Do you see what I see?

Every year, I become accidentally obsessed with a Christmas song. It is never intentional. It just gets under my skin.One year, it was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing The First Noel. It gave me shivers.Last year, it was Michael Card's Immanuel. I'll be honest- this one was part excellent words, part arrangement that sounds a lot like Muppet Christmas Carol. This year, we have a surprise winner. Do you hear what I hear? The night wind whispers to a little lamb to look up and see a star with a tail as big as a kite. The lamb talks (problematic, but true) to a shepherd boy, asking if he, too, hears a song with a voice as big as the sea. The shepherd boy asks a mighty king (he clearly has connections...) if he knows that there is a child worthy of silver and gold. And the king tells the people everywhere to pray for peace, because there is a child who will bring goodness...
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Messy Church and more…

We had Messy Church last week. It was a wonderful time, and we had more than double the number of children there than the time before! A huge thank you to everyone who was involved, and to everyone who prayed for the event.If you hadn't noticed, Christmas is coming! Head over to our Special Services page, and Special Events to see more info on things coming up!...
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Events coming up

We've got lots of exciting things coming up soon, so please do put them all in your diary, and whether you can come to them, or pray for them, please do so!We are incredibly privileged to get to work, using The Hub, using its brilliant resources, and with the amazing team who manage it for five years now. There will therefore be a service this week at St. Mary's Lawford at 7.30pm, celebrating the first five years, looking forward to the future, and launching the exciting fundraising campaign to buy the building. Please do come along to find out more, to praise God for everything that has happened, and to pray together for the future. Everyone welcome!It's Harvest time in the Benefice! Please see the above poster for service and event information. Everyone is, of course, welcome to everything! One of those is:Please do come along and support the Barn Dance. This will be a lovely community event, both for the...
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Happy New Year…wait

No, you didn't fall asleep for four months. Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, is just around the corner.Rosh Hashanah is the Feast of Trumpets- the first of the High Holy Days, and is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of the world. It's a time for people to think about their priorities in life and to reflect on what has been achieved in the past year. It's a time of asking for forgiveness for wrongdoings. It's a chance for Jews to ask questions about their actions throughout the year. Questions considered during Rosh Hashanah include:What's the most meaningful thing in my life?Who in my life means the most to me? How often do I let them know this?What are the most significant things I've achieved in the past year?What do I hope to achieve next year and in my life generally?OK, I get it, this is an Anglican Church community, and no, we didn't suddenly, secretly, become Jewish....
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Why, yes! It is happening again…no, you didn’t dream it.

We are having another pet service! I'll tell you, there were several of us who were not sure about this last year, and yet it turned out to be one of the loveliest services of the summer. Please come along to this family-friendly service which will hopefully be outdoors- bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your pets! The service will be at 10.30am at Mistley Church.There will also be a service as part of the St Lawrence weekend up at Bradfield at the same time, if a pet service doesn't quite appeal! It's at 10.30am at Bradfield Church. There will also be lunch together afterwards, to which everyone, no matter which service you've been to, is welcome!Just a few of last year's pets!...
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Life recently…

Between everything that has been going on, and updating the website ( do let us know what you think!) we now have even more to share of what we've been doing.Bradfield Open GardensThe Open Gardens event, put on by the Friends of St. Lawrence Church, Bradfield, was a great event! Thank you to everyone who joined in, either paying to see the gardens, working hard to get the gardens ready, or working on the event itself. The overall profit was £1766 which is one of the highest ever. This was the 21st time the event had taken place, and in total it has raised £28,448 between 1991 and 2014. The money will now be used to clean and repair the stained glass windows of St Lawrence Church.As Sue, our Churchwarden at Bradfield said:On behalf of the Congregation of St Lawrence Church, may I thank Norma Barrow and all her team. Also the garden owners for a wonderful day on Sunday 22nd...
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