Chapel Road, Brighlingsea, Essex, CO7 0HB
Brightlingsea Church is a church in a Local Ecumenical Partnership between the URC and the Methodist Church
Aims for Mission Statement
To continue a Church community built on love, care, openness, trust and Christian fellowship.
To share our faith and experience of Christ and to show his love by the wholeness of our lives.
To welcome newcomers to Brightlingsea and encourage them to join the local Christian community and so in time commit themselves to God.
To use everyone’s skills and experience.
To create a worship environment relevant to young people and old alike
Sunday Tea Service - First in the Month - 3:00pm - Afternoon Worship followed by afternoon tea.
Sunday - Morning Worship - 10:30am
It was a huge privilege and joy to be invited to the Mass of Consecration of St Sabina Roman Catholic Church in Brightlingsea, led by the Rev. Alan Williams, S.M. What a wonderful occasion it was. The music, readings, prayers and the whole Consecration liturgy moved me deeply, as well as witnessing a joyful St Sabina Church Family congregation’s excitement at such an occasion.
The Bishop preached a wonderful challenging sermon and in it made reference to the recent fire at Nôtre Dame in Paris. He shared that the Priest of that great Cathedral burst into the building as it burned to rescue the most precious item from the flame. What could that be? Why, the Body of Christ, he exclaimed! The priest had risked his own life to rescue that which is central to his faith - the body of Christ, the host, the communion bread.
As I listened to him preach his sermon I found myself reflecting on a similar position I was placed in. As I once served as a Salvation Army Officer - in a town called Forfar in the North of Scotland - I was driving back there when I noticed great clouds of black smoke coming from very close to the location of our Citadel. As I drove in haste, to my horror I discovered it was the old cinema that was ablaze. This cinema was right next-door to our Army hall. In blind panic, I pleaded to the fire chief to let me enter the building to rescue items - ‘on your own head be it’, he said, ‘I give you
five minutes and no more’. I ran through the thick black smoke, struggling to find the keyhole to unlock the door. I entered the building to the sounds of embers and bricks hitting the roof - it was terrifying. I stood in the smoke-filled building, coughing, and then wondered - what do I rescue? There was nothing of any monetary value. I quickly climbed up on a seat and removed from the wall the 100 year old Salvation Army flag. I can’t describe the look of ‘really?’ on the face of the fire chief as I
appeared from the smoke, coughing, with an old flag under my arm.
The whole experience taught me a very valid and life-changing lesson - it involved asking myself in the midst of the flames - what is really important? What do I really need to save? That question remains with me today and comes to light whenever I find myself getting stressed or fearful of loss and change.
The Bishop’s sermon really challenged me, blessed me and made me more determined to re-focus my God-given energy, time and talents on the important and letting go and
letting burn those things that weigh me down and cause me harm.
So a huge thank-you to St Sabina Church in Brightlingsea. I pray God will richly bless you and fill your beautiful church with its God-glorifying new altar, with peace,
love and joy ..... now these are precious gifts worth rescuing from any ‘fire’!
Messenger contributions: if you have articles or notices for the September Messenger please give
them to Mhairi by Tuesday 20th August.
If there are events of interest you would like included please do send them in at any time before then. Please remember to put any relevant dates from this issue in your diary – with two months they may well get overlooked otherwise!
Friday 5th July: Simple Lunch, St James’s Church, 12.00-1.00, minimum £2.50 donation.
Please note that there is no Simple Lunch in August.
Tuesday 23rd July: Café Church, at the Victoria Café, sitting down by 12.30. There will not be a lunch in August so why not lunch there in July and try it out? All are warmly welcomed - come and see.
Saturday 27th July: the annual Churches Together minimarket will this year be held in the Parish Hall and the proceeds will be divided between 4Youth and the Autumn Centre. Helpers are from every Church and the stalls will depend on what is contributed, but hopefully will include a really good second-hand clothes stall and a good cake stall. Leave items at any church in advance or at the Parish Hall on Saturday.
Saturday 3rd August: a coffee morning is being held from 10-12 on the promenade at Sheila and Penny’s beach huts, 94 & 96, just past the swimming pool. Do call in for coffee and enjoy the sea view.
Sunday 18th August: There will be a VJ Day Parade, leaving the British Legion at 2.45 to go to the War Memorial, where there will be a short service.
