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
I do feel sometimes that an eye is always watching me in the guise of security cameras, they seem to be everywhere these days and I'm sure must provide no end of entertainment to those who secretly man them and watch people being caught in the act! A real candid camera show!
Our imperfect minds and hearts more readily record our limitations than our possibilities. Christ sees us and records our actions and intentions through the eyes of perfect love.
The definition of candid is: pure, clean, free from undue bias, impartial, frank and straightforward. No one in our lives will be as honest and fair with us as our God. Where we see weakness, fear, chaos and failure, Christ sees in us the possibilities for
strength courage, order and success.
To accomplish these changes he allows us to call on
him for help, to lean on him and to allow him to bring
completeness to our lives. But we must believe, and say
"Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God".
May God richly bless you,
Messenger contributions: if you have articles or notices for the July/August Messenger please give
them to Mhairi by Tuesday 18th June. Contributions always received with pleasure. Please remember to
think ahead, as this will be a two-month edition.
Saturday 15th June, Carnival: it will be a Family Fun Day on the recreation ground, with music,
dance, majorette displays, falconry, reptiles, mini fair, fancy dress competitions with cash prizes, adults,
individual children and groups, other attractions and lots of fun things to do. 11.00 onwards.
Sunday 16th June: Ordinand’s Testimony Service, when the Revd Chris Preece will give her
testimony of God’s work in her life. This is at 4.00pm at Frinton Methodist Church, led by the Deputy
Chair of District, Revd Malcolm Peacock. There is a list in the vestibule to sign for those wishing to go.
Friday 21st June: The Mayor of Sandwich will be here for the day and will parade with the Liberty
from St James’s Church at 11.50 to the Parish Hall, led by a piper, meeting schoolchildren at the fountain
before the official events of the day begin – and handing out sweets to them! It is always interesting to see.
Saturday 22nd June: we are having a Mini Market, with the usual stalls and would welcome
contributions from cake-makers, good bric-a-brac and really good clothing. Items may be left at church or
Mhairi’s porch or brought on the Friday from 2.00 or from 9.00 on Saturday. The refreshment team will
be providing toasted teacakes and hot sausage rolls.
Saturday 22nd June, 10.00-12.00
Come and join us! Entry free
Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd June: this is the Annual Open Gardens Weekend, as usual
the major fundraiser for St Helena Hospice. There are schedules available from several shops giving all
the information, including times and where to stop for lunch or refreshments. The Essex Handicraft
Association is holding an Exhibition in the Parish Hall, 9-5 both days; free but donations for the Hospice.
The excellence and variety of imaginative handicrafts needs to be seen to be believed. Do go and see!
Tuesday 25th June: Café Church, at the Victoria Café, sitting down by 12.30. Anyone interested
in coming to join in this convivial lunch is most welcome, not just church folk. Come along and join in,
and share lunch with others, and maybe bring a friend or two.
Sunday 30th June: 10.45am – Methodist Conference Worship at Coventry Central Hall, which
includes Reception into Full Connexion of the Revd Chris Preece and others. The Circuit Meeting has
agreed that screening of this worship will occur in Great Bentley, Manningtree and Trinity Clacton
Only a few people collected for WaterAid this Lent but £105 has been raised, a great improvement
on the £50.10 last year. Grateful thanks go to those who gave so generously. An appreciative letter
of thanks has been received from WaterAid, which will go towards clean water in the villages.
Mhairi took a full carload of a wide variety of sewing equipment, a lot of fabrics and a huge bag of
wool to Ireton Road URC recently and warmly thanks the many people who contributed to this very
worthwhile appeal. She can take anything else there may be if it is put in her porch by June 12th.
Lion Walk Wednesday Lunchtime Concerts at 1.00
May 29th Mary Blanchard, flute, Gill Gerrard, oboe & Ian Ray, piano
June 5th Catherine May, soprano, Andrew Allen, guitar
“ 12th Brass quintet, from the band of the Parachute Regiment
“ 19th Paul Burt, tenor & Ian Ray, piano
“ 26th Oliver Ray, ‘cello & Ian Ray, piano
Light lunches available before concerts, from 12.15. Admission free, retiring collection
for projects targeting human need at home and throughout the world.
