Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

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News of events can be found on the What's On page and more information about Church Services can be found on the Services page.

 

Please also see the Weekly Notice Sheet page where you can read the weekly pew sheets.

 

Please also see the sidebar links to the Kelvedon Parish Magazine and Feering Parish Magazine.

 

The United Benefice of Kelvedon and Feering

 

St Mary the Virgin Kelvedon and All Saints’ Feering

 

BENEFICE ADMINISTRATOR

 

Part Time - 6 hours per week

 

 

The Administrator will work variously either at Kelvedon Vicarage

or from home according to need.

 

 

The Administrator will carry out a range of duties to assist the

Priest-in-Charge and Churchwardens in the running of the parish churches of

St Mary the Virgin, Kelvedon and All Saints, Feering.

 

The successful applicant will possess:

Good administrative and computer skills;

Flexibility and the ability to manage his/her own workload;

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

A working understanding of the belief and practice of Anglican parish churches.

 

For a job description (including details of remuneration) and

 person specification, please contact:

 

Mrs Anne Hackworth

Tel. 01376 571289

anne.hackworth@btinternet.com

 

Applications (in writing enclosing a brief CV) must be received by

 Monday 29th October 2018

Selected applicants will then be invited to attend interviews.

 

Collections for the Indonesia Appeal

 

On Sundays 7th & 14th October St Mary’s will be collecting donations for the Shelterbox charity to support the people of Indonesia after the earthquake and tsunami that have caused so much death and destruction – see

www.shelterbox.org and information in church

and give generously if you can.

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

Confirmation News...

 

Three candidates from St Mary’s were confirmed by the Bishop of Colchester at St Luke’s Tiptree on 26th September    

NEW Junior Church at St Mary's Church Kelvedon

 

St Mary's Church launched a Junior Church this September.  Aimed at Primary school age children these fun sessions will aim to introduce the children to bible stories through storytelling, craft, singing and discussion.  Please click here to read more

Interpreting the Churchyard
 
At a recent PCC meeting permission was given for a blackboard to be put up in Church where people could document what they see or hear in the churchyard, to get an idea month by month what is there. 
 
September is our first month, there are still red campions growing,  bugle, the odd daisy and white dead nettles as well as ordinary nettles.  Green woodpeckers are about and several pigeons.  Mushrooms are growing on one grave as they did last year.  The conkers aren’t yet falling, only a few to be found on the ground.
 
Please record what you see and hear on a blackboard in church.  This is the start of an ongoing project to interpret the churchyard as a resource for Kelvedon St Mary’s Primary Academy as well as remind people that the churchyard is an oasis of calm in our busy world.

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.

 

Read more about the Teddy Bear Club

Centenary Banner

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.

The Royal British Legion Big Poppy Knit 2018 - Falling Poppies for the Fallen

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

St Mary's Fete 2018 - Thank You!

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!

PCC meetings

St Mary's PCC meeting notes can be found on the designated page in the Key Information menu.  Click here to read

MMU Commissioning Service

On 11 July 2017 a commissioning service was held at St Mary's Curch. This was a service at which  we joined the Thurstable and Winstree with Kelvedon and Feering Mission and Ministry Unit. There are now 11 parishes who will support each other and work together.

Craft Day

We had another wonderful craft day, thanks to Cherry and her band of helpers.  We learnt to felt, applique, flower arrange, knit, crotchet, cross stitch, sketch, bead and make boxes and raised over £250 for the Church.  An excellent day, enjoyed by all.

Feering is on YouTube!

Feering Church launches YouTube Channel

 

We are pleased to launch our YouTube Channel – All Saints’ Church Feering

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmW9OUftNbcTbMcVBzPMulA

Donations

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. 

Foodbank Latest

Go to our Braintree Foodbank page for the latest update and shopping list.

Access to the Bell Tower

For information about bell ringing and the Bell Tower please see the designated page, which can be found in the 'Key Information' menu.

St Martins Cemetery Feering

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

WHAT'S ON

 

Calendar & Events

 

Grand Organ Recital, Feering Church - 21st October at 4:00 p.m.

 

TEDDY BEAR CLUB every Wednesday 9:30am - find out more click here(Term time only)

 

ST MARY'S PRAYER GROUP Monday 8th October 20.00 in Church - see calendar for details Read More

 

FEERING ALL SAINTS FAMILY SERVICE Sunday 14th October 10.00

 

CHURCH BOOK CLUB 20:00 Monday 15th October St Mary's Church Rooms - Read More

 

CHURCH QUIZ - SAT 20TH OCTOBER

See calendar and poster for more details

 

See the Services page for information of upcoming services.

 

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