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CALLING ALL BUDDING ARTISTS AGED 0 TO 12… Would you like the chance for your drawing or painting to appear in the very first ‘Children of Christ Church’ calendar?

Pictures must be submitted on a sheet of plain white A4 paper in landscape format and feature the theme of ‘what Christ Church means to me’ i.e. favourite activity, person, part of the church etc. Entries should be submitted by 12pm on Sunday 13th November 2011 in a sealed A4 envelope with your name, address and contact telephone number clearly written on the reverse of your drawing. There will be a post box marked ‘Calendar Competition’ located in the centre to receive your entries. The pictures selected to appear in the calendar will be announced during the 10.30am service on Sunday 20th November and pre-orders can be taken on that day or purchased at the Christmas Market on December 3rd 2011.

There is a limited print run so for pre-order please speak to Alison Coates or Helen James. All proceeds go directly to Christ Church and Tearfund.

Young Olympic Game Makers Wanted! The search is on for over 2,000 young “Games Makers” to take up volunteer roles that will be vital to

ensuring the successful delivery of the Olympic & Paralympic Games. There are roles for 16-18 year olds as field of play assistants in the Olympic & Paralympic Athletics competition where duties include carrying athletes’ kit to and from the field of play. Team leaders from organisations such as youth or sports clubs, community and volunteering groups along with schools and colleges have until midnight on 31 October 2011 to apply on behalf of their team at:                        

Fancy Engaging with the Twittersphere? Tuesday 8th November 2011, 2pm-5pm Church House Westminster, London. Have you ever wanted to start Tweeting but not sure where to begin? Do you want to understand what this social media tool is capable of and how to make the most of it? Communications Training at Church House are offering a half day practical workshop called Engaging with the Twittersphere to answer these questions and give advice on how Twitter can help to build relationships not only locally but also further afield. The price of this course is £50 for delegates from charities or Church of England churches. If you are interested in booking a place on this training course or would like information regarding forthcoming courses visit

Beyond Recession? A future for Our Communities, 5th October 2011, 10.00am – 2.00pm at Chelmsford Cathedral. Following on from their unemployment prayer vigil, In the Shadow of recession on Shrove Tuesday at Chelmsford Cathedral, the Cathedral is hosting a diocesan seminar titled: Beyond Recession? A future for our communities. The seminar will be led by Revd Raymond Draper, the Bishop’s Adviser for Unemployment at St Peter’s Chapel inside Chelmsford Cathedral. Bishop Stephen will be joining to say a word of welcome and a prayer. If you like to attend the seminar please contact

New Bishop of Bradwell announced: Ven. John Wraw, Archdeacon of Wiltshire, has been announced as the new Bishop of Bradwell
in succession to Rt Revd Dr Laurie Green. He has been married to Gillian for 27 years and the couple have four children. It is anticipated that Bishop John will begin his new ministry in the New Year.

Saturday 4 June – church quiet day held at St Thomas Navestock led by Rose Williams

Sunday 22 May 2011 – Fiona Bennett, Kevin & Vicky Powell and Alex Cover are confirmed at St Mary’s Shenfield


Sunday 12 December – Christ Church hosted The Mayor’s Civic Christmas Carol Service. The Mayor, David Tee, the local MP, Eric Pickles and other dignatories attended the service. Choirs from 1st Warley Brownies, Warley Primary School and the Ursuline School sang at the service.

Sunday 5 September – we were joined by Bishop Laurie for the licensing of Ellen as Associate Minister for Christ Church and St Mary’s Great Warley. The service was followed by a superb barbeque – thanks to all who organised it.

Saturday 28 August – Tim organised a summer trip to Walton-on-the-Naze. A great time was had by all. Photos on the church Facebook page.

Sunday 25 July – we hosted a Civic Service to recognise Councillor David Tee’s year as Mayor of Brentwood. Chris led the service and the sermon was preached by Rev Frances Drake. In addition to David and his wife Pam, we were joined by Lord Lieutenant of Essex, The High Sheriff, Eric Pickles (our MP), the mayors of local boroughs and other guests.

Saturday 3 July – members of Christ Church join the Bradwell Pilgrimage. Archbishop John Sentamu was the speaker.

Thursday 1 July – Jes presents the feedback from the Closer to God questionnaires. This was followed by an afternoon of reflection on Sunday 4 July as we begin to look at how God is moving us forward with our worship.

Saturday 12 June – the coffee morning for Hope-HIV raises £460.50 (

Sunday 23 May – we hear that Christ Church raised £950.66 for Christian Aid through the collections during Christian Aid Week.

