Notices for 22nd October 2017

Today 8.00
Holy Communion
Family Communion
Tuesday 9.00 Meditation Group – Belli Centre
Wednesday 8.00 Evening Meditation – Church Choir Stalls
Thursday 9.15
Meditation Group – Belli Centre
Thursday at Two – Belli Centre
Friday 9.15 Sunbeams Coffee Morning – Belli Centre – see below
 Sunday 8.00
Holy Communion
Family Communion & Baptism

Please note that as the clocks go back next Saturday night, so our Evensong service will start at its winter time of 4.30 pm.

 New batches of weekly envelopes are at the back of church for those donating by the weekly brown envelope scheme.

 We will again be providing games and activities for the community’s children (school years 2-6) at an alternative free Halloween event ‘Light Up the Night’ on Tuesday 31st October 5-7pm at St Peters School.  Can you spare time to help or donate any of the following? (Leave in the box at the back of church).  Brown and white Maltesers chocolate, sweets for decorating biscuits, Rich Tea biscuits, Marshmallows, Smarties, Jelly Snakes, other jelly sweets, Sticky Gems. Chuppa Chups type lollies or Party ring biscuits.  If you can help or wish to sign up a child, who does not attend the school, to the event contact Jenni Evans or Lesley Binnell (07881 344965).

This year we are supporting Operation Christmas Child by filling a decorated shoe box with items (information at the back of church on what can be included).  The filled boxes (plus a £3 donation for delivery anywhere in the world) are needed by Sunday, 5th November for collection.  Please help to make a child’s Christmas.

Children’s Society Boxes: the annual emptying of boxes has taken place and £2601.90 has been collected.  Thanks to all box holders for your commitment – every penny goes towards changing the lives of this country’s most vulnerable young people.  Please collect your empty boxes from the back of church and start refilling them! We need new box holders – it’s a great way to dispose of all that loose change – contact Julie Harries (231668) or Sarah Clark (214622).

The Mayors’ Community Trust Fund of Brentwood presents its first fundraising event.  The original cast of the West End show The Rat Pack will be bringing their performance to the Brentwood Centre on November 12th. The show starts at 7:00pm and money raised from this event will go to local charities in the form of grants. Tickets for this two hour show are available for £20.00 from Billy Russell.

The elections to the Parochial Church Council are not until next April.  However, any wishing to stand for election will need to have been on the church’s electoral roll as of the 26th of this month.  Please note if you are considering a nomination!

Do you have a little spare time every month to deliver magazines in the London Road area?  If so, please contact Kerry Oldfield (

At the annual Memorial Service, 4.30 pm, Sunday 5th November, all those whose funerals have taken place through this church during the last year will be commemorated.  You are very welcome to attend and if so and would like anyone else who has died included in the prayers, whether in the last year or earlier, please let Jane have their names in writing (

An extra Christian Meditation class has been added to the two weekly classes.  It takes place on Wednesday evenings, 8.00-9.00pm in the Belli Centre.  The group provides a space that is calm and peaceful for both beginners and more experienced meditators – all welcome.  For more details, call Angela Kay (07979 915363).

 Harvest Charity Appeal for our nominated ‘home’ charities

Please place any donations in a coloured envelope, completing the gift aid declaration if you are able.  These donations are kept separate from those in the white envelopes included in the weekly collection.  We are supporting:

 BOSP supports children in this area with special needs by recreational activities.

 Brentwood Mind hundreds of people each year deal with depression, stress and a range of mental illnesses through its drop-in and bridge building services.

Bridge Counselling Services is a Christian charity based in Basildon working to meet a range of needs in the fields of mental health, care and education.

 Christians Against Poverty helping to release people in the UK from debt and poverty by counselling and debt management.

 South Weald Almshouses provides accommodation for those with housing needs

 St Francis Hospice offer care to people who have life-limiting illnesses, alleviating physical, emotional and spiritual suffering in order to give the best quality of life possible, however long that life may be.

 The Royal British Legion provides welfare services for the ex-service community.

Winston’s Wish  provides support for bereaved children.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance saving lives by providing a pre-hospital emergency medical and transportation service

New sets of Bible Reading Fellowship notes are in a box at the back of church for those who subscribe.  If you would like to know more about these aids to regular Bible reading, please contact Frances Appleton (221676).

For enquiries concerning St Peter’s School Second-Hand School Uniform either orders or donations, please contact Cheryl lines via the School Office (215577).  We would ask that you do not leave bags of donated uniform/orders at the church, but contact Cheryl for guidance. 

If you wish to include someone in the prayers for intercessions, who is either sick or who has recently died, please give the details to one of the Churchwardens, Ruth Carter (210812) or Gill Strachan (822610).

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  (; 07980  941650)

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, (; 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 (; 07939549384) would love to hear from you.

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; 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.