Fordham Church

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.    

HOLY COMMUNION

Thursday 21 September 2017 – 11.00am at Eight Ash Green. All welcome.

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Sunday 1 October 2017 - with the opportunity to gather food for Colchester Food Bank. Details of what to bring are at the back of church. Do come to the 'bring & share' lunch at the John Owen Barn following the morning services. Please contact Janette Miller for further details. 01206 421039.

PRAYER FOCUS

Thursday 5 October 2017 - 7.45 - 9.15pm in the John Owen Barn.

THE REFORMATION: THE TRAGEDY & THE TRIUMPH

Sunday 8 October 2017 - 6.00pm at the Colchester Moot Hall. A talk by Rev'd Dr Lee Gatiss remembering the many martyrs of Colchester, with a short organ recital. Free event, instead of Sunday@6. All welcome. Booking details to follow.

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 

CHURCH NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY

Sunday 31 December 2017 - to celebrate the new year.

CAMBRIDGE WOMEN'S BIBLE CONFERENCE

Saturday 24 February 2018 - 9.30am - 3.15pm at Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge. Please contact Lucy Chapman at lucychapman3@gmail.com. More information to follow. 

421 CAMPING TRIP

4 to 6 September 2018 - An exciting opportunity for those in years 6 to 13. AJ will be coming back to join us as our guest speaker and we will camp at Birch Hall Adventures where we will participate in a variety of activities. We are hoping to make this a bargain weekend, at around £50 per person. More information to follow. http://www.birchall.com. 

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.