Sunday 16 May – a lovely authentic Colombian lunch made by David and Patricia Fisher was enjoyed by 40 people and raised £150 for Essex Churches and Essex Air Ambulance Service.

Saturday 15 May – another great Family Night with 50 people at Christ Church to enjoy the fun.

Sunday 2 May – Philip and Jill Smith mark their last Sunday at Christ Church. They will be worshipping at St Mary’s Great Baddow which is nearer to their home in Chelmsford. We than Philip and Jill for their devoted service at Christ Church over many years. We will miss you greatly.

Sunday 25 April – Chris told the APCM that his wife Ellen will be finishing her curacy in north Brentwood in June. Bishop Laurie has suggested that she join Chris at Christ Church and St Mary’s and she will join us as associate minister (team vicar) from Sunday 5 September. Ellen was ordained in 2006 and has been serving her curacy at St Paul’s Bentley Common with St Nicholas, Kelvedon Hatch and St Thomas, Navestock.

Sunday 25 April 2010 – Brenda Ratley has agreed to serve again as Church Warden, on a temporary basis, she hopes!
Jan Broderick was elected as new Electoral Roll Officer. David Burn was elected to the PCC; Barbara Moore, Tony Rowe and John Targett were re-elected. Attendance was up 8% on the year to 112 adults and 18 children, 16% increase over two years. The Electoral Roll had increased by 2 to 107.

Sunday 25 April 2010 – at the Annual Parochial Council Meeting, Philip Smith stepped down as Church Warden. Revd Chris Goldsmith said, “I will be formally thanking Philip next week, when they leave. I can’t let this meeting pass though without proposing a vote of thanks today for him and his extraordinary work as Warden, in particular with the Christ Church Centre. I must also give credit for Jill and her support behind the scenes. Philip and Jill leave a large hole as they leave, moving to a church near their home in Great Baddow.”

Thursday 1 April 2010 – our celebrations of Easter start with a passover meal and continue with the Brentwood March of Witness in Brentwood town centre on Good Friday followed by the 1 hour Good Friday reflection in Christ Church.

Saturday 20 March – Family Night. 66 kids and adults got together for an evening of fun and friendship.

Wednesday 10 March – Paul’s Licensing and Installation as Team Vicar in the Billericay Team Ministry responsible for St John the Divine, Outwood Common and St Mary the Virgin Little Burstead. See –

Sunday 31 January 2010 – Paul and Cheryl’s last Sunday with us. Paul leads his final service at Christ Church when he takes charge of the 10.30am service.

Saturday 30 January 2010 – we held a Thank You Party for the whole congregation organised by Chris and Paul. It was a chance to say goodbye to Paul, Cheryl and the family and to celebrate Alan and Mary Clark’s 60th wedding anniversary.

Saturday 10 October – The Christ Church Centre was opened by Bishop Laurie during a dedication service at 4pm.

Sunday 4 October – Ellen Kearns, Geoff Knight, Leigh Thompson and Sarah-Jayne Prince were confirmed by Bishop Laurie at St Stephens Ingrave

Thursday 30 July – the new monthly ‘school of prayer’ continues on Thursday 30th July at the Vicarage from 8.00 to 9.30 pm. Chris will be helping us to pray more effectively as well as leading a time of prayer for the needs of others, the community and the church. Everybody is welcome

Sunday 21 June – Christian Aid collection for 2009 amounted to £1001.91.

Thursday 16 July – the lunch club have a day outing to Hylands Park In Chelmsford.

Thursday 18 June – first Prayer Eleven-O-One meeting at the Vicarage. This is a monthly meeting for learning to pray and to meet for the needs of Warley

Sunday 14 June – 1st Warley Brownies raised £58 for the Willow Foundation by making coffees at the All Age Worship service.

Wednesday 3 June – Tea with the Bishop. Sylvia Skidmore writes – I never thought that I would have the privilege to be invited to tea with the Bishop and so the invitation was accepted along with Cheryl, Jan, Caroline, Brenda, Marion and Barbara. We did indeed have a wonderful strawberry cream tea which was served to us in a grand marquee. The Bishop had injured his back putting up the marquee and was in bed when we arrived but he got up and managed to come and welcome and speak to us with the use of some walking sticks. Although he was in a lot of pain he was his usual, jovial and friendly self. The tea was a thank you to all who help with church activities for the elderly etc and he really made us feel most welcome and special. The Bishop chatted with us all and was happy to have his picture taken. He also commented on our new centre and that he was looking forward to coming to open it. A wonderful afternoon.

Monday 27 April – work began on the Christ Church centre.

