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13th Work continues on the Leventhorpe Monument.
Council start on footpath from porch to Church Walk
7.30pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 14th 9.30am TOT'S PRAISE
Wednesday 15th  


16th 9.30am Eucharist
11am Prayers in the Chancel
Friday 17th 7.45pm Choir Practice
Saturday 18th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins
10.30am Fraud Prevention and Online Security Awareness
talk in Church House



Second Sunday of Epiphany

8.00am Eucharist
9.30am Parish Eucharist

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


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.


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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

STATEMENT OF NEEDS - A summary of the recent meeting to discuss the Statement of Needs of Great St Mary's is now available. It includes a feedback section which we encourage everyone to use, to let us know your views. Find a copy of the Summary here

Leventhorpe Monument: Dr David Carrington, one of the UK's leading conservationists, will begin work this week on this much loved memorial.  This is the latest of a series of projects generously undertaken by the Friends of Great St Mary's."  Peter Clark

Footpath Resurfacing: Ringway Services, working for County Hall, are now scheduled to resurface the footpath from the church porch to Church Walk during the week of 10-17th January with no weekend working. Apparently access to the church will be fine from the front gates and they will take due account of weekday services. Please see the statutory notices Ringway have put up. F& C Committee
CAROLS ON FAIR GREEN.  Thank you David and the Choir, Revd Debbie and all who took part.  The collection raised approx. 2000, of which 1600  is to be shared equally between the Hertfordshire Society for the Blind and the Hertfordshire Hearing Advisory Service with the rest for other local Rotary charities - and the singing was excellent. Sawbridgeworth & District Rotary

LES SKIPPER - It is with much sadness we announce that Les Skipper, a greatly valued former congregant and PCC member, died on Monday 16th December. His funeral will take place at Gt St Mary's Church on 23rd January at 12 noon. Les's family hope that as many as possible of the congregation who knew him will be able to attend. Refreshments will be available afterwards in Church House.  Anyone who wishes particularly to attend the crematorium afterwards is very welcome to join the family. Please keep Caroline, Charlotte and Elinor, together with Les's sister Valerie and brother Ian, in your prayers at this time.

MOTHERS' UNION MEETING You are invited to come to our meeting on21st January in Church House to hear from the Community Police on a "Safer Neighbourhood" . There will be tea and cake after the the talk.  MU Committee

FRAUD PREVENTION TALK - by the Bishop's Stortford community policing team and ONLINE SECURITY AWARENESS TALK by a local IT expert on Saturday Jan 18th at 10.30am in Church House.

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

FOODBANK - Since January 2019, including all Foodbank sales, our Lent challenge, donations and our Christmas draw you have raised the magnificent sum of 1,085.13. Thank you so much for your kind generosity. All the food that you donate and the money you raise enables the Foodbank's Christian ethos to truly show God's love by helping the poorest and most vulnerable members of our Society. Ann and Cathy

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

Please submit notices for the PEW LEAFLET to the Parish Office by 1 pm on Thursday for printing on Friday morning. PLEASE INDICATE (IN THE SUBJECT BOX) THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET. Thank you. Anthony & Shona

PRAYER POINT - We need your prayers please to find the person who can help improve our communications, both within our Church family and the wider Parish. If you can pray for this specific point, and if indeed think you might be the person, do speak with either of the Churchwardens. Thank you. Anthony & Shona

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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