CIVIC SERVICE - 3pm 21st July
MESSY CHURCH - We are hoping to run a Messy Church in August. Please look for noptices here and posters.
GUIDED TOUR of Gt St Mary's (interior of church only) 4th August 2019 2.30pm
FUN ON THE FIELD - 31st August
PATRONAL FESTIVAL - 9th September. We will be welcoming back The Revd. Robert Sibson, who will be preaching at this service.
EXPLORING YOU CALL - 2nd and 9th November. A 2-part workshop to help us identify and explore the Call that God is placing on us.
The Parish is in 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. For other matters, please contact the Parish Office (contact numbers on the back page). It would be appreciated if any requests for administrative assistance from Chrissy could be directed to the Churchwarden, Shona Passfield, in the first instance. Churchwardens
Please note the new contact details:
Our Vision (part of the Mission Action Plan or MAP,
in humility with God~
loving one another and
with the wider community .
FOODBANK - Our next Foodbank collection will be on Sunday 14th July. The following items are at critical level in the warehouse - long life juice, tinned vegetables,tinned fruit, tinned solid meat, , coffee, hot chocolate and crisps. Also needed is long life milk, toilet rolls, instant mash, jams and spreads, 1 kg bags of sugar, and biscuits. Our next Foodbank sale will be on 21st July. At our last sale a brilliant £73 was donated. Thank you very much for your continued support for this very worthy cause.Ann and Cathy
SPONSORSHIP: Thanks to the generosity of 90 friends, neighbours and the church family who sponsored my event, he AMAZING sum of £1200 (+ Gift Aid) was raised! This means £600 (+ Gift Aid) goes to Great St Mary's and a similar amount to Dementia UK. This is over and above my expectations, so a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who sponsored me.. Jennifer Vrahimis
PRAYER GROUP Thursday Prayers 11am in Church - Do you have a favourite prayer? Please let us have your favourite prayer so we can include them on Thursdays - simply let Shona, or Anne Smith know. Anyone is welcome to join us at 11 am in the chancel. Note: from August the first Thursday of the month will be for silent prayer only. Shona
LIGHTING THE PATH FOR OUR NEW INCUMBENT - Researching our Needs. The Vacancy team met last Sunday and identified representative constituencies that make up our Town. We are looking for help from congregation members to take part in our research and to help with asking some of the questions. This will be completed by 17"' August so we can analyse the response and prepare an advert for the Church Times. Please prayerfully consider if you can assist in any way, if you can, please speak with Anthony or Shona. Anthony & Shona
HELPING WITH TASK & FINISH INITIATIVES - Please see the list below. Please prayerfully consider if you can assist with one or more important outreach events in any way. Thank you. Anthony & Shona
GREAT ST MARY'S 'TASK & FINISH' INITIAL PROJECTS
PLEASE SELECT ONE OR MORE PROJECTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP WITH VIA THE SIGN UP SHEET AT THE BACK OF CHURCH -THANK YOU!
IDENTIFYING AND EXPLORING `YOUR CALL' - Please pencil in the 2nd and 9th November when we will be holding a 2-part workshop to help us identify and explore the Call that God is placing on us in this season of lives - however old or young we are! Further details from Anthony & Shona
PRAYING FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK is one of our top priorities as a Church. However, the Ministry Team needs contact with the relative or friend who has asked for a person to be included on the list of those we pray for by name, so that they can keep in touch. If you are someone who has asked for a relative or friend to be prayed for by name, could you please confirm to Revd Debbie, Di or Chrissy in the Parish Office by 12 May whether that person should remain on the list. After 12 May (or the date you have already specified whichever is later) we will start to remove names if there has been no contact. Churchwardens
Chrissy lives in
opening hours are
9.30am – 2.30pm on Mondays & Tuesdays,
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