NOTICES

Celebration Organ Recital:  Saturday 27 August at 7.30pm. This recital will be given by Mark Lee, the organist of Bristol Cathedral, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the installation of our excellent Kenneth Tickell organ. Mark gave the opening recital of our organ, and has a really close connection with our church, as he was once a choirboy and started to learn the organ here. It is a real privilege to be able to welcome him back to St Nicolas, and we hope that you will be there too, with your family and friends, for this prestigious event. Entry is free, and there will be a retiring collection for church funds. Please do help us to make this a wonderful celebration!

Bible Study:  Friday’s bible study, will continue with a change of day and venue.  Starting on 8 September, it will be on Thursdays at 11am (after midweek communion) at the Rectory.  All welcome.

Readers’ and Intercessors’ Workshop:  The Rector will be running a workshop in church for all our existing intercessors and readers on Saturday 10 September at 10-11am.  If you are interested in exploring leading readings or intercessions in church, then do come and join us.

September:  We shall be marking September as a Season of Creation looking at what faith resources we may draw upon as we engage in the most serious challenge we face together, ie. the environment.  There will be two study groups starting on Wednesday 14 September: one at 10am in the church hall; the other at 8pm at the Rectory.  All welcome.

Church Hall Bookings:  We are looking for someone to be responsible for our Church Hall Bookings and hire. This work can be carried out from home - and Sheila (who is stepping down from this role after many years of faithful service) will assist you as you take over the role. Use of a computer is required but all necessary documents are available on line. Interested? Curious? Please speak either to Sheila Ellis 01376513564 ssheilaellis@aol.com or the Rector if you feel you can help.

 Advanced Warning - Chipping Hill Bridge Closure (road and pedestrian route):  The two bridges and the small section of road in Chipping Hill/Powers Hall End will be shut from 15 August - 7 October.   This means the river crossing will be impassable and a diversion will be in place to manage the dispersed traffic through the town centre.  You will still have access to the church car park.  For more information contact:

Cllr Ross Playle - cllr.ross.playle@essex.gov.uk

Cllr Derrick Louis - cllr.derrick.louis@essex.gov.uk

Sunday Services:  We are reviewing our Sunday morning main service times.  Please give your feedback to the Rector (jonathanpritchard1964@outlook.com), Mike Robinson, PCC Secretary, (mikerobinson45@hotmail.com), or other members of the PCC for the PCC meeting on 20 July.  Alternatively, you could leave your response in the box marked Sunday Services at the back of church.  We really appreciate your feedback for our discussions.  Thank you.

Easyfundraising: Please consider using Easyfundraising links to many well known shops and websites when buying goods and services online, and name 'Parish Church of St Nicolas Witham' as the cause you wish to support.  ​This raises valuable funds for the parish at no cost to you.  Donations are available from more suppliers (eg Amazon) if you use the app on a mobile device rather than a computer.