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THE MONTH September 2017


month — Bid to join Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme


Let your creative skills run riot

By CLARE BROOME CHELMSFORD Cathedral is open every day during the school holidays and this summer is running a free drawing event. Called the Summer Draw and running until September 1, it is a free activity for children, parents, grandparents or carers. If you have never visited the cathedral before, come in and see the stained glass, artwork and other interesting objects inside. Alongside the bookstall you will find several draw bags containing everything an artist needs to start sketching. You may wish to sketch the stunning ceiling, the whole building or maybe something small and tucked away that people often don’t notice such as the carvings surrounding the south door. When you have finished, simply return the bag to the welcome stewards in the cathedral, or leave it by the book stall and your picture will be displayed in the cathedral throughout the summer. The entire event is free and you can visit as many times as you like. So come and visit us this summer and let your creative skills run riot.

PCCs for starters

PCCs for ‘beginners’ is a workshop for any ‘new’ PCC members. Two sessions are available on September 13 at the Diocesan office at 2.30pm to 5pm or 7pm - 9.30pm. The aim of the workshop will be to help new PCC members and anyone wanting a refresher, to understand their role both as charity Trustees and as part of a leadership team. This is a free event but please register by contacting Jill Smylie at or 01245 294441.

Worship & Prayer at Chelmsford Cathedral A warm welcome to your cathedral, serving Essex and East London


8.00am 9.30am 11.15am 3.30pm

Holy Communion Parish Eucharist Choral Eucharist Evensong

Daily Services

7.45am 8.15am

Morning Prayer Holy Communion (also Weds at 12.35 and Thurs at 10am)

12.00pm Midday Prayer 5.15pm Evensong (sung on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri)

Churches ready to support refugees


MONEY from the successful Chelmsford Diocese Syrian Refugee Appeal to support families fleeing the Middle East conflict has been earmarked for a scheme that will allow churches in Essex and East London to support a refugee family directly. Peter Hill, the Bishop of Barking, has reported that £30,000 of the £108,000 raised through the appeal has been spent so far. Bishop Peter said: “We are anticipating further similar costs as more families arrive in the next two to three years “In particular, significantly more costs will be incurred if we are able to qualify for the Home Office Community Sponsorship Scheme, whereby local church groups can directly support a family. "While the authorities have concentrated on the provision of

goods and services, our actions have focused on refugee ministry, welcoming traumatised and vulnerable refugee families, helping them to resettle and feel part of the community, and enabling them to fulfil their desire to contribute to society. "We have been working in partnership with members of other denominations." The expenditure so far: l Aid sent for child refugees in Calais and other parts of Europe through Diocesan supporters £800. l Family support for the 13 Syrian refugee families housed within the Diocese £18,500. l English Language support £4,000. l Funding for counselling sessions due to trauma (part spent) £2,000. l Contribution to the National Church of England Refugee Support Co-ordinator £5,000.

Particular successes have included the delivery of language courses and welfare advice through DNA Networks in Colchester and Essex Integration, and a drop-in centre at Chelmsford Cathedral which has reduced social isolation and made connections for people who have been displaced, developed their language skills, and encouraged cultural assimilation. The appeal closed at the start of 2016. Chelmsford Diocese has also provided vacant diocesan accommodation to refugee families on short-term lets. l Martin Mitchell, the Chair of the Chelmsford Diocesan Refugee Group, has been awarded the Order of St Cedd for services to the diocese and community, by Bishop Stephen Cottrell on his retirement from Bishop's Council.

Susan goes the extra miles

DIOCESAN finance team member Susan Mumby needed a stern talking to before going on to complete the gruelling Essex 100 mile ultra-marathon on July 15. Susan ran, walked and crawled an 8.6 mile out-and-back loop of a fast, flat stretch of the Flitch Way between Felsted village hall and Rayne 12 times. Susan completed the Challenge Running race in 28 hours 55 minutes 6 seconds, uncomfortably inside the cut-off time of 30 hours. “There were options of dropping down to 30 or 50 miles if you were struggling on the day,” said Susan. “But once you went over those distances, you had to carry on. So it was a case of either finish or get the dreaded ‘Did Not Finish’ by your name. “I nearly dropped down to 50 miles and considered not finishing the race at 86 miles as I was struggling with fatigue, but on both occasions the race director gave me a stern talking to and sent me off again. I am so grateful he did.” This was Susan’s 48th marathon. She is aiming to join the 100 Marathon Club for runners who have completed 100 or more races of marathon distance or longer.

RACING AHEAD: Susan Mumby tackles the misty Beachy Head Marathon. Picture: Sussex Sport Photography

Cathedral hosts County Celebration of Harvest

By CLARE BROOME Chelmsford Cathedral Communications and Services Manager A COUNTY Celebration of Harvest will take place at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday, October 1 at 11.15am. Representatives of farming groups from across the county will take part in the service and the procession of gifts will be led into the cathedral by two tractors (left) loaned by an Essex agricultural machinery suppliers. Revd Janet Nicholls, Rural Advisor and Agricultural Chaplain, says: "Information about farming organisations will be on display and locally-produced

refreshments will be served after the service. "Everyone is warmly invited to what will be a service of celebration and thanks for the food produced by the farmers and producers of our diocese. "There will also be an opportunity to donate hand-tools that are no longer required, to Tools with a Mission. "The charity refurbishes and distributes tools to projects around the world." l For further details about the charity and the event, please contact Revd Janet Nicholls, Rural Advisor and Agricultural Chaplain, at jnicholls@

The Month Sept 2017  

Bishop Stephen leads the tributes to Bishop John Wraw, Alphamstone will be warmer thanks to grant from Friends of Essex Churches and Spiderm...

The Month Sept 2017  

Bishop Stephen leads the tributes to Bishop John Wraw, Alphamstone will be warmer thanks to grant from Friends of Essex Churches and Spiderm...