Welcome to the website of St. Mary's Church, Riverhead and Dunton Green. Whether you are a first-time visitor or enquirer, or a member of our Church community, we hope the information provided will be helpful.
A summary list of Diary Dates for 2014 can be accessed by following this link.
EASTER SERVICES 2014
13th April - Palm Sunday
8:00am Holy Communion
9:30am Parish Eucharist (assemble in the Square at 9:20am)
14th, 15th and 16th April
17th April - Maunday Thursday
8:00pm Passover Supper followed by Stripping of Altar and Vigil
18th April - Good Friday
10:00am Childrens' Service (including Easter Garden and Hot Cross Buns)
2:00pm Foot of Cross Service
20th April - Easter Day
6:00am Easter Walk (followed by breakfast)
8:00am Holy Communion
9:30am Parish Eucharist
VICAR'S THOUGHTS FOR EASTER
Do have a read of the latest 'Vicar's Thoughts', dated 12 April 2014, about Easter - accessed from the main menu on the left-hand side of this front page.
PALM SUNDAY PROCESSION
As usual, the Palm Sunday Service on 21 April 2014 started in the Harvester car park with prayers and a gospel reading. The group then processed through the village centre singing 'Ride On, Ride On in Majesty' with brass instrument accompaniment.
EXTRACTS FROM SUNDAY SCHOOL LED SERVICE
The Sunday School and the Music Group both played a key part in the Family Service on 6 April 2014. The congregation were asked questions about what happened on each of the days of Holy Week. To give the points more impact, our youngsters performed a short playlet of what the conversation might have been at that time.
Below, you can listen to a short audio extract and see a copy of the Easter Cross that the Sunday School have been using, and the text that can be revealed by hovering your mouse over each picture.
ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING (APCM) AND MEETING TO ELECT CHURCHWARDENS
Papers/reports for the meetings, as they become available, can be accessed via the 'Other Information/Downloads area.
CARING CONCERNS COURSE
The Caring Concerns Course will start on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 in the evening. As previously mentioned, this is an opportunity for anyone interested in learning a little bit more about the various pastoral aspects of church life.
The Course explores aspects like: who we are and what we bring of ourselves, how to 'listen' to others, setting boundaries in pastoral relationships, nurturing spiritual growth in others, understanding loss and the needs of the bereaved etc.
NOMINATION OF CHARITIES FOR 2014/15
Please complete a form to nominate a charity you think we should support over the next year. All nominations will be reviewed by the PCC at its meeting on 25 March 2014, and a short-list will be produced. At the Annual Meeting, on 27 April 2014, everyone will have the chance to vote to select the final three charities to be supported, along with Poverty & Hope.
MOTHERS' UNION BIBLE STUDY
The following Saturday dates have been arranged for Bible Study over the next six months - 25 January, 22 February, 29 March, 19 April, 10 May and 21 June 2014; from 10:00 to 11:30am. Contact Karen Forster-Pearce for further details, including venues.