Coming up…

Friends, we have finally become organised. Briefly. This might not continue, so bask in it whilst it exists.We have planned our sermon series, so that you can more easily invite friends and family to service where the theme might be of interest to them! Not only that: we have made postcards of them. I know. Outrageous.So, coming up in our two different service streams...Please invite your friends, invite your family, make a note, have a think, and come along!Oh, and look out for more info on Easter, coming soon!...
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Lent begins…

I know you're probably all too busy reading up the best pancake recipes and trying to decide on lemon and sugar vs something more edgy (chocolate spread? You rebel) but don't forget that the whole reason for pancake day is that Lent starts tomorrow.To mark the occasion, rather than forcing the newest member of the clergy to make a pancake on live television (though we SHOULD do that...note to self), we will be holding a service for Ash Wednesday, Wednesday 10 February, 9.30am at Bradfield Church. This traditional-style service will include the opportunity to be marked with ash, starting this season of reflection and rededication the way we mean to go on!If you have any traditions, books you read, things you give up, things you take up, things you try through Lent, please leave them in the comments here! You might really help someone else with a great idea for these next 40 days....
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Christmas

Hi friends! Happy nearly Christmas!This Sunday we have our services of Carols by Candlelight. They'll be at 4.00pm at Bradfield (along with our Methodist friends!) and 6.00pm at Mistley.Please note that Mistley's service particularly will be mainly candlelit, including the use of hand-held candles. If you would feel safer not holding a candle, please bring a torch instead!But that's not all: oh no! Christmas starts with Christ, and definitely does not end with our carol services. Please come along to our services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Take a break from all the rest of the festivities to remember what it's really about. Our Crib Services (3pm, Christmas Eve at both Mistley AND Bradfield) are suitable for all-ages, retelling the Christmas story along with songs, a craft, and a biscuit on the way out. Our Christmas Communion (11pm, Christmas Eve at Mistley) is a formal-style late night service. On Christmas Day, we'll be joining together (10.30am at Bradfield) for a Christmas Family Celebration...
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Cafe Church…where on earth am I going?

Come along to Mistley, 10.30am on Sunday 22 November for Cafe Church, where we'll enjoy each other's company along with food and drink (bacon and veggie sausage sandwiches...), our usual children's programme, film-clips, music to listen to, images to think about, discussions and opportunities to listen to others, thinking and exploring all on the subject of...where on earth am I going?Everyone welcome! Please tell your friends, family and neighbours!...
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God of Every Story

I'm starting to think that we should all hold funerals pre-death. Hear me out. It seems such a shame that the wonderful stories of people's lives are only told once they aren't there to embellish them. Almost every funeral that I've ever attended has made me realise that I barely knew a fraction of the person who had died, and now, too late, I can't discuss these amazing stories with them. Our stories are extraordinary. We too often package them up into boxes, themed and sorted by suitability, revealing only certain boxes to certain people. Maybe this is why our stories spill out after death, when friends join together and open all the boxes at once. Our Life Group spent the summer eating together. We dumped our usual worship and Bible Study in favour of setting the table, eating, chatting, washing up, and praying together. In amongst the chilli and the cake, and discussions on films and history and flea circuses, we found...
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Easter Services

Everyone is welcome to any and all of our Easter services. Please come and join us to celebrate God's love for us!Christians Together will also be giving out hot cross buns outside Manningtree Coop on Good Friday,and there'll be more buns (!) after the Christians Together Service at The Hub.Our two main Easter Sunday services will be different in style. Mistley's will be more like our usual first Sunday service, with a mix of more formal and less formal elements, while Bradfield's service will be a more formal service. The children's work (Treasure Seekers) will be at Mistley.Please note that there is no evening service on Easter Sunday...
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