What's been happening at St Mary's?
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details of the latest news and coming events.
Frinton 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.
Church 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 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.
Spring 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.
WoW 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 areas 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!
Latest from Nathan with YWAM
We recently spoke with Nathan and here are his requests for the next few weeks.
1. Please pray for him slotting back in and continuing the work out at YWAM in Toowoomba and that he builds a good relationship with the new students.
2. Pray, too, for a new path Nathan will be taking in October, when he has been asked to speak at the Discipleship Training School for a week on Prayer, Worship and Intimacy. Please ask for a God's guidance as he begins to plan for the week.
Tricia Hamilton - 12 August
FACT United Communion Service
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 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
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
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".
A 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!
Thank you for the toys! - Christmas 2016
Please 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
In 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.
Operation 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.
Gift 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.
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
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
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.
What 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.
90th 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.
Invitation 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
62 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!
New 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.
A 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 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.
Wow 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!
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!
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
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.
Thank you for the TOYS!
In a message from Terry Puttick, London City Mission, he writes:
Thank you for the thoughtfulness that went into the gifts and the
generosity that folk have shown.
The gifts really open doors for the gospel because people’s hearts are softened ~ we are not just meeting needs but bringing something special which creates an opening to speak about God's special gift of the Lord Jesus. Thank you!
Lesley Holland - December 2015
Old Church Christmas 2015
The picture shows the ladies who last week arranged the splendid Christmas decorations in the Old Church.
Please note the three gentlemen in the back row are electricians from Elec 2000 who got roped in on the fun whilst they were simultaneously carrying out a re-wire of the building!
A great time was had by all. All to HIS praise and glory!
Once again, this lovely service was very special and well attended by over 200 people. Each year the lit candles forming a circle of light around the dark church, while Away in a Manger is sung, never loses its charm.
A ‘small, but merry‘ band of helpers assembled 240 Christingles on the morning before. Oliver, a young member of the choir, read the reading and Mia and Taia, and their Mum Pam, led with prayers they had written themselves.
The money collected will be sent to Gad and Liz Numadi for their work with MECI in Togo.
If you didn’t come, make sure you don’t miss next year’s Christingle! - Cate Wilby
Messiah from Scratch
St Mary’s organist and choirmaster Duncan Archard gave us all a wonderful day on Saturday, 12 December with the presentation of a Messiah from Scratch.
A choir of over 70 people practiced the choruses from Handel’s marvellous work in the afternoon, prior to a performance in the evening ... click here to see more!
Maggie Wilson - December 2015
The ACTION DAY last weekend, for the delivery of St Mary’s Christmas cards, was a huge success.
After a prayer and blessing by our Rector and a short briefing, plus coffee and mince pies, lots of people prayerfully and joyfully delivered the cards to the vast majority of the residences in the Parish.
We now pray that many people will be encouraged by the invitation to come and worship with us.
Many thanks to all those who took and delivered
over 3000 cards
St Mary's Christmas Fayre
Thank you to everyone who was involved in helping, or spending money, at our Annual Christmas Fayre.
We were thrilled to raise the encouraging sum of £1887.55.
Very many thanks, too, to Karen Hepworth, for all her hard work in preparation and for coordinating the whole event.
It was a really enjoyable time of friendship & fellowship for everyone who took part.
Thank you to everyone who took part this year, allowing us to share God's gift of Jesus with others this Christmastime in a tangible way.
The response was truly amazing. 170 boxes are now on their way to desperately needy children in Belarus.
Thank you all. Helen Whybrew
Our Christmas Messy Church was on Wednesday, 2 December, we called it ...
Look out for the
Messy Advent Sheep Trail, download the leaflet here!
Wow Pamper Evening
Our WoW! Ladies group joined forces with Frinton Free Church's Heart for Women on Thursday, 19 November for a Winter Warmer Pamper Evening.
Around 40 ladies gathered in the Lounge and chatted over hot punch, whilst waiting for massages, manicures, etc. We then went through into the Church to listen to some lovely singing from the Heart for Women choir.
It was great to join together with other ladies from the town and catch up with old friends, as well as making some new ones!
