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See St Mary's Weekly Noticesheet for more
details of the latest news and coming events.

Spanish holiday villa

Holiday Villa for rentMargaret Johns, a relatively new member of St Mary's, has a holiday villa available to let in the La Florida district of Southern Spain (see map).

Click here to take a look at some images of her villa, and here for further details of the let. If you are interested, please contact Margaret, either via me or, better still, directly via her email address.

Heather Ursell - February 2018

Caretaker StuartWelcome to St Mary's!

Our new caretaker, Stewart Atkins, recently had a chance to show his family around his new place of work.

We were really pleased to welcome his wife Sue, daughters Lily and Betsy and mother-in-law Glad to St Mary's.

Stewart started with us at the beginning of January and we are very grateful for all his hard work and unfailing cheerfulness!

Tricia Hamilton - February 2018

Nathan Nov17Latest from Nathan, Alex and Jessica with YWAM

We recently heard from the three of them and they ask us to consider these points for prayer.

Nathan says the DTS is going well and asks for continuing prayer for the remaining weeks and the outreach to New Zealand from August 14th. He would like God’s wisdom in deciding whether he should make a trip home in June and asks for prayer for the Easter Saturday YWAM Toowoomba busking festival in the city......music will fill the streets! He is not feeling 100% and asks for prayer for his health.

Alex with YWAMAlex is presently on the Rural and Coastal Team, whose aim is to pioneer a local outreach ministry in Toowoomba, working in care home, churches etc. in the community. After seeking God’s advice, he is now engaged to marry Tori, who heads up DTS, in Canada in June. He asks for prayer for God to prepare him to be a godly husband.

Jessica, Alex's sister, with YWAM New Zealand since January, asks for prayer for discernment, self control and strength for her forthcoming outreach to Hong Kong.

Click here to take a look at Nathan's latest newsletter from Toowoomba,
and here's a link to his blog.

Tricia Hamilton - 10 March 2018

Michael's CabinMichael's Cabin

The Smallsorts Team want to thank you for making today such a memorable and joyful afternoon for the celebration tea and opening of Michael's Cabin. It is situated in the church garden and will be used by Smallsorts in the summer and children from any local churches and those at the Frinton Mission.

Thank you especially to Vince the builder, Cate for her usual high-class tea and Sam for leading the proceedings. A special mention as well to the many who stayed longer to work in the kitchen and clear away - an afternoon of true fellowship.

Thanks again. Val Barnes - 2 February 2018

Rotary Carol 2017Rotary Carol Concert

Frinton-on-Sea Rotary Club held their annual carol concert at St Mary's last Tuesday at 7pm, with approx. 500 people attending. It was a joyous evening with children from Frinton Primary, Walton Primary, St Philomena's and Hamford Primary all contributing carols. Walton Sea Cadets were also in attendance reading the prayers.

The finale was an excellent rendition of The 12 days of Christmas performed by members of the Rotary Club - with the whole church shouting very loudly when it came to the "four gold rings"! (Click here for more images of the concert.)

Tricia Hamilton - 7 December 2017

Murder MysteryMurder Mystery!

The cast of the St Mary's Players' Christmas Special Murder Mystery Evening, held on the first Saturday in December in the Church Hall.

The evening included a splendid buffet supper supplied by Cate Wilby and her helpers. The action was performed in front of about 80 people! It was a great success with profits from the evening going to the Children's and Families' Worker Appeal.

Eddie McKay - 3 December 2017

Maggie in RomaniaVisit to Romania!

"Linda Edgell and I visited the Silvia Day Centre in Piatra Neamt in northern Romania at the end of November.

The centre provides daytime education for children from the town. The two of us have been working ..." (Click here for more details of the visit.)

Maggie Wilson - November 2017

Christmas at St Mary'sChristmas Fayre!

Our Christmas Fayre this year raised a total of £1,245!

Thank you to everyone for their help: those who provided and manned the stalls, and everyone from St Mary’s who supported the Fayre and made the hard work worthwhile.

Eleanor Young - 25 November 2017

HomeOperation Christmas Child - Good News!

110 Christmas shoeboxes were collected from St Mary’s this week, and are now on their way to 110 disadvantaged children!

Pray they will be safely received, expressing something of God’s love, and bringing joy to the heart of every child and home which receives them.

Helen Whybrew - 19 November 2017

Friends of Essex Churches

Ride n StrideRuth Spellman would like to thank those who kindly sponsored her. She visited 20 churches in Clacton Frinton & Walton and received a warm welcome and was even able to enjoy refreshments at most!

The sum of £900** was raised and Barclays Bank will match £750 of this. Thank you for your support. Sponsorship money can be left at Reception, clearly marked.

