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Summer Garden Party
Sunday 15th July 2018 
Garden Party 2018

Coming from the Colchester direction, come off the A12 at Hatfield Peverel & proceed along the B1137 through to Boreham. Turn right into Waltham Rd at the rather dilapidated former Cock Inn in Boreham. Then follow directions below.

Coming from the Chelmsford direction, from the Boreham interchange take the B1137 signed for Boreham.  Stay on this road until you come to Waltham Rd on the left (at the rather dilapidated former Cock Inn).  Turn left into Waltham Rd.  Then follow directions below.

Follow this road for nearly a mile round the double bends.  Shortly afterwards, on the left hand side you will see a small industrial estate (Chelmer Marquees/Anglia Reclaim/Superbia car sales) opposite which is a farm track with a postbox at the end - Jenny & Gary live in the last house down this track. 

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 Quiet Day - T.B.A.

Quiet Day

At 74 Howe Close, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3XD.  
Each is 10am - 3pm, please come for the day or call in for part of the day -
bring a packed lunch if staying all day, tea and coffee provided.
All welcome and it would be helpful to know that you are coming if possible. 
Please call 01206 867296 for further information.  
Or contact 

Scripture Study - 

Scripture Courses:-

Chelmsford, Blessed Sacrament Church Parish Hall, Melbourne Avenue.
Chelmsford Bible Study:
Mondays: 10:15 - 12:15.  April - June 2018.
Topic: The Gospel according to Mark
April 9, 16, 23, 30
May (NOT 7 or 28) 14, 21
June 4, 11, 18, 25

Colchester, Church of St Helen and St James the Less, in the Crypt, Priory Street.
Priory Street Bible Study Group:
Wednesdays: 10:00 - 12:00.  April - June 2018.
Topic: The Gospel according to Mark
April: 18, 25
May: 2, 9, 16, 23, (Half term break)
June: 6, 13, 20, 27

Greenstead, St John Payne Church Parish Hall, Hawthorn Avenue.
Dates for Bible Study:
Thursdays: 10:00 - 12:00.  April - June 2018.
Topic: The Gospel according to Mark
April: 12, 19, 26
May: 10, 17, 24, 31
June: 14, 21, 28

Just bring your Bible and an open mind and heart!

For more information - Responding to the needs of spiritual searching



A Biblical Reflection
by Dr Lea Verstricht

Held at Blessed Sacrament Church Hall, Melbourne, Chelmsford, CM1 2DU 

Held on 18th February 2018 a biblical reflection on our General Chapter XI theme - 'Finding Hope in Fragile Places'.   

Lea Verstricht, is a Doctor of Theology (Louvain, Belgium) and has worked with the Community and the Association since 2011.  She has acted as facilitator at two General Chapters and delivered a talk to us here in the UK in 2012, on the theme of Weaving Threads of Solidarity.  As a theologian, her perspective has helped deepen our reflections on the theme of hope. 

Lea has worked in education and research.  She gives lectures and writes on topics such as religious life today, religion in the city, the future of the Church and the care for creation.  Her talks are inspiring and thought provoking.

Choosing two stories, from Old and New Testament, Lea explored how the Bible teaches us that life is vulnerable from beginning to end and that there are always opportunities for life. 

Poster - Lea Verstricht Feb 2018

Annual Mass for the Dead at New Hall Chapel held on

Saturday 4th November 2017 at 2.00pm


Annual Mass for the Dead 2017 book cover            Annual Mass for the Dead 2017

Each year, the Community gathers in the Chapel at New Hall to celebrate a Eucharist to remember people who have died especially family, friends and colleagues who have died in the past year and people whose remains are in our cemetery.

We also pray for people who have been bereaved ---- people known to us and people across our world.
In this way we support each other and pray for peace in our hearts and in our world. 
This annual service usually takes place on the first Saturday of November at 2.00pm and everyone is welcome.
This year it was on Saturday 4th November.

New Hall, Boreham, CM3 3HS (note satellite navigation instructions below).  Please be aware that the entrance to New Hall School is found off White Hart Lane.  Older satellite navigation systems may require an alternative postcode of CM1 6GY which will take you a road opposite the entrance for New Hall School.


  Coffee and cake go down a treat at
Greenstead zone warden tea party
21st January 2016

Coffee and cake went down a treat at the fifth anniversary of the Greenstead zone warden tea party.

The parties are set up and run by the community zone wardens who work with nuns in the area, the Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre.

The self-funded club meets on Thursday mornings at the meeting hall in Forest Road, Colchester.

The party, which was held at the nuns' base in Howe Close, celebrated the group going from strength to strength, growing from around 15 to 30 members.

Zone manager Lee Copping said: "It's a huge celebration.

"It's just great for people who are feeling isolated in the community and they are such a tight-knit group.

"It's a fantastic atmosphere and it's like a little family.  It's a point of contact for them and there is always a familiar face."

The club holds raffles, bingo and other weekly activities and during the spring and summer coach trips are organised.  

These trips also include other older residents on Greenstead living in sheltered housing, funded by money bid for through Colchester Borough Homes' community budget group.

To find out more visit

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Colchester Evening Gazette / Posted: January 22nd, 2016
Katherine Palmer, Reporter  


    Remember the Summer...

Bradwell 2014 

 Bradwell 2014

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 Women's World Day of Prayer 2013

S. Margaret Mary was the speaker at St Mary's Church, Broomfield, Chelmsford, for Women's World Day of Prayer 2013.  To read the text of the talk, please click on the link below:

S. Margaret Mary wwdp

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   Remarkable Rebirth in China

At Christmas we heard the news of the long-awaited birth last summer of a new Augustinian monastery in China, the first and only one to appear there in the past sixty-five years! The foundress Sr Mary Niu had been in England for a few years before to learn about living religious life in community and she had spent some time with us at New Hall, later sending her niece Martha to our school as a student. Sr Mary returned to northeast China in 2008 to start her new life, forming a fledgling contemplative community, currently five, and plans for building a monastery, now officially opened. The full press account of this unique foundation is given on the link below:

Remarkable Rebirth in China