Jo Bingham - November 2015
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Nicky Gumbel is the vicar of HTB in London and pioneer of Alpha. Every day there is a Proverb or Psalm, a New Testament reading and one from The Old Testament. Nicky encourages us to apply it to our everyday lives.
It is free and over 800,000 people are already using it.
If you don't have one of these devices, then you can subscribe to receive a daily email on your computer. The web address is www.bibleinoneyear.org and scroll down.
Our long-awaited guest dinner came to fruition on the evening of Saturday, 24 October. The tables were beautifully set with linen, flowers, candles etc. and we enjoyed a marvellously tasty meal prepared by Cate Wilby and her amazing team.
The hall was full to capacity, just short of 100 persons, and we were treated to a thoroughly interesting and enlightening talk from our speaker Rev'd Captain Matt Coles, who is the Padre, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, which forms part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, currently stationed in Colchester.
Matt spoke of the history up to present day of the Royal Army Chaplains’ Department. We heard of the many losses of army padres in the front line, as they seek to provide spiritual and encouraging support to our troops engaged in conflicts around the world.
Matt chose to give his gift and the retiring collection, amounting to a total of £300, to his soldiers’ charity of choice, The Afghan Trust. The evening was a reminder to us all of how important it is to keep our Armed Forces in our thoughts and prayers.
A recording of Matt Coles' talk can be accessed here.
FCCC Coffee Morning
Thank you to everyone who supported the Parish Church Cake Stall at last Saturday's Coffee Morning in aid of FCCC (Frinton Christian Community Care - the medical car service).
The stall made £80 and the overall total for the morning was £431.
Gina Butler - October 2015
October 2015 - Messy Church
At our October Messy Church, we were thinking of 'The Biggest Party Ever!' (a story from Luke 14).
We had great fun smashing open the Piñatas - spurred on by the fact that we got to eat the sweets that were inside!
You can still download the October Takeaway Sheet!
September 2015 - Stride and Ride
Ruth Spellman would like to thank those who kindly sponsored her on her "Stride & Ride" for the Friends of Essex Churches Trust. She visited 21 churches in Clacton, Frinton & Walton and received a warm welcome with refreshments at most. The sum of £850 was raised and Barclays Bank will match £750 of this. Thank you for your support.
Sponsorship money can be left at Reception, clearly marked. Thank you for your support!
August 2015 - Frinton in Bloom
We have learnt that our Old Church of St Mary The Virgin has won a prestigious Silver Award for Frinton in Bloom 2015. We must thank Malcolm Bryden and his dedicated team of faithful helpers who have done the lion’s share of the work in bringing the gardens to the peak of condition.
Thank you Team and well done indeed!
We will be writing and thanking The Frinton Residents Association who funded £250 towards the works at the Old Church including repairs to wall, re-painting of railings, benches and sign writing on the new notice board. Thanks also to David Foster of Frinton in Bloom who helps in so many ways throughout the town in facilitating and ensuring that Frinton is shown in its best possible light. It all came together in a most remarkable way.
Above all else we thank God for providing us with the amazing Old Parish Church and for all it means to so many.
Praise God indeed!
August 2015 - Frinton Mission
A few comments from Mission Chairman, Don Smith, and other people involved this year …
FM 2015 was another very successful year, for which we thank God. One of the common observations among the children’s groups this year, was how quickly things took off. Relationships that usually take all week to form, seemed in place by Tuesday or Wednesday. To me this says something about ... (read the rest of the report here.)
Saturday, 4 July - WoW Event!
"Be still and know that I am God."
14 WoW! ladies spent a lovely sunny day together at Birch Hall Farm, reflecting on stories about Jesus, which involved the natural elements: earth, wind, fire, and water ...
(Click here for more details and photographs!)
Strawberry Cream Tea - Saturday, 27 June
We were blessed with a beautiful June afternoon last Saturday, when 60 people enjoyed a lovely strawberry tea in the garden. Apart from the super tea, we were fortunate to have David Hepworth playing to us and the afternoon was filled with a lively buzz of happy fellowship and conversation in the June sunshine.
A big thank you to all the volunteers, including Tia, who helped make the event such a joyful one.
True or False? I feel grateful rather than uncomfortable when someone pays me a compliment. Or, I am not afraid to risk things not working out, when I try something new. How do you feel about yourself?
