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Keeping in Touch
Sunday Services at 6.30pm
A Very Warm Welcome

‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.                                          1Corinthians 15:55-57

 

MAY 2022 SERVICES

1st

Request Sunday

6.30pm

 

Fellowship Service

8th

5pm Special dedication

Evening Worship &

Communion – 6.30pm

Mr. Charles deLacy,

Chelmsford

15th

Evening Worship

6.30pm

Mrs. Penny Bloom

Chelmsford

22nd  

Evening Worship

6.30pm

Mrs. Norma Huxter

Halstead

29th

Evening Worship

6.30pm

Mr. Cyril Bamforth,

Braintree

 

JUNE  2022     SERVICES at 6.30pm

5th  

Request Sunday

Fellowship Service

12th

Evening Worship

Mr. Charles deLacy, Chelmsford

19th

Evening Worship

Rev. Malcolm Boulter

26th 

Evening Worship

Mrs. Norma Huxter, Halstead

 


 

What’s On in MAY

Sun 1st    Special Request Sunday –                18.30

Mon 2nd     May Day

Tues 3rd    Prayer in vestry                                     09.45-10.00

                Meet up at Coffee & Chat              10.00-12.00

Wed 4th    Open Book –informal discussion group     10.30-11.30

Thurs 5th Knit & Natter                            10.00-12.00

Sun 8th    5pm – Dedication service for John and Lyn’s Memorial Bench. Followed by tea and cake –Evening Service at 6.30pm, Charles deLacy

Tues 10th Prayer in vestry                                     09.45-10.00

                Meet up at Coffee & Chat followed by         10.00-12.00

Thurs  12th         Knit and Natter                            10.00-12.00

Sun 15th Mrs. Penny Bloom & Bob on Guitar      18.30

Tues 17th Prayer in vestry                                     09.45-10.00

                Meet up at Coffee & Chat                          10.00-12.00

Wed 18th Open Book – Informal discussion group   10.30-11.30

Thurs 19th          Knit & Natter                               10.00-12.00

Sun 22nd   Mrs. Norma Huxter                       18.30

Tues 24th           Prayers in the Vestry                   09.45-10.00

                Meet up at Coffee & Chat             10.00-12.00

Thurs 26th          Knit & Natter                              10.00-12.00

Sun 29th Mr. Cyril Bamforth, Braintree          18.30

Mon 30th   Decorate church with Bunting                10.00

Tues 31st Special Tea Party for the Queen at Coffee & Chat 10.00-12.00

            Homemade Scones, Jam, Cream and Strawberries. Come & Toast the Queen for her special Platinum Jubilee. Come Dressed for the occasion. - Best Hat competition – Quiz –

LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE

JUNE 4th Village Celebration Party for the Queens Platinum  Jubilee –  1pm – 6pm.

Taking place in the Memorial Gardens (Park) and at the Congregational Church.

Refreshments – BBQ – Stalls & Craft – Music – The Great Royal Bake off Competition - Fancy Dress –

Entertainment….. Look out for the posters for more detail.

 

News & Thank You

I don’t know where to start with all the Thanks  this month! Firstly I start with Marie and Jess who bunched up the daffodils for Mothers Day. This was a huge help to us and very much appreciated, by all the Mums at the Mothers Day Service. Great Job, Thanks!

This last month has been really busy the Guide Unit held their Easter Fair and did a fantastic job raising £403.20, which is amazing. Everyone worked so hard to achieve this.

The churches doors were open once again for another collection for Ukraine organised by Sandra Wilson. She has worked so hard along with other volunteers to help these suffering peoples. Well Done, Sandra.

A big thank you to Denise and Mandy for all their hard work organising our Easter Lunch at Coffee and Chat. We enjoyed some beautiful homemade vegetable soup made by Shelia and homemade Leek and Potato made by Daphne and Tomato Soup. You are all so kind and generous. The cakes were provided by Pam, and Mandy entertained us with an Easter and St. Georges Day quiz. The money raised on this morning was for little Elsie and £56.70 was donated. Many, many thanks you lovely people.

