Our annual meetings this year are in St James’ Church on Sunday 18th March after the 10am Mass. To nominate people for appointment please fill the appropriate form. According to law, nominations for churchwardens must be made in writing before the meeting and should be given to David Beattie by Sunday 11th March. Nomination forms are available in church.
At the annual meetings we elect people for the PCC; forms are available from Lucy Mason and must be returned by Sunday 4th March to allow her to prepare voting papers.
Please advise Sheila Sansom, the Electoral Roll Officer, of any changes as the Roll is now due for revision.
Mission Weekend 2/3 December 2017
Mission is an important part of our church life and we should all be involved in some way as we are called to go out and ‘spread the word’.
Please ask Janet or the Wardens if you need further information.
Congratulations to the Austen family; Matthew has been accepted to train for priestly ministry and now has another member of the family to celebrate the good news, a new son, Albert David Ernest George.
THE SERVICE TIMES FOR HOLY WEEK
PALM SUNDAY 9th April
8am Said Mass 10am Sung Mass and Procession of Palms
MONDAY 10th April
12noon Chrism Mass Chelmsford Cathedral Celebrant Bishop Norman of Richborough
Please join us if you are able and support our serving team at the service.
TUESDAY 11th April No Mass
WEDNESDAY 12th April
THURSDAY 13th April
7.30 Sung Mass Maundy service with Foot Washing and
Watch until 10pm
GOOD FRIDAY 14th April
10am Stations of the Cross for Children
12 noon March of Witness Town Centre
Meet at the Salvation Army Citadel Butt Rd or join in at
Head St or High St the march ends at the War Memorial
with a short united service.
1pm Liturgy of the Day
SATURDAY 15th April
7.30pm Vigil Mass bring and share buffet afterwards
SUNDAY 16th April
8am said Mass
10am Sung Mass with blessing of the Easter Garden.
Children’s Egg Hunt after Mass
Please download your form here to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one or to celebrate a significant event in life. The Tree of Light will be blessed and lit at the Christingle Crib Service on Christmas Eve. Names will appear on a memorial roll which will be displayed in St James’ Church for the twelve days of Christmas.
Pre Advent Social Supper Wednesday 23rd November
at The Anchor Rowhedge
meet 7.30 for 8pm sit down
keep your eye open for details and the £22 pp menu on the notice board – add your name to the list as numbers are limited.
All Saints Day
All Saints Day falls on Tuesday 1st November, Mass in St James at 7-00pm. All Saints Day is a Solemnity, a day when we ought to be at Mass if we can.
All Souls Day
The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed falls on Wednesday 2nd November. Mass in St James at 7-00pm. At this Mass the names of the Faithful Departed will be remembered, please check the list in church and then add any more names to it if you wish.
The House Mass for November will be held on Monday 28th November 8-00pm at the home of Jeff and Catherine Graham, 69 Tower Street, Brightlingsea. These times of worship are a wonderful opportunity for less formal worship with an extended opportunity for prayer and a great time of fellowship to help build up the Body of Christ in our church and part of Colchester. Please join us.
Service for the Bereaved
The annual service for those who have been bereaved, which St James hosts and organises in conjunction with the Hunnaball Family Funeral Service, will be held in St James on Saturday 19th November at 11-00am. Please come along if you feel this service may be of help to you and tell anyone else or perhaps bring them with you, if you know someone who might benefit from joining us. The preacher at this year’s ecumenical service will be the Reverend Hilary Platts, one of Colchester Hospital’s chaplains.
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Advent begins on Sunday 27th November; it is one of the prime seasons of preparation and anticipation in the Church’s year. To give us a prayerful starting point, as well as the Sunday Mass there will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction at 6-00pm that day. Please return to church to worship for a second time and commend Advent, one of the most wonderful seasons of the year, to God. This will also have the focus of our Mission Week which begins on this day.