Coming up …..
MAC Strawberry Tea
Saturday 12th July 2-00pm – 5.00pm.
You are invited to a Strawberry Cream Tea, cost £4.00, with cakes, stalls and books at St Mary’s Church. All proceeds go to Mid Africa Concern for work in Uganda.
Cops and Robbers Holiday Club 2014
Ages 5-11 (Reception - Year 6)
Opening Service & Picnic - Sunday 27th July at 10am, Holiday Club - Monday 28th - Thursday 31st July, Closing Service - Sunday 3rd August at 10am
Adult and teenage helpers are still needed - can you make lots of cups of tea and jugs of squash?
If you can answer yes to any of these questions please speak to Fiona Scott for more information.
Ride & Stride
Saturday 13th September 2014
A Note for your diaries. “Ride and Stride” is an event in aid of Friends of Essex Churches which involves walking or cycling to as many Churches as possible in Essex on a sponsored basis. Half of the funds raised by members of our Church come back to St Mary’s to pay for repairs and maintenance. The other half goes to the Friends to help other Churches in Essex. It doesn’t matter how many Churches you visit as long as you get plenty of sponsorship money! We hope that as many people as possible will get on their bikes or on their feet to take part in 2014. Please note the date in your diaries and, although it is couple of months away, please start getting sponsors lined up. Stephen Foakes is coordinating “Ride and Stride” for St Mary’s. He will have sponsorship forms available at the back of Church and is very happy to answer any questions about the event after morning service. He can also be contacted on Tel: 01245 603292 or email:Stephen_foakes@btinternet.com for further information and sponsorship forms.
Course in Christian Studies (CCS)
Chelmsford Taster Evenings:
Monday 14th July 7.30-9.30pm (to start Monday evenings)
Wednesday 23rd July 7.30 – 9.30pm (to start on Weds mornings at 10am)
Meeting at the Diocesan Office, 53 New St, Chelmsford
The COURSE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES is a two year course exploring the Christian Faith and sharing in a journey of discovery with others. What could this course enrich you with?
Interested? Then find out more at one of The Course in Christian Studies taster evenings in July around the Diocese. For further details or about other venue dates in the Diocese, please look at the poster at the back of church or ask Jacqui in the Church Office.
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.
Saturday 18th October
10am – 4pm at Central Baptist Church. The theme is ‘Joshua: Living on promised turf.’