All are welcome!

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We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced or widowed, of any sexual orientation, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds.

We welcome you if you’re Old Lavenham, New Lavenham, or just passing by.

We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti, or can’t carry a note in a bucket.

You’re welcome here if you’re ‘just browsing’, just woken up, or just got out of prison.

We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in a church since little Jack’s baptism.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60, but haven’t grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.

We welcome keep-fit Mums, football Dads, starving artists, tree huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, and junk food eaters.

We welcome those who are in recovery or who are still addicted.

We welcome you if you’re having problems, or you’re down in the dumps, or you don’t like ‘organised religion’ – we’ve been there too!

We welcome you if you’ve blown all your money on the horses.

We welcome you if you think the world is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is visiting and wanted to go to church.

We welcome you if you’re tattooed, pierced, or both.

We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a child, or got separated from your coach party and wound up here by mistake.

We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters… and YOU!!!

Honest, Decent, Legal, Truthful? Confessions of a Theologian Working in the Marketplace – 3rd Annual Jean Guy Memorial Lecture

Jean Guy Memorial Lecture Poster (2015 - Martyn Percy)

The Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham are delighted to announce that The Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford (and the only living Theologian to be quoted in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”) will be delivering The Third Annual  Jean Guy Memorial Lecture, in Lavenham Church on Tuesday 15th September 2015 at 7pm.

 

Professor Percy’s lecture, entitled “Honest, Decent, Legal, Truthful? Confessions of a Theologian Working in the Marketplace” and he will be speaking about his work in public ethics in advertising, film, media and consumer affairs – as well as religious literacy.

 

The Revd. Stephen Earl, Rector of Lavenham Church said: “We are delighted to welcome Professor Percy to Lavenham Church.  He is a highly respected theological educator, and this interactive lecture will draw extensively on Martyn’s roles in public life, having served a Director of the Advertising Standards Authority, and as an Adjudicator for the Portman Group (the self-regulating body for the alcoholic drinks industry), as well as his current roles as a Commissioner of the Direct Marketing Authority and as an Advisor to the British Board of Film Classification.    We very much look forward to hearing what Professor Percy has to say”.

 

The lectures are free, but donations towards expenses and for the upkeep of the church are welcome.

Jean Guy Memorial Lecture Poster (2015 – Martyn Percy)

Coming soon – Polar Explorers Summer Holiday Club

 

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Summer Holiday Club “Polar Explorers”

With the help of Sir Random Finds and Bare Feet, the children are explorers who go on a mini-expedition each day and learn about a New Testament character. Through the lives of these people, they learn that no one is too big or too small, too rich or too poor, even too naughty, in fact no one is too ‘anything’ to be part of God’s big expedition, that is, to be a friend of Jesus and go out and help other people be friends of Jesus too.

Tuesday 4th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Tuesday 11th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Tuesday 18th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Tuesday 25th August – 10am to 1.30pm – Salvation Army Hall, The Common, Lavenham

Concluding with a special Family Service* on Sunday 30th August – 1o.15am – Lavenham Parish Church

* this event will be followed by a family shared picnic to which all are invited.

Polar Explorers is open to Primary School age children (younger children i.e. kindergarten/pre-school are also welcome to attend but MUST be accompanied by an adult)

A simple FREE lunch and snacks will be provided to all children attending, with Tea/Coffee available for adults.

For more information or to reserve a space for your child, please contact Mrs Mary Jackson (01787 247631 or maryndave@tiscali.co.uk) or The Revd Mark Woodrow (01787 247959 – revdmarkwoodrow@gmail.com)

Nepal Earthquake – Supporting the Rotary Club of Sudbury Talbot – Shelter Box Appeal

Following the devastating earthquakes which recently struck Nepal, Lavenham Churchwarden, David Deacon, spoke recently to the Parochial Church Council of the work which the Rotary Club does in providing “Shelter Boxes” for use around the world in times of disaster.

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These purpose built boxes are tailored to a specific disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack.   In colder countries, such as Nepal, the boxes are ‘winterised’ and therefore include more blankets and groundsheets and a thermal liner that fits between the inner and outer layers of the tent retaining more heat.

Lavenham Church’s Response

Each box costs about £590 and as a church congregation we are actively raising funds to purchase at least one box.

We are delighted that at its meeting on the 20th May 2015, Lavenham Parochial Church Council have committed to donate the funds to buy an additional box, over and above whatever the congregation raises.

If you wish to support this fundraising effort, cheques payable to “Rotary Club of Sudbury Talbot” can be left in church, where Gift Aid envelopes are also available.   Additional opportunities for donating will  also available during our Sunday services over the coming weeks.

For more information please contact David Deacon on 01787 248147 or funerals@wadeacon.fsnet.co.uk

70th Anniversary of VE Day – Lavenham Remembers

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A three-day weekend of events will mark the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day from the 8th-10th May 2015, with celebrations taking place across the country.
William Hague, Leader of the House of Commons, made the official announcement in March and stated:

“I am delighted to announce three days of celebrations which will pay fitting tribute to those who did so much to defend this country and ensure victory in Europe.

“It is right that we take time to reflect on the sacrifices made, not just by those in the Armed Forces, but by civilians such as Land Girls and those in Reserved Occupation and make sure that the whole country has the chance to take part in commemorating this momentous anniversary and remembering those who gave so much for our freedom.”

The main celebrations in London will be echoed by other events across the country to mark VE Day 70 with local authorities and communities encouraged to participate. The Royal British Legion, as the national custodian of Remembrance, will act as the governments key partner in leading the nation in marking the commemoration, including hosting a major reception for 2000 veterans in St James’ Park.

Here in Lavenham Church, our weekend long celebrations begins with a Service of Commemoration at 10am on Friday 8th May where we will be remembering all those, both local and from around the world, who lived and fought through the war.
The church bells will ring out from 9.30am

For more information about the weekend please see the attached flyer:

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Parish Quiet Day – Wednesday 22nd April 2015

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A Parish Quiet Day reflecting on the inspirational life of Anglican Missionary to India, Amy Carmichael will be led by The Revd. Andrew Dotchin, Parish Priest in Ipswich and regular leader of Quiet Days at Otley Hall.

The Quiet Day is open to all,  and is offered without charge (although donations to defray costs are welcome), and will take place at the H.O.M.E. Retreat Centre in Monks Eleigh (IP7 7AU).   Please arrive for a 10am Start.  The day should finish no later than 3.30pm.   Refreshments will be available, but please bring your own lunch.

We will also have the use of the “Quiet Place” a 5 acre water meadow which is a haven for wildlife, located just over the road – where you can reflect and walk between sessions.