23rd December 2018 – 4th Sunday of Advent

Today’s Readings:

St. Cedd’s: Philip 4: 4-7 p1181 & Luke 3: 7-18 p1029

St. Mary’s: Luke 1: 39-45 p1026


Prayer Meeting: Every Friday: 10:30 am at St. Cedd’s


Services over Christmas

Mon Dec 24th Christmas Eve

Christingle Services – If you are bringing children along to one of our Christingle services, why not get them to dress up in their Christmas outfits! Remember, they will be making their own Christingles!

3:00pm St Mary’s

4:00pm St Cedd’s

Midnight Communion 11:30pm St Mary’s.


Tue Dec 25th Christmas Day

Family Communion 10:30am at St Cedd’s


Next Sunday 30th Dec 2018 1st Sunday of Christmas

11:15am: Family Communion at St. Mary’s

(No service at St. Cedd’s because it is the 5th Sunday)


Sun 6th Jan 2019 – Epiphany

10:30am: Family Worship at St Cedd’s

4:00pm: Holy Communion, Epiphany Praise at St Mary’s


Parish Notices

There is a small booklet from the CofE called ‘Follow the Star’ which is available in both churches from today costing £1.10, though we are planning to give them away to our visitors. It starts on Christmas Eve going through to Epiphany, with short readings. Other books for adults and children are also available to buy in both churches.




The Homeless Response Action Group in Thurrock is delightedto announcethat there are now enough volunteers for the Friday evening “Hot meals for the homeless” initiative. Thank you to all those who have volunteered for the Friday evening rota. However, we could do with donations of simple food snacks such as cuppa soups, pot noodles etc please. If you can help, please leave your donations in either of our churches and Margaret Emmins or Janet Frampton will collect them. Thank you!


In response to lots of enquiries, we will now have a Ladies Breakfast Group starting on February 23rd at 9.30-11am in St. Cedd’s Church for food, fellowship & friendship! Put the date in your diary ladies, and we’ll see you there!


Other dates for your diaries:

MMU Service, 20th Jan 2019, 4pm at St Mary’s Lt Thurrock

Training for Prayer MinistrySat 19th Feb 2019 St John’s N Grays.



Please pray for the families and friends of those whose funeral has recently been held:

18/12/18 Mrs Penny Bennett, formerly of Grays (married at St Mary’s) …and for those that have been arranged:

27/12/18: Mr Michael Hollis of Leigh-on-Sea, service at St Mary’s


December Birthdays:

6th Maureen Sills & Peter Kiely; 12th Carol Hubbard: 13th Christine Davey: 15th Ethan Wood; 17th Doreen Johnson; 19th ‘Ron’ Quiney; 20th Jan Robbins; 25th Pauline May; Oscar Turvey; 30th Dione Neill;

If you would like to have something mentioned, please let Brenda know on 01375376580 or brendasmallcombe@hotmail.co.uk


In the meantime, we pray Christmas blessings on us all and hope we all have a very joyful Christmas and a happy, healthy and peaceful new year.


Happy Christmas everyone!


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