Several members of the 3 churches of the Benefice go along on a Friday evening to help out at the Homeless Support, organised by Friends of Essex and London Homeless. They set up outside Grays Baptist Church and provide hot meals, clothes, sleeping bags, toiletries and sometimes have advisers and hairdressers there as well.
A service was held at Orsett Church on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd November to commemorate the lives of those who have died. People were invited to light a candle in and take a snowdrop to plant in memory of a friend or loved one.
St Gile’s and All Saints held their church fete on Saturday 11th May. After some initial poor weather things improved.
We held the fete in our local church school, it was wonderful having their support and facilities at out disposal. We were delighted that some of the children from the school came and sang and danced, entertaining the people attending. As we had more space than usual we were able to have some stalls local groups. It was nice being able to support the local community.
We had; a raffle, and a number of stalls including cake, chocolate tombola, plant, bottle and children’s games run by members of Youth Hub. We were so very pleased as we made £2295.70 largely due to advance raffle ticket sales.
A very big thank you to everyone who helped to make it possible and all those who came on the day and or bought raffle tickets. We are looking forward next year’s.
Our new noticeboard is the gift of Bulphan-in-Bloom (B-i-B) in memory of the late Alan Cox, who tirelessly supported both B-i-B and St Mary’s, always mowing grass. Alan lived on the opposite corner from the church and said that he was privileged to have the best view in Bulphan and the least he could do is help to keep it looking its best.
The black noticeboard that this replaced was decades old and had been manufactured by Ron Porter’s father. But time had taken its toll and much of it was held together with injected resin. Its time had come.
The new noticeboard was fixed into place by a team from Bulphan: Rod, Graham, Frank, Reverend Sue (placing the concrete), and Ron ( mostly behind the lens).
The Easter Sunday service at Bulphan, as well as being a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, marked the point at which 8 young people from the Benefice took part in their first Holy Communion. The children met at with Rev Sue Mann at the Rectory, to prepare for this.. Through some fun activities and discussion, they learned about the different parts of the service of Holy Communion and why we receive the bread and wine at church. and we look forward to seeing them at future services. The children received a certificate, a candle and other things including an invitation to join the Youth HUB.
After the service there was a traditional Easter Egg Hunt and the usual marvellous spread laid on by Traudi in the Parish Room, including Hot Cross Buns and a Simnel Cake.