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. 

2024 Services

Sunday 28th January – 4th Sunday after Epiphany

11am – Holy Communion Service led by Rev’d Brian Kyriacou and followed by refreshments in the Church Room

Thursday 1st February

10am – Holy Communion led by Rev’d Brian Kyriacou

Sunday 4th February – 5th Sunday after Ephipany 

8am – Rev’d Brian Kyriacou

10am – St Osyth Benefice Service with Rev’d Sharons Retirement Service led by Archdeacon The Venerable Ruth Patten.  Do please join us – everyone is welcome.  Refreshments afterwards in the Church Room.

Sunday 11th February 

11am – Rev’d Guy Thorburn

Wednesday 14th February – Ash Wednesday  

7pm – with Rev’d Guy Thorburn

Sunday 18th February 

11am – Rev’d Richard Tillbrook

Sunday 25th February

11am – Rev’d Brian Kyriacou

 

Church Notices

THE SALVATION ARMY FOOD BANK

Please do keep donating items in 2024 for the Clacton Food Bank. You can leave them just inside the Church, by the right hand pillar, during the times when it is open.   All donations are always gratefully received, but please make a note of their specific requests below.

The Salvation Army says that they are still seeing increasing numbers at the food bank.         From the Trussell Trust website, items most needed in Clacton now are: 

Tinned fruit; Tinned & pkt Custard; Long Life Milk; UHT Fruit Juice; Instant Mash; Tinned Sponge Puddings; Small Jar/Pkt Instant Coffee; Hot Chocolate Powder

LOCKING OF THE CHURCH

Please note that from 29th October the church will be locked at 1.30pm on Sundays and 3.30pm Monday – Saturday.

RETURNING TO USING THE COLLECTION BAGS

On Sunday 8th October at the 11am Service we will again be offering the collection bag to members of the congregation and passing it along the rows.

Many of us will give our offering via the Parish Giving Scheme (see below) and that is fine of course. However, I was reminded at last week’s service about informing anyone about Gift Aid.

Are you a UK tax payer? If so your donation would be boosted by 25p for every pound you donate. There are small yellow envelopes on the table at the back of the church. These can be used for your donation, the information filled in, and the envelope placed in the collection bag, knowing that, whatever you give has been considerably increased!

A win-win situation.

Thank you. Sonia.

THE PARISH GIVING SCHEME

We signed up to the Parish Giving Scheme (PGS) a good few years ago and many of our congregation give through this scheme. It is free for the church as the diocese covers the admin costs. It is a simple and secure way for our church to receive gifts and donations at services, by monthly, quarterly or annually by Direct Debit. You can give anonymously if you prefer.

If you are a UK tax payer, gift aid of 25% will be added to your giving. Win-win!

It is simple to change the amount you give too. We have PGS packs available.                               Just ask Sonia or Chris!

SUNDAY REFRESHMENTS

We could do with a few more volunteers to be added to the refreshments rota. The rota only means doing it every 6 or 7 weeks. If you can help, please have a chat with Sue White.

Pew Sheet Diary and Notices

Please contact Chris Pile regarding the Diary & Notices. Please email: pile.chris@gmail.com as required, also copying in Sonia, email:  sonia.grantham@me.com by latest Wednesday 5pm. Pew Sheet prayers: Please also let Chris and Sonia know of anyone who can be taken off or be added to the list.

POP IN

Do Pop In to Church on a Saturday morning between 10-11.30am.

for refreshments and good company in the warm Church Room .

If you would like to help with the refreshments that would be wonderful.

Just come along and tell us or phone Anne 01255 821661

PASTORAL CARE
If you are interested in developing your pastoral care skills you may be attracted to the Part 1 Pastoral Care Course, which could lead you to becoming an Authorised Pastoral Assistant in the Diocese. More details, a contact and how to apply can be found on the information sheet at the back of the church. 

Pastoral Team – looking after the needs of our church family

Please talk to Dianne Pile (or phone 820843) about anyone who is sick, would like communion in their own home or just a visit which she will organise. Dianne is also sending cards to church members on behalf of the church.

All enquiries at the present time please contact the Church Warden, Mrs Sonia Grantham, Tel: 01255 820648, email:   sonia.grantham@me.com

For Pew Sheet Notices and Diary entries please contact Chris Pile by Wednesday 5pm, email: pile.chris@gmail.com

For Admin please contact Mrs Monica Harvey, email:  info@stosythparishchurch.co.uk

For Weddings please contact – Rachel Killington  07728 828976 weddingcoordinator@stosythparishchurch.co.uk

PCC Secretary,  pcc.stosythchurch@hotmail.com

Safeguarding – contact Tony Page – click here for full details.

Church Outreach – Parish Welcome Pack Anyone moved in near you?
Has anyone moved in near you? If so, there is a supply of the packs available at the back of the church for you to deliver. Please add the date, your name and the address of the recipient in the book provided so we have a record. You might like to also pop a Toosey News through their letter box too if there are spares on the table. Or better still why not knock on the door and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to your new neighbours.

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