Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

Homestart

What Homestart does


Home-Start helps families with young children deal with whatever life throws at them. We support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children. The benefits of our support include improved health and well being and better family relationships.

 

Providing one-to-one support for parents


Our volunteers visit the family’s home for a couple of hours every week.  They tailor-make their support to the needs of the parents and children. Volunteers are very committed and will keep visiting until the youngest child turns five or starts school, or until the parents feel they can stand on their own two feet.  Parents and volunteers often develop a deeply trusting relationship which can lead to powerful change within the family.

We also run family groups and social events for families.

 

How we help!

 

At our special family service held on Christmas Eve at St Mary's, we ask everyone to bring a gift for child, unwrapped and if you feel you can supply some wrapping paper or a gift bag that would be appreciated too.

 

All gifts are taken away, gift wrapped and delivered to children by volunteers.

 

This service is always very well supported and the Homestart representative always leaves with a car bursting to the seams with Christmas presents to be distributed to families.

Our support for Homestart at Christmas

GIFTS FOR HOME START

Christmas is likely to be very different and difficult this year for lots of families particularly for those who are supported by Home Start. Whilst we hope to be collecting gifts for the local Home Start and the Children’s Society, Essex Home Start is asking for Supermarket vouchers, which could be used for both food and gifts, or Toyshop vouchers by the end of November. If you have suitable gifts already available they could also be donated now, giving the volunteers more time to distribute or in some cases shop for their families. Vouchers and gifts for Home Start should be dropped off to either: Revd. Simon Garwood, The Vicarage, Church Street or Sarah Tassell, Home Start Volunteer, 5, Bellingham Place. The residents of our community have always been very generous and Home Start are grateful for your support.

    •••• WHAT'S ON••••

SUNDAY SERVICES:

  • 08.00 a.m. St Mary's Said Holy Communion (First Sunday of the Month only)
  • 9.30 a.m. All Saints':  Said Holy Communion Service
  • 11.00 a.m. St Mary's: Said Holy Communion with music (Family Service on the first Sunday of the month)

 

Monthly Night Prayer (Compline)    

Every First Wednesday of the Month at 8.30 p.m.

Night Prayer is our short, quiet, reflective service on the first Wednesday of the month.  An ideal way to finish your day, especially if you don’t feel you can come to church at the moment. 

 

If you have difficulty using the new link, then here it is: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87526908458?pwd=V1luWEoxSUVieGVmUk9jZklPZ1Z2QT09

       

In case you need them , the Meeting ID is 875 2690 8458 & the Passcode: 645253.

The Compline Night Prayer can be found on our Services page here:

Services

 

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR SERVICES AND EVENTS

 

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th December – St Mary's Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 11.00 am – 6.00 pm

Sunday 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm

Our popular Festival is back, with over 40 trees, plus seasonal stalls

Donation on entry, with programme provided  Refreshments will be available.

 

Services for Sunday 5th December:

8.00 am St Mary's Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

11.00 am St Mary's Family Service for Advent, with special craft bags for the children

5.00 pm St Mary's Closing Service for the Christmas Tree Festival

 

Saturday 11th December

2.30 pm St Mary's Christmas Concert with St Mary’s Choir

Popular Christmas music, both secular and sacred – you can join in too! Free – retiring collection for the Church  Refreshments served afterwards

 

Sunday 12th December

4.00 p.m. All Saints' Christingle Service

 

Sunday 19th December

Carol Service with St Mary’s Choir

NB time to be decided: if indoors at 6.00 pm; if outdoors at 3.00 pm

 

Christmas Eve – Friday 24th December

TIME TO BE CONFIRMED: All Saints' Carol Service 

NB time to be decided: if indoors at

6.00 pm; if outdoors at 3.00 pm

 

4.00 pm St Mary's Children’s Crib Service – Outdoors in the Churchyard 

Our popular Crib Service, held outside for greater safety – lasts about 30 minutes

Please bring unwrapped gifts for Home Start and the Children’s Society – thank you

 

NB Our apologies but there will be no St Mary's Midnight Mass this year.

 

Christmas Day

10.00 am St Mary's Christmas Family Communion Service

NB numbers are limited so please book your place for this service

More details to follow.

Sunday 2nd January The Epiphany

Celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men at the Crib

11.00 am St Mary's Parish Communion Service

NB not a family service

 

ST MARY'S TEDDY BEAR CLUB

Term Time Only - Every Wednesday at 9.30 a.m.

 

Click here for the calendar and all upcoming Events Calendar & Events

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