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.
We are delighted that a concert by a string trio of amazing musicians will be given at St Mary’s on Sunday 6th September as part of our Patronal Festival celebrations.
Many of you will remember Quartet Camerata who gave a dazzling concert at St Mary’s in January. Now members of the quartet return to perform Beethoven’s fabulous trio Opus 9 No 1 in this 250th anniversary year of his birth. They will also perform Dohnānyi’s vibrant and tuneful ‘Serenade’ trio.
The concert will be at 3.00pm inside the church. All are welcome to join us. Admission is free but there will be a retiring collection in aid of our Charity of the Year, Pumps for Mpwapwa – providing a solar-powered water pump in the village of Msagali in Tanzania.
Please bring your facemask, we’ll be following government guidelines and maintaining social distancing.
The trio will also be performing the same programme outdoors earlier in the day at 12.30pm as part of the St Mary’s Patronal Festival celebrations – click here for more information.
There is an online booking system for the 3.00pm concert as places are restricted to 60 to allow for social distancing.