Bradwell Festival (Formally Pilgrimage)
1st and 2nd July. For further info. www.bradwellfestival.com
Mothers’ Union Cream Tea
Saturday 15th July 2017 2-4pm at
St. Peter & St. Paul’s
Bring and Buy, Craft Stalls. Fundraising for the Mothers’ Union Summer Appeal. Everyone Welcome.
SATURDAY 1st July
St Clement’s Summer Fair 11:00 – 2:30 p.m.
25th June Trinity 2 and the festival of St Peter and St Paul
9.30.am Holy Communion at St. Mary’s
10.30.am Family Communion at SSPP
11am Family Communion at St. Clement’s
11.am. Family Communion at All Saints
2nd July Trinity 3
9.30.am All Age Service and Baptism at St. Mary’s
10.30.am Holy Communion at SSPP
11am Family Communion at St. Clement’s
11.am. All Age Service at All Saints
On the 1st Saturday of each month, from 9am we will hold a time of prayer. This is open to anyone to join in and pray for our world, community, for those suffering and most importantly for the mission and ministry of our church and our team.
Weekly Notice Sheet 25th JUNE, 2017
TRINITY 2 (St Peter and St Paul)
All Saints is considering setting up a dinner club for men across all our churches to meet once each 6 weeks or so for a meal in a restaurant or pub and to get to know each other. If anyone is interested, could they let me know over the next week or so. David Hooper, 07715625055.
On 25th July the book will be Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarenmga, which has a place on the Top 10 of Africa’s best books.
More information on a sheet at the back of church.
Forgo the Saturday lie-in and come and pray for the world and our community at 9am on 1st July in SSPP.
MMU Weekend Away – Don’t forget to book your place if you are intending to go on this weekend – 13th to 15th October. There is a new leaflet in church with further details of the speaker and timetable. If you have already booked there is a letter for you to collect in your respective churches.
There is to be holiday club at St John’s, Grays North from 29th Aug to 1st Sept – 10-11:55 am followed by a games morning on Saturday 2nd Sept. There will be a chance to register children later but for now help is needed. If you are interested in being involved, please see the leaflet in church and go along to a meeting at St John’s Victoria Avenue at 7:30pm on Tuesday 18th July. Assistance is needed to prepare craft activities and get the hall ready as well as to lead groups of children and be there for the event.
Ruth is moving on -
You may have heard last week that Ruth is nearing the end of her curacy and will be leaving in the summer. She is to become Priest in Charge (Team Rector Designate) of St James the Less and St Barnabas, Hadleigh. Her licensing service in Hadleigh will be on 1st September and her last Sunday in Grays will be in August
Please note: We are working on our page to tell you about Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Prayer, but in the meantime please look at the Chelmsford Diocese site. Details are on the Life Events tab.
Revd Canon Darren Barlow
Phone: 01375 377379
Click to E-mail: Darren Barlow
Grays Team Parish Office
The Church Hall
Phone: 01375 373215
E-mail: Grays Parish Office
St Peter and St Pauls 10:30
St Mary's 9:30
St Clement's 11:00
All Saint's 11:00
Tuesday 9.15.a.m. Oak Room at SsPP
Wednesday 9.30.a.m. St. Mary’s
Thurs. 10.00.a.m. St. Clement’s
Thurs. 10.30.a.m. SsPP Holy Communion
If you would like a prayer request to be added to the prayer card, please email GTTM_news@yahoo.com
Week beg. 25th June 2017
Please give thanks:
Don't forget - the Team magazine.
It comes out every two months and an annual subscription costs £2. Pass money to Linda Pritchard at All Saints, Felicia Teague at St Clement’s, Brenda Goshawk at St Mary’s or Maureen Bamford at St Peter and Paul’s.
Mag editor is Rosalind Sarwan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some highlights from the current edition.
From Revd Ian Herbert Team Vicar
As I spend time with God, in the silence of my study, I find myself pondering over the world we live in. I wonder, are we really aware of what is going on? The world in which we live is a world with many problems; a world faced with the threat of tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorism, ongoing conflicts and the constant threat of war. A world, with a lot going on that may not
affect us personally, but will affect the very fabric of each of our lives. Our
individual lives are often more focussed on issues closer to home. The loss of a loved one, an illness, or the loss of a job can have such a traumatic
effect on us that we no longer the see the need around us, we can understandably become self-absorbed and inward looking.
As I write this, we are fast approaching Holy Week, and by the time you read this, we will have, God willing, celebrated Easter together. In the midst of the bustle and busyness of our daily lives we once again will have had the
opportunity to remember and celebrate all that Jesus has given to each of us. We will have re-read and meditated upon the remarkable story of a man crucified, who died, and who was raised from the dead, a man who defeated death for you and me.
In 2013, President Barack Obama said, “We are to draw strength and
inspiration from Holy Week and Easter as they are times for reflection and renewal. The common thread of humanity is a shared commitment to loving our neighbours as ourselves and there is no better time for people to
rededicate themselves to that mission.”
After Easter I once again have the privilege of leading a team of people to visit the work of Kanlungan in the Philippines. This is always a humbling time, seeing the amazing work that is being done in Jesus’ name, and the way in which children’s lives are being transformed. These are the ‘neighbours’ that Jesus refers to, just as much as the neighbours that live next door to us.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)
Easter is over for another year, the children are getting ready to go back to school and our lives move forward. However, as we move forward, let us not forget the message of Easter. The great love the Father has for us is Good News, and we are to share it! It is never too late to rededicate and commit ourselves to Him, and to loving our neighbours as ourselves.
God Bless. Ian