The Month March 2016

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In this issue: Friends create picture to say farewell to the Archdeacon of Chelmsford, Aid volunteer Sandra witnesses plight of fleeing refugees on Greek island of Lesvos and Archdeacon John Perumbalath tells his life story.


  • March 2016

    New Bradwell Festival weekend replaces traditional pilgrimage Full story: Page 3

    Aid volunteer Sandra witnesses plight of fleeing refugees on Greek island of LesvosFull story: Page 5

    Archdeacon John Perumbalath tells his life story toThe MonthInterview: Centre Pages

    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


    Friends createpicture to say farewell to the Archdeaconof Chelmsford:See Page 3

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    IN my attempts to be a disciple of Jesus, a question Ive always had in my head is,

    Which is best, being right or being together?

    Before we got married, I can remember

    someone telling us there were no

    arguments in a marriage worth winning

    the damage done far outweighed the

    benefits of having the right colour curtains.

    When it comes to being a disciple, the

    same question is still there. Is it worth

    holding on to what I believe is right at all

    costs, or does there come a point when

    disunity undoes any benefit from being

    right? Of course, the argument goes

    the other way too can we go on

    compromising what we believe to be true,

    whatever the cost?

    Im a bit of a lone sportsman these days

    (running, cycling, etc.). I have recently

    joined Sudbury Rowing Club and try to

    get out on the river on days off, which

    usually means Friday morning, when

    nobody else is around. Its great to have

    the river to myself, but doing it alone,

    especially over the winter months, can be

    hard work.

    But there was good news recently - I

    was asked if I could fill in when a crew of

    veterans needed an eighth man. It was a


    Bring the kids to light a candlefor Christs birthday

    Christmas startswith


  • Deaf centre anniversaryTHE month Bishop Stephen follows in the footsteps of predecessor

    2 THE MONTH March 2016

    IN November 1935, the third Bishop of Chelmsford, Henry Wilson, laid the foundation stone of the St Mellitus Centre for Deaf People in Southend.

    Eighty years later the present Bishop, Stephen Cottrell, joined deaf worshippers at a service of thanksgiving at the St. Mellitus centre (right).

    Bishop Stephen gave everyone a stone to remind us that we are each chosen and called by God.

    The St Melitus Centre is one of the locations where signed services are regularly provided by the diocesan Deaf Church, a Bishops Mission Order (BMO) church.

    A BMO provides legal recognition of a mission initiative For more information, visit

    Striding out for homelessFATHER James Rodley, Priest-in-charge of St Andrew North Weald and St Mary Magdalene, Harlow Common has completed a long-standing pro-ject to walk between Land's End and John O'Groats.

    James (left) said: "This was a very personal route which passed through my current parishes in West Essex.

    "It's taken me more than 10 years to complete in stages but I didn't start out with the intention of it becoming how it ended up.

    "However, I thought it would be good to celebrate the end, after more than 1500 miles by asking friends, family and colleagues to make a donation to Harlow's charity for the homeless, Streets2Homes.

    "I set up a fundraising page and people generously donated 1,035."

    ESSEX Police have launched heritage crime meetings to protect the county's valuable heritage assets

    The first meeting of the Essex Heritage Crime Strategy Group took place at the Corporation of London's Epping Forest Rangers' base at Loughton.

    Stephen Armson-Smith, Essex Police heritage crime prevention lead said: "The group consists of Essex Police, Essex County Council Place Services, Historic England and other heritage professionals representing the different facets of our heritage visitor attractions and museums, archaeology, church buildings, listed building owners, the insurance sector and history groups.

    "The group are a guiding body for the formation of Heritage Watch and the meeting included an update on its progress.

    "One of the objectives of the group is to understand

    and reduce crimes threatening our heritage assets such as metal thefts and the recently publicised theft of historic masonry.

    "As well as discussing current threats and risks to each aspect of our county's heritage there were presentations from William Brown, National Security Adviser to the Arts Council, and John Minary of Trace-in Metal Ltd."

    Stephen added: Heritage assets within our county are

    many, varied, and valuable and in most cases they are simply irreplaceable.

    "It is important that we are proactive in protecting them. This group brings together the people with the knowledge from the wide variety of heritage fields to help keep our heritage safe for this and future generations to enjoy. Stephen can be contacted at Braintree police station by ringing 101 ext 407110 or at

    Essex Police in move to reduce heritage crimes




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    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. Find Chelmsford Diocese on Twitter @chelmsdio Find Bishop Stephen on Twitter @cottrellstephen Subscribe to our YouTube channel Like us on Facebook: www. Like our Ask an Archdeacon Facebook askanarchdeacon View our photostream on Flickr

    Running parish gets redefined

    Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

    REMEMBRANCE Sunday in the mid-Essex village of Stebbing features a 10-mile running race.

    In the past, this sporting event had caused some disruption to the parish churchs Remembrance Service, but then the races organisers, Grange Farm and Dunmow Trotters, working with the Priest in Charge, Tim Goodbody, came up with an excellent solution; the runners would come to the war memorial to participate in the silence before the race began. So two competing events became one united Act of Remembrance.

    Since 2011, about 700 people have been attending the wreath laying and two minutes silence at the war memorial, and then 200 proceed into church while 500 turn round to start their race just below the church.

