This weeks news

Welcome to this morning’s service The service leader is Andy Mugford and the service includes a report from a representative from the Gideons. Next Sunday there will be a bring and share lunch after the family service. Tea and coffee will be served before the service.

Sunday morning prayer meeting A prayer meeting, to which all are invited, is held at 10:10 am. Do join us in the Youth room upstairs as we prepare in this important way together.

Coffee rota Peter Lamb is responsible for coffees and teas today and next week it will be Rob Lamb and Ali Mather.

Prayer If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Richard Little and Barbara Diaper will be available.

Pepper, Mustard+ and Mustard Christmas Party

Saturday 12th December 3 – 5pm @ Church.

Bring a friend!

Let Helen know if you can come. 

OCC Shoe Box Appeal The people at the warehouse in Springfield are struggling with the mountain of boxes they have yet to check and pack into cartons.   If you can help they would be very grateful. They are open from 10.00 to 4.00 each day apart from Tuesdays and Sundays. Mondays and Thursdays are the days that they only get a small number of helpers.  The address is 23 Springfield Lyons Approach, Chelmsford, CM2 5LB. This is behind B and Q.   As you come off the Sainsbury roundabout you turn left at the next roundabout. The warehouse is lovely and light, clean and warm and has nice toilets! If you need any further information speak to Richard Little, Jim or Phil Blowers.

Carol singing at Brewster House We have been invited to take a short carol service at the residential care home in Heybridge on Thursday 10 December, 2-3pm.  If you are able to come along, please let Andrew or Rachel know.

Monday 7th December 7.30 We will be singing carols again this year with the people at Embassy Court. We have a great time and if you would like to join us, you don’t have to be a great singer, please let Rachel Mugford know.
Alternative Christmas Card A card will be put on the notice board in the back hall during December for anyone who would like to write their Christmas wishes to the fellowship. There will be a pot for donations. This money will be passed onto a charity in the New Year. In the past we have given it to Samaritan’s Purse and to the school that Bee and Ross are involved with for the purchase of books. 

Home Groups

Shirley’s group will be meeting at Richard and Sarah’s

Anne and Philip’s group will be meting at Phil and Carol’s.

For the other groups please contact your home group leaders. 

John has been based on the island of Chios since Sunday and was sent on a night shift that evening, into the transit camp, so right in at the sharp end of things. He was able to share his testimony with a young, male Greek worker on Monday morning who was really struggling and then with the team the next day in their morning devotions, which he isn’t used to doing, so again, in at the deep end, but he felt mightily blessed by God. For the rest of the week he has been mainly office based, procuring items and generally doing lots of paperwork, including some that hasn’t been properly dealt with over the last few weeks, so that’s been a bit of a muddle. He does have his own car now, which is proving invaluable as he can collect items etc. and has been running people to and from the airport, so his days are very busy. He picked up members of the British office on Thursday, including Simon Barrington, as they came over to inspect the camps and touch base with the workers on the islands. He doesn’t know if he will remain on Chios, but is just going ‘with the flow’ and is happy to serve wherever the Lord wants him to go. He would appreciate prayer for stamina, as he’s up at 6.45 and doesn’t generally finish until 7 or 8 pm or later if situations arise within the camp and there is a team member who is being very unhelpful, so that situation needs to be resolved.  Chios is only 2 hours ahead and there is good internet access, so he can be contacted easily if you want to know what’s happening from him directly and he very much appreciates your prayer support.

Sunday 13th December – Delivery of Christmas invitations to Heybridge Approach estate 4-6pm.

 Maldon Food Bank If you would like to contribute there is a box in the entrance hall for donations of non-perishable food.

Use of Fullbridge  If you wish to use the church at any time please check with the deacons first to make sure it is ok and then contact Sheila Little to book the date. If you borrow anything from the church please make a note on the list in the back hall and also note when it is returned.

 Sunday morning children’s activities

On the first Sunday of the month we all stay together in Church. On the remaining Sundays the children join the first part of the service, then go to separate parts of the building for their activities.

We have three groups:

Mustard: an Early Years group, who meet upstairs.

Pepper and Mustard+  Infant and Junior groups, for up to secondary school age, who meet downstairs in the back hall.

Salt: a group for School Years 7 to 11, upstairs in the Youth Room on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.

If you have any notices please let Sheila Little have them by Friday lunch time at the latest