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There is no letter from our Rector this month because she has been unwell, but she will be back with us in early October.








 fellowship.jpg NOW STARTING IN OCTOBER – A fortnightly Fellowship Group will be starting at The Rectory, Shakletons from Monday 4th October (7.15 pm for 7.30 pm start) where we will be slow reading the Gospel of Mark. If you are interested, please let Noelle know.


26th September – 2nd October - Livingstone Close

3rd – 9th October - Love Lane

10th – 16th October - Marks Avenue

17th – 23rd October - Mayflower Way, Mayflower Court and The Johns

24th – 29th October - Milton Crescent

30th October – 6th November - Moreton Road


Baptisms: Charlotte Pamela Dale – 12.09.2021 in St. Martin’s

Confirmations:Weddings / Renewal of Weddings Vows:

Funerals: Enid Nellie Hope Score – 27.09.2021 in St. Martin’s

Internment of Ashes / Memorial Services / Cremations:



Morning prayer every Wednesday morning at 09:00 at St. Martin’s Church


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Please note that the Harvest service is an hour early than usual and there will be no 10.30am service that day.




Shirley writes...

I’m continuing to lead a BCP Morning Prayer service via Zoom at 10.30 am on Sunday mornings for those of us unable to attend St. Marin’s at present and new folk are always welcome. Just send an email to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the appropriate link.

PLUS Something New
If, for whatever reason, you are not able to be physically in Church on a Sunday morning, in
addition to the 10.30 am BCP which Shirley Dudeney is hosting, all are warmly welcome to join the Short Morning Service hosted by Revd. Stewart Gibbs of the High Ongar Parish at 9 am.

The zoom link is: Meeting ID: 950 7344 6203


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If you have a glut of fruit or vegetables that Noelle can turn into jam or chutney, please let her know as she wants to make preserves for the Christmas Market at the end of November.


Shirley writes: ….
I’m writing this whilst on holiday in Exmoor. By the time you read it most of my holiday will be a memory.

I’m writing this whilst on holiday in Exmoor. By the time you read it most of my holiday will be a memory.A neighbour of mine, when speaking about her family holiday in August said that ‘it was a time to make memories’. I will be taking many memories with me from my holiday; some active, walking along the River Barle, climbing Selworthy Beacon, walking part of the South West Coast Path near Ilfracombe in North Devon and some non-active, more contemplative. Of these sitting for a couple of hours on the beach at Lee Bay enjoying the sights and sounds of the incoming tide is probably one of the most significant as I love being beside the sea and living in Essex as I do it is a rare occurrence.

Lee Bay is part of the Lee Abbey Estate, a Christian Retreat, Holiday and Conference Centre and as I left the beach, I noticed a small plaque in the wall;

Holidays give us time and opportunity to do things which we don’t normally do. As some of you know I enjoy doing jigsaws and as the cottage where I’m staying has a large table, I was able to spend some of the inevitable wet days that occur when holidaying in the West Country tackling The Old Sweet Shop.

Do make contact with me if you would like to have ago at doing it; but be warned, although it only has 500 pieces it’s quite a challenge. As someone who did it before me said there ‘lots of similar packs of sweeties!’

Finally, I do hope that whether you have been away on holiday or not, that the summer has provided you with some happy memories to sustain you during the coming darker months

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Crafting elves required.....

Crafting elves requiredWe are holding two craft sessions to produce some items to sell at the Christmas Craft Market which will take place on Saturday 27th November in St. Martin’s.The plan is to supply you with the items to make and easy instructions to follow. All we need is some willing volunteers.

If you would like to be part of this group, please contact Jill on 07894 050663 or Rita on 01277 364921 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WEDNESDAY 6th OCTOBER and WEDNESDAY 3rd NOVEMBER in The Church Rooms, Castle Street, Ongar from 2 pm – 4 pm