Living in Love and Faith (LLF) is the name given to a set of resources helping the Church of England to explore and reflect on marriage, relationships, sexuality and identity. These are important issues but need care and sensitivity to discuss appropriately.
As part of LLF there is a five- week course which every parish in the Diocese is being encouraged to run.
Here at St Mary’s, we will be offering this in church on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 9.00pm on the following dates:
We invite any teenage or adult members of St Mary’s to join us. We do ask that you commit to try and come to all five sessions – it won’t work well with people dropping in and out of some sessions.
Please sign up on the sheet at the South Door if you wish to take part.
Unsurprisingly, we’re having to do things a little bit differently this year and in fact, our annual meetings normally take place towards the end of April but that wasn’t possible because of lockdown.
They will now take place at 10.30 am on Sunday 20 September – in the churchyard if fine and in the church if the weather is not so good. If you attend the 8 am service please do come back and join us for these short but important meetings which we estimate will last about 45 minutes.
If you attend the 9.30 am service, please join in as usual with that and then factor in staying on afterwards for the meeting. And, finally, if it is wet, the 8 am service will be unaffected (hardy lot!) the 9.30 am service will be online only but do come down to the church afterwards for the meeting in church at 10.30 am and feel free to bring some coffee or tea with you.
It is really important that we have a good attendance as we elect our Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens, we hear the reports for the past year, and elect six members to represent you on the Parochial Church Council and four members to the Deanery Synod.
Copies of the annual reports booklet and accounts are available to download at the top of this page. They will also be circulated electronically beforehand where you are on our church electoral roll and we have an email address for you but there will also be limited
numbers of both in printed form to pick up from inside the church in the days leading up to the 20 September.
Our custom at St Mary’s is to celebrate our Patronal Festival (our church birthday if you like) in early September with a special service and a time of food and fellowship.
Despite things being a little different, I don’t see why we shouldn’t still do that with gusto and joy! So, on 6 September we will have a single service at 11.00 am in the churchyard and our guest preacher will be Bishop John Gladwin, former Bishop of Chelmsford.
We can’t offer catering at the moment so we encourage you to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterwards and we’ve arranged for a wonderful string trio of amazing musicians to come and play a concert for us.