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

Important Notice for Sunday 28th November 2022

The main service on Sunday, 28th November will start at 10.00am 

It will be a joint service with Great Bentley congregation – held in St Osyth Parish Church. 

Thank you 

There will be 8am and 11am  Services every Sunday now!!!

NOTICES

Dates for the Diary:

NOVEMBER

Saturday 27th – Christmas Fayre 10am – 1pm

Sunday 28th  – joint service with Gt Bentley congregation – in St Osyth Church

DECEMBER

Saturday 4th December – Christmas Angels available at POP-IN from 10am

Saturday 11th – Christmas Angels available at POP-IN from 10am

Monday 13th – St Osyth Pre-school Nativity 10am

Tuesday 14th – St Osyth Primary School Carol Service 6.30pm

Wednesday 15th – St Osyth Primary School Key Stage 1 Carol Service 1.30pm

Sunday 19th – Nine Lessons and Carols with a choir 3pm

Monday 20th – Village Carol Singing with the Salvation Army pm (items needed – tinned potatoes, instant mash, dried milk powder, UHT milk, Long-life fruit juilce, fruit squash, hot chocolate

Friday 24th – Crib Service at the Church 3.30pm and Midnight Mass at 11.30pm

Saturday 25th – Christmas Day – 10am – family service with Canon Wendy King

Sunday 26th – there will be NO service

Calling all Singers

We will be having our service of Nine Lessons and Carols on 19th December at 3pm and at 6pm at Great Bentley.  Fiona, the organist, will be asking all those who are interested in singing to be part of a Scratch Choir to sing at both events.  If you would like to join in please let Fiona know by emailing her at

fibo12331@gmail.com

Thank-you.

A Booklet for the Beginning of Advent

The Church has purchased ten copies of ‘Reflections for Advent’ written by Stephen Cottrell and Guli Francis-Dehqani.  They are on the Church table.  If you would like to purchase a copy they are £4.00 each.  Please put the money either in the Collection Box or the Wall Safe.

We do hope that you enjoy these daily reflections which are written to refresh and inspire times of Personal Prayer during Advent.

CHURCH CHRISTMAS FAYRE – SATURDAY 27TH NOVEMBER 10AM – 1PM – in aid of Church Funds.

Help is needed for the following stalls – please contact Sunny Bissendon if you can assist in any way!  07738 674765

BRIC A BRAC  – for our Luxury Stall which makes very interesting browsing!

CAKES  – for the Cake Stall and Refreshments.  Sausage Rolls go down well too! Please can you list your ingredients and attach it to the cake, due to allergies?

BOTTLES – FULL for the Bottle Tombola (small or large, soft drinks and table sauces as well as bottles of alcohol).

RAFFLE PRIZES – Small items to be put together in tempting hampers, for example toiletries, sweets or Christmas foodstuffs. If you would like to donate larger items such as toiletry sets, box of chocolates or fancy biscuits we would love those as well. Please would you ensure that Use By dates of items are later than the date of the Christmas Fayre.

HELPERS – to set up the Church in readiness for the Christmas Fayre on Friday 26th November from 14.00 to 16.00.

And finally  YOU  to come and  join us on 27th November to enjoy a great Community atmosphere. 

After Church Refreshments and Pop in

After Church refreshments on a Sunday and Saturday Pop-In have started again!  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.

A Welcome Christmas Present for St Osyth News

So many residents welcome the monthly delivery of the St Osyth news as it is a good read. We are all aware I am sure that the production of the magazine owes much to a great many people:

  • Those who contribute to the articles
  • The Editorial team
  • The Proof Readers
  • The Advertising Manager
  • Colin of Entrac who does the printing
  • And last, but by no means least, Janine and the fantastic band of people who deliver it each month to every house in the village.

What many may not be aware of, is that it is the businesses who advertise in it that enables the magazine to be dropped through our letter boxes for free every month.

The Church is totally dependent on the advertisers using the magazine to sustain the production and delivery of the St Osyth News. As may be imagined the last eighteen months have been financially very difficult. The advertisers have become fewer for obvious reasons and it was thought that difficult decisions may have to be made.

However, the Parish Council stepped in with a grant of £1000 which helped considerably.  We have now received a gift from an unexpected but very welcome source, which is a wonderful Christmas present.

Our two Nisa stores in the village and Point Clear are part of a group of independent stores across the UK. They operate a registered charity and a percentage of money that is earned from the sale of the Co-op’s own label products is paid into Nisa Retail’s corporate foundation called ‘Making a Difference Locally’. This money is then given back to the communities who have supported the Nisa stores.

It is done by the retailer nominating a good cause which is run in the area which benefits the community. Dollar and Meena nominated the St Osyth News and so the magazine will be the beneficiary to receive a donation of £1725 from the charity run by the Nisa Stores which is putting money back into the community.

How very fortunate we are, at a time when finances have been and still are difficult for the magazine, we have received this wonderful gift. On behalf of us all, our very grateful thanks to Dollar and Meena for nominating the St Osyth News, which will enable us to continue to produce and distribute the magazine for more months to come.

Sonia

Wedding Coordinator

Wedding Coordinator.  All wedding enquiries and bookings for St. Osyth Parish Church and Great Bentley Parish Church are to go to Helen Brown. weddings.stosythchurch@hotmail.com/07969484504.

Bell Ringing Practice

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

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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