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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex

Welcome to Saint Mary's

To  

those  

of  

us  

who  

worship  

here,  

it  

is  

a  

lovely  

place  

to  

hold  

services

and  

say  

prayers.  

There  

are  

about  

two  

hundred  

of  

us,  

a  

Church  

of

England  

congregation  

following  

the  

tradition  

of  

beautiful,  

well  

ordered,

but not over-elaborate, worship with classical English church music.

St  

Mary’s  

is  

the  

oldest  

and  

largest  

parish  

church  

in  

South  

East  

Essex,

UK.  

Founded  

in  

the  

seventh  

century,  

with  

remains  

of  

late  

Saxon  

walls,

twelfth  

century  

pillars,  

fifteenth  

century  

south  

aisle  

and  

tower,  

and  

an

impressive  

array  

of  

stained  

glass,  

including  

a  

window  

thought  

to  

be  

by

the German artist Dürer, it has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

We  

see  

ourselves  

as  

a  

company  

of  

Christ's  

people  

seeking  

to  

deepen

our  

own  

faith  

in  

the  

Lord  

Jesus  

and  

to  

spread  

that  

faith  

more  

widely.  

In

these   

activities,   

our   

church   

building   

is   

both   

an   

opportunity   

and   

an

inspiration.

We  

hope  

that  

these  

pages  

will  

allow  

you  

to  

share,  

if  

only  

in  

a  

small  

way,

something  

of  

what  

we  

have  

and  

what  

we  

do.  

Please  

pray  

with  

us  

that

we   

may   

use   

our   

inheritance,   

both   

spiritual   

and   

physical,   

for   

the

advancement of Christ's Kingdom and the Glory of His holy name.

St Marys Church Southside Looking West Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
St. Mary's is OPEN Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am - 3.00 pm PLEASE NOTE: THE CHURCH IS CLOSED DAYTIME ON MONDAYS
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com
FAITH MATTERS Revd. Paul Talks About Faith Made by Mark Woodhouse    

Please Note: That Due to Staff Interviews The church will be closed  Wednesday 19th July 2017

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex

Welcome to Saint Mary's

(Mobile Phone Website)

To  

those  

of  

us  

who  

worship  

here,  

it  

is  

a  

lovely  

place  

to

hold  

services  

and  

say  

prayers.  

There  

are  

about  

two

hundred   

of   

us,   

a   

Church   

of   

England   

congregation

following  

the  

tradition  

of  

beautiful,  

well  

ordered,  

but  

not

over-elaborate,  

worship  

with  

classical  

English  

church

music.

St  

Mary’s  

is  

the  

oldest  

and  

largest  

parish  

church  

in

South   

East   

Essex,   

UK.   

Founded   

in   

the   

seventh

century,   

with   

remains   

of   

late   

Saxon   

walls,   

twelfth

century  

pillars,  

fifteenth  

century  

south  

aisle  

and  

tower,

and  

an  

impressive  

array  

of  

stained  

glass,  

including  

a

window  

by  

the  

German  

artist  

Dürer,  

it  

has  

to  

be  

seen  

to

be fully appreciated.

We  

see  

ourselves  

as  

a  

company  

of  

Christ's  

people

seeking  

to  

deepen  

our  

own  

faith  

in  

the  

Lord  

Jesus  

and

to  

spread  

that  

faith  

more  

widely.  

In  

these  

activities,  

our

church    

building    

is    

both    

an    

opportunity    

and    

an

inspiration.

We  

hope  

that  

these  

pages  

will  

allow  

you  

to  

share,  

if

only  

in  

a  

small  

way,  

something  

of  

what  

we  

have  

and

what  

we  

do.  

Please  

pray  

with  

us  

that  

we  

may  

use  

our

inheritance,    

both    

spiritual    

and    

physical,    

for    

the

advancement  

of  

Christ's  

Kingdom  

and  

the  

Glory  

of  

His

holy name.

Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
St. Mary's is OPEN Tuesday to Friday 10.00 am - 3.00 pm PLEASE NOTE: THE CHURCH IS CLOSED DAYTIME ON MONDAYS
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
Faith Matters Revd. Paul in a short video by Mark Woodhouse

Please Note: That Due to Staff Interviews The church will be closed  Wednesday 19th July 2017
First Published May 2000. Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC.  No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.

Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
High Altar and Sanctury. The central panel features the Canterbury Cross. On the side panels are the lily for St. Mary and a ship which represents St.Cedd sailing forth to spread Christianity, and also reflecting the Borough coat of arms.  The Banner of the Annunciation. This is a modern replacement in fine needlework of the earlier banner. It shows the angel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Blessed Virgin and Child. The Mothers' Union banner stands to the left of the high altar.
SERVICES
SERVICES
Weekday Services Wednesday 10:30 am Eucharist Friday 12:00 noon Eucharist Mon - Thurs at 8.30am  A service of morning prayer (Except Bank Holidays), Sunday Services 8:00 am Holy Communion  9:30 am Sung Parish Eucharist 12:00 noon Baptisms (as arranged) 6:30 pm Evensong

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
SERVICES
The Blessed Virgin and Child. The Mothers' Union banner stands to the left of the high altar. High Altar and Sanctury. The central panel features the Canterbury Cross. On the side panels are the lily for St. Mary and a ship which represents St.Cedd sailing forth to spread Christianity, and also reflecting the Borough coat of arms.  The Banner of the Annunciation. This is a modern replacement in fine needlework of the earlier banner. It shows the angel Gabriel and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Weekday Services Wednesday 10:30 am Eucharist Friday 12:00 noon Eucharist Mon - Thurs at 8.30am  A service of morning prayer (Except Bank Holidays), Sunday Services 8:00 am Holy Communion 9:30 am Sung Parish Eucharist 12:00 noon Baptisms (as arranged) 6:30 pm Evensong On second Sundays in the month, the 9:30 am Eucharist Service has a more 'child friendly' focus
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First Published May 2000. Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC.  No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.

Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
BAPTISMS
Baptism or Christening? The answer is: one and the same but different! (We could explain further, but you may grow much older in the process!) However if you live in the Church of England parish of Prittlewell (to check go to the following website and simply enter your postcode: http://www.achurchnearyou.com) you and/or your  children are welcomed to be Baptised at St Mary’s. Ideally, parents should be Baptised themselves. If you are not, we would be happy to talk with you about Baptising you at the same service as your child! If the Baptism is for a young child both parents and godparents will be asked to promise in the service that they will do what they can to bring the child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make her/him welcome as part of the church. You may like to read below the part of the service which includes the promises you will be asked to make. There is no charge for Baptism at St Mary’s; however you might like to give a donation to the church as you can afford. Your next step on the path to Baptism is to come along to one of our Sunday services  and make yourself known to me Revd. Paul Mackay If you have an enquiry about a Baptism please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. Every Wednesday between 11.30 and 1.30pm and the from 21 st  March first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. 
Baptismal Bowl Specially Handcrafted for St Mary's

Open service booklet

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
BAPTISMS
Baptism or Christening? The answer is: one and the same but different! (We could explain further, but you may grow much older in the process!) However if you live in the Church of England parish of Prittlewell (to check go to the following website and simply enter your postcode: http://www.achurchnearyou.com) you and/or your  children are welcomed to be Baptised at St Mary’s. Ideally, parents should be Baptised themselves. If you are not, we would be happy to talk with you about Baptising you at the same service as your child! If the Baptism is for a young child both parents and godparents will be asked to promise in the service that they will do what they can to bring the child up as a Christian, and we promise that we will make her/him welcome as part of the church. You may like to read below the part of the service which includes the promises you will be asked to make. There is no charge for Baptism at St Mary’s; however you might like to give a donation to the church as you can afford. Your next step on the path to Baptism is to come along to one of our Sunday services  and make yourself known to me Revd. Paul Mackay If you have an enquiry about a Baptism please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. Every Wednesday between 11.30 and 1.30pm and the from 21 st  March first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. 
Click For Service Booklet
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
WEDDINGS
If you have an enquiry about a Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. One of us will be at the church every Wednesday between 11.30 and 1.30pm and on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. The initial cost of a wedding service for 2017 is £486. This covers all the legal fees and a verger. However, there are additional charge's if you require them i.e. the services of our organist £110, our peal of bells being rung £200 and or heating £60 when required - we will talk you though these when you enquire further. Bringing the total excluding heating £796. When you book your wedding we ask for a £110 deposit, which covers the cost of booking an organist and is not refundable. If you have been previously married we will be happy to discuss with you whether a church wedding is possible Q: What if I want to be married in a different church? A: If you are a regular worshipper in that church, it is usually possible to be married there. Just speak to your minister. If you are not a regular worshipper, why not start attending? You will normally be expected to attend services for some time before becoming eligible to be married there. If you have a special connection with the church, you can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381. Q: I heard that you can get married in any church you want to now. Is this true? In July 2007, the General Synod (the Church of England’s governing body) approved steps to widen the wedding regulations; these came into effect in the Autumn of 2008. The regulations are designed to make it easier for couples to get married in a church that has special meaning to them. Provided the church is available, couples can choose to get married in: their local parish the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child’s lifetime) the parish their parents or grandparents were married in. If there is a good reason, couples can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact  The Faculty Office,  1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
If you have an enquiry about a Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements.  One of us will be at the church every Wednesday between 11.30 and 1.30pm and on the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. The initial cost of a wedding service for 2017 is £486. This covers all the legal fees and a verger. However, there are additional charge's if you require them i.e. the services of our organist £110, our peal of bells being rung £200 and or heating £60 when required - we will talk you though these when you enquire further. Bringing the total excluding heating £796.When you book your wedding we ask for a £110 deposit, which covers the cost of booking an organist and is not refundable. If you have been previously married we will be happy to discuss with you whether a church wedding is possible Q: What if I want to be married in a different church? A: If you are a regular worshipper in that church, it is usually possible to be married there. Just speak to your minister. If you are not a regular worshipper, why not start attending? You will normally be expected to attend services for some time before becoming eligible to be married there. If you have a special connection with the church, you can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact The Faculty Office, 1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381. Q: I heard that you can get married in any church you want to now. Is this true? In July 2007, the General Synod (the Church of England’s governing body) approved steps to widen the wedding regulations; these came into effect in the Autumn of 2008. The regulations are designed to make it easier for couples to get married in a church that has special meaning to them. Provided the church is available, couples can choose to get married in: their local parish the parish where they were baptised and/or confirmed a parish they have lived in for 6 months or more, at any time during their lives a parish they have attended worship in for at least 6 months the parish their parents lived or worshipped in (during the child’s lifetime) the parish their parents or grandparents were married in. If there is a good reason, couples can apply for a Special Licence. To apply or find out more contact  The Faculty Office,  1 The Sanctuary, Westminster, London SW1P 3JT, tel: 020 7222 5381
WEDDINGS
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
FUNERALS
If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470. Bereavement is enough for anyone to try to cope with without the pressures of organising a funeral. In our experience the organising of the service, can be a complicated and emotionally draining time. So anything you can do to prepare is well worth doing. Registering the death can be difficult. Sometimes the coroner may have to be involved before the death can be registered. This happens when a doctor hasn’t been able to ascertain the cause of death immediately, or if the deceased has not seen a doctor for some time. You will need to contact a funeral director, who will be able to guide you through the organising of the funeral. It is important that you ask the funeral director any questions you might have, and share any thoughts. The funeral director is there to help you. You can contact the parish clergy direct on the numbers on our contact page, or ask the funeral director to do so. We will liaise with the funeral director to make sure that you are fully supported, and plan a service that meets your needs, and the wishes of your loved one. In our area, there are a number of possibilities for the funeral service. A service can be held in church. A service can be held in a crematorium chapel. A service can be held at the graveside. A service in church may conclude with a trip to a cemetery or a crematorium (in this case it is possible to have the committal in church, and ask the funeral director to proceed to the crematorium without you). After cremation, you may require us to be present at either the interment of your loved ones remains. The remains are normally placed in a wooden casket, and are buried in a simple ceremony lasting a few minutes. Again this can be arranged either directly with ourselves or through your chosen funeral director. Funeral service in church including the service of an organist and verger £310, plus choir £100 and if heating required £60 The Church of England statutory fees chart is on this link  https://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms-funerals/fees.aspx The clergy of St Mary’s are available to pray with anyone who is dying. If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470.

