Please note that the monthly Family Eucharist is now held on the second Sunday of each month.
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
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 GOANis 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, firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
Jez Hirst Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser