Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

Rev Simon Garwood

Simon joined the parish in February 2014.  Four years on it's exciting to see that work with children and families in both parishes is growing.  The links with both Church schools are strong and continue to grow.  The 'In Loving Memory' service is popular.  It's also wonderful to see how many people attend the Christmas services at both Churches.  Looking forward it's also great to see that the Feering project is possible and a work in progress.

 

Simon was born in Aldersbrook, near Wanstead, east London in 1962. Although baptised in the Church of England, as a child he went to the local Baptist Church which his parents continue to attend. He went to Reading University to study English Literature and Art History; it was here that he came to a living faith through the influence of friends, and was confirmed in the Church of England when he was 23. After graduating he worked for about eighteen months as a volunteer with the Church Army, a Church of England society. Following this he worked in the community mental health field for about four years, then trained as a teacher and taught English at Colchester Sixth Form College, again for four years.

 

It was in Colchester that he met his wife Liz at St Botolph's Church where they were married. They have two sons - Tommy  and Ben. After leaving Colchester Sixth Form College in 1997, Simon trained for the priesthood at Queen's College, Birmingham for three years, and then spent his first three years in ministry as Assistant Curate at All Saints' Church, Chelmsford, before becoming Team Vicar in the Witham Team Ministry in 2003.


Simon enjoys reading, art and architecture, theatre, cinema and most of the arts, watching and listening to cricket (but can't play at all), along with walking, cycling reasonable distances in unpunishing terrain, decent pubs and equally decent bottled beers.

    •••• 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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