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
FUNERALS
If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470. Bereavement is enough for anyone to try to cope with without the pressures of organising a funeral. In our experience the organising of the service, can be a complicated and emotionally draining time. So anything you can do to prepare is well worth doing. Registering the death can be difficult. Sometimes the coroner may have to be involved before the death can be registered. This happens when a doctor hasn’t been able to ascertain the cause of death immediately, or if the deceased has not seen a doctor for some time. You will need to contact a funeral director, who will be able to guide you through the organising of the funeral. It is important that you ask the funeral director any questions you might have, and share any thoughts. The funeral director is there to help you You can contact the parish clergy direct on the numbers on our contact page, or ask the funeral director to do so. We will liaise with the funeral director to make sure that you are fully supported, and plan a service that meets your needs, and the wishes of your loved one. In our area, there are a number of possibilities for the funeral service. A service can be held in church. A service can be held in a crematorium chapel. A service can be held at the graveside. A service in church may conclude with a trip to a cemetery or a crematorium (in this case it is possible to have the committal in church, and ask the funeral director to proceed to the crematorium without you). After cremation, you may require us to be present at either the interment of your loved ones remains. The remains are normally placed in a wooden casket, and are buried in a simple ceremony lasting a few minutes. Again this can be arranged either directly with ourselves or through your chosen funeral director. Funeral service in church including the service of an organist and verger £310, plus choir £100 and if heating required £60 The Church of England statutory fees chart is on this link  https://www.churchofengland.org/weddings-baptisms- funerals/fees.aspx The clergy of St Mary’s are available to pray with anyone who is dying. If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470.
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
EVENTS
Event Calender

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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EVENTS
Event Calender
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
VICARS LETTERS
Send an Email to the Church Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com
Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
May 2017 Dear All As   I   write   this   the   sun   is   shining,   the   air   is   fresh   with   a   pleasing   hint   of   warmth   to   it,   the daffodils   and   crocus   are   like   bright   jewels   in   the   garden   and   the   birds   are   singing   for   all they’re   worth.   Today   it   is   easy   to   feel   the   world   is   full   of   hope   and   promise,   but   what   of   those days   when   the   sky   is   dark   and   heavy.   How   are   we   to   cope   when   events   or   people   threaten our equilibrium? Jesus   told   a   story   about   the   weather   changing   dramatically.   I   am   sure   many   of   you   will   know the   story   of   the   wise   and   foolish   builders,   Matthew   7:24-27.   The   message   in   this   story   is   not that   bad   things   will   never   happen   to   us;   storms   will   most   certainly   come   in   our   lives   from time   to   time,   things   will   change   in   all   sorts   of   ways,   there   will   be   times   when   we   are   afraid, times when we will face challenges to our peace of mind and even to our faith. When   Jesus   told   that   story,   he   said   that   if   people   had   built   their   lives   on   what   he   taught,   they would have strong foundations and would be sheltered and kept safe even in raging storms. In   his   first   letter   to   the   Corinthians   verse   13,   Paul   says   that   love   is   the   most   important foundation   there   is   for   life.   “And   now   these   three   remain:   faith,   hope   and   love.   But   the greatest of these is love”. Paul is saying that even faith in God is useless without love. God   already   knows   everything   about   us,   and   loves   us;   in   that   love   we   surely   have   a   firm foundation   for   life.   We   can   build   on   that   foundation   by   strengthening   our   relationship   with God,   through   prayer,   through   studying   scripture,   asking   questions   and   sharing   God’s   love with   each   other.   In   the   challenges   we   face   there   is   an   opportunity   for   us   in   our   vulnerability to   seek   out   God.   Every   change   in   life   makes   it   possible   for   us   to   keep   what   is   good   about   the past,   leave   behind   what   is   not   so   good   and   what   we   have   grown   out   of,   as   we   go   into   the future.   Whatever   challenges   and   changes   you   may   be   facing   this   month   I   pray   that   you   can realise the reality of God’s love in your lives. Psalm 18:2 (NRSV) The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Shalom Jacky Revd Jacky Lindoe
June 2017 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20 Trinity Sunday is on 11th June. The above is part of the Bible reading for Trinity Sunday. For the last few months – I feel I have been immersed in the Trinity, involved in helping staff at St Marys Primary school and taking services with the school focusing on the Trinity. It’s been wonderful reflecting on the nature of God’s amazing diversity. But if I say that ‘the teaching’ of the Trinity is a work in progress, I may incur the wrath of theologians who, with their forbears, have laboured, studied and debated it for centuries. Nevertheless, even now the family of Orthodox churches differ from Catholic and Protestant churches in the way they define the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son. We have to admit that human words can never adequately describe the Creator of the Cosmos, who is God-with-us in the Person of Jesus, and the ever-present Holy Spirit, making God known to us, stirring up our individual gifts and prompting us to behave as children of God. But that said (you wouldn’t expect me to say anything else I’m sure..) we must do the best we can with the words we have, to portray the ways which we, collectively and personally, encounter God. To make sure that our definitions remain ‘on track’, we have the classic Creeds to help us. They were produced when heresies threatened to misrepresent Christian experience, often by denying the divinity of Christ and so undermining the good news of our salvation. It may be a surprise to learn that the first known heresy was actually the opposite. It claimed that Jesus was some kind of apparition and only seemed to be human. With this in mind, the writer of the First Letter of John in the New Testament insisted: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John1:1-3 Although this applies uniformly to every Christian, our distinctive God-given personalities are nurtured within God’s community. We are not clones. Our ways of worship (‘Spikes’, ‘Prots’ and ‘Happy-Clappy’ or any other you may or may not prefer) may vary and our personal faith will change and grow throughout our lives. But, as St Paul writes, “in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work”. One God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity. I pray that you continue to journey in your faith, and grow closer to Him, or if you are ‘bemused’ by all this confusing talk of ‘one in three or three in one’ that you ask, seek and knock on Christs door or maybe speak to someone you know who goes to church or even a student at St Marys School! God Bless Paul