**This sum is still rising! It is not too late to sponsor Ruth.

Frinton Mission 2017Frinton Mission 2017

WELL!! What a great 9 days!!

Great Teaching, Great Fellowship and certainly a lot of Great Fun ... So much to thank God for, whatever your age!!

Please don't forget to pray for those who have heard about the love of Jesus for the first time, and for those who will be returning to families who don't believe and may ridicule their new found faith.

Don't miss the opportunity to invite people along to the FACT Alpha courses starting in September. A great introduction to the Christian faith. Still an ongoing part of our Mission.

Once again thank you to all of you who helped in any way, and to all of you who prayed so faithfully, our prayers were certainly answered.

Cate Wilby.

Music at St Mary'sSuccessful Lunchtime Concert Series

Thursday lunchtimes in June and July at St Mary's were filled with wonderful music, ranging from classical piano to more upbeat choral singing. Attendance was up, and the music enjoyed by many. We are blessed to have such a popular series in our church, so if you weren't able to make it this year, maybe next year.

We raised £1356, half of which was sent to the Essex Air Ambulance, the remainder going to St Mary's funds.

The next concert in the church will be performed by Stour Choral Society on Saturday, 25 November at 3pm, when they will perform Haydn's Mass in B♭, Britten's Ceremony of Carols and other seasonal pieces, accompanied by harp, piano and organ, and conducted by our own Duncan Archard.

Susan Hare

Jaywick ProjectThe Jaywick Project

In July we delivered 50 food parcels to Jaywick, 25 for the elderly and 25 for families and children to help with the gap left by missing out on food at school.

Thank you to everyone who helps this project with food and money donations over the year. Our next delivery will be just before Christmas which is only about 12 weeks or so away!

Thank you for all your support. Eleanor Young.

Church DirectoryChurch Directory & Prayer Diary, August '17

Would you like to be in our Prayer Directory, giving people your contact details, and being prayed for at least once a month?

Everyone who is part of our St Mary's church family is welcome to have an entry. If you would like to see whether you are already included there are two copies of the current draft issue at the back of the church.

If so, please complete a yellow form and give it to a receptionist or to Heather.

Messy Church July17Messy Church July 2017

We had a delightful time in our sun-filled Church Gardens at our July Messy Church.

Along with crafts and games we had an amazing talk from Clare about baptism. All was rounded off with our very own picnic bag!

We look forward to starting back up in September! - Sam.

Old Church Tidy-upSpring cleaning in the Old Church Gardens

An industrious, jolly team of St Mary's volunteers, superbly aided by John Bebb's son Dave, strimmed , mowed, cleared and tidied the Old Church Gardens on Saturday. In spite of a thunderstorm, when rain stopped play and we sheltered in the church, the huge task was completed in under six hours.

A big thank you to everyone who worked so hard on a very hot day.

Beth Chatto GardensWoW visit to Beth Chatto Gardens

What a glorious day it was for WoW ladies and friends to visit Beth Chatto on Thursday, 25 May! The weather couldn't have been more perfect to appreciate the beauty of the plants and the perfection of the layout of the gardens. With 25 in our group, we could wander individually or with others, meeting and separating in a gentle, interesting way, as we strolled around the flowerbeds and ponds, beneath the many shady trees.

We started with a short explanation from one of the staff, of how Beth and family had gradually brought life and order to the large, empty, boggy field around their home. They created Beth Chatto Gardensareas ranging from the un-watered 'gravel garden' through to the water garden, all designed with the Chattos' adage in mind, The right plant for the right place.

To bring the afternoon to a tasty close, we relaxed together over a special strawberry tea in the tearooms.

Thanks toTricia for arranging this lovely outing!

Frinton Area Churches TogetherFACT United Communion Service
                                Maundy Thursday

The annual coming together of many members of Frinton Area Churches Together (FACT) for a communion service on Maundy Thursday, was held in our church this year. Significantly, it takes place at the start of the Easter weekend, which encapsulates so much of our shared faith and beliefs.

During the service, Emily Rowland was invited to explain 'Light up the Night', the project for secondary school age young people, being headed up by herself and her church, Coastlands, in June this year. Most FACT churches are contributing towards this, both financially and prayerfully. For two days an experienced and professional team of Christians will take music and science-based lessons at TTC, our local secondary school, then hold an exciting evening of entertainment at the Columbine Centre on 24 June. One of the main aims is to offer the Christian point of view to people who might otherwise only hear the world-view that science and God don't mix.

Representatives from every FACT church helped serve communion to well over a hundred people, and FACT Chairman, Rev Graham Dallisson, preached on following the example of Jesus in serving each other.

We thank God for the meaningful friendships there are in our area, across all the local churches.

