Venting his fury at a potential rival, Herod plays a percentages game: he spreads the net of his anger widely; kills every boy under two in order to ensure he kills just one. He fails. Fury and anger usually do - though that is scant consolation to the mourning families of the innocent who suffer. Meanwhile Jesus, the Saviour who is saved, is visited by unlikely people: in this case, shepherds and foreign rulers.
We grieve with hope, because we believe that Jesus died and rose again.
I am looking forward very much to getting to know many of you, joining the team at Grays Thurrock, working with the churches and especially ministering at All Saints. I originate from Leytonstone/Stratford where I grew up in a non-Christian home that had little connection with church, but it was in Essex where I found faith and later began to minister as a Reader in the church. Now ordained 18 years I have worked in this diocese and St Albans, and for the last ten years as Mission and Evangelism Adviser for Chelmsford diocese. My passion is for churches and Christians to reach out to their communities with the love of God in Christ and see lives transformed, every person is special to God and all of us can make this known in our communities as we pray for ‘doors’ to open.
Next Sunday’s Services
9.30am All Age Service at St. Mary’s
10.30am Holy Communion Communion at SSPP
11am Family Communion at St. Clement’s
11am All Age Service at All Saints
TEAM COFFEE MORNING
Thank you to everyone who helped at the Coffee Morning yesterday and to those who donated prizes for the Autumn Grand Draw. Total raised will be announced.
Magazines are available in each church for collection.
Team Thanksgiving and Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday 26th November in SSPP at 4.00.p.m. Everyone is welcome at this service.
We need to talk about Santa
Saturday 9th December at 6.00.p.m.
St. John’s Church, Victoria Avenue.
Tickets on sale now.
Adults £5, Kids £1
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
ST. MARY’S TEA CLUB
Will meet on 17th November at 3.00.p.m, everybody welcome.
ST. CLEMENT’S CHRISTMAS FAYRE
On 2nd December. Further details to follow, all welcome.
ST. LUKES HOSPICE ‘LIGHT UP A LIFE’ SERVICE IN SSPP ON SATURDY 9TH DECEMBER AT 4.30.P.M
Please collect your envelopes from the back of church. If you would like to change to a standing order or electronic transfer, please speak to Maureen Bamford
Please remember the foodbank when you are doing your shopping. Thank You. Items can be placed in a box in the Oak Room.
TEAM BEREAVEMENT SERVICE
26th November at 4.00.p.m. in SSPP, all are welcome to attend.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON
Saturday 25th November at 3.30.p.m.
Sunday 3rd December
Advent service of light.
Saturday 9th December
St. Luke’s Hospice ‘Light up a Life’ service at 4.30.p.m. Please put the dates in your diaries.
Please pray for the people who live in Ireton Place, The Ivy, Jetty Walk, Jodrell Way, John Street, Jubilee Road, Kempley Court, Kent Road, Kiln Way, Kings Walk, Lake Rise, Lander Road, Lawns Crescent and for those who have no homes.
From the Book of Remembrance:
Please let us know if you would like prayer in or after the service.
Extended Church follows this service in the hall. Stay as long as you can.
This week at St Mary’s
Food Bank and drop in for tea and coffee Tuesday 2-4 in the hall. Come and help prepare boxes for the shoebox appeal.
Tuesday 7.30 Women’s Guild
Wednesday 15th November Morning Prayer and ‘A taste of New Wine’ Part 5 9.30 in church
Friday 17th November 3pm Tea Club
Offerings to the work of the church can be made by cash in the plate, using envelopes in the plate on a regular basis or by electronic bank transfer to “Grays Thurrock PCC” Account Number : 36766568
Sort Code : 30-93-61
1. People affected by natural disasters.
2. Those who are homeless and struggling with addictions and other stresses.
3. Those affected by war and those who carry the scars of war.
4. Those who are unwell, Joyce Benson, Angela, David, Graham, Jen, David, John, Sheila Jarman, Ray Beeching, Clive, Bob, Joyce, Barbara and husband George, Fred, Jennie, Eileen, Jean, Michelle, Wayne, Sheila and Linda.
5. Those who have been bereaved. Including the Williams and the Randall family.
6. The Food Bank at St Mary’s.
Next Sunday – Family Worship with Pam Kirby
Why not join us for a time of ‘open’ prayer on Monday mornings from 7am.
Midweek Communion, every Thursday 10.30.a.m. at St. Peter & St. Paul’s, Grays.
Foodbank – St. Mary’s, Little Thurrock
If you would like to give to the foodbank there is a box in the entrance to the Beacon Centre for your donations. (dry foods only). Please see the Team notices for items that are needed.
‘Give all thou canst; high heaven rejects the lore / Of nicely calculated less or more.’ (William Wordsworth)
Reminder: Regular giving is needed for any church, charity etc. When this dips it has a knock-on effect. Our giving was down in August and September on the previous year. A key part of the problem seems to be that those who were giving by planned giving envelopes are not regularly giving electronic payments. If those who are now making electronic payments were to give regularly (monthly) by standing order this would be one step to solving the problem.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEK
THURSDAY 16th November 2017
10am Morning Prayer followed by open church
until 12 noon. Drop in to join with us for Morning Prayer or at any time during the morning for cuppa/chat/prayer.
Toddler Group. In the hall during term time from 9.30am – 11.00. Parents and cars welcome with pre-school children. £1.50 per family/adult.
TODDLERS FINISHES ON 15TH DECEMBER WITH OUR CHRISTMAS PARTY.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Christmas Fayre 2nd December.
Soft toys required in good condition for tombola stall for St. Clements Christmas Fayre. Please pass on to Sue Witham
The weekly notices taken from all our notice sheets around the team.