Virtual Service Passion Sunday

Welcome to our first virtual service during the coronavirus outbreak. We will get better at this! But for now just click on the videos in order to hear what we’re up to as a church; todays reading; a short message from Rev Stewart Gibbs; and finishing with a prayer. Katherine Garner

Covid-19

In this time of difficulty surrounding the Coronavirus many of you will be feeling worried for your family, friends, neighbours and yourselves. The Church of England is here for everyone in our nation, particularly in times of crisis. High Ongar Parish churches have many links in our community, and if you, or any body you…

Brentwood Schools Christian Worker Trust

I am a Church Rep for BSCWT at St Mary’s Church High Ongar. My aim is to liaise with the team and pass on all the fantastic work that BSCWT do in Brentwood and the surrounding areas. by Helen Webb The work of BSCWT involves: Lunch time clubs in 7 schools. Assemblies in over 25…

Reflections on the turning of the year…part 2

“See the former things have taken place, and new things I declare” (Isaiah 42:9) by Revd Stewart Gibbs  In the Bible the prophet Isaiah was often in a bad place. He had seen his country invaded, his city destroyed and his friends exiled. On one occasion, however, he  heard God’s voice saying, “See the former…

Reflections on the turning of the year…part 1

So what’s been happening in the Parish of High Ongar in 2019, and what can we look forward to in 2020? By Rev Stewart Gibbs 2019 has been a year of growth and engagement with our community. Our Pancake Party on Shrove Tuesday was a great success. The team of helpers were constantly making pancakes…

Harmony: mid January

Is this the most boring Harmony craft ever?? By Jo Saward Possibly, but if we tell you that the Brilliant bit of the Bible at Harmony this week is the bit that tells us about the miracles that Jesus performed when he was alive, and that we are going to re-enact surviving a HUGE storm…

Harmony Club: January 2020

Harmony is back for a new term, continuing our learning about all things Jesus… By Jo Saward Harmony is back for a new term, continuing our learning about all things Jesus. The Brilliant bit of the Bible this week tells about four friends who were determined to get their disabled friend to Jesus, in the…

Harmony Club: November 2019

On Jesus’ baptism and choosing the twelve… by Jo Saward So, last week the Harmony children helped to make a collage depicting Jesus’ baptism, complete with trees and the white dove. The Brilliant bit of the Bible was from Matthew chapter 8, when God said “This is my own dear Son, with whom I am…

Family and Elder shoeboxes for Christmas

Family and Elder shoeboxes for Christmas By Fiona Baxter Thanks to everyone for their gifts of shoeboxes filled for the annual Link to Hope appeal. Link to Hope are a Christian charity with over 25 years experience of reaching out a helping hand to poor and marginalised people in Eastern Europe. We took 35 shoeboxes…

Gearing up for Christmas in the Parish of High Ongar…

Or should I say gearing up for Advent? by Katherine Garner This year we have decided to do something a bit special for the period of Advent! Something we hope will become an annual tradition. Something we hope will bring community and church together. Something we believe will be beautiful, practical and above all highly…