NOTICES

TEAM RECTOR VACANCY:  It has taken a long time to agree the Parish profile and the advert with our PCC, the various PCCs of the villages, the Archdeacon and the Bishop, but the vacancy has now been advertised.  Hopefully there will be some potential candidates for the post.

BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION:  If you are considering baptism and/or confirmation, and would be interested in the possibility of making one of these important steps at Easter, please speak with Revd Christine as soon as possible.

THIS WEEK

MESSY CHURCH is this Tuesday, 18 February,  from 4-6pm.  There will be craft activities, stories, songs and a meal for everyone to enjoy.  Come and join in the fun!

CONCERT:  At St Mary’s, Wivenhoe on Saturday 22 February at 7pm, Charlie Price and friends will be presenting a concert of chamber music (Mozart & More) with wind instruments.  Admission is by programme, with voluntary contributions to The National Autistic Society..

NEXT WEEK

MOTHERS’ UNION meets on Thursday 27 February at 1.30pm in the church hall.  The speaker will be our own Marian Mitchell who will give a talk on her walks with the Witham Wanderers.  All are welcome.

GODPLAY PLAY WORKSHOP:  This is a useful workshop for those working with children and teenagers in particular.  It will be run by Nichola Grieves, the Children and Youth Development Officer to the Eastern Synod of the URC.  Held at Witham URC on 27 February at 7.30pm.  All welcome, but please email info@withamurc.org.uk if you intend to go.

WITHAM WANDERERS’ next walk is on Saturday 29 February walking the 6 miles from Frinton to Clacton along the sea front.  Given clement weather, this is easy walking on a flat, hard surface.  Meet at Witham station to catch the 9.03am train, changing at Thorpe Le Soken and arriving at Frinton at 9.45am.  Lunch will be in Clacton.  All welcome.

THE COLNE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, conducted by Boris Peck, will be giving a concert in church on Saturday 29 February at 7.30pm.  The programme includes the Egmont Overture No.2 by Beethoven; Bizet’s Symphony No.1 in C Major; and the Symphony No.4 in C Minor (Tragic) by Schubert.  Further details and tickets can be obtained from the orchestra’s website:  colnephil.org.uk.

THIS MONTH

GODPLAY PLAY WORKSHOP:  This is a useful workshop for those working with children and teenagers in particular.  It will be run by Nichola Grieves, the Children and Youth Development Officer to the Eastern Synod of the URC.  Held at Witham URC on 27 February at 7.30pm.  All welcome, but please email info@withamurc.org.uk if you intend to go.

NEXT MONTH

QUIZ EVENING at St Nics on Saturday 7 March at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Quiz teams of 6 (may be assembled on the night).  Tickets £8pp to include Ploughman’s Supper, tea and coffee.  Please feel free to bring your own alcoholic or other drinks.  Tickets must be purchased in advance from Mike Robinson (516727) or Rodney Cullum (512617). 

LENT

LENT STUDY GROUP:  We shall be meeting in the church hall each Wednesday morning from 10-11.30am for 5 weeks beginning 4 March.  All are welcome as we examine the Stations of the Cross through fine art pictures.  We shall look at 3 images each week.  Each session will be complete in itself, so come along whenever you can, even if you cannot attend every week.  The group will be led by Vikki Zarb, and there will be plenty of opportunity for discussion.  The course is free, with an optional booklet priced at £1.

DIOCESAN LENT SERIES will be based on ‘Saying Yes to Life’ by Ruth Valerio - this year’s Lent book recommended by the Archbishop of Canterbury.  The talks are an alternative resource to our Lent course, and will take place on Tuesday evenings at St John’s, Colchester, and Wednesday evenings at Chelmsford Cathedral, from the first week of March for 5 weeks.  All are 7-9pm, are free, and will be led by senior members of the Diocese.  No booking required.  Details from Revd Christine.

LENT MODULES:  A series of short courses running across the Diocese between the last week of February and Good Friday, covering a wide range of themes.  Details are available at the back of church, on the hall notice boards and from Diane Hardy at the Diocesan Office (01245 294449).  These modules should be booked by Friday 14 February.

LENT CHURCH ARMY COLLECTION:  During Lent there will be a collection for Church Army.  Collection boxes will be handed out on 2 March to be returned on Easter Sunday (hopefully with cash in them!)

LENT LUNCHES:  St Nics are helping with the Lent Lunches at the URC again this year on Thursday 5 March and 2 April.  If you are able to help please speak to Pat Chapman for more information.