Heather Ursell - 14 April

Easter Holiday ClubEaster Holiday Club

Thanks to all those who have been praying for the Easter Holiday Club in the week leading up to Easter Sunday.

It was a great week with lots of fun as we celebrated together!

Between 30 and 40 youngsters attended each day!

Sam Puttick - 13 April

Constructing the new shed.New Building Project

A big THANK YOU to the team who worked very hard in the rain taking down the old shed and putting together a new one... all in one day!

Thank you to Ian, Malcolm, Don, John, David H, Brian, David D, Mike and Michael - very good job!

Sam Puttick - 8 March

Life ExpoLife EXPO

The Life Exhibition was a great success with all the Schools that attended. We had about 300 children through the week and a good number from the churches of FACT on the evenings we ran.

One of the local teachers said that it really highlighted the lack of teaching on the Bible and that they needed to address this issue within the school. There was lots of complimentary comments from children during the week. One child after watching the finishing Video about the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus commented "I'm sad, because Jesus died. But I'm also happy, because he died for me".

Sam Puttick

Sponsored Skydive

Mike in mid-airA big thank you to everyone who has supported my sponsored skydive down in Australia, raising funds for our daughter's Christian Dance Ministry. Your generosity has been quite overwhelming and is such a big encouragement.

It is not too late to join in! I will be more than happy to receive other donations in pounds and get the money transferred to Claire in Aussie Dollars. Thank you too for your prayers which ensured a very happy landing!

Mike Denny

Thank you for the toys! - Christmas 2016

Toys at ChristmasPlease will you pass on my thanks for the toys which were used in Tottenham, where we are involved in ministry on three estates. In more recent months we have been encouraged by the number of folk coming on Sunday and throughout the week. This has been the fruit of door to door visiting, schools work and gospel outreach. The toys are a powerful testimony that compliments the message of the gospel in a practical way. Those who received the presents are from a diverse multi-cultural background and struggle to make ends meet. Thank you.

Terry Puttick, representative from London City Mission, who spoke at our Toy Service.

Jaywick Project - Christmas 2016

Jaywick ProjectIn December 25 food parcels were delivered for the elderly and 25 for families and children in Jaywick. In addition we supplied bananas, apples and pears for 70 children to add to their presents at the annual pantomime.

Thank you everyone who has donated tins and money to the project in the past year. Our next delivery will be in April so thank you in advance for any donations you are able to make towards this.

Thank you also very much to Brian Allen for his ongoing help with managing the goods in my absence.

Eleanor Young

HomeOperation Christmas Child - 2016

The Christmas Shoebox Appeal is underway again.

This brings God's message of hope to disadvantaged and needy children in parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia through gift-filled shoeboxes. Leaflets giving detailed information are available from the back of the church and the Lounge.

GO boxes, which are ready-made,
are available to buy from Reception at 50p.

All boxes should please be back at church by
Sunday, 13 November.

That’s the last Sunday!
Absolute cut-off - NOON Thursday, 17 November.

Thanks for your ongoing support. Helen Whybrew.

GGift Monthift Month 2016

This year, October was our Gift Month and the focus was on helping to make the employment of a Children's and Families' Worker sustainable, for many years to come. We are thrilled to have Sam Puttick in that role now, and are very pleased with the different community contacts he is building, and the opportunities he is taking to work with children and young people of all ages. His heart is to share the love of Jesus with as many children and adults as possible; we recognise and want to help develop his ability to do that.

The Rector encouraged giving in any of three ways:

1. Increasing regular giving (maybe using the 'Parish Giving Scheme' packs available from reception or the back of church)

2. Donating a specific gift to contribute to Sam's employment (cheque or cash in a labelled envelope in the carboy at the back of the church, or via reception)

3. Donating a lump sum to general church funds (as above).

Amount raised - £12,371!

(including the gift aid to be claimed)
which exceeds our £12,000 target

Do please speak to John Moyse, a Churchwarden
or the Church Secretary if you would like to contribute even now.

ToysToy Loan

We've been overwhelmed by the response to our request for toys while Rachel and family are staying. I guess we should have expected no less, but the love and generosity that those offers show comes from the Lord via many. So heartfelt thanks to all you kind Church Family members - but no more please!

Love & blessings, Judy & Andrew

Harvest 2016Harvest 2016

Don the Rector was his normal laid-back self with the ability to put us all at ease very gently throughout the service. His message can be heard again on the church website. Pat Philbrick and her team had done a wonderful job of decorating St Mary's (see images here).

A full house of people from all of the Sunday services gathered after the service for a celebratory Harvest Lunch. There was a good mix of old and new Christians and also a few from other parishes - Southend even! That's what I call an 'outreach'.

