Colchester CAP Debt Centre Celebration
Roger will be the guest speaker at the Colchester CAP Debt Centre
celebration on Sunday 1st March.
Hear about the CAP Life Skills which was launched in Colchester, in
partnership with St Leonards and the challenges and opportunities for
2020. Plus a story or two from people that have been helped by CAP in
Colchester. The evening begins at 6.30pm, at Equippers Church,
Norfolk House, 23
Creation, Climate & the Environment
Bishop Stephen has announced that the whole topic of our care for
creation will be a major focus in 2020 - and there will be events
throughout the year throughout the Diocese. We can already put in our
diaries Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st
March at 7pm, when our Bishops will lead events at St. John's
Church in Colchester as part of the Lent Series. Contact
and check out
poster, to see more and to book in.
Recruiting a new
St Albrightís Church,
Stanway are to employ a full time Children, Families and Community
Pioneer to join the pioneer team. This is an exciting opportunity for a
lay or ordained Christian to be part of a parish-based pioneering work
in one of the fastest growing areas of the county. The area has six
schools, a thriving retail and hospitality sector and two large new
housing developments. The Parish are praying for the right person -
could it be you? For the job and person-spec,
click here to be directed to the Chelmsford Diocesan vacancies page.
Our next Deanery Synod Meeting
The next meeting of Colchester Deanery Synod will be on
Tuesday 11th February, at St. Margaret's
Church, Berechurch. It's in Stansted Road, Colchester CO2 8RA. As usual,
we start at 7:15pm with refreshments and networking, and the meeting
itself begins at 7:45pm. The main topic this time will be the Deanery
Vision Plan. See you there!
World Day of Prayer 2020
St Michael's, Myland, Colchester, CO4 5DY,
is hosting the annual World Day of Prayer service this year on
Friday 6th March at 2pm. This year the
Church in Zimbabwe has put together an evocative and thought-provoking
service. All are welcome. Refreshments to follow.
Come to Great Horkesley to find out how life could be happier in 2020!
It's through a 6-session course covering topics such as gratitude,
kindness, forgiveness, friends & family, body & soul, coping
strategies.... the course takes place at two different venues in Great
Horkesley, at different times;
leaflet attached with all the details, and anyone can book in or
learn more through
Anne Mason on 01206 851792 or 07895 970834 or by email at
Don't we all
want to be happy?!
How clearly can your Parish see the road ahead? Have you revisited your
Parish Vision recently? Are you considering a Vision Day? With the
Deanery Vision Document in the later stages of development, the New Year
seems a good time to check our plans against Biblical principles and
the needs of the communities around us.
Visit our Vision
pages for ideas.
Pray for Bishop Stephen, the Province of
York - and the Diocese of Chelmsford
The news that Bishop Stephen is to become the next Archbishop of York
may not have come as a surprise to some - we know he is a leader blessed
by the Lord - but clearly the change will bring many challenges and
opportunities. Please pray for all who will benefit from his ministry,
and all effects of the change; not least, the leadership of our own
Colchester Clerical Society Programme
The 2020 Programme for the Colchester Clerical Society has been
announced, with an impressive list of speakers booked for the monthly
meetings. Speakers include Tim Elbourne (Diocesan Director of
Education); Steve Kersys (Diocesan Children & Families Adviser) and
Roger Matthews (Chelmsford Diocese Dean of Mission and Ministry).
Meetings are on the second Monday of the month, and include lunch - for
all the details and the venue, contact Revd Canon Hugh Beavan on
Alpha Course at St. Anne's
An Alpha Course will be run at St. Anne's
Church, Compton Road, Colchester CO4 0BH, every
Tuesday evening in January at 7:15pm. St. Anne's Church is
on Compton Road, just off Ipswich Road. The Course is open to all.
Is your website up to date?
You know there's nothing worse than an out-of-date website - it gives
the impression of an out-of-date Church! The New Year is a good
time to have a look at every page, and update the text, contact details
and events, to make sure visitors to our websites want to become
visitors to our Churches. If you're not the Parish Webmaster, you might
like to suggest changes to the person who is.... sometimes, the author
just can't notice when things need changing!
Chairman for the Deanery Mothers' Union
The Mothers' Union in Colchester has welcomed their new Deanery Chairman
Vivien Chapman in a service at St. Michael's, Myland. Vivien was
commissioned by Revd Canon Paul Norrington our Area Dean alongside
Judith Meaden, Diocesan President, during the Mothers' Union Carol
Service in St. Michael's Myland on Wednesday 4th December. Click the
photo to view it full-size!
2020 Calendar of meetings now online
The dates of all Deanery meetings has now been added to the Deanery
Calendar page. Some further details and venues will be added in
due course. Essex school term dates are also on the page, through to
Bishop Stephen's Presidential Address at
Diocesan Synod in November debated a tough proposal on how to afford
mission and ministry in the Diocese in the coming years. It's explained
in Bishop Stephen's Presidential address,
which can be read here. Expect to be reading more about the proposal
in the coming weeks!
Revd Tim and Revd Hilary Platts announce
they are to move on
Revd Tim Platts, Priest-in-Charge of Greenstead, St. Andrew with St.
