Lovely service of All Souls in St Martin’s on 2nd November 2017 when we thanked Jesus for the lives of those we loved, for the gifts of happiness and love they gave us and for our treasured memories of them. We lit candles for them. We prayed that Jesus would show compassion on us in our sorrow and we looked forward to being reunited with our brothers and sisters when every tear will be wiped away.

A great morning on 12th November 2017 in the St Martin’s Church Rooms at the weekend for a Prayer Workshop led by our Trainee Licenced Lay Minister, Shirley Dudeney. We explored in groups the 5 w’s of Prayer – Who, What, Why, Where and When – and then all of us spent the rest of the morning exploring various ways of praying, some of which were new to us – they included praying with music, colour, the psalms, our imagination, an icon, prayer beads and praying with awareness and thanksgiving - all with the intention of deepening our relationship with God. There is of course no one right way to pray and Shirley left us with the quote “Pray as you can, not as you can’t”- i.e. we have to pray as we can in the best way suited to us, not in the way we think we ought to.

It was a big day on 30th September 2017 for the Diocese when the Bishop of Chelmsford ordained 31 women and men as Deacons. Congratulations to all! 
Especially to Jane Quinton, who was one of those ordained and will serve her curacy at St Martin’s Chipping Ongar and the other churches in our new benefice of Chipping Ongar with Shelley, Greensted juxta Ongar and Stanford Rivers.
Also congratulations to our Priest in Charge, Noelle Taylor, whose title has now changed to Rector. 
And to Neil Taylor who, following the dissolution of the former Benefice, was licenced in a separate ceremony by the Bishop of Barking to serve as Associate Minister in the new Benefice with special responsibility for the parishes of Greensted and Stanford Rivers.
The picture above shows left to right Jane, Bishop Peter, Neil and Noelle