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Barthomew the Apostle

9.30am Eucharist 

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11th Sunday after Trinity

8.00am . Eucharist 

9.30am . Parish Eucharist

11.30am Holy Baptism - Jack Richard Abery

6.30pm  Evensong (said)



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Please note that due to school holidays, THE CHURCH will close earlier than usual during August, usually at around 12 noon. The Church will be open for scheduled services and Jayne can be contacted in the office about access if necessary, on 01279 726629 (Mondays 9.30-1.30, Tuesdays 9-1, Fridays 9-1). Apologies for any inconvenience caused.          The Vicar & Churchwardens

Date for your Diary: Friends of Gt. St. Mary's present: "A MUSICAL TAPESTRY" Concert on the 9th September at 7.30 pm, with June Barrie, Tariq Daniels and Duncan Lane at the Piano. Songs from the shows, Jazz and Opera Included. Tickets 10, children free from Full of Beans and The Tuck Shop. Di Kitson

FIRST AIDERS: please could you be in touch with Jayne in the Parish Office, either if you have had First Aid training or if you would be interested in undertaking training with a view to providing a first aid presence at services. Thank you.

PARISH PILGRIMAGE - SAVE THE DATE: Following our very successful trip to Canterbury last autumn, we have now confirmed that this year's pilgrimage will be to Rochester Cathedral on Saturday 2nd September. We hope to run a coach as last year. Booking forms will be available from June but for now, if you'd like to come, please put the date in your diaries. Rachel Moate

THE PARISH OFFICE: JAYNE MACKIN's role includes the work formerly done by Carrie, but please ensure that notices for pew leaflet are copied to the Vicar as well as to the office. Please indicate that the e-mail is for the PEW LEAFLET in the subject field. REvd Debbie is doing the worship rota.

Enquiries about booking Church House and the Parish Hall should be made to Jayne.

The Parish Office is open from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Mondays, 9am to 1.00pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.

MOVING ON: Carrie Johnson has left us to work in a new (local) post. We are very grateful to Carrie for all she has done in the 8 years she has been working in the Parish Office and wish her and the family well. We will find a convenient time to say farewell to Carrie.

CHESTNUT   At last, we have found a good way of  disposing of the stump of the chestnut.   Previously contractors approached were expensive or refused to quote because the stones in the roots would blunt the machinery at the commercial recycling sites. 

Early on Friday morning RW Marsh and Sons carefully loaded it onto a heavy lorry and took it to a corner of their farm in Little Hallingbury where it will  become a good home for beetles and other wildlife.  F&C Committee

PAINTING - We are looking for a few volunteers to paint some of the woodwork in the Parish Hall. Please sign up in the back of the church.

ARCHITECT/SURVEYOR - After a period without a surveyor/architect, we are pleased to announce that Tony Redman of Whitworth has been re-appointed in time for our Quinquennial inspection this year.

At the PCC MEETING on 13thJuly 2017 the following key matters were discussed:

Approval of the Annual Accounts

Appointment of the Church Architect/Surveyor

Safeguarding training dates

Date of PCC Awayday to discuss MAP - Satiurday 9th December

Messy Church activities at Sunday Club on third Sundays.

Approval of the Annual Report and Financial Statements was was given at a SPECIAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING on 16th July at 11.15am in Church House.

CHILDREN'S SOCIETY BOXES: The total collected for 2017 was 173.72. The money collected is very much appreciated and contributes to all the good work they do with vulnerable children. Thank you for your continued support. Please note: may I please ask you to remember that the old 1 coins will not be accepted by the banks for charities in 2018 as the deadline date is October 2017, so new coins only pleasel           Debbie Dear

FRIENDS OF SAWBRIDGEWORTH NEUROCENTRES (Jacobs/Gardens Neurocentre at Rivers hospital) are looking for volunteers. This need not be hugely time consuming and it would be question of matching anyone interested with appropriate involvement. Please contact Sheila Henderson if you might be able to help. 

EQUIPPING GOD'S PEOPLE PROGRAMME, January - September 2017 - Events and courses open to all - available at the back of Church. 

Our Bring and Share PATRONAL LUNCH will be on Sunday 10th September at 12.45pm. This is a great opportunity for the congregation to come together to share and socialise. A list will be at the back of the church for you to write down the dish you would like to bring along. Tickets are 3 each (children between 516 are 7 ).

Tickets can be purchased from Penny Milne, Val Bright and Cathy Battson.


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