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I have just been writing my report for the forthcoming annual church meetings and one thing I have reflected upon, in that report, is our need, as Christians, to be outward looking.

In December, for our United Benefice Service at Orsett, we held a 'Wear a Christmas Jumper' service to raise money for Little Havens Hospice. For this service, the choir exchanged their robes for Christmas jumpers and the congregation came in a variety of festive knitwear!

Recently, at a deanery meeting, we were fortunate to have Thomas Ware from the Mission to Seafarers, at Tilbury Docks, speaking to us about his work. In his very engaging talk, he told us that The Mission to Seafarers is always in need of woolly hats to give to give to the ships' crew members when they dock at Tilbury, so this set me thinking again!

I have invited Thomas to come to speak to us at our United Benefice service on 2nd July, so am not going to divulge any more of what he told us. But it would be really great if, when Thomas comes to speak to us, we, as a United Benefice, were able to present him with some woolly hats to give to the seafarers. Perhaps, instead of a 'wear a Christmas jumper to church' service, we can have a 'bring a woolly hat to church' service.

If you are a knitter and would like to be part of this, there are three suggested patterns from the Mission to Seafarers website below. And do remember to put 2nd July at 10am at Horndon Church in your diaries.


  • Double knit or 4 ply wool
  • Size 8 (4mm) Needles
  • 2 oz of wool

  • Cast on 120 stitches.
  • Rib (2 plain, 2 purl) for 12 inches.
  • Next Row - Knit 2 together to end of the row.
  • Purl next row.
  • Repeat these two rows once more.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • Pull thread through all stitches and sew up seam.

Thank you for your help,

God bless,

Sue Mann



Rev Sue Mann

Tel. 01375 891254

Associate Priest

Rev Max (Steven) Blake

Tel. 01375 360522