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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VICARS LETTER
June 2017 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:19-20 Trinity Sunday is on 11th June. The above is part of the Bible reading for Trinity Sunday. For the last few months – I feel I have been immersed in the Trinity, involved in helping staff at St Marys Primary school and taking services with the school focusing on the Trinity. It’s been wonderful reflecting on the nature of God’s amazing diversity. But if I say that ‘the teaching’ of the Trinity is a work in progress, I may incur the wrath of theologians who, with their forbears, have laboured, studied and debated it for centuries. Nevertheless, even now the family of Orthodox churches differ from Catholic and Protestant churches in the way they define the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Father and the Son. We have to admit that human words can never adequately describe the Creator of the Cosmos, who is God-with-us in the Person of Jesus, and the ever-present Holy Spirit, making God known to us, stirring up our individual gifts and prompting us to behave as children of God. But that said (you wouldn’t expect me to say anything else I’m sure..) we must do the best we can with the words we have, to portray the ways which we, collectively and personally, encounter God. To make sure that our definitions remain ‘on track’, we have the classic Creeds to help us. They were produced when heresies threatened to misrepresent Christian experience, often by denying the divinity of Christ and so undermining the good news of our salvation. It may be a surprise to learn that the first known heresy was actually the opposite. It claimed that Jesus was some kind of apparition and only seemed to be human. With this in mind, the writer of the First Letter of John in the New Testament insisted: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.” 1 John1:1-3 Although this applies uniformly to every Christian, our distinctive God-given personalities are nurtured within God’s community. We are not clones. Our ways of worship (‘Spikes’, ‘Prots’ and ‘Happy-Clappy’ or any other you may or may not prefer) may vary and our personal faith will change and grow throughout our lives. But, as St Paul writes, “in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work”. One God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Trinity. I pray that you continue to journey in your faith, and grow closer to Him, or if you are ‘bemused’ by all this confusing talk of ‘one in three or three in one’ that you ask, seek and knock on Christs door or maybe speak to someone you know who goes to church or even a student at St Marys School! God Bless Paul
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WORKER
A NEW POST - FOR A FULL TIME CHILDREN AND FAMILY WORKER This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and mature Christian person to re-establish, lead and grow our Children’s and Families work among children under 12 and their families. We are a growing team seeking to further the Mission of Christ in our community. Is God calling you to be part of our journey? Salary: £25,000 to £30,000 depending on experience and qualifications. for further questions, please contact: Revd. Paul Mackay, 489 Victoria Ave, Southend on Sea, Essex. SS2 6NL Email:  revpaulstmary@hotmail.com Tel: 01702 343470 or Revd. Jacky Lindoe Email: revjackystmarys@icloud.com Tel: 01702 308373 Closing date for applications: Friday 30th June 2017 Interview Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017 It is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the holder of this post is a practising Christian whose lifestyle is consistent with the values and doctrine of the Christian faith. This post also requires an Enhanced Plus DBS disclosure

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WORKER
TA NEW POST - FOR A FULL TIME CHILDREN AND FAMILY WORKER This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and mature Christian person to re-establish, lead and grow our Children’s and Families work among children under 12 and their families. We are a growing team seeking to further the Mission of Christ in our community. Is God calling you to be part of our journey? Salary: £25,000 to £30,000 depending on experience and qualifications. for further questions, please contact: Revd. Paul Mackay, 489 Victoria Ave, Southend on Sea, Essex. SS2 6NL Email:  revpaulstmary@hotmail.com Tel: 01702 343470 or Revd. Jacky Lindoe Email: revjackystmarys@icloud.com Tel: 01702 308373 Closing date for applications: Friday 30th June 2017 Interview Date: Wednesday 19th July 2017 It is a Genuine Occupational Requirement that the holder of this post is a practising Christian whose lifestyle is consistent with the values and doctrine of the Christian faith. This post also requires an Enhanced Plus DBS disclosure
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
PARISH MAGAZINES
October/November 2016
Back issues of Prittlewell Parish Magazine from September 2008 are available upon request from the Parish Magazine Editor. Want to subscribe or Unsubscribe just  email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net with your request
Parish Magazine April May 2017

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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PARISH MAGAZINE
Back issues of Prittlewell Parish Magazine from September 2008 are available upon request from the Parish Magazine Editor. Want to subscribe or unsubscribe just email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net with your request
Parish Magazine June/ July 2017
Parish Magazine April May 2017
Parish Magazine April / May 17
Annual Report 2016
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
BELL RINGING
Prittlewell Ringing Centre A ringing centre for the teaching of bell ringing in the Southern part of Essex has been established for over twenty years. High tech computer software, cameras and ringing simulators are used at the centre, which runs each Saturday morning from 9.00am till 12 noon. Ringers taught at the centre over the years contributed to the new bells by sponsoring a "Saturday School Bell". The ringing centre is open to anyone interested in learning to ring church bells in the English "Full Circle" style. If you would like to give ringing a try or would like to contribute to the fund for the new bells and frame, please contact the chairman of the St Mary's Prittlewell Bells Fund, Peter Sloman, at peter.sloman@btinternet.com
The History Of Our Bells The church tower was completed in about 1478 and the first mention of bells was in 1550 when a new bell frame was installed. An inventory of 1552 recorded five bells and a Sanctus bell. Richard Holdfield of Cambridge recast at least three bells of the five in 1602 and John Darbie of Ipswich recast the tenor bell in 1682. In 1772 a bell fell down out of its frame and cracked and was recast the following year by Thomas Pack and William Chapman of the Whitechapel Bellfoundry. A new clock by Thwaites and Reed of Clerkenwell was purchased in 1800 and with it a bell to strike the hours; this bell was cast at Whitechapel by Thomas Mears Senior. A sixth bell was added to the ring in 1806 by Thomas Mears and Son. All the old bells in the ring, with the exception of the 1806 bell were recast by Mears and Stainbank (of Whitechapel) in 1872. In 1895 Mears and Stainbank added two smaller bells to complete the octave. In 1902 John Warner of Cripplegate, London added two more smaller bells to complete a ring of ten bells and at the same time recast the 1872 tenor bell. By 1967 the fourth bell had become cracked, this bell was recast by John Taylor & Co. of Loughborough. In the early years of the 21st century the frame installed by John Warner was deteriorating and needed replacing. The opportunity was taken to replace the bells which had been cast at five different dates by four different founders. A new ring of ten bells was cast at the Whitechapel Bellfoundry in 2010, who also replaced the framework and fittings. A second hand bell, previously at St. Mary at Walls, Colchester  which had been stored for many years, was acquired as a service/funeral bell. This bell was cast by John Darbie in 1679 who had originally cast our tenor bell in 1682.  Nine of our old bells are now in use elsewhere, three in Malta, the others in this country in London, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Essex (at Willingale). (Submitted by David Sloman) Visit Our Website http://prittlewell10.wixsite.com/ringingcentre 
15th Century Tower. The tower is constructed of Kentish ragstone and the soft stone known as 'hassock'. The core of the thick walls is of rubble, mainly composed of chalk and flint.The height of the tower is eighty-four feet to the string course below the

