On Monday-Wednesday of next week, Galleywood Vicarage garden is going to become a slum. Inspired by "slum survivor", a ministry of the youth movement Soul Survivor, six young people are going to be building a slum out of plastic, corrugated iron and wooden pallettes, and living in it for three days and two nights. The rules are: no toiletries, no food except rice and lentils cooked over a camping stove, no coming indoors except for the toilet. It's about raising funds for slum dwellers in southern Africa (over £1000 raised so far), but it's also about standing in solidarity with those who have no option but to live like this every day and every freezing night. The media have already started to show an interest, but make sure you drop by and see them too. Don't bring them chocolate, though - it not allowed! Galleywood Vicarage is at 450 Beehive Lane (next to Thriftwood School).
Every parish in Chelmsford South Deanery was asked to produce a parish vision. Collating these and analysing every sentence and clause relating to vision, values, plans and strategies, a small team noticed that over half of these sentences and clauses related to one of three themes:
In 2001 the Diocese of Chelmsford took part in the National Church Life Survey, which revealed the following percentages of church membership (based on 1,955 responses).
Revds Tudor and Tricia arrived at St Paul's Great Baddow with Harriet nearly eight years ago - Baddow's first ordained couple! Some of you may be surprised to discover that St Paul's was Tudor's church, as many children in Larkrise, Beehive Lane and Baddow Hall schools knew him through assemblies and special school services he held at St Mary's, at Christmas and Easter. Those who went always enjoyed them and learnt new things. Tudor was especially well known and loved at Larkrise where he was governor for many years. Tricia too was a governor for Beehive Lane School for a while.