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24th 7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 25th Shrove Tuesday
9.30am Tiny Tots Praise
Wednesday 26th Ash Wednesday
9.30am Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes
7.45pm Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes


27th 9.30am Eucharist
11am Prayers in the Chancel
Friday 28th 7.45pm Choir Practice
7.30pm TALK BY RUSSELL SAVORY in the Mem Hall for Friends of Gt St Mary's
Saturday 29th 9.30am Churchyard Working Party



Sunday Next Before Lent

8.00am Eucharist
9.30am Parish Eucharist

6.30pm Evensong

Please note that the monthly Family Eucharist is now held on the second Sunday of each month.


Friday 6th March World Day of Prayer Service hosted by Great St Marys at 10am followed by refreshments in Church House


ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM) 30th April at 7.45pm in Church House.


We are pleased to announce that the Reverend Simon Vivian, currently Assistant Curate in the Berkhamsted Team Ministry, has been appointed as Vicar of the Benefice of Sawbridgeworth and will be Licensed on Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 7.30pm in Great St Mary's, followed by a reception afterwards in the Memorial Hall.


17th July - Visit from Archbshop of the Caribbean as part of the hospitality initiaitve, prior to the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury.


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News ROUNDUP     

VACANCY - Our Parish is currently in a `Vacancy' - which means we don't have a full time Vicar until Fr. Simon arrives.  Our Associate Priest, Debbie Hore, is working hard to manage the workload, ably supported by our Lay Reader, Di Kitson. If you wish to speak with a priest, please contact Debbie; for other matters, please contact Chrissy Goan in the Parish Office. The Churchwardens are also available to assist if required. Please see the back of this leaflet for all contact details. Anthony & Shona

CHURCHYARD WORKING PARTY - the next Churchyard Working Party will be on Saturday 29th February, at the usual time of 09.30. Chris Battson

VISIT TO ST MARY'S CHURCH, STANDON - Save the date, we will be visiting St Mary's church, Standon, on Saturday 18th April in the afternoon. All welcome to join us, further details to be announced shortly. Shona & Anthony

STATEMENT OF NEEDS: PCC APPROVAL FOR PROPOSAL TO PRIORITISE WORK ON THE CHURCH BUILDING - Further to almost unanimous support from the congregation after consultation, approval was given the by the PCC for the above proposal. The Churchwardens are now inviting anyone who wishes to be involved to join a sub-committee being formed to develop plans for reordering our church building. We warmly welcome people of any age or background. Shona & Anthony

NEW SIDESPEOPLE / CHALICE ASSISTANT - The PCC unanimously approved the appointment of Fred Cullen and Jo Cozens as Sidespeople and Mark Hemsley as Chalice Assistant. Although Fred and Jo have already been hard at work, we want to formally welcome them to the team, and thank them, together with all the Sidespeople for their service to our church community. We look forward to Mark joining our chalice assistants who equally provide a fantastic service, thank you!  Shona & Anthony

CORONAVIRUS AND COMMUNION - The Diocese has provided amended guidelines for the taking of communion at this time. Receiving wine must only be done directly to the lips with no dipping of wafers by hand. If anyone has a cold or the flu please refrain from receiving the wine, receiving the bread alone still constitutes a complete communion. Thank you. Shona & Anthony

THE LEVENTHORPE MONUMENT: Skillingtons have now completed their meticulous conservation of the monument. We invite you to take a closer look, particularly at the lettering on the central panel.  We are deeply indebted to the Friends of Great St Mary's for this and other projects in the past. If you wish to know more about the Friends there are leaflets at the back of the church.  Fabric & Churchyard Committee 
STORM CIARA: The gold weathercock was blown from the top of the spire and later recovered from the tower roof. It will need some repair and refitting by steeplejacks. Ecclesiastical insurance has already agreed to pay for this, less the 250 excess. The trees and churchyard were unscathed. Fabric & Churchyard Committee 

THE FRIENDS OF GREAT ST MARY'S are seeking members for their 200 club, last years' 200 club raised a total of 762.00, with prize money totalling the same amount. A draw takes place each month between March & December with additional prize in July and December. The cost at only 12.00 per number per year and you may have as many numbers as you wish. Please contact Georgina King, 31 The Orchards CM219BB Tel 01279722603.

TALK BY RUSSELL SAVORY-The Friends of Great St Mary's Church have invited RUSSELL SAVORY, a BBC Wildlife cameraman, to speak at an event at the Memorial Hall on Friday 28th February 2020 at 7.30pm. Russell will talk about his amazing world of wildlife photography and show some of his very interesting photographs. Tickets for 10 can be purchased at the following - Full of Beans in Church Street; Mint Cafe in Baker's Walk; The Tudor House in Knight Street; Menor Framing in The Maltings and Di (Tel. 723212)..

THE FRIENDS OF ST JAMES - will be hosting a QUIZ EVENING at the St Barnabas Centre, St James the Great, Thorley, on the evening of Saturday 7 March 2020. Doors open at 6.30pm. Tickets are 9 including supper. To book your tickets contact Philip Hargrave 01279 657273.

FOODBANK - Thank you for the huge amount of items we took to the Foodbank on Tuesday. Don't worry if you have missed our collection day as there is a collection basket in Budgens next to the ATM which we empty regularly. We are very grateful for their support. Our latest sale was on Sunday 16th February. Watch out for our entertaining Lent Challenge, more details soon. Thank you for your continued support it is greatly appreciated. Ann & Cathy

LENT LUNCHES - These will take place in Church House on the following Thursdays: 27th February, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March and 2nd April, at 12.30pm. We are looking for people to help - we need a soup-provider and 2 helpers for each date please, so do give it some thought & sign the sheet at the back of the Church. The money raised will go to the "Church Times" Train-a-Priest Fund which supports people in training for the priesthood (very relevant at this time for us) & is part of our. Church's Mission-giving. Many thanks for all your help.  Di and Shirle

SEEKING PERMISSION TO KEEP IN TOUCH _As a result of a change in UK Law on Data Protection to enable us to communicate with Church Members and keep you up to date with developments and events at Great St Mary's, we need your signed consent as to how you are contacted. There is a form available at the back of the church for you to fill in and indicate the contact details you would like us to use or find Form here. Please return completed forms to Valerie Bright or to one of the Church Wardens. Val Bright

PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK is one of our priorities as a church. If you would like anyone included in our intercessions, please fill in a prayer Request Form which are on the table at the back of church, and pass to either Revd Debbie, Di, or one of the Churchwardens. Thank you. Shona & Anthony

PARISH OFFICE CHRISTINA GOAN is our  PARISH ADMINISTRATOR. Chrissy lives in Sawbridgeworth.  The opening hours are normally  9.30am 2.30pm on Mondays & Tuesdays,
11.30am-2.30pm on Wednesdays & Thursdays and 9.30am-1.30pm on Fridays,

Email: office@sawbridgeworthchurch.org.uk  (note new e-mail address) Phone: 01279 726629

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.

Hazel Mead Sawbridgeworth Parish Safeguarding Officer
07709 068 882

Jez Hirst  Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

01727 818107 | 07867 350886

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