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
BELL RINGING
Prittlewell Ringing Centre A ringing centre for the teaching of bell ringing in the Southern part of Essex has been established for over twenty years. High tech computer software, cameras and ringing simulators are used at the centre, which runs each Saturday morning from 9.00am till 12 noon. Ringers taught at the centre over the years contribut ed to the new bells by sponsoring a "Saturday School Bell". The ringing centre is open to anyone interested in learning to ring church bells in the English "Full Circle" style. If you would like to give ringing a try or would like to contribute to the fund for the new bells and frame, please contact the chairman of the St Mary's Prittlewell Bells Fund, Peter Sloman, at peter.sloman@btinternet.com
For more details and History of the bells Visit Our Main website via desktop PC (This is a Mobile Website) or http://prittlewell10.wixsite.com/ringingcentre 
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
MUSIC
The Organ The organ in its present position was built and dedicated in 1876. It was completely rebuilt in 1915 by the reputable firm William Hill & Sons, famous for the organs of York Minster, Birmingham Town Hall and Sydney Town Hall. In 1925, an addition to the Pedal Organ of 'Trombone at Sixteen Feet' was given. The organ is built between the two Chancel arches and together with the Screen, separates the Chancel from the Jesus Chapel. There are two manuals and pedals of twenty speaking stops.In 1997, a very generous donation made it possible for a major restoration to be carried out by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, and at that time the key action was electrified and a 'mixture' added to the Great Organ. The organ features prominently in worship and is used to accompany the choir in the singing of hymns, canticles, psalms and anthems. Its versatility facilitates the performance of a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Music. Its fine tone is much admired by those who enjoy organ music and it now speaks with a more commanding voice than ever - and as it continues to proclaim God's glory one becomes "lost in wonder, love and praise".
The Choir The Choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymnns, canticles and psalms. The Choir's repertoire is large, and embraces anthems, two of which are sung every Sunday at Eucharist and Evensong, and also Cantatas and other works, which are performed on special occasions. Membership of the Choir is free and open to all. New members are welcome, and are given a very simple voice test after one month of attendance at rehearsals and services. Music at St. Mary's also includes performances by visiting groups - from Choral Societies to Brass Band Music. Concerts also include occasional Organ Recitals and are usually in aid of the various charities that St. Mary's supports.
The George Rogers & Sons Boudoir Grand Piano The piano is thought to be a rare example of an instrument made by the London manufacturer George Rogers. A serial number on the piano’s action indicates a production date of around 1898. Sadly, very few Rogers’ pianos of that era have survived to the present day. At that time, the Rogers workshop is thought to have produced pianos in London for the prestigious German manufacturer, Bechstein. The first 40 odd years of the piano’s life is a mystery. However, shortly after World War II, there is a record of it being lent by a local piano dealer to Southend Council to be used on Southend pier for the summer season entertainments. When the piano ceased to be needed for that purpose in the late 1940s, it became the pride and joy of Charles Fawcett, who later became a member of St. Mary’s congregation. By the late 1990s as Charles became increasingly infirm, he was unable to play his piano, so it fell sadly silent for many years. A serious water leak also caused substantial damage. After Charles died in 2004, the family decided to restore the piano in his memory. After extensive repair in Poland, the piano is now on long-term loan to St. Mary’s, where its tones would certainly have brought great happiness to Charles in his familiar pew at Evensong.

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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MUSIC & CHOIR
The Organ The organ in its present position was built and dedicated in 1876. It was completely rebuilt in 1915 by the reputable firm William Hill & Sons, famous for the organs of York Minster, Birmingham Town Hall and Sydney Town Hall. In 1925, an addition to the Pedal Organ of 'Trombone at Sixteen Feet' was given. The organ is built between the two Chancel arches and together with the Screen, separates the Chancel from the Jesus Chapel. There are two manuals and pedals of twenty speaking stops.In 1997, a very generous donation made it possible for a major restoration to be carried out by Harrison & Harrison of Durham, and at that time the key action was electrified and a 'mixture' added to the Great Organ. The organ features prominently in worship and is used to accompany the choir in the singing of hymns, canticles, psalms and anthems. Its versatility facilitates the performance of a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to Contemporary Music. Its fine tone is much admired by those who enjoy organ music and it now speaks with a more commanding voice than ever - and as it continues to proclaim God's glory one becomes "lost in wonder, love and praise".
The Choir The Choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymnns, canticles and psalms. The Choir's repertoire is large, and embraces anthems, two of which are sung every Sunday at Eucharist and Evensong, and also Cantatas and other works, which are performed on special occasions. Membership of the Choir is free and open to all. New members are welcome, and are given a very simple voice test after one month of attendance at rehearsals and services. Music at St. Mary's also includes performances by visiting groups - from Choral Societies to Brass Band Music. Concerts also include occasional Organ Recitals and are usually in aid of the various charities that St. Mary's supports.
The George Rogers & Sons Boudoir Grand Piano The piano is thought to be a rare example of an instrument made by the London manufacturer George Rogers. A serial number on the piano’s action indicates a production date of around 1898. Sadly, very few Rogers’ pianos of that era have survived to the present day.
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
GUIDE TO CHURCH
The plan shows the direction of a walk round the church looking at some detail on the way. In through the south porch.  Font on left. Along the cross aisle and left to the tower. Along the nave to the chancel and high altar. Through the organ screen to Jesus chapel. Back along the south aisle.
Tudor OakDoor. A fine example of carved sixteenth century woodwork. It is divided into five bays which are further divided into panels, each finely carved Holy Water Stoup. Set in the stone jamb on the right hand side in the porch beside the Tudor door. 16th Century Font. The font is octagonal in shape, 2 foot and 7 inches in diameter. Six of the concave sides bear sculptured ornaments. The east facing panel bears a crucifix, now difficult to see. Other panels have a Tudor rose. The Niche Besdie Font. The niche in the pillar was used for holding the oil and salt used at baptisms in days before the Reformation. The Red Cross Flag. This is the Red Cross flag that flew over the Glen Military Hospital, one of three naval and military hospitals in the Borough during the Great War of 1914 - 1918. Coffer Panel. This is one of a pair of traceried coffer panels carved in oak.Fourteenth century. (Coffer - a box or chest used to hold church documents or vestments.)Very few examples of these now survive. Mellitus window. The scene in the Mellitus window depicts St. Mellitus (left) and King Saeberht of the East Saxons (right) watching the building of the Saxon church at Prittlewell.The Saxon burial recently found in Prittlewell may be of King Saeberht. Mural Tablet. Here lieth buried Mary Davies the wiffe of Richard Davies (the sonne of John Davies the elder of Middleton in the County of Salop Esq.) Esq., of the Body Exterordinary unto his Magisty. Shee was the eldest daughter and heire of Richard Cocke The Mayorall Stall. Used by the Mayor of Southend at civic functions in the church. The stall was donated by Alderman S.F.Johnson to mark his years of Mayoralty between 1945 and 1949. The stall was made in the workshops of Ald. Johnson's building business 7th Century Saxon Arch. The remains of the early seventh century Saxon doorway, built with Roman bricks, can be seen behind the choir stalls on the north wall of the Chancel. The arch and part of the surrounding wall can also be seen in the external north Chancel Roof. The picture shows only part of the Chancel roof, but there are four carved figures of angels forming the finials of the hammer beams on each side of the roof, all with their hands clasped in the attitude of prayer and facing the altar. 16th Century Stained Glass. Although there has been considerable debate about who designed the glass, many experts now agree that the work is most probably by Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg.The glass panels were originally in the church of St Ouen at Rouen, Piscina.  This is a piscina - a perforated stone basin for carrying away water used in rinsing chalices after Holy Communion Virgin and Child. Designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, the statue was given to the church in the 1930's. Also in this picture is an Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child.This icon comes from Bulgaria and was presented to the church in 1997. The King Alfred Window. The central figure is that of King Alfred the Great.At the bottom of the centre light, dressed in the Crusaders' black mantle, is the figure of Raymond du Puy, the first Grand Master of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. St, Michael + St. George Chapel. Behind this small door is a difficult to negotiate steep and narrow stone staircase leading to the now disused chapel of St. Michael and St. George.