Saturday 25 April – 6 church members participated in “Unlock” London Walk. The weather was perfect – sunny but not too hot, and we visited eight churches. For me, the highlights were the Lithuanian Church, unprepossessing and looking rather like a warehouse on the outside, but inside beautifully light and modern; the Hackney Pentecostal and Apostolic Church (formerly a congregational church), vibrant and full of activity; and the brand new Canonbury Baptist Community Church, beautifully and imaginatively designed and finished. The two Anglican churches were both large 19th century churches, but stark contrasts; one was a massive 1000 seater church, with amazing stained glass windows and tiled reredos, but looking unaltered from the 19th century; the other one had been modernised with light coloured floor tiles and drapes, and felt light and welcoming. The next walk is on 24th April 2010 – do come!

Sunday 12 April – Christ Church has been awarded Platinum status by the Diocese because we have paid 100% of our parish share for three years (2006, 2007 and 2008) through regular payments. As Bishop John says in his letter of thanks, “These funds help our parishes to mutually support each other in order that our mission and ministry can continue to be provided across the whole of Essex and East London”.

Friday 13 February – Essex Environment Trust has offered the church funding of £15,000 towards the Christ Church Centre. This takes the money given or pledged to over 90% of the amount required. Pending the completion of the contract the work will start at the end of April and will be completed during October.

Friday 13 February – funeral and memorial service for Ken Ratley. The memorial service was a moving celebration of Ken’s life.

Sunday 21 December – Layla Maye born to Melanie Skargon (our Brownie Leader). Layla weighed 7lb 12oz. Mum and daughter are doing well.

Tuesday 16 December – Elaine le Rasle’s mother Dora died peacefully at home. Her funeral will be in Christ Church on Tuesday 30 December at 1.45pm.

Monday 8 December – Countryside, a business in the local business park, held their carol service in Christ Church.

Tuesday 25 November – a coffee morning at Sylvia’s raised £555 for the Christ Church Centre. It was a fun morning and Sylvia offers thanks to all who attended and to Brenda, Kitty, Marion, Joan and Hazel for all their hard work

Saturday 22 November – More than 20 church members attended the Church Quiet Day at Barnard’s Farm. The day was led by Rev Rose Williams and was entitled Whose life is it anyway? The day was based on Rev 3 v 14 – 21 and spent time thinking about the place of Jesus in our lives and in our church.

Wednesday 5 November – a team of 10 helpers from Christ Church prepared the meal for the town-wide Alpha course at Pilgrims Hall

Tuesday 14 October – Gill Wright, Barney Targett and Rory Puxley were confirmed by The Right Reverend JohnGladwin, the Bishop of Chelmsford at St Edmund and St Mary, Ingatestone

Saturday 4 October – prayer afternoon in church organised by Jill Smith. Our prayers focussed on Church activities, Youth and Children’s Work; the Christ Church Centre Project and People. See the following page for the programme –

Sunday 28 September was Back to Church Sunday. We celebrated this by inviting Rev Tony Pugsley (our previous vicar) and his wife back to join us. We were joined by a number of friends who were returning to church after a period away. We also held a bring and share lunch afterwards.

Sunday 28 September – also saw the start of JCo (Jesus Company), an activity for families running in parallel to the 10.30 service on the 4th Sunday. We were joined by 42 kids and adults and had a great time learning about Jesus healing the deaf man.

Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September was Heritage weekend. In Christ Church we held an art exhibition entitled The Spirit’s Fire with work by Samantha Hayward, Viv Lee, Wilf Harrison and Julia Greenyer.

Monday 1 September – Brenda Ratley starts work as the Parish Pastoral Worker. “I am looking forward to putting my new job title in to effect, being alongside and available to share the love of God with the Christ Church family. But I am unable to do this in my own strength and I ask you please for you prayers seeking God’s guidance and blessing for all that I may be involved with” says Brenda.

Sunday 20 July – 30 members of Christ Church joined 300 worshippers from 8 other churches in Brentwood for Pilgrims Praise, a worship and communion service celebrating 40 years’ of the work of Pilgrims Hall.

Thursday 17 July – Ladies night held at the Greyhound, Childerditch.

Thursday 17 July – social club trip to Hyde Hall, Rettendon near Chelmsford. A great day out!

Monday 30 June – £849 is sent to the Children’s Society from 16 local supporters including 12 members of Christ Church.

Sunday 15 June – Tony Anthony mission event at St Peter’s South Weald. Over 300 people attended this event and heard Tony Anthony’s amazing story and testimony.

Sunday 15 June – Vicarage Garden Party. Chris and Ellen welcomed us to their home and garden. The garden looked beautiful and there was a wonderful of array of cakes, pastries and fruit. A most enjoyable afternoon.

