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In this issue: - School keeps ball rolling, Parishioners get needles clicking to knit woolly hats fot freezing sailors - Susan awarded Order of St Cedd for service to the diocese.

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<ul><li><p>July 2015</p><p>-- Lunchtime reading club launch: Page 4 What's on in Essex and East London: Page 9</p><p>Parishioners get needles clicking to knit woolly hats for freezing sailorsPage 4</p><p>Susan awarded Order of St Ceddfor service tothe diocesePage 3</p><p>N E E D T O K N O W I S T O R I E S I A R E A U P D AT E S I E V E N T S N E A R Y O U</p><p>School keepsball rollingEast London pupils and teachers support Ethiopian links: Page 12</p><p>www.chelmsford.anglican.org</p><p>christmasstarts.com</p><p>Bring the kids to light a candlefor Christs birthday</p><p>Christmas startswith</p><p>Christingle</p><p>A r c h d e a c o n s V i e w</p><p>By VEN JOHN </p><p>PERUMBALATH,</p><p>Archdeacon of </p><p>Barking</p><p>One of the </p><p>serious </p><p>problems the </p><p>church faces </p><p>today is biblical </p><p>illiteracy. How </p><p>have we </p><p>ended up here? </p><p>Firstly, there is neglect of Christian </p><p>education. Christian life has become a </p><p>matter of experiencing rather than one of </p><p>learning. We are centred on our needs </p><p>and experience today, catering to the </p><p>narcissistic individualism of modernity. So </p><p>we go for a 'needs' based reading with a </p><p>feel good orientation. We are not on a </p><p>pilgrimage of learning but on a quest to </p><p>find capsules for quick relief and to feel </p><p>good. </p><p>Secondly, there is a loss of biblical </p><p>narrative even among the Bible-reading </p><p>Christians. We do not let the narratives of </p><p>the scriptures speak to us; rather we pick </p><p>and choose useful verses. This is a drastic </p><p>departure from the practice of early </p><p>Christian communities who found their </p><p>own stories in the biblical narratives. </p><p>We often treat Scripture primarily as a </p><p>collection of information, be it historical, </p><p>moral or doctrinal.</p><p> Thirdly, there is loss of confidence in</p><p>CONTINUED ON PAGE 5</p></li><li><p>Cathedral's organist meets Calendar Girls!</p><p> month Your chance to take part in our photographic competition</p><p>2 THE MONTH July 2015</p><p>BY CLARE BROOME</p><p>ORGANIST and Master of the Choristers at Chelmsford Cathedral James Davy is once again dusting down his copy of Jerusalem for the annual meeting of the National Federation of Womens Institutes. </p><p>James has been the organist for the meeting when it is held in London every two or three years since 2006 and his duties involve playing as some 5,000 delegates arrive at the hall, most famous for hosting the annual BBC Proms concerts. </p><p>The meeting opens in WI tradition with the singing of Jerusalem and at the end God save the Queen is sung as is Land of my Fathers in Welsh. </p><p>This year the National Federation of Womens Institutes celebrates its centenary and the Queen and Princess Royal (both WI members) will attend the special event. </p><p>James said: Its quite breath-taking to hear so many people singing together, and to play the organ (pictured above) as part of the meeting is a real privilege.</p><p>The Albert Hall organ is renowned for its size and sheer power and it copes well with supporting thousands of singers. </p><p>In a previous year, Tony Christie, best known for 'Is this the way to Amarillo?', led the singing, but in most </p><p>Nativity is Colin's winnerTHE Month photographic competition judge Paul Starr of Chelmsford photographers StarrPhotos picked a picture caption 'Neatly knitted nativity' as this months winner taken by Colin Lander.</p><p>Paul saiid: My winner this month is this charming Nativity scene. </p><p>"The ultimate church celebration with wonderful warm lighting portraying an intimate, nicely cropped and beautifully-composed tableau. </p><p>"The shepherd on the left and the cow on the right effectively draw the eye in </p><p>towards the main subject, baby Jesus, in the middle of the frame. </p><p>"Some people may look at this shot and think all the photographer had done is to copy an already existing composition but this would detract from the exceptionally competent execution of this photograph. Keeping things simple is often the way to achieve success, not only in photography but also in life, of course.</p><p>Each month a winning photograph, taken according to a fixed theme will be printed </p><p>in The Month and as many contributions as possible will be showcased on our new Pinterest board www. pinterest.com/chelmsdio. </p><p>The entrant judged to have submitted the best photograph of the year will be invited to a masterclass with Paul Starr of photographers and videographers Starrphotos.</p><p>To enter the competition, email your photograph (one per reader) with the caption and your name to photos@chelmsford.anglican.org.</p><p>Next months subject is 'Church summer fun'. The closing date for entries is July 6, 2015 at midday. </p><p>The winning picture will appear in the August issue of The Month.</p><p>Terms and conditions are online at www. chelmsford.anglican.org/ photocompetition</p><p>THE Bradwell Pilgrimage is expecting a bigger turnout of families and young people this year.</p><p>The ecumenical Pilgrimage, being held at Bradwell-on-Sea on July 4, will include many more activities for families and the young.</p><p>Every year the event has a number of activities for children and young people and this year there is more, alongside the acts of worship for all ages.</p><p>The Brentwood Catholic Youth Service will set up base in the main field near St Peters Chapel where young people of all ages can get together with arts and crafts and make new friends.