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Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
GUIDE TO CHURCH
The plan shows the direction of a walk round the church looking at some detail on the way. In through the south porch.  Font on left. Along the cross aisle and left to the tower. Along the nave to the chancel and high altar. Through the organ screen to Jesus chapel. Back along the south aisle.
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Holy Water Stoup. Set in the stone jamb on the right hand side in the porch beside the Tudor door. Tudor OakDoor. A fine example of carved sixteenth century woodwork. It is divided into five bays which are further divided into panels, each finely carved 16th Century Font. The font is octagonal in shape, 2 foot and 7 inches in diameter. Six of the concave sides bear sculptured ornaments. The east facing panel bears a crucifix, now difficult to see. Other panels have a Tudor rose. The Niche Besdie Font. The niche in the pillar was used for holding the oil and salt used at baptisms in days before the Reformation. The Red Cross Flag. This is the Red Cross flag that flew over the Glen Military Hospital, one of three naval and military hospitals in the Borough during the Great War of 1914 - 1918. Mellitus window. The scene in the Mellitus window depicts St. Mellitus (left) and King Saeberht of the East Saxons (right) watching the building of the Saxon church at Prittlewell.The Saxon burial recently found in Prittlewell may be of King Saeberht. Coffer Panel. This is one of a pair of traceried coffer panels carved in oak.Fourteenth century. (Coffer - a box or chest used to hold church documents or vestments.)Very few examples of these now survive. Mural Tablet. Here lieth buried Mary Davies the wiffe of Richard Davies (the sonne of John Davies the elder of Middleton in the County of Salop Esq.) Esq., of the Body Exterordinary unto his Magisty. Shee was the eldest daughter and heire of Richard Cocke The Mayorall Stall. Used by the Mayor of Southend at civic functions in the church. The stall was donated by Alderman S.F.Johnson to mark his years of Mayoralty between 1945 and 1949. The stall was made in the workshops of Ald. Johnson's building business 7th Century Saxon Arch. The remains of the early seventh century Saxon doorway, built with Roman bricks, can be seen behind the choir stalls on the north wall of the Chancel. The arch and part of the surrounding wall can also be seen in the external north Chancel Roof. The picture shows only part of the Chancel roof, but there are four carved figures of angels forming the finials of the hammer beams on each side of the roof, all with their hands clasped in the attitude of prayer and facing the altar. 16th Century Stained Glass. Although there has been considerable debate about who designed the glass, many experts now agree that the work is most probably by Albrecht Dürer of Nuremberg.The glass panels were originally in the church of St Ouen at Rouen, Piscina.  This is a piscina - a perforated stone basin for carrying away water used in rinsing chalices after Holy Communion Virgin and Child. Designed by Sir Charles Nicholson, the statue was given to the church in the 1930's. Also in this picture is an Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Child.This icon comes from Bulgaria and was presented to the church in 1997. The King Alfred Window. The central figure is that of King Alfred the Great.At the bottom of the centre light, dressed in the Crusaders' black mantle, is the figure of Raymond du Puy, the first Grand Master of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem. St, Michael + St. George Chapel. Behind this small door is a difficult to negotiate steep and narrow stone staircase leading to the now disused chapel of St. Michael and St. George.
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
GET INVOLVED
St Mary's 'Nearly New'  WILL BE TAKING A SUMMER BREAK AT THE END OF JULY is run every Thursday morning (9:30am - 12pm) by a very hard-working team that is made up of St Mary's congregation and people from Prittlewell. The Nearly New helps to raise much-needed cash by selling all sorts of things, from books through hand-made greetings cards, furnishings and clothes, toys and games, and anything useful or interesting? On the first Thursday of the month, home-made cakes are also on sale. The kitchen counter is open during the 'Nearly New', serving tea, coffee, toast, bacon sandwiches etc for a small price. Many people drop in here each week for a sit down and a natter, and all are welcome. [Please note the Nearly New is closed during January each year]
Pastoral Care. The sick and housebound are visited, at their request, to take Communion to them or maybe just to maintain their contact with the Church. The Pastoral Care Committee maintains a list of those to be visited. Requests for home visits and/or prayer in Church for someone in need may be made at any time. Please contact the Churchwardens or any member of the Pastoral team and the necessary arrangements will be made.
St Mary's Women's Fellowship meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month (at 2:30pm in the Guild Hall, St Mary's Road) to listen to talks on a variety of subjects, and to enjoy each other's company. All are welcome from the local community, as well as from St Mary's congregation. Contact details can be found in the Parish Magazine
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1st Prittlewell Scout Group  has been part of St Mary’s Church since 1909, includes Beavers,Cubs,Scouts. We are one of the largest Scout Groups in Southend Estuary District with over 90 regular members. We meet on Tuesday evenings during term times in the Church Halls. As well as weekly meetings where we work towards challenge and activity badges, we also take part in District Events, and go on camps and day trips. If you have a young person who would like to join our Group please email with their name and date of birth and we will let you know if they are able to join straight away or add them to our waiting list. Please send enquiries for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts by email to: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
GET INVOLVED
Pastoral Care. The sick and housebound are visited, at their request, to take Communion to them or maybe just to maintain their contact with the Church. The Pastoral Care Committee maintains a list of those to be visited. Requests for home visits and/or prayer in Church for someone in need may be made at any time. Please contact the Churchwardens or any member of the Pastoral team and the necessary arrangements will be made.
St Mary's 'Nearly New'  WILL BE TAKING A SUMMER BREAK AT THE END OF JULY is run every Thursday morning (9:30am - 12pm) by a very hard- working team that is made up of St Mary's congregation and people from Prittlewell. The Nearly New helps to raise much-needed cash by selling all sorts of things, from books through hand-made greetings cards, furnishings and clothes, toys and games, and anything useful or interesting? On the first Thursday of the month, home-made cakes are also on sale. The kitchen counter is open during the 'Nearly New', serving tea, coffee, toast, bacon sandwiches etc for a small price. Many people drop in here each week for a sit down and a natter, and all are welcome. [Please note the Nearly New is closed during January each year]
St Mary's Women's Fellowship meets on the first Monday afternoon of the month (at 2:30pm in the Guild Hall, St Mary's Road) to listen to talks on a variety of subjects, and to enjoy each other's company. All are welcome from the local community, as well as from St Mary's congregation. Contact details can be found in the Parish Magazine
1st Prittlewell Scout Group  has been part of St Mary’s Church since 1909, includes Beavers,Cubs,Scouts. We are one of the largest Scout Groups in Southend Estuary District with over 90 regular members. We meet on Tuesday evenings during term times in the Church Halls. As well as weekly meetings where we work towards challenge and activity badges, we also take part in District Events, and go on camps and day trips. If you have a young person who would like to join our Group please email with their name and date of birth and we will let you know if they are able to join straight away or add them to our waiting list. Please send enquiries for Beavers, Cubs or Scouts by email to: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
HOME GROUPS
"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. " Hebrews 10:24.   Home Groups are a vital part of Church life - they give us the opportunity to gather in small groups to study the Bible, discuss aspects of our Christian faith and pray. We currently have two home groups. One which meets during the day and the other in the evening, both meet every two weeks. These groups are an expression of the unity we share in God, as they are an opportunity for us to share life together as Christians. Each group has its own 'flavour', but each session begins with a prayer, followed by a discussion on the Bible or aspect of Christian faith. We always end by praying for one another, our Church, and wider national and international issues. Afterwards we have time for fellowship and chatting about life in general.   Home Groups offer us a needed context in which we can learn to trust and grow, a context in which we can love one another, exhort one another, speak to one another, honour one another, receive one another, watch over and care for one another. It is more difficult for us to develop our faith if we limit ourselves to services and church events. The Bible instructs us in Acts 2:42 (NRSV) that,   The Fellowship of the Believers   42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.   We see that the full implementation of God’s plan requires a small group setting. These small groups, are therefore a vital part of God’s plan. Just as the early church often met in homes, so too can we. It is interesting that the vast majority of growing churches today have some kind of home group network in place, through which new people are added, strengthened and developed for the purposes of our God.   If you would like to know more about the Home Groups please contact the Rev. Paul Mackay or Rev. Jackie Lindoe.

