There are several new courses running in the parish this autumn.
Check out the Discipleship page
Whether you were able to bring shoe boxes this week or not, you can still help. Next week we are collecting children’s toiletries, (eg wrapped soap and flannel, toothpaste and toothbrush, brush and comb) and stationery, (eg pencils and sharpener, pens, crayons, small pads of paper, small colouring or picture books). Please bring whatever you can so we can make up shoe boxes of Christmas gifts for children who otherwise have very little.
CONFIRMATION – 10th November at St. Cedds. Please speak to your clergy if you are interested.
Look on the Clergy page for photos of Ian's induction.
Bible Readings: Romans 15: v.1-6 (Page 924) & Luke 4: v.16-24 (Page 835)
Notices - press button to link to each church's notices
Sunday, 23rd October, 2016 Last Sunday after Trinity
Monday Bible Study - For more details please contact Margaret 01375 383134
Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning
The Mothers’ Union members are holding a coffee morning on Saturday 29th October in the Oak Room at SSPP from 10-12 Noon. Proceeds to charity. Come & join us.
A confirmation service is being held on the 10th of November at St Cedd’s. A Confirmation class will be held on Saturday 22nd October from 10 to 12 with Reverends Ruth and Michelle in St Peter and Paul’s. If you have children who will need to come along, we can provide activities for them.
A Big thank you to everyone who shared harvest with us. Harvest Supper was attended by over 100 people and we raised £310 for the Food bank. Clive & Cathy took over a quarter of a Tonne of food to them and they were very grateful. Keep collecting and start thinking of Christmassy bits too!
Thanksgiving & Remembrance Service
The Team annual service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance takes place this year at 4pm on Remembrance Sunday 20 November at St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Grays Parish Church. Everyone is welcome at this service as we remember before God and give thanks for those who have gone before us.
Beetle Drive at St. Mary’s on 4th November at 7.30.pm. £3.50 or £10 per family.
GRAND DRAW – Please take some tickets to sell, available from Audrey Haines. As tickets have been stapled in 5’s, a book is £1.25. If someone only wants to spend £1, please remove 1 ticket and sell separately. Thank You.
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
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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
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