St George’s Church, Great Bromley
From the Churchwardens
The PCC met on 16th October and the treasurer reported that the financial situation has held up well thanks to your extra generosity. We pay our Parish Share and the insurance and maintenance of St George’s. We continue to plan repairs and improvements, though some of these have a covid-related backlog for the specialist craftspeople.
We enjoyed a visit in October from Richard of Virginia in the United States, who is one of the Stone family descendants; he signed St George’s visitors’ book. The following week, pupils from St George’s School were in church to study the Stone family window in the north aisle and learn about brothers Gregory and Simon Stone and their voyage from Great Bromley (sailing from Ipswich) to the New World. We have just heard from Matt, another Stone descendent, who hopes to visit us this month.
It will be several more months before priests are appointed to our vacant parishes and we thank Sally, Stephen, Martin and Laura who currently lead our worship. We thank Stephen also for his additional help and support in 2020-2021.
If you wish to contact any of us at St George’s, the email link (the blue envelope) is at the bottom of every email, or you may do so via the website. Thank you.
With best wishes
Gregory and Jenny
St George’s Services in November
November 7th ~ Trinity 23 ~ Parish Eucharist (BCP) 10.30am
November 7th ~ Trinity 23 ~ All Souls ‘Light a Candle’ & tea 3.00pm
November 14th ~ Act of Remembrance
November 21st ~ Sunday next before Advent ~ Evensong (BCP) 6.30pm
November 28th ~ Advent Sunday ~ Parish Eucharist (CW) 10.30am
November 28th ~ Advent Sunday ~ ‘Darkness to Light’ 4.00pm
It is fairly unusual for anyone to want to discuss theology with a Vicar (or even a retired Vicar)! How refreshing it was to have an hour of theological discussion, recently, with the splendid Class 4 of St George’s Primary School. And then, a day or two later, I was accosted at a coffee morning, on the subject of praying for the Departed. Both encounters really made me think carefully about what I believe.
The Church observes November 2nd as All Souls’ Day, when we remember before God, the people we love who have died. On the Sunday following, November 7th at 3.00pm, there will be an All Souls-Tide service at St George’s. There will be a list in church for those who wish to have names remembered; and there will be the opportunity in the service to light a candle for departed family and friends. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served after the service.
At the Reformation, most of the reformed churches removed all references to the dead from their services, largely because of the abuses which had surrounded the medieval doctrine of Purgatory. Hence, I guess, the questioning I faced at the coffee morning. But people came to realise that by not being able to remember the dead in church, something had been lost.
For me it seems entirely natural to remember in church the people I love who have died. The Church believes in the Communion of Saints. That means that when we are close to Christ, we are close to all those who rest in him. So, on November 7th I will be remembering in St George’s, all the people I love but see no longer. In the hope of the resurrection, my prayer for them is simply that God will hold them in his love. I do hope we will be joined by many others from the parish and beyond. You will be most welcome.
The Revd Canon Stephen Carter
‘Light a Candle’ ~ 7th November at 3.00pm
At the ‘Light a Candle Service’ we can remember those who have died either recently or longer ago. Please put names of those to be remembered on the list in church. If you can’t be there but would like us to read the name and light a candle for your loved one, please let us know.
‘From Darkness to Light’ ~ 28th November at 4.00pm
This will be a special candlelit service for Advent Sunday, with lovely music for choir as well as for all to join in. It will offer us a time of thoughtful preparation for Christmas.
A prayer for COP26 from the Bishop of Chelmsford:
On 20th November we remember St Edmund, King of the East Angles, martyred in 869AD by the pagan Danes. He refused to renounce Jesus Christ and they tied him to a tree and shot him with many arrows. For a long time he was patron saint of England and pilgrims visited his shrine at Bury St Edmunds. Did you know that the St Edmund’s Way for pilgrims starts at Manningtree? And which church in our Deanery is dedicated to St Edmund?
The 30th November is the Feast of St Andrew. An apostle and brother of St Peter, he was present at many of the important moments in Jesus’s ministry and he was at the Last Supper. He was martyred on Patras in 60AD on a saltire cross. Andrew’s relics were brought by St Regulus to Scotland and he is the patron saint of Scotland.
Thanks to all of you who helped clean and decorate the church for Harvest. We are a very friendly group arranging flowers regularly in St George’s Church. Why not come and share your love of flowers and flower arranging with us at special times of year; Easter, Harvest, Christmas. Please contact Jenny if you are interested or would like more information.
Helping Hands ~ Saturday 6th November at 10.30am
Everyone is welcome to join some friends of St George’s, who will be sharing coffee and cake, then tidying the churchyard or helping with the ‘big church clean’. Newcomers are welcome to join either group on the 6th, which now meets monthly. Thank you for your support.
Festive Coffee Morning ~ Saturday 4th December, 10am-noon
All are invited to a Festive Coffee Morning in St George’s Church on Saturday 4th December. There will be coffee, cakes, bric-a-brac, bargains, raffle, and time for a chat and a catch up. You will be most welcome.
Afghan refugees appeal. Please bring donations by 30 November to a service or arrange delivery or collection of your donation with Jenny, or Guy, our treasurer.
Bucket collections will be made at the ‘Light a Candle’ Service for the St Helena Hospice and also on Remembrance Sunday for the work of The Royal British Legion.
George Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow
A short orchestral piece, an idyll, by one of the most promising young British composers, killed in action in 1916.
John Ireland: Greater Love
Anthem for Remembrance Sunday
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death. Greater love hath no man than this: that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John Ireland composed this in 1912. This is the version with orchestra from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1997. St John’s College by the way is the patron of St Mary’s Church, Lawford.
Continuing with St John’s College, here is a link to their ‘Desert Island Books’ sermon series. Click on the photograph to read why the books were chosen.
Thank you all for your support which is invaluable to the continuing work of St George’s. If you would like to help, please see the Donation details on the website.