On July 2nd, we held a United Benefice Service where we celebrated the ministry of The Mission to Seafarers, a mission very close to the heart of Revd Canon Glyn Jones who served as their Secretary General for many years. At our service, we were very fortunate to have Thomas Ware, who has been working for The Mission to Seafarers at Tilbury, as their Chaplaincy Assistant for the past year, with us. He spoke very movingly about the demands and challenges faced by seafarers around the world and gave us an insight into his work and that of the Mission to Seafarers, both locally and globally, as they seek to offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in seafarers' centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.
I was fortunate to have met Thomas earlier in the year when I discovered that The Mission to Seafarers needed not only financial donations but also woolly hats, scarves and gloves. As a result, many people have been busy knitting for the past 6 months and I would like to take this opportunity to say a big 'thank you' to those of you who have been making hats, scarves, muffs and mittens. When we did a final count of all the woollies, there were:
Thomas, in his talk said that apart from needing phone cards when they dock at Tilbury, one of the first things the seafarers ask for is the hats and woollens, so I know that all your hard work will be greatly appreciated. If you have any more hats, scarves, muffs or mittens, please do drop them into one of the churches and we would be pleased to take them to Tilbury for you.
Looking forward to the autumn, we have a Benefice Away Day at Bradwell on Saturday 30th September; all are welcome. The United Benefice Service in October will be at Bulphan and this will be a First Communion service when we will admit children of primary school age to receive Holy Communion. There are sign up lists at the back of the church for anyone interested. The United Benefice Service in November will be at Horndon Church. At this service we will be collecting Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes from the churches and schools across the Benefice to send to children around the world who, otherwise, might not receive a Christmas present. On Sunday 19th November at 3pm, Orsett Church will be hosting a Deanery Confirmation Service. Anyone interested in being confirmed, (young people need to be 13 or older) should contact Sue or sign the sheet at the back of one of the churches. The preparation for this will be on Thursday evenings, beginning on Thursday 5th October at the Rectory.
During the summer period, services will run as normal. If you are going away I wish you a refreshing and safe break.