St Mary’s Update – 4th September 2017

St Mary’s Church update for 4th September provides listings of services, bible readings and other events and news such as Family Fun Afternoon, Recycling news and Families Worker.

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.

Family Fun Afternoon

St Mary’s has been successful in applying for funds to appoint a part-time Families Worker  (see below), and we need to contribute to the cost.  Taking place on Saturday 30th September between 2pm-5pm this is a fundraising event to contribute to costs of the new Families Worker.  As well as beautiful harvest displays there will be games, craft activities and plenty of refreshments.

Village Fayre

On Saturday 9th September St Mary’s will be running a stall at the Village Fayre between 12-4pm. There will be games for the children and something nice for Mums too! Look forward to seeing you there.

Vacancy for P/T Families Worker

The three parishes of West Bergholt, Great Horkesley and Langham with Boxted wish to appoint a part-time Families Worker. This is an exciting new post for a part-time (20 hours per week) Families Worker to initiate new ways of outreach and to develop our work with families across the three parishes. The post will be for a 3-year fixed term contract.

Salary up to £12,000 per annum, subject to experience and qualifications. Please visit St Mary’s website to download an application pack or for further information please email Rev Dr Amanda Elmes at or Mrs Caroline Finlay at

  • Closing date for applications : Friday 29th September.
  • Interviews : Monday 16 th October.

In accordance with the Equality Act 2010 it is a genuine occupational requirement that the post holder is a practising Christian and we would expect our Families Worker to adhere to our values across the three parishes.

Support for Recycling

The Church Office now stocks the following recycling items on behalf of Colchester Council:

  • Green boxes for glass and tin – free of charge
  • Food Caddies – free of charge
  • Garden Waste Sacks – free on production of a voucher or code issued by Colchester Council
  • Clear plastic recycling bags for paper and plastics – free of charge

Items can be collected weekdays, except Wednesdays, between 9am – 1pm.

It is advisable to ring before collecting to check the items are currently in stock. Please call 01206 243683 or email

Messy Church

The next Messy Church is Sunday 10th September at 9:30am.  Join us for informal worship and lots of fun activities and songs.

Services & Other Dates

All events are at St Mary’s unless stated otherwise.

Thursday 7 September9:00amOpen House
Friday 8 September7:45pmWired Youth Group
Saturday 9 September12:00 – 4:00pmVillage Fayre – Orpen Hall
Sunday 10 Septembeer9:30amMessy Church
Communion at St Peter’s, Boxted
11:15amCommunion at All Saints’, Great Horkesley
6:30pmEvening Prayer
Tuesday 12 September8:00pmHome Group at Richard & Dorothy’s
Thursday 14 September9:00amOpen House
10:00amHome Group at Rachel’s
Sunday 17 September9:30amHarvest Festival at St Mary’s Langham
Sunday 24 September8:00amCommunion at All Saints’, Great Horkesley
9:30amCommunion at St Peter’s Boxted
11:15amHarvest Festival Parade at All Saints’, Great Horkesley
Sunday 30 September2:00 – 5:00pmFamily Fun Afternoon
Sunday 1 October10:30am3 Parishes Service at All Saints’ Great Horkesley
Sunday 5 November4:00pmAll Souls Service at All Saints’ Great Horkesley

Sunday Gospel Readings




Sunday 3 SeptemberMatthew 16:21-28Jesus predicts his death.
Sunday 10 SeptemberMatthew 18:15-20Dealing With Sin in the Church
Sunday 17 SeptemberMatthew 18:21-35The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Sunday 24 SeptemberMatthew 20:1-6The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard


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