19th House Group - The Forebury
6.00pm Wedding Rehearsal
7.45pm Bell Ringing Practice
Tuesday 20th Cuthbert, bishop, missionary, 687
9.30am Tiny Tots Service in Church
11.00am Mothers' Union 90th Birthday Eucharist
2.00pm School Easter Service
Wednesday 21st Thomas Cranmer, archbishop, Reformation martyr, 1556


22nd Joseph of Nazareth, (transferred)
9.30am Eucharist
12.30pm Lent Lunch
2.00-4.00pm The Drive House Group
4pm Funeral - Vera Patterson
Friday 23rd 1.00pm Wedding - Sam Rowbottom & Lauran McKay
7.45pm Choir Practice
Saturday 24th 9.30am Churchyard Working Party



Palm Sunday
8.00am Eucharist with blessing and distribution of palms
9.20am Blessing, distribution and procession of palms from Bell Street Car Park

9.30am Parish Eucharist

6.30pm Music for Passionatide (choir performance)


Dates for your Diary

MOTHERS' UNION The Branch is celebrating 90 years of its existence - the first meeting was held in March, 1928 - on Tuesday next, 20th March, with a Holy Communion service in Church at 11 am, and we invite all of you to join us at this service to help us celebrate this milestone. See you there. M.U. Committee

Sunday 25th March, Palm Sunday Performance of The Cross of Christ.

This is a moving and well loved devotion for congregation and choir with prayers, hymns, anthems and readings that focus on the cross and passion of Christ. Yoiu are welcome to come and make this part of your Passiontide devotion.

Monday 2nd April St Alban's Easter Monday Pilgrimage

Monday 23rd April 2018 APCM (please note the date has been changed from 26th April).

Mid May to Mid August the Vicar will be taking extended study leave/sabbatical. Cover to be provided by Associate Minister Debbie and Readers, Churchwardens and Church Officers and Parish Administrator.


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 VISIT OF THE BISHOP OF HERTFORD. The Bishop has written to thank us for our warm welcome during his visits last week. He was very glad to worship with us on Mothering Sunday and appreciated meeting, amongst others, the Tiny Tots leaders, the Ministry Team, the Churchwardens and the PCC. He was very encouraged by the work we are doing on the Mission Action Plan and wishes us well as we take It forward. Revd Frances

DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at



A message from Tim Lomax, Diocesan Director of Mission:

On the dedicated website https://www.churchofenqland.orq/lent there are options to either receive reflections by text, or follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram; also you will see there are downloadable course notes for group work. Please take a look at the website and consider how you would like to - and encourage others to - share in this Lent journey.


The Drive house group are reading 'Let Your Light Shine.' They meet on Thursdays from 2-4pm. Please speak to Eileen Griffiths if you wish to join.

Forebury Avenue house group are reading 'In God's Hands' by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. We plan to have a discussion session on the book after Easter. If you'd like to join us then please speak to Rachel Moate

MAUNDY THURSDAY: Our service at 7.45 pm concludes with the Watch of the Passion which we keep through the night. If you can cover half an hour or more please sign the list at the back of Church. It would be good to have at least three people in Church at all times. We remember that Jesus said to his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane `Could you not watch with me one hour?' Revd Frances

LENT LUNCHES - The next Lent Lunch will take place on Thursday 22nd March at 12.30pm. Di Kitson & Shirley Dodgshon

FOODBANK: next collection on Sunday April 8th. As usual there is an urgent need for: longlife juice and milk, solid tinned meats, tinned tomatoes and squash. You may also like to donate some chocolate for Easter as the next collection will fall after this. If you are leaving donations before the 4th March could you please ensure that these are securely placed in the storage box - it is probably wise to avoid things in packets as they are proving to be a temptation to wildlife!

The next collection will be on Sunday April 8th and not on Easter Sunday. Many thanks, Ann Bard

DEANERY SAFEGUARDING TRAINING SESSIONS are available for those who have contact with children or vulnerable adults in course of their Church duties and activities Those who need to attend include: helpers at activities (Sunday Club, Tiny Tots, MU members who make tea at Tiny Tots and Highfield) and servers.