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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Home Groups
"Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near. " Hebrews 10:24.   Home Groups are a vital part of Church life - they give us the opportunity to gather in small groups to study the Bible, discuss aspects of our Christian faith and pray. We currently have two home groups. One which meets during the day and the other in the evening, both meet every two weeks. These groups are an expression of the unity we share in God, as they are an opportunity for us to share life together as Christians. Each group has its own 'flavour', but each session begins with a prayer, followed by a discussion on the Bible or aspect of Christian faith. We always end by praying for one another, our Church, and wider national and international issues. Afterwards we have time for fellowship and chatting about life in general.   Home Groups offer us a needed context in which we can learn to trust and grow, a context in which we can love one another, exhort one another, speak to one another, honour one another, receive one another, watch over and care for one another. It is more difficult for us to develop our faith if we limit ourselves to services and church events. The Bible instructs us in Acts 2:42 (NRSV) that,   The Fellowship of the Believers   42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.   We see that the full implementation of God’s plan requires a small group setting. These small groups, are therefore a vital part of God’s plan. Just as the early church often met in homes, so too can we. It is interesting that the vast majority of growing churches today have some kind of home group network in place, through which new people are added, strengthened and developed for the purposes of our God.   If you would like to know more about the Home Groups please contact the Rev. Paul Mackay or Rev. Jackie Lindoe.
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
OUR HISTORY
A Brief History of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin For more than a thousand years there has been a church on the site of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell. When the Saxons settled here, soon after the Roman Legions had left Britain, they found a fine, dry site overlooking the river Thames, with a fresh water stream - the Prittle Brook - and good grazing land nearby. There is archaeological evidence that a small chapel was erected on the site of the present church in the 7th century. A portion of the Saxon doorway of that tiny chapel remains today as part of the north wall of the chancel.For four hundred years or so, the small Saxon chapel served the developing village of Prittlewell. In the 11th century, the Norman nave was built, which greatly enlarged the building, and the chancel of the new church was built over the foundations of the old Saxon chapel. The church at Prittlewell is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.Towards the end of the 12th century, a processional aisle was added to the south side of the nave. The south aisle was enlarged and completed in the late 15th century, almost doubling the size of the church.In the 15th century, the magnificent tower was built, together with a porch and an eastern wall that now forms part of the Jesus Chapel. Since then, the structure of the church remains unaltered, save for the addition of the vestries in modern times. When the town of Southend-on-Sea was established at the 'Southe Ende' of Prittlewell village, the church of Saint Mary the Virgin became the mother church of Southend.Over the centuries, the church at Prittlewell has seen joyous times, and has fallen on hard times. Shortly after Henry VIII's reign, at the time of the Reformation, so much of the church's income and assets were seized that the churchwardens sold the church plate to 'pay for maintenance of the church'. In the Second World War, Saint Mary's suffered blast damage from bombs falling nearby, but daily services continued at the normal times throughout those difficult years. It is said that the Vicar at that time - Canon Ellis Gowing - had the valuable 16th century stained glass window removed from the Jesus Chapel and buried in the cellar of the old vicarage. 
15th Century Tower. The tower is constructed of Kentish ragstone and the soft stone known as 'hassock'. The core of the thick walls is of rubble, mainly composed of chalk and flint.The height of the tower is eighty-four feet to the string course below the View-From the north-east corner of the churchyard, looking towards the west. Lych Gate view from West Door This is the view looking north, across Priory park towards Rochford and beyond to the river Crouch. The View to the south-west showing part of Prittlewell village, Westcliff beyond, and the river Thames in the distance. Remains of Saxon Door North Wall. A closer look at the position of the Saxon doorway (between the two stained glass windows).

