News & Events
Weekly and advance notices
Week beginning Sunday 23rd July 2017
Tristan’s last Sunday
Many thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate the Pastoral Assistants on Friday evening. Today is Tristan’s last Sunday with us, and we will make a presentation to him at the end of the service. There is still time to contribute to a leaving gift if you haven’t already done so. Please see the envelopes provided and give to one of the Ministry Team.
Welcome to the summer schedule
Please look out for changes to the weekly schedule beginning from this Thursday.
Our Sunday format stays the same, but on Mondays there will be no services in church. Whilst Morning Prayer continues on Tuesdays at 9.00am, the Contemplative Prayer Group takes a summer break. On Wednesdays, Morning Prayer moves to 10.00am, with the Eucharist and Evening Prayer remaining at their usual times of 11am and 5.15pm respectively. Morning Prayer on Thursday is at the later time of 9.00am, followed by silent prayer lasting about 25 minutes, followed by a cup of tea or coffee. Friday Morning Prayer remains at 10.00am, and for the Saturday schedule please refer to the sheet from week to week.
Looking towards a new rota
A new rota will begin at the start of September, and we want your help creating it. Please fill in the rota at the back of church, writing your name next to the date when you would like to do your duty, and with whom you may have a preference to serve. We suggest you get your name down quickly to ensure you secure the date that suits you.
Youth trip to St Paul’s Cathedral, 25th July
We are organising a trip to St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday 25th July, in the afternoon, for children and young people and their parents/guardians. Please pick up a letter at the back of church about the trip and return the form by Sunday 23rd July. Thank you!
Children’s Society collections
Many thanks to all who donated to the Children’s Society over the last year. We raised an excellent £550 for this great cause, which supports vulnerable children in England and Wales.
New email addresses
Please note that Fr Bruce’s, Debbie’s, Naomi’s and Louisa’s emails have changed. Debbie’s new email is email@example.com. Please see the Parish Ministry Team column for details of other new emails. Old email addresses will still work for the time being, but please update your address book & start using them immediately. Thank you!
Sacred Space continues at 6.00pm tonight. Sacred Space is a pared down service, lasting 45 minutes, with lots of space for silence and contemplation and a short homily on prayer. The church is open from 5.30pm for those who wish to stay in silence before the service.
Gardening at the Tower
Join the Friends’ gardening team who meet on the first Saturday & third Thursday of the month. The next session is on Thursday 3 August, 10.30am-1.00pm.
The Foodbank is currently experiencing an increase in the number of people using our service, and so, to avoid the possibility of running out of food, we are appealing for more donations. If you are able to donate, please bring non-perishable food (tinned, dried, UHT) & leave it in the box near the font. If you have any questions, please contact Mari-Wyn (firstname.lastname@example.org/07340 955699). Thank you!
Open Rectory Friday 25th August
All are welcome to drop in at the Rectory on Friday 25th August for afternoon tea from 4.00pm, or drinks & a shared supper from 7.00pm. Indeed, you might come at 4 and stay ‘till late. Please bring drink & food to share. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Parish Weekend Retreat 13th-15th October
Many of you know Pleshey from previous retreats or perhaps by reputation & will know that it is one of the most popular retreat houses in the South East and perhaps further afield. It is near Chelmsford in Essex, set in beautiful countryside. Our retreat conductor is Fr David Darling, who is a very experienced retreat guide and spiritual director, and spent many years as a Franciscan friar.
The cost of the retreat this year will be £180*. This includes high quality accommodation, superb food for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day as well as the guidance of the retreat conductor and opportunity for a session of one to one spiritual direction with him should you wish to avail yourself of it. We will be asking for a non-refundable deposit of £70 by Sunday 20th August, and full payment of the balance to follow by Sunday 17th September.
If you would like your name to be added to the list of those attending, please let Fr Bruce, Debbie (email@example.com) or Annie (firstname.lastname@example.org) know – or you can add it to the list in church.
*There is the opportunity of some bursaries to help with the full cost. Please see Fr Bruce.
Weekly sheet deadline
Please send all notices for the weekly sheet to Tristan by Tuesday midday: email@example.com