Kelvedon and Feering Churches
Kelvedon and Feering Churches

News

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.

Request to Inter Cremated Remains

The Diocese has received a Petition for a Faculty to allow the interment of two sets of cremated remains in an existing grave in the St Mary's Burial Ground.
 
The Faculty process requires the details to be published by way of a Public Notice which can be found here: 
Faculty Notice - Hunt-Chittock.docx
Microsoft Word document [22.8 KB]

ISing Pop...

ISingPop
We were delighted that ISingPop, the Christian charity, came into school to work with the children, culminating in two amazing concerts in church.
 
ISingPop teach the children Christian songs set to contemporary pop music that is familiar to the children,  they teach the songs alongside teaching a Christian message, then a cd is produced professionally that the families can buy.  The church community and parents are invited to a concert at the end of the week.
 
Kelvedon Primary Academy had a wonderful week and the concerts were amazing.  Church, community and school came together to celebrate, noisily, enthusiastically and cheerfully. 
 
The school will be using the songs in assembly, the church will be using them in the family services.  We hope you enjoy them.

16th May 2020 - Skip's Bell - an update

The initial funding target has now been achieved and the PCC is currently seeking a Diocesan Faculty to allow the work to proceed. 

 

The statutory Public Notice (and other supporting documents) relating to this can be seen by clicking on the link to Skip's Bell Memorial page.

John Frank Levi - 'Skip' - Papworth MBE - Skip's Bell

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 2019, after a long illness.  

 

Sadly, in the same month as Skip’s funeral - at which a solitary bell was tolled - St Mary’s current 4th bell became cracked beyond repair. However, it can be recast using the existing metal and, as a fitting memorial to a great Kelvedon man, the bell ringers and the Parochial Church Council (PCC) have agreed to work towards that goal.

 

It is customary for church bells to be given names and, with the backing of Skip’s family, it is proposed that the recast bell should be named “Skip’s Bell”.

 

For more informaiton regarding recasting the Bell and how funds are being raised please look at our webiste page: Skip's Bell Memorial

Re-dedication of the Marler charity plaque 

Please see below some photos from the re-dedication of the Marler charity plaque, 600 year anniversary.

Interpreting the Churchyard

You will find a Blackboard in St Mary's Chuch, where you can document what you see or hear in the Churchyard. It is a great way of us to see month by month what is there.
 
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.

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.

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. 

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

 

TEDDY BEAR CLUB is now Zooming every Wednesday at 9:30am. To find out more click here(Term time only).

 

VILLAGE SAFARI QUIZ - 4TH-5TH JULY 2020 - 11AM - 4PM EACH DAY

To find out more click here What's On

 

VIRTUAL QUIZ NIGHT - WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY 2020

To find out more click here: What's On

 

See the Services page for information of upcoming services.

 

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