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
OUR HISTORY
A Brief History of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin For more than a thousand years there has been a church on the site of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell. When the Saxons settled here, soon after the Roman Legions had left Britain, they found a fine, dry site overlooking the river Thames, with a fresh water stream - the Prittle Brook - and good grazing land nearby. There is archaeological evidence that a small chapel was erected on the site of the present church in the 7th century. A portion of the Saxon doorway of that tiny chapel remains today as part of the north wall of the chancel.For four hundred years or so, the small Saxon chapel served the developing village of Prittlewell. In the 11th century, the Norman nave was built, which greatly enlarged the building, and the chancel of the new church was built over the foundations of the old Saxon chapel. The church at Prittlewell is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.Towards the end of the 12th century, a processional aisle was added to the south side of the nave. The south aisle was enlarged and completed in the late 15th century, almost doubling the size of the church.In the 15th century, the magnificent tower was built, together with a porch and an eastern wall that now forms part of the Jesus Chapel. Since then, the structure of the church remains unaltered, save for the addition of the vestries in modern times. When the town of Southend-on-Sea was established at the 'Southe Ende' of Prittlewell village, the church of Saint Mary the Virgin became the mother church of Southend. Over the centuries, the church at Prittlewell has seen joyous times, and has fallen on hard times. Shortly after Henry VIII's reign, at the time of the Reformation, so much of the church's income and assets were seized that the churchwardens sold the church plate to 'pay for maintenance of the church'. In the Second World War, Saint Mary's suffered blast damage from bombs falling nearby, but daily services continued at the normal times throughout those difficult years. It is said that the Vicar at that time - Canon Ellis Gowing - had the valuable 16th century stained glass window removed from the Jesus Chapel and buried in the cellar of the old vicarage
15th Century Tower. The tower is constructed of Kentish ragstone and the soft stone known as 'hassock'. The core of the thick walls is of rubble, mainly composed of chalk and flint.The height of the tower is eighty-four feet to the string course below the View-From the north-east corner of the churchyard, looking towards the west. Lych Gate view from West Door Remains of Saxon Door North Wall. A closer look at the position of the Saxon doorway (between the two stained glass windows).
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
CONTACT US
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com  Vicarage Telephone 01702 343470 Postal Address: Prittlewell Parish Church, East Street, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6LQ The early Parish Registers of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell (Baptisms 1689-1812, Marriages 1645-1812, Burials 1645-1812) are held by The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6YT Baptism, Wedding,   If you have an enquiry about a Baptism or Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. Every Wednesday between 11.30 and 1.30pm and the first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm. Funeral If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470. Parish Administrator contact the Parish Administrator in person in the Church Office or by telephone (01702 466471), on Wednesdays between 10am and 3pm, or Thursdays between 10am and 3pm, or by email: stmaryprittlewell@gmail.com Wherever possible, please contact the Church Office during these office hours, but you may also telephone the Vicarage out of hours if needs be. Revd. Paul and Revd. Jacky look forward to meeting you. Halls booking enquiries, contact the Halls Booking Secretary on Telephone 01702 332491 St. Mary's Parish Magazine enquiries, contact the Magazine Editor by email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, email: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk Website Feedback : Web Team
Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com

Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
CONTACT US
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com Assistant Curate: Revd Jacky Lindoe
Vicar: The Revd Paul Mackay, email: revpaulstmarys@hotmail.com  Vicarage Telephone 01702 343470 Postal Address: Prittlewell Parish Church, East Street, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6LQ The early Parish Registers of Saint Mary's, Prittlewell (Baptisms 1689-1812, Marriages 1645-1812, Burials 1645- 1812) are held by The Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6YT Baptism, Wedding, If you have an enquiry about a Baptism or Wedding please come to the church to meet with one of the clergy who will be pleased to meet with you to discuss your plans and make arrangements. Every Wednesday between 11.30 and 1.30pm and the from 21 st  March first and third Tuesday evenings of the month between 7 and 8pm.  Funeral If you have an enquiry regarding a funeral or are concerned about a loved one please always telephone the vicarage in the first instance 01702 343470.  Parish Administrator contact the Parish Administrator in person in the Church Office or by telephone (01702 466471), on Wednesdays between 9:30 am and 2.30pm, or Thursdays between 9:30am and 12:30 pm, or by email: stmaryprittlewell@gmail.com Wherever possible, please contact the Church Office during these office hours, but you may also telephone the Vicarage out of hours if needs be. Revd. Paul and Revd. Jacky look forward to meeting you. Halls booking enquiries, contact the Halls Booking Secretary on Telephone 01702 332491 St. Mary's Parish Magazine enquiries, contact the Magazine Editor by email: prittlewellparishmag@vfemail.net Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, email: cubs@1stprittlewell.org.uk Website Feedback :Web Team
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Saint Mary the Virgin

       The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
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Saint Mary the Virgin

The Ancient Parish Church of Prittlewell, at Southend-on-Sea in Essex
First Published May 2000. Mobile Version . Last update May 2017 KHT. Text and Pictures Copyright © St Mary's Prittlewell PCC. No part of this web site may be reproduced without prior written permission of the copyright owners.
Links Page
This page has links to the School,Charities and companies St Marys Supports
At St. Mary’s Church of England School, we seek to provide the best possible education for each child within a safe Caring Christian Community by worshipping, learning and growing together in faith.
Click On Image for Council Services and Website.
HARP is the Southend-on-Sea charity reducing homelessness by providing essential services, emergency housing and long term solutions - enabling people to rebuild their lives and return to independent living.
All Aspects of tree surgery 24hr Emergency Call Out Service Stump Removal, Tree Felling Garden Maintenance Grass Cutting, Rubbish Removal Fully Insured Telephone: 07905448095
Click On Image for Church Of England Website.
Derek Brown 07783885226 Stephen Lockett 07793814723