    This development has been welcomed by all concerned, and this year the good relationship between runners

    and church was cemented by Tim and the Archdeacon of Stansted, Ven Robin King participating in the race.

    Before the race, both ministers led the Act of Remembrance before stripping off their robes to reveal running kit underneath. The trainers were a bit of a

    giveaway though (above). In the race, Archdeacon Robin (303 in inset) left Stebbings parish priest in his wake as he stormed to a time of one hour 14 minutes, finishing 142nd out of 494. Tim (210) eventually made it round the route in two hours and two minutes (but he wasnt last).

    THE Bishops of Chelmsford and Barking will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May next year with McCabe Travel.

    There will be two options to be part of this amazing trip which will take you to all the key sites associated with the life of Jesus.

    One group will be in the Holy Land from May 23- June 1, and the other will be there from May 27-June 3. Both groups will spend time together in

    Jerusalem. If you would like to find out more, please visit www. where you will find information about the itinerary and costs.

    There will be two evening meetings for those who would like to find out more in the Barking Episcopal Area on May 24 and in Chelmsford on May 25. Further details will be posted on the website and appear in the April edition of the Month.

  • Bradwell'spilgrimagerevamped

    THE MONTH March 2016 3

    THE month New festival is built on years of tradition


    from charities and campaign groups will have a new home in the Othona gardens.

    Festival speakers will include Dave Walker, cartoonist from the Church Times, Leigh-on-Sea author Jane Dolby, whose book Song of the Sea tells the story of how she rebuilt her life and formed The Fishwives Choir after her fisherman husband was tragically lost at sea. Also speaking will be Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford.

    Festival-goers will be able to enjoy a wide range of music at both the Performance Caf on the Othona site and on the main stage in the Chapel Field. The line up includes vintage jazz trio The Daisy Bowlers, and Christian singer-songwriter and social justice campaigner Andy Flannagan. More artists will be added to the line up.

    "For those wishing to make a weekend of it, camping will be offered on the site. The chance to see the sunrise over this stunning landscape will undoubtedly be a real highlight for anyone staying overnight," adds Hannah (right).

    BRADWELL-ON-SEA will take on a different flavour during the first weekend in July this year as a new festival comes to the village.

    "The Bradwell Festival will build on the legacy of the Bradwell Pilgrimage, starting with the pilgrimage itself," said Revd Hannah Bucke, the chair of the organising committee.

    "This year there will be two routes to choose from: the traditional walk through Bradwell village, starting from St Thomas church, and a new coastal route beginning at The Green Man pub on the marina, and taking in the unique landscape of the Blackwater Estuary.

    "Once at the festival, which will incorporate St Peters Chapel and the Othona Community, festival-goers will be able to enjoy a variety of worship, activities, food and drink throughout the day and evening.

    "Worship will take place outside St Peters Chapel as people arrive and the Northumbria Community will be leading the Daily Office in the chapel during the weekend."

    Stallholders and representatives

    FestivalupdatesKEEP in touch with the Bradwell Festival updates and the musical line-up by logging on to www.bradwellfestival. com

    David's friendsin the frame forfarewell pictureA FRAMED reproduction of a painting of Christ by the Spanish painter El Greco was presented to David Lowman on his retirement as Archdeacon of Chelmsford at a farewell Eucharist on January 31 at Chelmsford Cathedral.

    The picture (right) was assembled from hundreds of photographs of Davids colleagues and friends.

    Bishop Stephen said: The reason David Lowman has been an outstanding Archdeacon, and a wonderful servant to the Chelmsford diocese, is quite simply because he is an outstanding priest. He has always carried out his work with a priests pastoral heart as well as an Archdeacons eye for detail.

    "His love of the gospel and his care of souls never dimmed. This will go on as God opens new doors of opportunity in retirement. We wish him well, and thank God for his ministry.

    ESSEX County Fire & Rescue Service and Essex Police are working together to recruit two Parish Safety Volunteers per parish.

    Volunteers will conduct home safety visits to deliver crucial fire and crime prevention advice; provide an extensive knowledge of local support services and signpost people to them; and fit smoke detectors.

    You will receive full training from both the fire service and police, a uniform and all equipment required for the role. Contact 01376 576203


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    For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with

    your fathers that he swore to them.

    De 4:31

  • 4 THE MONTH March 2016

    THE month Friends of Essex Churches grant for High Ongar roof works

    Roof project cost 100,000MAJOR fundraising by the congregation has augmented grants from Friends of Essex Churches and the Governments Listed Places of Worship (roof repair fund) and enabled vital work to take place at St Marys High Ongar.

    "The church dates back to Medieval times and King John granted a licence to hold a fair in the churchyard," said Project Manager Andy Neale.

    "Since then the church has been home to many generations of Christian believers and with these repairs carried out we hope that this will continue for many years."

    The scheme, costing more than 100,000, was undertaken in partnership with Natural England, the Bat Conservation Trust, Historic Britain and local authorities to ensure that all aspects of the project were completed.

    Revd Malcolm Peters said: Whilst these works were in progress our Sunday services were held in High Ongar Primary School and we are truly grateful to the headteacher, staff and governors for their support and hospitality.

    The church opened its doors again on Dece...