way, speak to one of the clergy.
SPRING CLEANING THE CHURCH BUILDINGS
The Vicar and Wardens are going to be having a New Year declutter of the buildings. We ask that you please check the lost property collections in the churches or other areas for items which could belong to you. If there are items which are used for ministry in which you are involved, please can they be placed in a cupboard or a clearly labelled storage box. Items not clearly stored, claimed or clearly labelled may be disposed of at the end of February.
BARKING AREA VOCATIONS EVENT
God calls different people to different ministries in the church and the world, and there is going to be an opportunity to explore a range of vocations and ministry opportunities in this Diocese and the wider Church of England at the forthcoming Vocations event on Saturday 2nd March at St Mary's Loughton, from 9.00a.m.-2.00p.m. Bishop Peter will be the keynote speaker and there will be opportunities to explore both lay and ordained ministries. Is God calling you? (even in the faintest whisper of a call perhaps.) The Vicar would love to hear from anyone looking to explore their own vocation. (Our Vicar is also the Vocations Advisor for the Epping Forest and Ongar Deanery.)
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.