Welcome to the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul

St Osyth Church, Church Square, St Osyth, Clacton on Sea, Essex, Co16 8NU                                                                   Charity No. X96628 (St Osyth PCC)

St Osyth Parish Church is a beautiful building which lies in the centre of the village.  Whether you are a member of a congregation or a visitor, or just passing and drawn by spiritual need we hope you will find our Church a welcoming and uplifting place to be.  You will not be visiting a museum but a lively centre of worship and music.  It is a happy, special place and we hope you will join us both in worship and in the many activities that are organised here at St Peter and St Paul. You are very welcome at any of our services and we trust you will find peace, joy and friendship within our inclusive and enthusiastic Church family. 

Our Church is both used and loved in equal proportion even during pandemics!!

Every Blessing

Sharon

As a rule there will be 8am and 11am  Services every Sunday now except for the first Sunday in every month where it will be at 10am and alternate between St Osyth and Gt Bentley

After Church Refreshments and Pop in

After Church refreshments on a Sunday and Saturday Pop-In are now in full swing and are very popular – do come and join us!  10am to 11.30am.  A few Covid restrictions will still have to be in place but we hope we can all enjoy sitting and chatting  with friends.

Our Help and Support is Needed by the Clacton Food Bank run by The Salvation Army

Your Help Is Needed!!!

We are all so aware that the cost of living is climbing steadily and we know from television and social media that many are finding it difficult to manage financially.

So we asked Tracy from the Salvation Army for an update on the position at the Foodbank.  This is her Report:

Clacton Foodbank

Currently as we all experience increasing costs in our food, utilities and petrol bills, we are very mindful of those on the lowest of incomes who are struggling. We are seeing a steady increase in the demand for food support.  Sadly, for many it is reverting to the “heat or eat” scenario!

Most certainly over the last 4/6 weeks we have seen individuals and families who have never had to access the Foodbank before, come to us for help.

If you can donate food, at this time we would ask you to consider food items that we are currently very low on:

Thank you  – Tracy

Please let us help those who are less fortunate than ourselves.

It would be so good, if as a congregation, we could all go the extra mile and bring to Church , even just one or two of the Critically Low Items and those where they have Low Stock. 

Please leave on the table at back of Church.

Can you Help???  These are the items the Savlation Army would be very grateful for:

Critically Low

Tinned Fish, Tinned Fruit, UHT Milk, Dried Milk Powder, Long Life Fruit Juice, Squash, Coffee, Hot Chocolate

Low Stock

Tinned Potatoes, Custard, Tinned Rice Pudding, Tinned Spaghetti, Tinned Tomatoes, Jam, Dried Rice, Tinned Carrots, Cup a Soup

Whilst we are grateful for any food donation, we are not in need of Pasta, Soup or Baked Beans as we have a plentiful supply.

Supporting the People of the Ukraine

The final brilliant total from all those who attended the Pop-In and the congregations on the 13th and 20th March was £1148.75.  A big thank-you to everyone for their generosity.

Consecration of the Cemetery

On Monday 9th May Bishop Roger and Aiden Hargreaves-Smith, the Registrar for the Diocese visited the Parish Council Cemetery to consecrate the new burial land. 

Afterwards refreshments were served in the Church Room for past and present Councillors and Council staff plus others. 

A Bonus for the Bishop and the 3G’s

The 3G’s from the Primary School were in Church for their fortnightly session at the same time and they enjoyed meeting the Bishop and chatted to him about what they were doing.

Apologies and an Update on the Annual Parochial Church Meeting
8th May

A number of people will have noticed the activity and noise before the service last week and we do apologise for it.  We were in the difficult position of needing to ask people if they would stand for the Parochial Church Council which was happening at 12.15pm that day.  Normally this would have been done on the previous Sunday but we were of course at Great Bentley so there was no opportunity.

Hence the disturbance last Sunday – our apologies.

The Flagpole

Sadly the flagpole, having been cracked and bent in recent high winds has now been removed from the Tower.  It cannot for Health and Safety reasons be replaced on the Tower.  However more worryingly in removing it on Thursday a stress fracture was seen on the Stone near to where the shaft of the Flag Pole was attached.

Quiz Night

As many of you know a Quiz Night was held in the Village Hall on the 9th April in aid of Church Funds.  We requested the money’s raised be put towards the printing of our really important Church Magazine.  £575 was raised which is a tremendous help and we are really grateful to:

Jim and Jill Bligh
Peter and Jennifer Tidy
Robert and Heather Morton

for their hard work.

Very many thanks to them and their helpers for what was a very enjoyable evening for the many people who attended.

P.C.C. Secretary and Wedding Coordinator

I am very pleased to inform you that following recent interviews, we have filled the vacancies of P.C.C. Secretary and Benefice Wedding Coordinator.

