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This is the website for the mission and ministry of Manningtree Benefice: St. Mary & St. Michael' Church, Mistley with Manningtree and St. Lawrence's Church, Bradfield, including service, group and event information, contact details, media, and information about Mistley Church Hall (Mistley Institute).

We're working towards making this our main website, so please forgive any slight maintenance issues we might have in the next few weeks. If you can't access the information that you need, or you can't find it, do contact the Church Office on info@manningtreebenefice.co.uk or 01206 392200.


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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Busy busy busy...

Friends, Mission Week is on its way, and it really isn't that far off. From May 10-18 we have a big, fat excuse to tell our friends and neighbours about Jesus. I get all twirly and excited when we start talking about Mission, partly because I was involved with some really great ones down at my university, and I start using words like 'awesome' unironically and sounding like the turtles in Finding Nemo.


So. Anyway. If you know me, you'll know that things in my life are a little extra like whoah  at the moment, as we're trying to move house, and I am designing an awful lot of the publicity for the Mission. Seems I have serious thrill issues.

So, I 'm concerned that I could easily, despite my Mission-themed excitement, get a little bogged down in the here and now and packing boxes and my computer crashing, and then emerge at the end of the Mission to find that I was so busy doing stuff, that I forget to actually talk to people. I know. Crazy.

However, when I finally do remember to talk to people, how am I actually going to do that? I mean, I'm excellent at talking about pasta and cake and The Musketeers and the early years of Disney and why Comic Sans and I have issues...but when it comes to talking about the most important things in life, I get a bit like whoah.

There is, however, good news. First, we in the Manningtree Benefice are putting on a three-session course on sharing our faith. Perfect! Each session will be held both during the day and in the evening to hopefully allow everyone who would wish to come along. More details will be published really soon, but please do think about coming to this. It'll be really helpful, practical and enabling.

Second, I came across this today. It's a video of Bear Grylls, Christian adventuring-outdoorsy-explorer, chatting with Stephen Fry, who amongst other things is well known for being an atheist.


Let's all take a second to be blown away at how respectful they are to each other. Isn't it refreshing? I found it via this website, where Krish Kandiah says: "I wish all Christian / Atheist Conversation could take place with this kind of spirit and tone."

 I really recommend that you watch the video, and that you read Krish's article, because both are incredibly heartening, and make me remember that it's really not that hard to talk about faith.