Monday 26th August: 107th Horticultural Town Show: on August Bank Holiday Monday, at the Community Centre, following the usual routine. Schedules on sale shortly (still 20p!) at Spirals and Plain & Purl and also on the Town Council’s website. Last entries must be in by Friday 23rd. There are outdoor stalls and activities during the morning and throughout the afternoon. Opened by the Deputy at 12.30, attended by the Carnival Queen and Court. Companion Dog Show entries from 12.00, judging from 12.30. Volunteers are urgently needed, especially on the day, and strong people on Sunday afternoon to set up tables etc. There is still room for more stalls, so anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for both stalls and offers of help on either the Sunday or Monday.
Monday 26th August: we are having a stall at the Car Boot Sale. Come and see us if you are down there. Goods to sell welcomed, at church, any church member or Mhairi’s porch.
Errata: the Editor apologises that she was misinformed or misunderstood, reporting Jayne Chapman
was Chairman of TDC but the meeting had not taken place. Sadly, on a casting vote, she was not elected.
“Praise the Lord for all of you in Brightlingsea United Church, thankful for being alive each day, family and friends help us so we are greatly blessed and the folk at St Michaels .With greetings and prayer to you and all about you. Margaret Ledley.”
She sent this with information about St Michael’s and their Easter celebrations, now in the vestibule. We much appreciate her continued interest and concern for all our church activities.
David Appleton’s funeral, held at a crowded Colchester Crematorium, was a fitting tribute to such a lovely and modest man. It was very interesting to hear an excellent review of his life and i An especially touching tribute was a wreath made up eleven different small vegetables, representing his great love of his allotment. We went back to the New Church, in Maldon Road, and enjoyed seeing photographs of his from babyhood before generously partaking of the magnificent spread provided by the church. There were tributes read from friends from overseas and a presentation to Margaret for David’s Treasurership of the church from the 1970s to last year. The final tribute, both personally and on behalf of the United Church, was from Crawford, which we much appreciated him giving. Message just received from Margaret:-
Margaret & family wish to thank everyone for their wonderful support and prayers during David's illness and for the cards following the passing of David also thank you to those who attended his funeral service; it was lovely to have that support. Our sincere thanks.
Maurice had a seizure on June 12th and went to Colchester Hospital that evening. He is at present still in hospital and arrangements are being made for his discharge with a care package, so he may be home around the time the Messenger comes out. This can only happen if he is downstairs as he will need a hoist, his muscles being weak after so long in bed, so the house is being reorganised for that. They don’t seem to know what caused it despite sundry tests but he has been very well looked after in Tiptree Ward and he has not been unsettled being there, which is a blessing. All the prayers and concern from so many people have been very much appreciated – please carry on praying.
Roger Hodgkinson is improving and Daphne thanks everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers. He is in Harwich Hospital and will be for a little longer.
We continue to hold Alan and Janet Jenkins in our prayers.
We also lift to God others known to us who are in especial need of prayer at the present time, that he
will meet their needs as is best for them.
It was a lovely surprise to have Roy and Milly Alden with us for our service last Sunday. It was a joy to see them, in really good health and spirits. They had come for the Open Gardens and EHA Exhibition. Pat and John moved at unexpectedly short notice to Flat 12, Parsley House, Balkerne Gardens, Colchester, CO1 1PR. As past active members of our church, founding members of the Baptist Church and stalwart supporters of CTB, Pat being Chairman for many years and organiser of the World Day of Prayer after Mrs Nockels retired until last year, we thank them for everything and send our best wishes, love and God’s blessings to them in their long-awaited move.
We continue to remember the folk from St Osyth Chapel in our prayers.
During this month, on our church list, we pray specifically for:-
Bob & Molly Bartlett, Barbara Brittain, Beryl Church and Rosina Fisher
Church Services – JULY-AUGUST
Wednesday Bible Study, 9.30-10.30am
41 Whitegate Road, led by Harry Whetton, with discussions,
and followed by coffee. All welcome, occasionally or regularly,
just telephone 305472 if you plan to come.
Café Church Stewards’ Rota
Meets once a month for a sociable lunch to anyone who wishes to join in.
July 7th Tea Rosina
lunch, open to anyone wishing to join in.
(Contact Rosina, 307266 if you wish to come)
July 21st Sheila
Tuesday July 23rd Lunch at Victoria Café, seated by 12.30.
July 28th Mhairi
August 4th Tea Barbara
August 11th HC Mhairi
August 18th Sheila
August 25th Rosina