Claire Pearson will be taking on the Role of the P.C.C. Secretary and Jennifer Ford will be taking on the role of Benefice Wedding Coordinator.

Congratulations, I look forward to working with you both from 4th April.

Every Blessing –  Sharon

Update on the Bell Simulator

The bell simulator has been successfully installed. The benefits of having a simulator are, we can have far more training sessions for new ringers as we can tailor these to the times they are available, we can encourage ringers who wish to ring a new method (tune) or wish to improve their ringing, to come along and practice more regularly than just the Wednesday practices. BUT for most people the benefit will be that you will only hear a dull thud outside of the ringing room. The clappers have been muffled and sensors attached to the frame of the bells so that the ringing will be heard in the ringing room but not outside. There is nothing worse for local residents than hearing the clashing of bells when learning or a single monotonous bell that is rung inconsistently. We will still have open bells on Wednesday practices and of course on Sundays. However just a reminder that on 7th and 8th April we have been chosen to host part of the Essex Ringing Course and these will be rung on open bells. This was agreed sometime ago before the simulator was installed. We are also hoping to ring on the 3rd April not only for Sunday Service but also before the Tendring Brass Band have their concert.

Helen Bridgman

Bell Ringing Practice

 Bell Practice will now take place on Wednesdays at 1.30 – 3.30 and 7.30 – 9pm.

Renovating the Church Floor

The wooden parquet flooring was laid in the Church in the 1890’s by Sir John Johnson, owner of St Osyth Priory.  It remained in its bare untreated state until the 1990’s when The Friends of St Osyth Church decided that it should be sanded and polished.

In these intervening years much care, time and money has been spent maintaining it.  We have finally come to the point when we need to look at the state of the floor and possibly review our practices.  This is what we are now doing.

Easter Flowers

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Easter flowers in
memory of families and loved ones.

The Pew Sheet

Should you have any Notices that you would like put on the Pew Sheet, please ensure that they are with Monica (monmarharv@gmail.com) by 8.30am on a Friday morning ready for the Pew Sheet to be sent out later in the day.  Thank-you.

Although the Pew Sheet is now being sent out electronically, to save on both paper and time, there will be 10 copies in Church on the table for those who are not able to receive it via iPad/Computer.  Do take one

Wedding Coordinator

Wedding Coordinator.  All wedding enquiries and bookings for St. Osyth Parish Church and Great Bentley Parish Church are to go to Jennifer Ford. weddings.stosythchurch@hotmail.com.

Narrating and Filming of the History of our Church

The week beginning 6th February was quite a week!  Monday and Tuesday saw the polishing of the floor and people coming in at different times to clean, polish and tidy the Church, ensuring that everywhere was the best that it could be for the filming on Wednesday.

It was such a day for Mark too as he spent a good part of the morning narrating the history of the Church.  Dan and Greg of Stone Productions, who are a St Osyth company, filmed both the interior and exterior of the Church.

One story which Mark told me was that Greg had just finished filming the Lych Gate, when a resident walked up and placed two black bags outside the Lych Gate.  These were ready for collection the following day, a normal practice on a Wednesday!  Two minutes earlier she would have been in the film and it all would have had to have been done again!

Phew!   We look forward to having a special evening possibly in March when we will see the results of the day.

The Parish Share Given to the Diocese by St Osyth Church

Last week I shared with you both the monthly and the annual figure that our Church has to pay to the Diocese for 2022.

If you remember it was a large figure.  This week we have had an email from the Diocese apologising as they inadvertently sent us the Parish share figure for Great Bentley Church.

The annual figure which we will have to pay is in fact now £10,000.00 more and is £32,855.00.  The monthly figure is now £2956.95.  It was large last week, it is even larger this week!

Again thank-you to everyone who contributes financially to keep our Church both solvent and here.

Wedding Coordinator

Wedding Coordinator.  All wedding enquiries and bookings for St. Osyth Parish Church and Great Bentley Parish Church are to go to Jennifer Ford. weddings.stosythchurch@hotmail.com.

The Pew Sheet

Should you have any Notices that you would like put on the Pew Sheet, please ensure that they are with Monica (monmarharv@gmail.com) by 8.30am on a Friday morning ready for the Pew Sheet to be sent out later in the day.  Thank-you.

Although the Pew Sheet is now being sent out electronically, to save on both paper and time, there will be 10 copies in Church on the table for those who are not able to receive it via iPad/Computer.  Do take one

Safeguarding

We are committed to Safeguarding children and young people and vulnerable adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website: https://www.churchofengland.org/more/safeguarding/ or on the safeguarding pages of the Chelmsford Diocese: https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding

Details of our Parish Safeguarding representative can be found on the noticeboard in the Church.  Our Parish Safeguarding  representative, Sonia Grantham, can be contacted at sonia.grantham@me.com

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