Notices for 21st May 2017

Today 8.00
9.45
6.00
Holy Communion
Family Communion & Baptism
Choral Evensong, Ingatestone  – see below
Monday
Tuesday 9.00 Meditation Group – Belli Centre
Wednesday
Thursday 9.15
2.00
Meditation Group – Belli Centre
Thursday at Two – Belli Centre
Friday 9.15 Sunbeams – Belli Centre
Saturday
Seventh Sunday of Easter  8.00
9.45
6.30
Holy Communion
Family Communion
Evensong

Whilst Rev’d Jane is immobile and not taking services, we regret we have had to cancel our customary evening Eucharist on Ascension Day (25th May). If you would like to attend a service to celebrate Ascension, you are warmly invited to join the congregation at St George’s Church on Ongar Road, where services will be held at 9.30 am and 8 pm.

This evening, the choirs of our local Deanery churches are once more joining together to sing choral evensong.  You are most welcome to attend: this year the service is being held at St Edmund and St Mary’s church, Ingatestone at 6.00 pm.  There will be no evensong here today.

The recently introduced Parish Giving Scheme benefits the church by giving a more certain and timely cash flow, which is very helpful for planning purposes.  Benefits to the individual are that your donation can be anonymous and can be index-linked.  Information packs are available at the back of the church; please take one if you haven’t already, and consider whether you could give this way.  If you need to know more, please contact Neil Hornsby, our Parish Giving Officer  (neil.hornsby@ukgateway.net; 07980 941650)

The Children’s Society boxes are usually emptied at this time of year, however there is the complication of the new twelve-sided £1 coin now in circulation. The old ’round’ £1 coin will cease to be legal tender on 16th October 2017, but boxholders will already be donating both new and old £1 coins in their boxes.  To ensure the banks will accept old £1 coins, the box opening date is being moved closer to the October deadline.  If this causes problems (perhaps your box is already full) contact Sarah Clark (214622) or Julie Harries (231668), who can arrange an interim count of your box or give you a second one to tide you over.  

Looking for a party venue?

The Belli Centre is available to hire for private parties until 8pm.  We can offer, at competitive  rates, a spacious, well-presented hall with up-to-date catering facilities, disabled access and a large car park.  To enquire about prices and availability, contact Katherine Ball, bellicentre@gmail.com;  01277 215016

Our newly formed St Peters Youth Group meets every other Thursday during term time and is looking for donations of games/activities to occupy children age 11+.  Also required are any unwanted beanbags to furnish a planned chill-out corner.  Lastly, does anyone has an interesting job or hobby and would be willing to spare an hour to share with the children one evening? Chris Gelderbloem (chrissygelderbloem@gmail.com; 07939549384) would love to hear from you.

The recently introduced Parish Giving Scheme aims to simplify financial contributions to the church by enabling payment by Direct Debit rather than by standing order or the collection plate.  Information packs are available at the back of the church; please take one if you haven’t already, and consider whether you could give this way.  If you need to know more, please contact Neil Hornsby, our Parish Giving Officer  (neil.hornsby@ukgateway.net; 07980 941650)

Patronal Festival  Can you spare an hour or two on the Saturday 1st and / or Sunday 2nd July?  Stewards are needed for the church, Tower and car park.  The orange board at the back of church gives hourly slots available that you can sign up to – please help if you can.

The Junior Quiz Group is looking for leaders and assistants to lead and support Bible based activity sessions for children in years 3 and 4 during the Sunday family service.  Teaching materials are provided, but a basic knowledge of the Bible and some experience with children would be useful.  Leaders should be confirmed and should expect to commit to about 2-3 sessions per term.  Contact Kerry Redman  (219215;  kerryredman2004@hotmail.com) for more details.

Sunbeams Parent and Toddler Group are urgently seeking extra hands to help set up the toys and tidy away on a Friday morning.  If you could help on an occasional Friday, please contact Danielle White 07816 50293.