Tom’s Quiz Night raises over £1,000

Tom Jarvis started off his London Marathon Fundraising Quiz by telling everyone the exciting news that out of the 35,000 runners he would be the youngest, as the Marathon was 2 days after his 18th birthday. He added ‘ I may be the youngest but I won’t be the quickest’

The Quiz Master

The Quiz Master

Over 90 people attended the Quiz at St Thomas of Canterbury Church , Woodford Green which was a great success with questions based on Football World Cup countries including Spain, Uruguay and Brazil

Tom has now raised £2,800 of his £4,000 target thanks to friends, family, parishioners at St Edmunds, Loughton and Holy Spirit, Great Bradfield and support from Leaders and parents at 7th Epping Forest Scout Group where he is a Young Leader.

His fundraising will be boosted by Santander Bank who are kindly match funding the Quiz ticket sales.

Tom congratulated the winning team which consisted of his aunt Lucy and family friends and thanked Quiz master, Robin willoughby, his God Father Ed Sautter for writing the Quiz, David Underwood , Dominic Mclay ,everyone who donated raffle prizes , those who helped ‘behind the scenes’ …. and of course gave a big THANK YOU to everyone who came.

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Brentwood Cathedral Music and JOB! The Concert

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Many thanks to Andrew Wright from Brentwood Cathedral Music for supporting CAFOD’s Syria Emergency Appeal.

On Saturday 8 March, JOB! – A Cantata by Michael Stephens was performed by the choir and orchestra of Holy Family Church, Benfleet alongside young choristers from Brentwood Cathedral Choir. The conductor was Liam Bates, who flew in from Ireland especially for the occasion.

Denise was delighted to attend the event and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. She particularly enjoyed the bluesy “Devil’s Song” and as the common saying goes – the Devil has the best tunes.

Andrew writes: “We took £292.55 in the collection which I hope will go some way to helping the people of Syria at this time. And we would certainly like to support this cause again through our music. It is so tragic to see the events unfolding there. And with the world at the moment being so full of difficulties of a similar nature, things like this are easily forgotten… So hopefully, Saturday evening went some way to keeping that candle burning.”

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Photos: Chris Ellis

JOB! is a cantata composed in 1988 by Michael Stephens, a local musician and composer. It tells the story of the Old Testament Book of Job through 11 movements, from his position of great standing, through his darkest period of suffering and despair and to his old age when he regained his former glory. At all times, his faith is the centrepiece of the story.

The work features an eclectic mix of genres from lively Latin American and jazz rhythms, classical choral settings, soaring string adagios and modern ballads. A narration and haunting underscore links the 11 movements together forming a continuous piece of music.

Lent newsletter now online

Our latest newsletter is now online!

This Lent we’re asking you to Dig Deep – into the roots of our faith – in solidarity with those who go hungry – into our pockets.

Find out about 14 year old Mohammed, who lives in a village in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Mohammed’s family farm the land and with improved crops and harvest, there will be surplus to last the “hungry season”. This is thanks to you.

We have a round up of what has been happening around the Diocese over the past couple of months in schools and parishes; looking back at Christmas bazaars and carol singing. We have a round up of what will be happening around the Diocese; looking forward to sponsored events, concerts and picnics … it’s all there in our newsletter.

Congratulations to Brentwood Cathedral for becoming the first Livesimply parish in the Diocese and the first Livesimply Cathedral in England and Wales! Find out how to become a Livesimply parish

Read an update on emergencies, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, South Sudan and Syria.

There is still time to take action for the 1 in 8 of people around the world who go to bed hungry – Hungry for Change continues until Easter.

Grab a cuppa, settle down and enjoy the read!

Supporters newsletter Jan 2014

Supporters newsletter Jan 2014