Matthew & St. Anne, and Revd Hilary Platts, Chaplain with East Suffolk &
North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, have announced that they are to move
on from their roles. They will continue to work part-time; Tim with his
work for the Chelmsford Counselling Foundation and Hilary in a new
Chaplain's role with the Mental Health Trust. Revd Tim's final service
will be on Sunday 16th February. He came to
Greenstead in 2014 after a stint as the Bishop of Colchester's Chaplain
following ministry in Birmingham and Oxford, and we will all miss his
experience from the Parish and Deanery. We pray that he and Hilary will
be richly blessed in their new roles.
Holy Land Tour next September
Revd Hazel Greenland in Myland is co-ordinating the Colchester end of a
tour of the Holy Land, to be led by Revd Elizabeth Price of Churches
Together in Loughton from 9th to 16th September. Elizabeth is Associate Minister of St. Michael and All
Angels, Loughton. There will be an opportunity not just to visit the
sites of the most important events of our Lord's life and ministry, but
also to meet local Palestinian and Israeli Christians who are the
ongoing, living Church in the region. It could be a life-changing and
faith-changing journey! The cost is £1,795. Contact Elizabeth directly
at email@example.com or
firstname.lastname@example.org for a brochure and more information.
Revd Canon Pat Prestney retires
Revd Canon Pat Prestney, Associate Priest at
Christ Church, Colchester, retired on Christmas Day. It's not
the first time Pat has retired, as she was Rector of Lawford until 2010,
after ministry there from 1987 and years as a School Chaplain - and in
the last decade Pat has given good service to many Parishes and people.
A presentation was made to Pat during the Carols by Candlelight service
at Christ Church. We wish her every blessing in her retirement.
Annual Report of Synod meetings
Here's something new - Martin Roscoe, Secretary to Deanery Synod has
done an Annual Report of the meetings in 2019 -
a succinct summary which Parishes could
use as part of their Annual Report.
Read and download the Annual Report here.
FairTrade Breakfast on Commonwealth Day
This is advance notice that there'll be a big FairTrade Breakfast in
Colchester Town Hall on Commonwealth Day, which is
Monday 9th March. It will take place from 8:30 to 10am, and
is run by the FairTrade Town Group. Mark the date in that diary you've
already bought - and come to the Town Hall to celebrate the
distinctiveness of our Town and the area.
Confirmations in Stanway
Bishop Roger will be presiding at a service of Confirmation in St.
Albright's, Stanway on Sunday 2nd February at 10:30am (note the recent change of date and time). All Parishes in the Deanery are invited to present
candidates for Confirmation at the service; in the first instance
contact Michael Topple, the Parish Administrator at
Abbeyfield Community Project becomes CO2
The Abbeyfield Community Project, the
community-based Christian outreach project, is now called íCommunity
Open 2 Allí or CO2 for short. Mark and Naomi Snelling of CO2 say:
This reflects the ethos that everyone is welcome and also the
postcode area in which we are making wider connections through
initiatives such as Essex Free Uniform. Our discernment process
continues as we are still in need of people to join the team,
vacancies on the management group, funding and possibly an
additional venue to develop any future ministry. If you would like
to know more, please get in touch and most importantly, continue to
prayí. Contact CO2 through
Hymn books etc. Free
to a good home!
Rosemary Boreham tells
us that her Church has several hymn books and service books
available to collect for free, if your Church can use them. Here's
the list: 120 Mission Praise
paperback hymn books & 4 Music books (hymns 1-282); 35 Mission
Praise hardback words books (hymns 1-798); and 73 Holy Communion
Rite A service books. Contact Rosemary on
853769 and they're yours!
Marketing support for
Isn't it great when a
Church member has the skill and the will to do something valuable
for the Church? Amy Carbonero, worshipper at Fordham, is offering
freelance, affordable design work for marketing materials - posters,
flyers, websites, many kinds of promotional material. Click to view
the posters for Fordham's
Women's Breakfast and
Youth Group, for instance - and contact Amy at
Dot Salmon, our Colchester Area Youth Adviser, keeps
us updated with a Newsletter, so that we're aware of youth events and
training for leaders.
Click here to be
directed to the current issue. But why not sign up to receive the
newsletter regularly? In fact, if you
click on this link, you
can sign up to receive news on any topic of your interest!
The Borough of Colchester continues to be the fastest
growing Borough in the east of England, and the population has now
reached 192,523. A
new document showing
further forecast population growth has been added to our website's
vision page, to assist
us in our planning. The statistics do not drill down below Borough level
so we cannot know Deanery or Parish figures - but as we know that most
of the growth is within the Deanery, we can expect the Deanery
population to be in the region of 145,000 - an increase of 19,000 since
the 2011 Census.
A Retreat for your Parish
Revd Jackie Sams, part of the Diocesan Spiritual
Direction Team and a leader of Individual Guided Retreats at Pleshey,
can be available to lead a quiet day or retreat for a Parish, team or
MMU. If you would like to explore the opportunity, contact her on
01206530586 or by email at email@example.com.