It’s so tempting to overlook this day- to avoid looking agony in the face; to regard it as just a staging post on the way to Easter. After all, we already know how it will end so isn’t it a bit artificial to immerse yourself in the blackness of what precedes the big feast? We […]

The blue crocodile chattered down the park on its way to St Mary’s. Y1 of the local state school was visiting the church as part of the RE curriculum and this lesson was about special buildings. Out of curiosity I had a look at some of the lesson material that’s available on line, to get […]

How things come together! Maggi Dawn’s transatlantic blog post on doing the right thing for the wrong reasons.  Yesterday evening’s 7Past7 15-minute reflective service at St Mary’s Wivenhoe, with Erwin juxtaposing the parable of the prodigal son and the film Amadeus; the elder ‘brother’ (Salieri in the film) in each case having done the right […]

Exciting things have been happening: St Mary’s has been fitted up (steady…!) with a new web site. It’s at and it’s creation has dispensed with one of this site’s raisons d’être:  Forthcoming Events, and the periodical News items that were featured here can now all be found on the new site. As duplication is […]

Originally posted on Parish the Thought:
It is often observed that Christianity deliberately coincided Christian High days with older, Pagan festivals in an effort to supplant those traditions and it is certainly true that the coincidence is quite remarkable – so remarkable in fact that, were the argument to be put before any jury in…

St Mary’s Advent on-line calendar has been added to the church website. The advantage of the on-line calendar over a traditional physical one is: you cannot open the doors ahead of time! Of course no-one has ever lifted the corner of that tempting 25th door ahead of time- just a little bit…  of course not! […]

From a Tweet seen this morning:

Sunday Club are going to perform a Nativity Play during the morning service on Sunday 15 December. A preparatory workshop will be held on Saturday 16 December, from 10.30 am till 12 noon, at St Mary’s church. Please encourage children, grandchildren, neighbours’ children etc to come if you think they might like to take part. […]

Unapologetically repeating Malcolm Guite’s beautiful and comforting sonnet for All Saints day, with thanks. Though Satan breaks our dark glass into shards Each shard still shines with Christ’s reflected light, It glances from the eyes, kindles the words Of all his unknown saints. The dark is bright With quiet lives and steady lights undimmed, The […]

Circumstance without the pomp. The focus of today’s annual civic service was a little different from usual- but the tab-nabs afterwards were still splendid! The full service recording is unfortunately no longer available on the Sermon Recordings page (but can be made available on request).

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