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Sunday Services at 6.30pm
A Very Warm Welcome

May the faith of God, Be with you this year. May the peace of God Surround you, and may you be Blessed Each Day!

 

JANUARY 2022

HAPPY NEW YEAR

2nd

NO SERVICE

 

9th

Request Sunday

Covenant Service

Service at 6.30pm

Fellowship Service

16th

Evening Worship &

Communion – 6.30pm

Rev. Jenny Haggar, Ipswich

23rd

Evening Worship – 6.30pm

Mrs. Norma Huxter, Halstead

30th

Evening Worship – 6.30pm

Mr. Robert Wiseman, Lincolnshire

 

FEBRUARY 2022     SERVICES at 6.30pm

6th

Request Sunday

Fellowship Service

13th

Evening Worship

Mr. Charles deLacy, Chelmsford

20th

Evening Worship

Rev. Jenny Haggar, Ipswich

27th

Evening Worship

Mrs. Norma Huxter, Halstead

 


 

What’s On in JANUARY

Sun. 9th          Request Sunday – Fellowship Service with your choices of hymns.

Tues 11th             Prayer in vestry                          09.45-10.00

                          Coffee & Chat,                            10.00-12.00

Thurs 13th           Knit & Natter                    10.00-12.00

Sun 16th             6.30 pm Rev. Jenny Haggar

Tues 18th             Prayer in vestry                          09.45-10.00

                          Coffee & Chat                             10.00-12.00

Wed 19th             End 2 End Nature Care                20.00-22.00

Thurs  20th         Knit and Natter                          10.00-12.00

Sun 23rd             Mrs. Norma Huxter

Tues 25th            Prayer in vestry                          09.45-10.00

                          Coffee & Chat                             10.00-12.00

Thurs 27th          Knit & Natter                    10.00-12.00

Sun 30th             Mr. Robert Wiseman.

 

A Happy and Blessed New Year to everyone. What will this year bring? We ask this question every year, don’t we? I always think this year, I am going to be a nicer person, I am going to get fitter, I am going to lose weight, I am going to change….. They are not exactly resolutions because I know I will fail every time! You maybe would like to Stop/Change/Start doing something. I have been thinking about this. Today, and every day, the only resolution we need to make is to follow Jesus completely. He makes all things new, that means me and you. As we start the new year, make it a truly happy one by being happy, changed, and renewed from the Inside out.

Thank you

Once again, so many people to say thank you too! During December you have all been amazing with your help decorating the church for Christmas and bringing so many lovely things to eat and share together. A big thank you to Denise who brought her skills and sewing kit to repair the flag that we put up outside the church.  Also thanks to Jonathan Barker who donated two real Christmas Trees which he had grown. They stood either side of the doors at the front of the church and were decorated by Sandra and her 2 little elves, Lewis and Reece. We are amazed at people’s generosity and time given to the Fellowship.

A big Thank you to Carol Hutchings who started off our Christmas celebrations with the Christingle Service. Carol had provided all who attended with a special gift bag from the Children’s society with everything inside to make a Christingle. We had a good crowd who enjoyed making their Christingles and some nice goodies to eat, with money donated by Roy Davies and the church. It is always a very special service, to remind each person why we celebrate Christmas. Thank you Carol.

Our Christmas Coffee and Chat Lunch was great fun, Denise dressed as Mother Christmas and Mandy as her helper in an Elf’s costume was simply the best! Thank you so much everyone who made it such a lovely time of fellowship. We thank all the ladies in the kitchen for their help. Denise, Mandy Little Shelia, Daphne, and Marie, and David who made a beautiful Christmas Cake. Thank you all for coming and bringing delicious food, a great quiz by Mandy. How blessed we all are to have such lovely friends.

Last but not least. Thank you very much to the people who offered to read at the Traditional Carol Service. We very much appreciated your help in making this service so special.

A shout out also to Andrew Bugg, who puts up our posters all through the year for the church. Also to say how lovely the village Christmas Lights looked this year, thanks to the Parish Council. Brilliant job.

A note from Val Sims.

We hope you all had a Happy Christmas. I know some of you were alone and Christmas is not always a Happy time for everyone. But for others they prefer to be alone, we often say “when you’re in your own home you can do what you like, and grab 40 winks when you want. Geoff and I wish you all a very Happy and healthy New Year. We can only pray that this virus will soon be under control and eventually go away.

