Notices for Sunday 20 January 2019

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 18-25 Jan will be marked at Evensong here tonight, at Tuesday Praise at the URC (12.30pm) and at Holy Communion here on Thursday.

ALPHA continues on Wednesday 23 January at 7.30pm.  It's not too late to join in.  Please contact Will Abbott (07702023144) for details.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER preparation meeting is on 24 January at 1.30pm at the URC.  (This will take the place of the MU January meeting.)  All welcome.

COLCHESTER AREA CONFERENCE:  This popular annual event takes place at St John’s Church, Colchester this Saturday, 26 January, from 9.30am to 3.30pm.  The theme is “Setting God’s People Free” and the focus will be building up the whole people of God to have a confident faith and vision for the future.  Please let Fiona know by Monday if you would like to attend.

WITHAM WANDERERS’ next walk is this Saturday, 26 January.  Meet at Witham station to catch the 9.47am Ipswich train arriving at Manningtree at 10.12am.  Lunch will be at The Carriers Arms in East Bergholt.  Please contact Susan (509034) to order food in advance.  This is easy walking with a short climb out of the vale.  Sturdy walking boots recommended.  All welcome.

ALL SAINTS’, TERLING are holding an Experts’ Evening following their successful spire restoration appeal and work, this Saturday, 26 January, at 7pm at All Saints.  This will include a series of short presentations by the Archaeologist, Project Manager, Architect and Main Contractor.  Refreshments available.  All free and all welcome!

THE BISHOP OF COLCHESTER will be preaching next Sunday, 27 January, at Hope Community Church.  The service starts at 10.30am at Howbridge School.  All welcome.

DEANERY SYNOD:  The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 29 January here in St Nicolas’ Church Hall when the speaker will be the General Manager of Emmaus, Colchester.  Emmaus UK supports people to work their way out of homelessness by providing work as well as a home for as long as needed.  All welcome to this open meeting; you don’t have to be a synod member.

2018 CHRISTMAS QUIZ:  A collection box for completed entries can be found at the back of church until 1 February 2019.  The winner will be announced soon after in the weekly notices.  A ‘wash-up’ note will appear in In Touch.  Grateful thanks to all participants.

FUNDRAISING:  There will be a meeting of the Fundraising Committee on Sunday 3 February at 12 noon in the Parish Office (or Hall if numbers require).  If you would like to join the Committee please come along.  If you don’t want to join, but have an idea, please let Rodney Cullum or Mike Robinson know about it before the meeting.

PANCAKES FOR EVANGELISM!  Please join members of the PCC at 7.30pm on Shrove Tuesday, 5 March, as we enjoy pancakes together and talk about how we can encourage more people to make St Nicolas’ Church their spiritual home.  How can we be better disciples?  What more can we do? Please complete a questionnaire (anonymously if you wish) and let us have your views.  Bring it along on the night or post it in the box.  Your chance for your voice to be heard!

BOOK SALE:  We will be having a book sale here after the 10am service on Sunday 3 February to raise money for church funds.  If you have any books to donate, please give them to Pat Chapman or leave them in the Parish Office.  Thank you.

ADVANCE NOTICE:  Bishop Roger will be coming to St Nicolas Church on Sunday 14 July for a Confirmation service which will take place during our main 10am Parish Communion.  If you are thinking about being confirmed, please have a word with a member of the clergy.  We intend to hold a series of Open Evenings after Easter for those wishing to find out more about confirmation.