Welcome to the online presence of St Mary's, Great Baddow. We are a group of ordinary people who love God and would like to share his love with others in our community. Please take time to look round our website and see who we are, what makes us tick and what we do. We look forward to welcoming you to any of our services or events, take a look at our content below for details of what's happening. Happy browsing!
Coming up …..
During the autumn we will be holding three team prayer meetings with the opportunity for us to come together to pray about the appointments of our team vicars and for our team ministry. The dates are as follows:
Thursday 2nd October, 8pm at St. Paul's
Wednesday 29th October, 8pm at Meadgate
Dates for your Diary
Women’s Prayer Breakfast in St Mary’s Church
Saturday 18th October
CABC Conference 10am – 4pm at Central Baptist Church. The theme is ‘Joshua: Living on promised turf.’
Saturday 15th November
Essex Christian Healing Trust Autumn Conference 9.30am – 4pm at St Luke’s Church, Gloucester Ave.
Our Youth Alpha course starts at St Marys from 17th September 2014 for all 15 - 18+ yr olds. If you know any young person who would be interested in coming along, we would love them to join us, it’s not too late! Please contact Liz Soulsby or Jacqui in the office on 01245 477501.
..... coming soon to a church hall near you!
Our next Alpha course starts on 23rd September in Bell Street Hall. It is open to all – those finding out about the Christian faith for the first time; those thinking about coming back to church; and those who’ve been Christians for many years but want a refresher or to develop their confidence in thinking and speaking about their faith. It is also the preparation course for those coming forward for Confirmation. We aim to provide a relaxed environment where we can get to know one another and where there is no such thing as a silly question. Perhaps you would like to come along – or perhaps you have a friend or neighbour you might invite. For more information or to sign up, speak to Wendy Ross or Katie de Bourcier.
Recycle your surplus medication
WHY? To benefit African countries in great need of medication that we do not need and would otherwise be wasted.
WHAT? Medications, drugs and surgical items surfeit to requirements with an expiry date of 15 months.
WHERE? The Dispensary at the Danbury Medical Centre, Eves Corner, Danbury.
You can make a difference to the health of people in Africa at no cost to you, just a little effort! For further details, see leaflet on notice board under Mission at the back of Church.
Confirmation is an important milestone in our journey of faith and our participation in church life. It is an opportunity to state publicly our faith in Christ and our decision to live life his way, and is a significant event for the individuals being confirmed and for all of us as a church family.
We’ll be holding a Confirmation service in St Mary’s on 30 November this year. Confirmation is usually open to those of age 12 upwards, and there is no upper limit! If you have not already been baptised, and are 12 or above, we would normally arrange for baptism and confirmation to take place at the same time. If you feel this might be the next step for you to take, or you just want to find out more about what it involves – whether you have been a Christian for years or have newly come to faith – then please speak to Philip or Katie.
Alpha in the Autumn
Would you like a refresher course in the essentials of the Christian faith? Do you want a chance to ask the questions you’ve never got around to asking before? Would you like to deepen your understanding of who Jesus is? Do you have a friend who would be interested to find out more about God and faith? If the answer to any of those is yes, then the Alpha course is the opportunity you are looking for! We will be running the course this autumn, starting in late September. All are welcome – those who’ve been Christians for a while; those who’ve never set foot inside a church; those who are exploring what faith means to them. As an extra incentive, we serve great puddings and cakes each week! For more information, speak to Wendy Ross, Katie, or Jacqui in the Church Office.
Meadgate Church – School of Ministry
Running in parallel with school term times, Meadgate School of Ministry is available as a daytime course (one year) or evening course (two years) and with a popular Internship Programme, there is provision for anyone who wants to progress their relationship with God. Want to know more? Contact the School of Ministry by:
Post: Meadgate School of Ministry, C/O Meadgate Church, 162a Meadgate Ave, Chelmsford, Essex. CM2 7LJ
Telephone: 01245 492741
Cathedral Young Vocations’ Day
‘The Echo of Whisper’
Saturday 22nd November 10.300 – 2.30pm Chelmsford Cathedral
A time to explore God’s call on your life. The day is aimed at 16-30’s who are looking, even at the very earliest stages, to explore God’s calling on their life, especially to ministry in the Church. The day will include input and stories from Bishop Stephen and others, and lots of time for discussion & asking questions. With lively worship, lots of bottles of water, lots of coffee and a free lunch!
For more information or to book, please contact Ivor Moody on: firstname.lastname@example.org or via www.chelmsfordcathedral.co.uk