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A huge vote of thanks to Keith & Lynsey Stanger for their organisation and presentation of the Zoom Quiz last Friday. About 28 groups took part. It was great fun, full of the Christmas spirit and much family involvement. The initiative was great, thanks to Nicky Crowther, Geraldine and Tania. It shows the strength of our parish interest. Keep it going. There is a lot of rebuilding ahead. We can do with more of these new ideas – ideas followed up by practice. Some of
Monday 21st at 10am & 6pm A few places are remaining Tuesday 22nd at 10am & 6pm A few places are remaining Wednesday 23rd at 10am & 6pm Fully Booked Thursday 24th at 10am Fully Booked Thursday 24th at 9pm Live streamed only Friday 25th at 10am Fully Booked Saturday 26th at 10am Live streamed only Sunday 27th at 10am Live streamed only Our next Newsletter will be produced for the week ending 8th January 2021 May we wish you a peaceful Christmas and healthy new year.
Advent Day by Day. The booklet has daily readings for contemplation throughout Advent. The price is £1. Christmas cards and advent calendars Parish Diaries for 2021 Mass Cards Brentwood Diocese Directory 2021
I am very pleased that Nicky Crowther has agreed to take over the task of Safeguarding Rep for our parish. It is no sinecure. I joined her and Simon Moules on Zoom this week as he gave her the initial training. It leaves her with lengthy documents to read to understand the labyrinth of Safeguarding policies, practice and procedures. She joins Emma Smith in this very important role for St Thomas’. They have to manage all applications for Disclosures for safeguarding ap
Our camera is connected to the internet and our website. so streaming is permanently on, and normally focussed on the sanctuary. This means any activity in that area will be viewable on-line. We will also record specific services for later viewing as before.
One of the key tenets of our faith is to love our neighbours. This year, more than ever, our local community is in need. Many of you have asked how you can help and support these people. We would like to invite you to give donations of Christmas themed items, cash or vouchers that we will distribute within the community via the SVP and local food banks. Donations can be handed into the parish office between 7-13th December. Let's try to be part of spreading a little joy
Statistics produced this week show the popularity of our streaming of services. On one Sunday there were 192 who took part. Each day a number greater or less, assist at mass and some at evening prayer. There are a few simple variations in what the camera can do. What we need is someone who will take responsibility for managing it. There are many very competent IT users among you readers – though little scope here for your skills. Can someone offer to take responsibility
Since our provision of careful protection to keep the virus at bay was and is so efficient the refusal to allow you to come to church seemed unnecessary. Thank God you are back. We must keep up the same high standards achieved by our noble stewards and cleaners. Please!! We need more to even out the burden. You see the effort we have made to make sure everyone can have a mass in the run-up to the 25th. Then - at Christmas night and the 26th and 27th mass will only be stre