St Mary’s Update – 16th May

St Mary’s Church update for 16th May provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as new Churchwardens, Christian Aid Week, Children’s Society collection & Week of Prayer.

Don’t forget, the church is now open on weekdays if you would like a quiet space to reflect or say a prayer for someone.

Christian Aid Week – 14-20 May

We will be organising our usual door to door collection in the village.  The focus of this year’s campaign is looking after refugees. Please support the work of Christian Aid if an envelope is delivered through your door this week.

Children's SocietyChildren’s Society Boxes

Time to collect in your Children’s Society Boxes! Thank you to all who support the Children’s Society by collecting their loose change in the special money boxes. Liz will arrange to collect them in June, or you can drop them off in the church office.

Thy Kingdom Come Week of Prayer – 25 May – 4 June

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement originally initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury & York.  It invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to know Jesus Christ. There are lots of ways you can pray individually for friends and family – see the attached for some easy to follow ideas:

Welcome to our new Churchwardens!

Thank you to Sue Day and Pete Jeffery for taking over as our new Churchwardens, and a huge thank you to Richard & Dorothy Chadborn for their hard work and dedication over the last several years.

Services & Other Dates

Tuesday 16 May7.45pmAlpha Course
Thursday 18 May9.00amOpen House
Sunday 21 May8.00amSaid Communion at Langham
9.30amFamily Service at Boxted
11.15amCommunion led by Rev Mandy Elmes, with baptism of Oliver, Eva & Olivia
Morning Praise at St John’s, Great Horkesley
Tuesday 23 May7.45pmAlpha Course
Thursday 25 May9.00amOpen House
 8.00pm Ascension Day Communion at St Peter’s, Boxted
Until Sunday 4 Jun – ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ week of prayer
Sunday 28 May8.00amCommunion at All Saints’, Great Horkesley
9.30amMorning Worship
Communion at Langham
11.15amService 4 All at All Saints’, Great Horkesley
Sunday 4 June9.30amPentecost Sunday
Friday 9 June7.45pmWired Games Night
Sunday 11 June9.30amMessy Church
Friday 30 June7.46pmIGNITE! Youth service at St Peter’s, Boxted
Sunday 30 July9.30am3 parishes joint service at St Peter’s, Boxted

Sunday Gospel Readings




Sunday 21 MayJohn 14:15-21Jesus promises the Holy Spirit
Sunday 28 MayJohn 17:1-11Jesus prays for his disciples
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