Fordham Church

SUMMER PICNICS

With all the comings & goings of the summer holidays it is easy to lose touch with the church family. So this year, every Sunday from 30 July to 3 September, we shall be making the JOB and the adjacent field opposite available for anyone who is at a loss end to spend time getting to know each other over a picnic (please bring your own). Noone is expected to come to all or any of the picnics, but we hope that you might have time to come along once or twice during the summer. This will be a very informal time for EVERYONE in the church family and for you to bring others who may be on the edges of church life and need to get to know us a bit better (the picnics will be advertised at the Holiday Bible Club). Impromptu games of football or rounders may evolve and garden games will also be available. So, bring a picnic, a blanket or a chair and get to know someone better! For further information speak to Rachel Gage.

JOHN'S EXTENDED STUDY LEAVE

July to September 2017 Inclusive

As you may know, the Diocese and PCC have approved me taking three months away from the parish for rest, reflection and study. Whilst I am away, it is normal practice that there are no extra meetings organised without the permission of the wardens.  During my time away, John Bradley will be a point of contact for the months of July and August, and Ray McGuinness for the month of September. Paul Southern and Harry Boreham will be available for pastoral matters and all the preaching and leading is covered. My wife Miriam and our family will also be taking a break from the parish so that they can have some rest and recuperation. We will be attending church as a family elsewhere and Mim and the girls will not be involved in serving as they usually do in creche, music, PA, HBC etc. Thank you for all your support in this.    

FORDHAM SCHOOL LEAVERS' SERVICE

Wednesday 19 July 2017 - 6.00pm in Fordham Church

The church family are invited to come & support & mingle & show friendship to local families.

HOLY COMMUNION

Thursday 20 July 2017 – 11.00am at Eight Ash Green. All welcome.

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB 2017

Booking is now closed. As I write this we have 93 children signed up. If you might be able to help plug the last few gaps in the team I’d be delighted to hear from you. Even if it’s just for an hour each morning, or for one day, it’ll be a great help.

Also, the drama team are in need of props. If you would be able to lend us any please get in touch with me at duncanbrisk@fordhamchurch.org.uk or call 01206 243265.

Particularly needed are: Old sheets (to turn a pile of boxes into a mountain), lab coat, safari type hats, hiking water bottles, any other “explorer accessories”.

If you’re leading a group aged KS1, KS2 or KS3, don’t forget the meeting tomorrow evening: Monday 10 July at 7:30pm in the John Owen Barn

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sunday 1 October 2017

CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED

Wednesday 11 & 18 October, 1,8,15,22, & 29 November 2017

This is a course for those who have never really understood what Christianity is all about or
want to go over the basics again as a foundation. Any question that comes to mind is
always welcome. There is no expectation that we read out loud, pray or sing (or indeed do
anything embarrassing). Rather the course presents the teaching and life of Jesus from
Mark’s gospel via DVD, we read Mark’s gospel over the 7 weeks and ask any question we
would like from that or indeed any aspect of the Christian faith.

In John's absence (01.07.17 - 30.09.17), please contact Janette Miller for more details - jlmcupoftea@gmail.com

CHELMSFORD ANGLICAN BIBLE CONFERENCE

Saturday 14 October 2017 - 10.00am - 4.00pm

"Finishing the Race!" Speaker Rod Thomas on the books of 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus. Do find out more from CABC.org.uk. We shall be organising travel by minibus if needed.

CHURCH BONFIRE PARTY

Sunday 5 November 2017 - to celebrate the Reformation.

REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

Sunday 12 November 2017 - at the war memorial in Fordham

CHURCH NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

Sunday 31 December 2017 - to celebrate the new year.

PRAYER

We can do nothing without God. Do join us to pray for the preaching of God’s word.
Sundays: 9.35am in Room 1 of the John Owen Barn for Fordham 10.00am, 10.45am in the vestry
for EAG 11.15am, 5.30pm in the main JOB hall for Sunday@6.