</p><p>The BarNBus will also return to the pilgrimage by popular demand with a double-decker bus, complete with coffee bar, sofas and games consoles. It will be parked on the main field. </p><p>Nearby, at the Othona Christian Community, there will be a bouncy castle and opportunities to take part in a variety of sports.</p><p>Tim Leeson, Youth Minister at Chelmsford Cathedral who has led the arrangements for the young, said: While there is a strong emphasis on worship on the day, there will be a great deal to keep younger members of families happy and occupied and we urge pilgrims and their families to come and join in with the many activities.</p><p>As they have for many decades, Bradwell villagers are preparing to welcome the annual influx of hundreds from churches across London and the Home Counties. </p><p>This years keynote guest is Canon Michael Mitton, an influential speaker and Christian author. Canon Mitton has a ministry in the Derby diocese and is the Fresh Expressions advisor.</p><p>The Pilgrimage has a very apt theme this year of 'Generous Welcome' because for more than three decades Bradwell residents have afforded a warm welcome to their annual visitors. The event almost doubles the village population for the day. </p><p>Chaplain of St Peters Chapel, Revd Brigid Main, said: We are very pleased to have such an inspirational speaker at this years Pilgrimage. There is always a buzz around the village on the day of the Pilgrimage and a lot of local people put a great deal of effort into the welcome they give.</p><p>The centrepiece for the Pilgrimage is the Chapel of St Peter on the Wall, built in the 7th century by St Cedd as he brought Christianity to Saxon Essex. The ancient structure will provide a place for quiet prayer and reflection.</p><p>The chapel field and the nearby Othona Christian Community will be the venues for a full afternoon of activities and worship. </p><p>The chapels artist in residence, Chris Macallan, will be displaying her work on the theme Ancient Marks during the day. This will also include artwork done by participants from a recent quiet day there. For more information: www. bradwellpilgrimage.webs.com </p><p>advertising</p><p>distribution</p><p>editorial</p><p>Please contact: Glenda Charitos, Cornerstone Vision, 28 Old Park Road, Peverell,Plymouth, Devon PL3 4PY.Tel: 01752 225623. Fax: 01752 673441. e-mail: glenda@cornerstonevision.com</p><p>For distribution contact: internalcomms@chelmsford.anglican.orgTel: 01245 294443.Your newspaper will normally be available from the third Sunday in the month. Any further changes will be advised to distributors.</p><p>Editor: Jon LongmanEditorial and photographs for The Month should be sent to:themonth@chelmsford.anglican.orgor Jon Longman, The Month, 1 Bouchiers Place, Messing, Colchester CO5 9TY. Tel: 01621 810530. Mobile: 07860 769906 Digital photographs for publication: Please take pictures at largest size, </p><p>resolution and compression. Hi-res JPGs or Tiffs should be re-sized to min 7x5in at 300dpi with no layers or sharpening. Captions, your name and contact details should be embedded in the 'File Info' section if possible. If e-mailing many shots, send only 72dpi initially at max size of 8x6in. When submitting photos please confirm that written consent has been obtained from parents / guardians of children under age 16 for publication of photos publicising church activities in The Month. The inclusion of an advertisement should not be taken as implying endorsement of the objects of the advertiser by the diocese.</p><p>The Month, incorporating NB and East Window, is the free circulation newspaper of Church of England in Essex and East London (Diocese of Chelmsford). www.chelmsford. anglican.org/themonth Find Chelmsford Diocese on Twitter @chelmsdio Find Bishop Stephen on Twitter @cottrellstephen Subscribe to our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/ChelmsfordDiocese Like us on Facebook: www. facebook.com/chelmsdio Like our Ask an Archdeacon Facebook www.facebook.com/ askanarchdeacon View our photostream on Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/chelmsford-diocese</p><p>years, its just me and the mighty organ.</p><p>The choirs of Chelmsford Cathedral have sung twice for Her Majesty the Queen in the past year and the Cathedral itself hosts the monthly meeting of the New City Girls branch of the WI.</p><p>Youth work opportunitiesTHE Bishops of Barking and Bradwell are each recruiting a youth work adviser to serve their Areas. To find out more about these exciting opportunities and how to apply, look on our website www.chelmsford.anglican.org/about/staff_vacancies. 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There are different task groups working different work streams. But it is vital to see where they lead when taken together. </p><p>"Let us be absolutely clear: the purpose of the Reform and Renewal programme is that the gospel of Jesus Christ be shared effectively and lived joyfully. Thats what the morning discussion was about. This centres on and flows from Christs commission at the end of Matthews gospel that we make disciples (Matthew 28.19). I believe this focus on discipleship is more and more going to take centre stage in our work for the gospel over the coming years. </p><p>"And let me start with the one that we didnt discuss this morning, namely the work stream on evangelism.</p><p>"Unfortunately, the group working on this, under the chairmanship of the Archbishop of Canterbury himself, has yet to report. But when it does, I think it will help makes sense of a lot of the others pieces of work. </p><p>"Evangelism is the effective proclamation of the gospel (see for instance 1 Corinthians 9.19-23). It is about sharing and communicating t...</p></li></ul>