An online learning module now needs to be completed first.  If you are not sure whether or at what level you need safeguarding training, please discuss with Revd Frances.Please book by following the link:

Please inform Jayne if you will be attending the course and see her in the Parish Office if you need help with booking.

Please book by following the link:


Please be in touch with Jayne in the Parish Office if you need help with booking.

MISSION ACTION PLAN update: : Thank you to all who responded to the request to suggest Goals. The PCC met last Sunday 4th March, to decide on our Goals for 2018-2019. We decided to focus on individual discipleship, the development of Messy Church and the personal delivery of welcome material. Please continue to support the PCC In prayer as we seek to discern where God is calling us and take a Living God's Love prayer card with you today. Revd Frances

REVISION OF THE ELECTORAL CHURCH ROLL 2018 The revision will begin on Sunday 11th March and continue until Thursday 5th April. If you are not already on the roll, then this is your opportunity to be included. Please collect an application form from the back of the church and hand the completed form either to a churchwarden or Fay Clark or place it in the blue box at the back of the church. Being on the electoral roll gives you a vote at the APCM as well as allowing you to be a sidesperson. Fay Clark

The REAL EASTER EGG is available to order. Prices start at 3.99. If interested, please complete the form at the back of the Church. Please can all monies be given to myself and orders placed by Sunday 4th March. This will enable us to receive free delivery and ensure the chocolate eggs are delivered in time for Easter. Anthony Heard

The FRIENDS OF GREAT ST MARY'S are seeking members for the 200 Club, which last year raised a total of 888.00, with prize money totalling the same amount. A draw will take place each month between March & December, with additional prize in July & December. The cost is 12 per number and you may have as many numbers as you wish. It is hoped that you will consider joining/rejoining. Please contact Georgina King 01279 722603

A member of our congregation is looking for ACCOMMODATION in Sawbridgeworth in the New Year. Please see me if you think you might be able to help. Revd Frances

THE PADLOCK ON THE PORCH GATE OF THE CHURCH is to be replaced imminently. If you are currently a key holder, please inform Jayne in the office, either by phone (01279 726629) or by email gtstmarys@btinternet.com within the next 2 weeks, so we can ensure your name is on the list for a replacement key.

CHURCH & TOWN: We are in need of help with the delivery of Church and Town and are looking for volunteers to cover rounds which are not being delivered at present!. Please see list at the back of the church.  If ou can help please contact John Ireland. Tel 01279 723082

The funeral of LEONORA (LENNIE) ALICE HARRIS (nee Prior) (mother of former curate Rob Wynford-Harris) will be on Thursday 22nd March at 3.00pm at St Agnes, Newmarket. Rob asks that those intending to attend let him know. Donations to British Heart Foundation are suggested, rather than flowers. Please keep Rob and the family in your prayers.

The funeral of VERA PATTERSON will take place at 4pm on Thursday 22nd March. Please keep her family and friends in your prayers. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

RINGING IN REMEMBRANCE: During this week the bells will be ringing to commemorate the the following servicemen who died on 21st March 1918.

Private Ernest Brace of the Royal Fusiliers whose home was at 50 Cambridge Road. He is also commemorated at the Fauberg D'Amiens cemetery Arras.

Private Edward Patrick Chapman of the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) 36th Bn. He was born in Deptford but enlisted in Sawbridgeworth, Initially In the Middlesex Regt. before moving to the MGC. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France. Private Alfred James Law of the 11th Bn. Essex Regt. Son of Mr I Law, 72 Station Road he enlisted at Hertford (initially in the Hertfordshire Regt.He was killed in action and is commemorated at the Vaulx Hill cemetery in France.

2nd Lieutenant Harry Duncan Toogood M.C. He served with the 9th Bn. King's Royal Rifles and received the Military Cross. He died aged 24 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial in France. Clive Moore


THE PARISH OFFICE: Please ensure notices for the pew leaflet are copied to the Vicar as well as the office. PLEASE INDICATE THAT THE EMAIL IS FOR THE PEW LEAFLET (in the subject box). Revd Debbie is arranging the worship rotas.

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

It will normally be open from 9.30am to 1.30pm on Mon and from 9am to 1 pm on Tues and Fri.   Email: gtstmarys@btinternet.com           Phone: 01279 726629

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



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