I have found it very sad that since new décor in the church, and the pews and organ have gone and there have been other changes, that some people are not happy. Sadly to the point of saying they are not coming anymore on a Sunday. I think we need to be reminded that it does not matter where we worship, in a church or a stable, where Jesus was born. As long as we come to believe that Jesus is there and we concentrate on what we hear in the church from visiting speakers, that’s all that matters. I have to be honest I found the pews easier for myself to get on and off, as they were nice and low but that is easily solved by me having a stool, both for getting on the chairs and resting my legs, otherwise I end up with cramps. I think it is so sad that some say “when the church was a proper church” Silver End Congregational is a proper Church! It is only some things inside that have changed. We still get a warm welcome when we come, we still sing God’s praises, and we still hear from whoever is speaking God’s Word.

If you go to the remembrance service at the village hall in November, it is like going to church, there are hymns and a word from Mr. Charles deLacy, who we enjoy at the church often. Personally when I come to church because of the layout I forget that I was there on the Tuesday before, at a coffee morning, because it’s different and I am there for a different reason.

I would like to thank Sharon for all she does for the church, mostly behind the scenes, and also her husband Allan who does so much for the church.

God Bless you All in 2022 Val & Geoff x

 

John and Lyn’s memorial Bench

The bench has arrived and for those of you who have not yet seen it, the bench is on the platform in the church. We are very pleased with it and the company who we used was extremely helpful. So far we have collected £326.50 towards the cost. When the weather is better, the church will decide where they think it should be placed in the garden and we will then lay down a base for it to stand on. We think the final cost will be around £800. We hope to make this a special occasion with a dedication acknowledging all the work that John and Lyn did for this community.


 

NEED INFORMATION? Listed below are some helpful numbers

CHURCH CONTACTS- on line – www.silverendcongregationalchurch.org

Church Open                         Tuesday    10.00 – 12 noon

Coffee & Chat                       Tuesday    10.00 - 12 noon

Church Secretary & Enquiries       Mrs. J. Bartlett    Tel.561959

Church Treasurer                           Mrs. S. Gray       Tel.583913

                                                            E.mail       sharon@silverend.org

Church Telephone No.         01376 584306      Post Code CM8 3QF (Silver Street)

Silver End Guiding Group           Contact Mrs. Carol Hutchings 07857 663959

                                    Rainbows, Guides, Brownies, Rangers

Tues.  Silver Swans Movement Class    11.00-12pm           Contact Gemma 07597649240

Wed.  Carolyn’s Dance Group - Disco/Street Dance            Contact Harriet 07855014717

Thurs.SILVER TOTS (Baby & Toddler Group) at 9.45am- Nikki 07809 761902 (Term Time)

Thurs.            Knit & Natter Thursday 10.00 – 12 noon    Contact  Barbara 01376 585467

SCOUT GROUP    Dan Sutton (Scout Leader) dan@silverend-scouts.org.uk   07970 730636

PRAYERS

Lord, we commit our lives to you afresh as we begin 2022. You know everything that lies ahead, so please prepare, equip and strengthen us for the challenges, joys, sorrows that may come. Please help those in authority and leadership to make wise decisions and live with integrity. Amen

Father thank You that You have promised us that You will never leave us or forsake us. As we begin this New Year with still so much uncertainty we look to You to lead us with thankfulness, assurance and trust, knowing that promise in our hearts, You will never leave us or forsake us.

Father Help us to reach out to those in need, the sick, the lonely and the unsure. We feel helpless about what we can do, but we know that You will guide us and help us to do what we can.+

As we enter another year with restrictions still in place, we pray for schools, teachers, support staff and most of all the pupils. The last couple of years has had a huge effect on us all, but I know through my own family how this has affected our young people. Mentally and physically, please pray for them.

Pray for all who will be working from home once again. This too has a huge affect on people. It may sound wonderful not having to go out to work, but once again it can be so difficult working remotely, not being able to get away from the job. The computer always on, no social interaction, no breaks, no exercise, no getting away. This again is hard mentally and physically.

Remember those who are unwell, so many people, our friends and family who are finding life difficult and struggle with the everyday things.

Please keep praying for this village, for this fellowship and the other churches in the village, and for your neighbours and friends. May God’s love touch their innermost being and give life, strength and hope.

Keep this Country, Parliament and the Government in your prayers. Please remember the Queen as she enters her Platinum year.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going now and for evermore.                         Psalm 121: 7-8 NIV