This wasn't so much a morning of introspection, as an opportunity to discover how similarly we all feel about ourselves, and how we can help build up each other's confidence and sense of self-worth.
We also remembered how God values us: 'I am chosen by God, holy and dearly loved', 'I am hidden with Christ, in God', 'I am God's masterpiece, born again in Christ to do his work', 'I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me'.
We didn't use this YouTube video, but we should have done; it tells the same story: 'You are Special' by Max Lucado.
(Bible verses Colossians 3:12; Colossians 3:3; Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 5:18)
On Sunday, 31 May we welcomed Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester to St Mary's for our service of Confirmation and Holy Communion.
The church was full as the five Confirmation candidates took their places in front of the Bishop. Amy, Rodney, Nick, Jillian and Ed had all come to church to mark their progress in the Christian life by restating their beliefs before God. Bishop Roger laid hands on each of them and prayed for them. We heard wonderful testimony from the candidates and presented each of them with an inscribed Bible.
The presence of the Holy Spirit was very real as the whole church followed the newly confirmed to the Communion rail. Many who attended the service commented on what a special time it was and how well the Bishop preached (click here to listen again). The service was followed by wonderful refreshments laid on in the Church Hall.
Another great day at St Mary's! - Don Smith (Rector)
The Frinton Festival was held over the Whitsun Bank Holiday, in various Frinton locations.
The image shows Robert Max with the Barbican Piano Trio and friends, at the opening concert in St Mary's on the 23 May. The concert was a sell out and the audience enjoyed a programme of Mozart, Rossini, Roussel and Françaix with a splendid finale of Horovitz 's Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo sung by local choirs.
WoW! Evening Walk
About a dozen intrepid WoW! Ladies ventured down Quay Lane and along the country paths of our beautiful Backwaters, on the evening of Thursday, 21 May. The sun shone brightly throughout our trek, showing the countryside, sea, and birds at their best. Of course we talked together, welcoming several new ladies to this event, all building old and new friendships. The fact that some of us missed the turning, and walked much, much further than planned, is neither here nor there. We all had an enjoyable time of walking, then chatting together afterwards in the very accommodating Ship.
Heather Ursell - May 2015
St Mary's Carpet Bowls
The Carpet Bowls Club celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its formation with the Annual Lunch held at the Flamingo, Holland-on-Sea on 18 May.
On 22 May 1985 it was agreed that the Secretary, Canon Sidney Robinson, should place an order for bowls and Jacks from Messrs Thurston and Co. The club began playing in September 1985 and at that time play was divided into two morning and two afternoon sessions, held on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. Total membership at that time was 33, which 29 were active players, which is not greatly different from our present membership of 28 plus three life members, so either a lot more singles matches were being played – or people were playing harder!
The original trophy, the Sidney Robinson Trophy was on display. It was first contested in 1991 and won by Derek Scrivins who won it a further four times before it was decommissioned and placed in the care of Derek’s widow in 2006. The current trophy is the Derek Scrivins Trophy and certainly, a quick scan of the two trophies shows some familiar names, like Alec Taylor, Jeanette Wiggins, Lorna Wyatt and Roy Norton, to say nothing of Dorothy Palmer, Chris Gold and Wyn Mee.
We must thank Sydney and Derek and the rest of that first committee for their vision and tenacity in setting up the Bowls Club on such a firm footing that we are still playing together 30 years on.
2015 Derek Scrivins Trophy – Winner: Chris Gold, Runner up: David Bull
Most Improved player AM: Terry Crean PM: Colleen Long
If you are interested in joining us, please speak to Trevor Cobb or email him.
Saturday & Sunday, 9 &10 May
St Mary’s 'Weekend at Home'
Our 'Weekend at Home' this year meant (as there was no travelling involved) everyone could join in!
Our speaker Paul Keeys' theme - "Talk the Word"
If you missed anything, you can listen again to what he had to tell us. Saturday afternoon included taking time to let God speak to us through what we saw on a walk. See what Sarah Coy saw as she looked round our Old Church.
The full programme for Saturday & Sunday can be seen here.
