Please also see the Weekly Notice Sheet page where you can read the weekly pew sheets.
USED STAMPS FOR CHARITY
Christmas is the time of the year when we receive a lot of stamps on parcels & card envelopes, so this year St Mary’s will collect these to donate to charity – the RNIB.
There will be a collecting box in church so do please save your stamps and drop them into church at any time. If you have a large number you can order a pre- paid envelope for yourselves by phoning 0345 345 0054 or via the website: rnib.org.uk/stamps
Many thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped to organize our popular St Mary’s Church fete, donated their time, raffle prizes, tombola gifts, bric-a-brac, baked cakes etc. and everyone who came along to support the fete on the day.
Skip Papworth, for so long celebrated as such an integral part of Kelvedon life through his involvement with the Scouts, the School, the Church, Kelvedon Players and so many other groups and organisations, died peacefully last Wednesday, 26th June, after a long illness. His funeral will be at St Mary’s on Thursday 25th July at 12.30 pm. Everyone who knew and loved Skip is very welcome to come. There will be a private family committal at the crematorium following this service.
Please remember Skip’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and busy time.
Braintree Foodbank have asked us to advertise their Rock Choir Fundraising event - details below and as per poster.
Please see below some photos from the re-dedication of the Marler charity plaque, 600 year anniversary.
The Church Outreach Team helped Year 2 make Christingles for themselves and for Year 3. Then both year groups enjoyed a Christingle Service. About 80 parents and carers also attended.
A big thank you to everyone who was part of our Christmas Tree Festival – to the 44 exhibitors who came up with some superb ideas for our ‘tin’ theme, our marvellous team of helpers who did everything from wash up, sweep floors to making cakes and serving drinks, the 1,000 plus people who came, the ladies who knitted birds for the children to find (sorry easier pattern next year!), Anne for her Christmas stall, Viv for the children’s tombola and our entertainers. You were all marvellous and hope we can do it all again this coming December!
The Banner to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of WW1 is now nearing completion and will be on display in Church from Saturday, 10th November. The hundred squares themselves form a picture of a poppy.
We are grateful to all the ladies who took part, their ingenuity and skill has been amazing. Particular thanks has to go to Gill who has painstakingly sewn all the squares together
Remembrance Day 2018
There are lots of special events planned to mark 100 years since Armistice Day - please see the webpage for a timetable of events and more information Read More
Pet Service - 29th August 2018
Thank you to everyone who attended our Pet Service. Also, our thanks to Mike from Brookend Veterinary Practice for the talk and to Cherry Smalley for organising it.
Award winning entry from the Teddy Bear Club in the Mark's Hall 'Grub in a Tub' competition.
Congratulations to the Teddy Bear Club who were awarded a rosette for their entry to the Mark's Hall 'Grub in a Tub' competition.
We have decided to make a Centenary Banner to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. The banner will be displayed in St Mary’s Church. It will take the form of the Pentecost Banner with each person being responsible for one of the hundred squares that will form the patchwork banner.
Update (24 July 2018): The Centenary Banner project is well under way with a number of completed squares already returned. The hundred squares will be sewn together like a patchwork to form the banner which will be on display on 11th November 2018 to mark the Centenary of the end of World War 1.
Geraldine, Gill and Cherry.
Update August 18- thank you for all your hard work we now have enough poppies. (If you have poppies that you have already knitted please do feel free to hand these in).
Your help is needed to knit or crochet lots and lots of poppies for the Royal British Legion Big Poppy Knit 2018! To commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War, the RBL will be creating a very special display of poppies in remembrance of all those lost and injured at St Mary's Church.
To read more and access the patterns, please use the side menu or click here.
A big 'Thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make our Fete such a success. You all gave so generously that we achieved a grand gross total of over £4350 - yet again giving us quite a challenge for next year!
St Mary's PCC meeting notes can be found on the designated page in the Key Information menu. Click here to read
Feering Church launches YouTube Channel
We are pleased to launch our YouTube Channel – All Saints’ Church Feering
If anyone would like to make a donation towards the upkeep of All Saints’ Church Feering and the installation of the kitchen and disabled toilet facilities, please contact:
Jean Yems, Assistant Hon. Treasurer - Tel. 01376 571787
Please note: Cheques should be made payable to “Feering Church”.
A Gift Aid Form is available from Jean Yems.
For information about bell ringing and the Bell Tower please see the designated page, which can be found in the 'Key Information' menu.
ST. MARTIN'S CEMETERY - OCTOBER UPDATE
We are all grateful that St Martin's Cemetery is such a peaceful and restful place. All Saints' Churchyard itself is closed, so St Martin's is effectively the churchyard of the parish church. The PCC is responsible for its upkeep, and we especially want to thank our wonderful volunteers Beryl and Carole, for all their hard work and superb commitment in keeping it in such good order. If you also care about St Martin's and wish to see it stay as it is, then please contact one of the Church Wardens and the team will be delighted to have extra help.
The PCC has noticed that a number of headstones are now quite seriously loose, some dangerously so: one small push will make them topple over. If left untended they could cause serious injury. All the headstones concerned are on the immediate right-hand side of the cemetery as you enter from the Coggeshall Road. It must be stressed that the care and maintenance of headstones (including any costs) are the responsibility of the families concerned, not the church or our volunteers. Loose headstones should be fixed firmly so that they are not in danger of falling, thereby risking injury to people (visitors as well as our cemetery volunteers) or of being damaged themselves.
If you have a family member buried in St Martin's, please check that the headstone is secure; if you know of other people with relatives buried here then please make them aware of this notice. If dangerously loose headstones are not made secure, the PCC has the right to have them laid flat. This would be unfortunate as well as unsightly, but it will be our only course of action to ensure that there is no significant risk of injury in the cemetery.
For the information of all local residents, we would like to to point out that St Martin's Cemetery is an extension of All Saints' Churchyard and is therefore governed by churchyard regulations. I need to emphasise that these regulations are laid down, not by the PCC or the parish priest, but by the Chancellor of the Diocese, the Bishop of Chelmsford's legal officer, and contain clear, detailed information on what is and is not allowed in a churchyard.
While Feering residents have a clear right to be buried in St Martin's, having a grave or ashes plot there does not mean that families can treat it as if it were their own private plot or family garden: the land is still churchyard land, and not privately owned.
However there are a number of graves and ashes plots in St Martin's that clearly don't comply with diocesan churchyard regulations. According to the regulations all graves, other than historical ones, should be laid to grass with no additions or ornamentation. Artificial flowers (except for Remembrance Day poppies and wreaths at Christmas), plants (including shrubs and conifers), ornaments and similar items are among the things which cannot be authorised. All kerbstones, fencing, stones and chippings on graves need to be authorised in writing - and such authorisation is both very expensive and extremely difficult to obtain. While the PCC has no immediate plans to have such items removed, it is within its power to do so. It is the PCC's intention to try to bring St Martin's Cemetery within the churchyard regulations at some stage. However I want to make it clear that the PCC has no desire to cause distress or worry to anyone with family graves in St Martin's; we would be very willing to talk to families about the look and condition of their graves.
All Saints' is very willing to help and advise on any care, alteration, repair and upkeep of graves and headstones that is required. Copies of the churchyard regulations are also available for anyone on request. If you have any questions or concerns then please contact me or the Churchwardens.
Revd. Simon Garwood
Priest-in-Charge, All Saints' Church
On behalf of All Saints' Churchwardens and PCC