EASTERTIDE - Jesus Christ is Risen !
The Parish is in vacancy, or interregnum, until a new Vicar is appointed. Until then, the Churchwardens are responsible for the day-to-day running of the Church. If you wish to speak with a priest, please contact the Associate Minister. For other matters, please contact the Parish Office (contact numbers on the back page). It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Anthony Heard, in the first instance. Churchwardens
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM) will take place at 7.45pm on Tuesday 30th April 2019.
Our Vision (part of the Mission Action Plan or MAP,
in humility with God~
loving one another and
with the wider community .
NOMINATION FORMS FOR MEMBERSHIP OF THE PCC AND FOR CHURCHWARDENS are available at the back of Church or by e-mail request to the Parish Office. If you would like any further information, please speak to Dawn or Anthony. Churchwardens
11th MAY - YOUTH CREATE will be performing at 2pm & 6pm. They came second in the Jack Petchey Award & performed at the London Palladium. Their show is entitled `Joseph'. More details to follow.Tickets cost £5, children free, available from Di Kitson or from http://www.youthcreate.co.uk/
CHRISTIAN AID BIG BREAKFAST will be on Saturday 18th May in the Memorial Hall from 9.00am till noon, Everyone is welcome, come along and bring family and friends. As usual, we will be serving eggs, bacon, vegetarian sausages, baked beans, toast homemade marmalade, tea, coffee and juice. There is no charge, we just ask for a donation to Christian Aid. Val Bright
PARISH MEETING & APCM: Anthony Heard and Shona Passfield were elected Churchwardens at the Annual Parishioners" Meeting on Tuesday 30th April.
Both Anthony and Shona will attend the Archdeacon's Visitation on 9th May to be sworn in by the Diocesan Registrar, and Shona will take up the office of Churchwarden on this date. At the APCM that followed this meeting, Marian Newby, Mark Helmsley, Debbie Cubit, Valerie Bright and Nick Bright were elected to the PCC. We offer all the above our congratulations and thank them for being prepared to serve. Please let us hold the Churchwardens and all members of the PCC in our prayers. All papers from the APCM are available at the back of Church for those who were unable to attend. Dawn Dickson
THANK YOU to all for the wonderful flower arrangement that was presented to me at the Annual Parishioners' Meeting on Tuesday; it has been a privilege to serve the parish as Churchwarden. Dawn Dickson
DENISE INGS SAWRIDGEWORTH CHAMPION OF THE YEAR: We congratulate Denise on winning this Town Council award and thank her for 25 years' service as Editor of Church & Town. Churchwardens
CALLIGRAPHER needed for occasional work. Please see the Churchwardens if you are able to help or can recommend someone. Churchwardens
EASTER GARDEN: It would be helpful to set up a rota to keep it alive for as long as possible - timing arrangements can be made to suit those who would like to help. If you are interested, please contact Angela directly. Angela Alder
CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOXES: It is time for these to be handed in for counting up for May 2019. Would you please leave your box at the back of the church at the 9.30 am Sunday service or alternatively hand directly to myself in Church. Could I please have your box by Sunday 26th May, any problems you can Contact me on 724250. Thank you. Debbie Dear
FOODBANK - We have completed our five day Living on a Box during Lent and are now collecting sponsorship money please so that we may take it to MRCT as soon as possible and when all monies have been collected, we will let you know how much we raised.
Our last collection was on Sunday 12th May. Our next sale will be on Sunday 19th May and if there is anything that you would specifically like please let us know. At our last sale we raised a brilliant sum of £66.30 and at the table top sale another £20 was raised for which the charity was very thankful. Thank you for your continued support for this very worthy cause. Ann and Cathy
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK is one of our top priorities as a Church. However, the Ministry Team needs contact with the relative or friend who has asked for a person to be included on the list of those we pray for by name, so that they can keep in touch. If you are someone who has asked for a relative or friend to be prayed for by name, could you please confirm to Revd Debbie, Di or Chrissy in the Parish Office by 12 May whether that person should remain on the list. After 12 May (or the date you have already specified whichever is later) we will start to remove names if there has been no contact. Churchwardens
SPONSORSHIP- I invite you to sponsor Jennifer Vrahimis when she descends GAPING GILL (100m/330ft) in the Yorkshire Dales on 29th May. It is the UK's biggest pothole with a continuous waterfall, roughly twice the height of the Niagara Falls. The funds will be equally divided between Gt St Mary's Church and Dementia UK. Please use the sponsor form on the table at the back of the church, Thank you. Jennifer
PARISH OFFICE: CHRISTINA GOAN is our PARISH ADMINISTRATOR. Chrissy lives in Sawbridgeworth. Although Chrissy's daily hours vary, she will be in the office each weekday from at least 11.30am to 1.30pm..
It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Anthony Heard, in the first instance.
Please note that notices for the PEW LEAFLET should be submitted to the Parish Office by 1pm on Thursday for printing on Friday morning. Please send copies to the Churchwardens. PLEASE INDICATE (IN THE SUBJECT BOX) THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET. There is limited space. Please try to keep them brief. Thank you.
DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/prayer-diary/
E-News will replace SEEROUND as a fortnightly e-mail roundup of news from the diocese and from parishes, forthcoming events, people notices and vacancies. Do make sure you are signed up to receive this by signing up at www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/signup-see-round-online
Alban Life is a new quarterly printed magazine. To be published at Advent, Lent, Pentecost and Harvest, each edition will give you encouraging, informing and inspiring stories about current issues and themes relevant to the life of people and churches in St Albans Diocese. The first few copies of Alban Life are distributed free of charge so we can get to know it. Please take a copy today. A short survey will be available after the magazine has been released, and the diocese would be grateful for any feedback as planning and writing future editions begins.