THE LICENSING of Revd Frances by the Bishop of Southwark (the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun) will take place at a communion service at St Nicholas, Sutton, at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd April. If you would like to attend, please indicate on the sign-up sheet at the back of church letting us know if you require transportation or will make your own arrangements. Depending on numbers, we will look at either organising a minibus or lifts with others attending. Please let us know by Sunday 3rd March. Anthony Heard
Her last Sunday in Sawbridgeworth was on 24 February with a FAREWELL LUNCH TO REVD FRANCES at the Hailey Centre and Council Offices at 12.30pm.
Thank you all for an amazing (and sunny) day on Sunday. I am blessed to leave with such a happy memory. I feel sustained by the beautiful worship, the children's presentation and by the sound of the bells and the new descant. It was good to have fellowship, as usual, in Church House afterwards. And I am most grateful to all who arranged that and the lunch at the Hailey Centre/Council Offices at which so many friends were present. Thank you for your kindness to my family. I am quite overwhelmed by the generosity of your gift of the painting, flowers and the cheque. I will be keeping you in prayer in the coming months. God bless, Frances. Revd Frances
As of Monday 25th February, the parish was in a 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, the Revd Debbie Hore, on 01279 722948. For other matters, please contact the Parish Office.
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, 2018-2023): walking in humility with God~ Loving one another and sharing God's love with the wider community
LENT LUNCHES are being held in CHURCH HOUSE on THURSDAYS 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and the 4th and 11th April at 12.30pm.
No set charge, just a donation, please, for the "Church Times Train-a-Priest" fund. Lunch consists of homemade soup, bread, cheese, fruit, tea/coffee. If you can offer help with soup-making or setting-up and helping clear away we should love to hear from you, please. Look out for the sign-up sheet at the back of church. We look forward to continuing the happy fellowship established during the Advent lunches, so come along and bring your friends and neighbours -EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Di (723212) and Shirley (723309)
RENEWAL OF CHURCH ELECTORAL ROLL 2019 All who wish to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, are requested to apply for enrolment. 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 in the blue box at the back of church, not later than Thursday 11th April 2019. Being on the electoral roll gives you a vote at the APCM as well as allowing you to be a sidesperson. Fay Clark
THE FRIENDS OF GREAT ST MARY'S are hoping to have OPEN GARDENS this year. If anyone feels they could or would like to take part.please contact Di on 723212.
PARISH OFFICE: CHRISTINA GOAN is our PARISH ADMINISTRATOR. Chrissy lives in Sawbridgeworth.
Please note that, although Chrissy's daily hours vary, she will be in the office each weekday from at least 11.30am to 1.30pm..
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.
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.
LENT COURSE HOUSE GROUP during Lent - this will be a 5-session course, studying a York course "When I Survey Christ's Cross and Ours". Remaing dates are 25th March, 15th & 29th April; 7.45pm for an 8pm start. Each session is individual so you can join us for one session or as many as you can. For further information or to join, please speak with either Anthony or Dawn. Anthony Heard
A HOUSEGROUP will be studying "Discover the Real Jesus" by Rebecca Manley Pippert during Lent and will meet every week during this time on Thursday afternoons at 2.00 o'clock. We meet at 'Beechwood' The Drive. Anthony & Dawn.
STEWARDSHIP ENVELOPES for 2019 are available for collection. Please speak to me if you would like to learn more about this and other methods of supporting the work of the church. Many thanks, Huw Lewis
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.
DEANERY CHURCHES TOGETHER EVENTS
Bishop's Stortford Methodist Church - Saturday 6 April - Choir for a Day
DIOCESAN PRAYER DIARY can be found on the St Albans Diocesan website at www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/prayer-diary/