Saturday 3 May – the Table Top Sale, supported by church members and neighbours, raises £250 for the Christ Church Centre project. Thanks to Tony for all his hard work in organising this event.

Sunday 20 April – the Annual Parochial Church Meeting was held in church following the 10.30am service. Sylvia Skidmore was elected to succeed Brenda as churchwarden. Jan Broderick and Louise Knight were elected to the Church Council for the first time, with Esther Hine, Betty Crozier and Mary-Jane Targett being re-elected.

Tuesday 15 April – the Diocesan Advisory Committee gave their approval of the plans submitted for the development of the Christ Church Centre.

Monday 31st March – 16 members of the congregation attended Week 2 of Spring Harvest at Skegness where the theme was One Hope. We attended activities for children and young people, workshops, bible readings, concerts and morning and evening worship. We also had some time off relaxing. A great time was had by all.

Thursday 20th March – we celebrated Maundy Thursday with a meeting led by Paul. Whilst nibbling Passover style snacks we heard and discussed passages relating to the Passover, the washing of the disciples feet and the breaking of bread at the Last Supper. We finished by sharing bread and wine. Thanks to Paul for a memorable start to our Easter weekend celebrations.

Sunday 16th March – Jes Salt informs the church that he has been accepted for ordination training. Please pray for Jes as the remaining practical details for his training are resolved.

Sunday 9th March – Sue and Mary-Jane take part in the Brentwood Fun Run raising £200 for the Christ Church Centre Project and BSCWT.

Sunday 2nd March – the gift day for the Christ Church Centre project resulted in gifts and pledges for £150, 000, taking the total raised for the centre in gifts and pledges to £300,000. We thank God for his generous answer to our prayers. Our services on Palm Sunday (16th March) will provide an opportunity for showing our thanks to God.

Sunday 10th February – the gift day for the Christ Church Centre project. Members of the congregation have been making donations and pledges to support this work. These can still be made over the next 2 Sundays i.e. 17/2 and 24/2.

Saturday 9th February – what a great Chattabox! We had 29 primary school kids (despite it being half-term week) including a number of first-timers and enjoyed 2 hours of non-stop fun. We can still fit more people in so come along on the 8th March.

Saturday 2nd February – church members joined in a prayer day for the Christ Church Centre project between 10.00am and 4.00pm. The church was laid out with prayer stations which each highlighted an area of our mission and the impact the centre project would have on it. There were 2 times of group prayer, with individual prayer at other times.

Sunday 20th January – members of the Christ Church congregation joined the members of other churches from Brentwood at St Peter’s South Weald. The service was to launch Hope 2008 in Brentwood and explored the commitment to the Lord’s work through the use of the Methodist Covenant Prayer.

Sunday 20th January – this was Education Sunday and the work of Brentwood schools and the Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust was remembered in the sermon and during the prayers at the 10.30 service.

Monday 24th December Christmas Eve 5.00pm Christingle – the church was full as many children came with their families to celebrate the birth of Jesus and to understand more of the significance for us all of his life and death. Each child received a Christingle – an orange to represent the world, wrapped around with a red ribbon to signify Jesus’ death for us all, four cocktail sticks with sweets representing the fruits of the earth and the four seasons, and with a candle inserted into the centre to represent Jesus, Light of the World. The first candle was lit from the Advent Wreath and as each Christingle was then lit, the light permeated the whole church creating a special glow on the faces of all the children.

Sunday December 23rd 6.30pm Carol Service – there was something very special about the church glowing in the flickering light of many candles on window ledge and pillar. Choir and congregation sang well-loved carols and we heard once again the story of the first Christmas – the birth of Jesus, the Messiah, Immanuel, God coming as a baby to live among his people.

Sunday 9 December – baptism of James Head, son of Tony and Jenny Head at our Christmas Season All Age Worship service.

Monday 3 December – article on Chris Goldsmith published on About My Area website for CM13. URL is

Saturday 24 November – the Christmas Fayre was held in the church hall with a wide variety of stalls and activities. The money raised will be given to the redevelopment project.

Sunday 18 November – 217 Christmas boxes were collected for Operation Christmas Child

Saturday 27 October – the Church Harvest Supper was held based around a Fish and Chip supper. The event raised £108 for the Tear Fund Zimbabwe Emergency Appeal.

Saturday 13 October – Jes Salt was licensed as a Lay Reader at a service at Chelmsford Cathedral. Jes was supported by his family, Chris (vicar), fellow readers David and Tim and other members of Christ Church.

Monday 8 October – Confirmation at Christ Church led by Bishop Lawrie. Sylvia Skidmore, Hillary Webb, Louise Knight and Marion Fairclough.