There are a number of subscribers who have not remembered yet to pay for the delivery of their
Messengers and it would be appreciated if these could be paid, either through Mhairi’s door or the
church postbox. It will otherwise be assumed that they no longer wish home deliveries, although
they may collect them from the church free of charge if they wish, or look at them in the Library.
Many thanks for co-operation about this.
Friends of All Saints’
The ‘Old Church’ is now open every afternoon until September 13th, with custodians on duty from
2.30-4.30, two big flags outside showing they are there. They are very knowledgeable and visitors,
local or from further afield, are always warmly welcomed. This is the 50th anniversary of the Friends
and there will be a special big event on September 14th to celebrate, so please note the date.
There is also a concert at Moverons by the Marenzio Singers on Sunday 7th July, 3-5, for which tickets
are likely to go fast - look out for posters for where to get them, £12.50, including light refreshments
and garden tour after the concert.
Beacon of Hope
Their May Newsletter, printed on another page, has been forwarded from Wivenhoe Methodist
Church, who support their great work and are thankful for donations received which, with their own
massive fundraising, enables them to send £1,750 every three months for the family and charity.
Anyone wishing to contribute may send cheques to Wivenhoe Methodist Church, c/o P Bingham,
marked on the back ‘Beacon of Hope’. The original letter has coloured photographs in it and is on
the hall noticeboard. If anyone wishes a copy or email of it please ask Mhairi (302229).
It was a great shock to hear that David Appleton had died in hospital on Monday 13th May. His son in Israel had come over and Margaret and their three children were all with him when he died.
We send our heartfelt sympathy and our love to Margaret and our sympathy to the family. David has been such a welcome and regular member of our congregation at tea services and social
occasions, with his cheerfulness and readiness to do anything, without being asked - putting tables out etc, bringing lots of books for our minimarkets and bazaars, even disposing of unwanted goods. A true friend who will very much be missed. We send our sympathy also to the Colchester New Church, for whom the loss will be much greater. His funeral will be on Tuesday 18th June at 11.45 at Colchester Crematorium, followed by an invitation to refreshments at Colchester New Church.
Roger Hodgkinson is at present in hospital with four breaks in the leg on which he has recently had a knee replacement (which was doing well). This has meant complications in how to treat the leg
and we pray for the consultants to make the right decisions and for a straightforward recovery.
We continue to pray for Alan and Janet Jenkins as they await further news following the completion of Alan’s treatment.
It was a joy to congratulate Dorothy Minter on her 90th birthday on April 29th, looking so well and seeming to grow younger each year. We wish her every blessing in the years ahead and for her
continued good health and service in our church.
It is good news that Clive has just been to the hospital and everything seems to be healing well. He has had his hard collar removed and has a soft collar instead, which can be taken off. He goes back in three weeks time.
We remember Pat and John Huke as they continue awaiting a date for their move to Colchester, praying that it will soon be settled and end their uncertainty and enable them to move forward.
We continue to hold the folk at St Osyth in our prayers, after the lovely Service of Thanksgiving on May 19th, as they start going forward in a new way, finding God’s plan for them. There will be a
report on the service next month.
During this month, on our church list, we pray specifically for:-
John Sowerby, Sheila Tidey, Ron Underwood, Harry Whetton and Jan Whittaker
Church Services – JUNE
June 2nd 3.00 -Rev Crawford Logan Tea Service
June 9th 10.30 -Major Jean James PENTECOST
June 16th 10.30 -Rev Crawford Logan Communion
June 23rd 10.30 -Mr Brian Clow
June 30th 10.30 -Dr Richard Jurd
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, open to anyone wishing to join in.
(Contact Rosina, 307266 if you wish to come)
June 2nd Tea Mhairi
June 9th Rosina
June 16th HC Barbara
Tuesday June 25 Lunch at Victoria Café. June 23rd Sheila
Seated by 12.30.
June 30th Mhairi