While we are without a priest please contact the church office on 01206 30 23 78 or brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com

July News

The great news is that Jesus is risen from the dead!

Gospel-Songs Concert Sat 28th July: After the day-long Gospel Workshop led by Rev’d Basil Meade of the world-famous London Community Gospel Choir there will be a free concert at St James at 6.30 in the evening sung by those who have participated in the workshop (The workshop itself is now sold out).

The Return of the Native  From now on you can once again read The Native! We’re calling it the ‘Return of the Native’. (If you know anything about Thomas Hardy that will make you smile). Click here:- June 2018

[An electronic copy of the July Native will be posted here shortly]

If you wish to hire St James please contact Administrator Sue Wills at the Parish Office (in St James) on 01206 30 23 78 or email  her at brightlingseaparish@btconnect.com The rate of hire is £15.00 per hour

The ‘Holy Mowers’ meet on Thursday mornings 10.00-12.30 with a half-hour break for coffee. Come as often and for as long as you want. The churchyard looks as it has never looked before! Contact Sheila Crowe (pictured below) on 30 65 74. On Sat 17th Feb at 11.00 instead of working at All Saints we will be tidying up around St James for an hour or so. Please bring gardening gloves and a spade, fork and other gardening implements. You could come for coffee or breakfast (8.30 til 10.00) beforehand if you like!

MISSION OF THE MONTH: Beacon of Hope for Widows, Vulnerable Women and Children (BHWVC) 

Contacts: e-mail beaconofhope67@gmail.com A charity that our church members are keen to support via Wivenhoe Methodist
One Sunday in late 2005 a young man, Bagamba, came to Wivenhoe Methodist Church, having just arrived in the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo to study at the University. Three weeks later his wife Banage and their three children arrived; the youngest being only 4 weeks old. During their 3 year stay the family became a much loved part of the Methodist community in Wivenhoe. Having gained his degree the family returned to the DRC in 2008 to live and work in Bunia, where Dr Araali continues to work at the University. There he researches local tribal languages and is actively involved in Bible translation for the many tribes living in the surrounding area.
Their local area has been the subject of civil war and ethnic conflict for many years. As a result there are many widows and orphans in the outlying villages. Problems abound. Orphans are unable to pay school fees and thus are excluded from school. Widows particularly suffer. To this end Banage and Bagamba set up a charity in 2009 to help – called ‘Beacon of Hope for Widows, Vulnerable women and Children’. Its aims are –

1. To pay school fees for orphans of Bogoro and surrounding villages in order to prepare them for future life
2. Organise trauma healing seminars for orphans and widows greatly traumatised by brutal death of relatives
3. Help widows to develop income generating activities so that they can provide for themselves and their children in future
4. Promote peace, reconciliation and friendship among orphans and widows from opposing ethnic communities
5. Talk to international NGOs on behalf of orphans and widows of Bogoro and surrounding villages with regard to their need for healthcare and food security

Wivenhoe Methodist Church has supported the charity since its founding. The Parish Church of St James’ in Brightlingsea has also adopted and supported the charity in recent years. In the last financial year we sent £3000 to the charity.
At present the charity provides schooling for over 100 orphans. Some have now progressed to secondary education and beyond. It also provides training and trauma seminars for widows and victims of sexual violence.
One village, Bogoro, suffered particularly badly from the violence. Many villagers were killed and buildings destroyed. The money provided by the Churches in Brightlingsea and Wivenhoe enabled Beacon of Hope to build a hall there for seminars and training.
If anyone wishes to know more about the family and the charity please contact me on 01206 824267 or philbingham2000@yahoo.co.uk. Phil Bingham