Family Film Night
On Friday, 17 April, a few families from Polar Explorers Holiday Club and from Sunday morning gathered for a Family Film Night.
We were able to relax on bean bags, with our blankets and pillows to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2. We then chatted together over a fish & chip supper. It was a very relaxed and informal evening.
We plan to hold a regular family night, the next of which will be a Family Games Night - dates to follow.
Starting at 7pm we had one of our famous Curry Nights in aid of the Yashua Sanctuary. This Children's Home was formed in May 2004. It focuses on the plight of new born girls who are either abandoned or will die because of ancient prejudices that still exist in parts of India. The girls are all growing up and doing well in school.
Sue Jenkins, one of the Trustee’s of the Charity, recently visited and shared some new photographs and brought us up date.
We raised £611.09 and a fantastic night was had by all.
What am I doing in Australia?
"Wow. What a rollercoaster ride I’ve had.
It’s already a week on from Easterfest and I’m still processing what happened during those 4 days. There’s going to be a lot of pictures and ..." - 11. April 2015
To read more about what Nathan's doing, just click here for a look at his latest blog.
Where would you see huskies, penguins and whales? You might say the zoo or perhaps the Antarctic. Well you might be partly right. But the answer is St Mary's Parish Church in Frinton-on-Sea from Tuesday to Thursday!
Primary age children this week met with Sir Random Finds and Bare-feet to go on a Polar adventure over three days. The children worked in teams, to learn songs, watch a drama and play games; the children said that the build your own igloo activity was great fun. The activities were linked to a Bible story each day. They learnt that they can never make too many mistakes, never be too bad or too young to be friends with Jesus. Most of the children said they enjoyed the club and would never forget their experience.
Amy Dickinson, age 15 - April 2015
WoW Film Night!
Carlton Burpo was an ordinary little American toddler, who didn't know something extraordinary had happened to him. Whilst his body was on an operating table, his spirit visited Heaven. He met his grandfather and sister, whom he had known nothing about before. He saw many babies and children, loved and cared for in Heaven. He heard the angels sing, and talked with Jesus. When he was well again, little by little his parents realised what had happened to him, and that they had to encourage other people by sharing something of Carlton's experience.
The WoW ladies who came on Thursday evening enjoyed chatting over wine and nibbles, and watching this thought-provoking film together. If you can read the book or watch the film, don't miss the opportunity!
Heather Ursell - March 2015
The Original Real Easter Egg, the first and only Fairtrade chocolate Easter egg to explain the Christian understanding of Easter.
The 2015 edition has a new 24 page Easter storybook which when flipped over becomes a 3ft Happy Easter Banner, a high quality Fairtrade 125g milk chocolate egg and a pack of milk chocolate Chunky Buttons.
The Meaningful Chocolate Company give a donation of the profits and Fairtrade Premium fees, to their farmers allowing them to invest in their community buying everything from school books and solar panels to providing fresh water.
Buy a gift worth giving!
Home for Good Breakfast - Saturday, 14 February
About a dozen people who are interested in adopting, fostering, or providing respite care, met together to discuss the subject, and eat bacon rolls. Two social workers from Essex County Council's 'Family Finders' helped sketch out possible routes to providing some sort of loving temporary or permanent home to children in the care system.
Some of the group shared their own experiences of taking on these caring roles, to encourage others to follow through on this life-changing opportunity. Some were able to share how they had seen lives changed dramatically, as children had been given the security of a home where they were valued and loved.
So long as there is a spare bedroom, very many households could do this, but most people never even think about it ...
If you'd like to find out more, please email Heather.
Fed up with hearing bad news in the media?
Want to hear about the good things happening in our community?
Follow this link to "Local Presence" presented by Frinton's own Ollie Baines and Joe Webster.
Enjoy 15 minutes of laughter, good news and discussion.
WoW "British India"
British India Restaurant accommodated two dozen WoW ladies for another excellent meal, last Thursday. We gave thanks to God for all his many gifts, and for the people who were providing such a treat for us, and proceeded to enjoy each other's company and whatever we chose from the considerable menu.
Everything was prepared and served with little fuss and great taste. Once again, we thank them ... and whoever paid for the pleasure of our glass of wine, 'on the house.'
Heather - January 2015