Not sure of the total number who actually attended but there was no shortage of food and no shortage of conversation. We were joined at our table by Mrs Smith, Karen to everyone, and there was never a pause in the conversation. She finally ended up pinching my Branston pickle!

A huge round of applause to the organisers of the function who advertised, managed and even waited on tables. I have to admit that when I hear the name of Cate Wilby mentioned at any function, then I am the first to add my name to the list of attendees - Mary Berry could learn a few things from our Cate. WOW!

Clay Evans - September 2016

Jaywick ProjectJaywick Project

Thank you to everyone for their donations of food and money for Jaywick. We delivered 20 food parcels for use during the summer holidays. I also received a letter thanking us for the cheque for £1,100 for the pantomime to be held at Christmas.

Thank you to Duncan and all concert goers for their support at this year’s concerts.

Our next food delivery will be in December for both elderly and young families.

Thanks for your ongoing support. Eleanor Young.

homeWhat the Dickens...?

Tony Rees’ talk supporting the recent performance of the musical Oliver! in the FM Marquee is available to listen to or download via this link.

The audio recordings webpage offers this and other talks going back to 2012.

Please get in touch with the Church Office, if you would like further information.

Birthday Celebration90th Birthday of HM The Queen

We enjoyed a wonderful Service of Celebration at St Mary's this morning to mark Her Majesty's 90th Birthday.


90th Birthday CelebrationInvitation cards had been sent to every home in Frinton. The church was packed out with over 300 people attending, and we had a brilliant service (including a very challenging sermon from our Rector, Don - click here). St Philomena's School Choir sang for us - all in all, brilliant!

Champagne and canapés were on offer in St Mary's Memorial Garden afterwards. What a fantastic team effort to put on such a splendid occasion.

Download the Order of Service here!

St Mary's Away Weekend 2016

Belsey Bridge62 people attended the weekend and everyone enjoyed a time of happy fellowship. Our speaker, Peter Cockrell, was very interesting and challenged our understanding of where we were in Christ and what a Christian is.

He left us with lots of questions!

EasterNew Church Seating

A change in the seating in the nave  - officially called 'Re-ordering the Church' - was planned for April.

We received permission ['The Faculty'] from the Diocese of Chelmsford to carry out this re-ordering. New chairs have been installed in the nave of the church, with pews being moved to the sides. The new chairs resemble the chairs already in use at the west end of the building.

How to empty a churchA number of the pews have family memorials engraved at their ends. All these memorials have been retained and if you have knowledge of any of the church pews' history or you know of families who no longer attend St Mary's who might have such links to these pews, please contact Heather Ursell (Secretary) or Peter Wood (Churchwarden).

Several of the old pews are redundant and we have permission within the faculty to sell them off. Anyone interested in buying one (or more) please contact Heather or Peter.

Antiques RoadshowAntiques Roadshow - 19 March


In liaison with Reeman Dansie, Auctioneers and Valuers of Colchester, we held our first Antiques Roadshow. The valuers were kept busy throughout and a section of the hall was laid aside as a café with hot drinks and very tasty, beautifully made cake available ~ spoken by a real expert on the subject!

We were pleasantly surprised by the number of visitors, many of whom had come from the Clacton area as a result of the good publicity. Numerous conversations were had with folks who wouldn’t normally visit the Church so it all added up to a very worthwhile event.

The Roadshow made a total of £330 from the refreshments served and the donations from those people who had a valuation carried out. We plan to have another similar event, certainly within the next year.

Well done indeed to everyone involved. - Karen Hepworth and Peter Wood.

Women of WorthWow Chinese Meal

A number of Women of Worth ladies met at the Jade Restaurant in Connaught Avenue on Tuesday, 1 March.

The food was fabulous, the company was enjoyable and the fellowship a blessing. This was a great opportunity for making new friendships.

The only downside was not being able to talk to everyone at the long table!

Sarah Coy

The Leprosy MissionStamp News

How your stamps are changing lives! There is good news that in 2015 another marvellous total of £136,000 was raised
during the year. So please continue saving your used stamps
and giving them to Jean Clift.

Many thanks, Jean!

Sam and LaurenNew Appointment

I am delighted to announce that Samuel Puttick, at present working for a Christian Adventure Centre in Scotland, will be joining St Mary’s as our new Children's and Families' Worker on the 21 March.

Sam and his wife Lauren, who is expecting their first baby in June, are now living locally. Please pray for them as settle in to their new life in Frinton.

Don Smith, Rector

NathanNathan Edgell

Nathan is currently attached to YWAM in South-east Asia, but he was home in Frinton for Christmas!

On Monday, 11 January there was a special evening to come along and hear from him in words, pictures and music at 7.30pm here at St Mary's.

Listen again! or watch the video!