My thanks for all who helped at the Good Friday Service. We as hosts had put the service together, but had to rely on our friends from the other churches to make it happen. What a joy it was to be able to share with our friends on this very special day. Thanks to Dave who helped carry the cross, to Ruth and Margaret for reading our Bible readings. Also Derek from St. Mary’s Catholic church for leading our prayers. We were very blessed to have the Rev. Jonathan, Team Leader, from Witham to lead the service for us. Daphne kindly buttered the hotcross buns and helped with the refreshments afterwards. We were very blessed with such a beautiful day weatherwise. Easter Day brought another beautiful day, with two lovely services. Carol did an amazing job leading the family service and organising the Easter Egg hunt. It was so lovely to see so many families coming along and enjoying the family service. We thank Norma very much for coming home from Norfolk to lead our evening service and communion.

Lastly, but not least. A lot of hard work has been going on outside in the grounds. Martin has kindly agreed to cut our grass as usual, thank you. Daphne has finished her pruning of the front hedge and is now working hard to create  2 small flower beds where Rev. John and Lyn’s Memorial Bench is going to be placed. A huge debt of thanks to Allan and his brother John who have prepared ordered and laid the slabs ready for the Bench to be installed. This was a very heavy job, transporting the slabs and 1 ton of sand around the back of the church by hand. Allan has also had to deal with fitting a new lock on our outside kitchen door. Unfortunately the lock got broken, but thanks to Allan’s skill we were able to replace part of the lock which enabled us to carry on using the keys we already have. This was at some expense of course, but had we changed the clock completely it would have cost £300 for keys alone! Thank you so much Allan. We also have to say a huge thank you to Duncan who lives next door to the church. He has now cut the huge conifer hedge that runs down the kitchen side of the church to a manageable height. It has made everywhere so much lighter and brighter. Thank you so much. As I have said previously that to maintain and keep this church open is such a huge responsibility and we are so blessed to have so many people who help us do this, you are all just the best, thank you!

A Special Invitation

On Sunday 8th May we will be dedicating the Memorial Bench for Rev. John Parker and Lyn. You are invited to come to a short dedication at 5pm in the church garden, followed by tea and cake. Our Praise & Worship Service will follow at 6.30. We do hope you will be able to come and show your love and thanks for all that John and Lyn did in the service of God for this village. Please advertise this to people who may like to come.

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

Open Book                           1st & 3rd Wednesday            10.30 – 11.30am

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 07597 649240

Wed.          Carolyn’s Dance Group - Disco/Street Dance    Contact Harriet 07855 014717

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

May My favourite month in nature. We see all the lush green of early summer, the trees are bursting into leaf and blossom. So many shades of green, my favourite colour! Just so beautiful. We give God thanks for the abundance around us through nature. We are so blessed in this country to experience the 4 seasons. Be thankful!

As we approach the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, we give thanks for Her Majesty. We give thanks for her service to this Country and especially for her Faith in God and sharing that faith with the Nation. We ask that God will bless her and keep her in good health, so that she may enjoy all the celebrations to mark this wonderful achievement.

We pray for all the activities of this church. We ask God to bless everything that goes on here, and that He will provide resources to keep our doors open. Please continue to keep this fellowship in your prayers. We do praise God for the encouragement he gives us. We pray for guidance in all we seek to do for Him here. He holds the future. We ask God to bring Christian families into the village and find this fellowship to help use their faith in God’s service here. We pray for this village, for each person from the youngest to the oldest. Please remember our brothers and sisters in Christ, who live in the village and the other churches, we thank God for that continuing bond of friendship.

Please remember all those who are struggling at this time, with physical, mental or emotional needs and worries. We would especially remember Rose, who has had a fall recently and has trouble with her leg again. Remember too Margaret and Michael who help look after Rose. Pray for Roy, currently in Valentine House for respite care. For our family, Allan and John, their Mum Margaret has just died, She is a massive loss to our families, but at 97 we give thanks for her long life. Please keep in your prayers Sheila Gilder, Brenda, Val, Judy and others who we know are struggling, some with Covid.

I make no apology for repeating these next prayers. Please pray for our Country, Parliament and the Government. As a country we ask God to grant us wisdom, as we go through some very difficult months ahead. We pray that God will equip those chosen to represent us in Parliament with great compassion, integrity and honesty, especially at this time of crisis for us here and the World.

Ukraine. This horrific war has escalated over this past month. The human suffering is just immense. What these poor people are enduring and going through brings us to our knees. We pray for the people of Ukraine, for those suffering, that God will be close to them and protect them. We pray for world leaders, for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices. May we walk in your ways so that peace and justice becomes a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world.

 Amen