Welcome to the newsletter for The Two Rivers Benefice . We extend a very warm welcome, especially if you are joining us for the first time. We invite you to join us for a chat and some light refreshments after the service. Each month this newsletter contains information about the Sunday services and forthcoming events.



The Leadership Team




The Revd Canon Jonathan Lowe ACII CF - Rector


The Vicarage, 3 Church Street, Steeple Bumpstead, Essex CB9 7DG


Tel: 01440 731687 / Email: vicar@2rivers.faith




Revd Sue Cruse - Associate Minister


Tel: 01787 462062 / Email: sue.cruse@sky.com




Claire Robertson - Curate


Tel: 01440 730148




Theresa Lowe - Lay Minister


Tel: 01440 731687 / Email: theresa@tclowe.co.uk




David Buckley - Lay Minister


Tel: 01440 730333




 Nancy Hatch - Parish Administrator


Email: admin@2rivers.faith





Sunday 15th October              09.15 Holy Communion (Ridgewell)

Sunday 22nd October             18.00 Evensong (Ashen)

Sunday 29th October              10.30 Benefice Bible Sunday Service (Ridgewell)


 What's On in the Local Churches in October

Tuesday 10th Oct:        8:00pm Community Choir

 Weds 11th Oct:             9:30am BCP Morning Prayer at Helions

                                          1:15pm Helions Fellowship Group

 Saturday 14th Oct:        10:00am David Buckley’s Licensing Service at Chelmsford Cathedral

                                           7:30pm St Mary’s Steeple Harvest Quiz (details on page 2)

 Monday 16th Oct:          8:00pm Fellowship Group

 Tuesday 17th Oct:          8:00pm Community Choir

 Weds 25th Oct:               9:30am BCP Morning Prayer at Helions

 Saturday 28th Oct:         10:00am Marriage Preparation Day

 Monday 30th Oct:           8:00pm Fellowship Group

 Tuesday 31st Oct:            8:00pm Community Choir 


 Dates for Benefice Combined Services 2017

 Sunday 29th October     10:30am Bible Sunday Service at Ridgewell with Archdeacon Robin

 Sunday 26th November 10:30am Holy Communion at Birdbrook with Bishop Stephen


 Benefice & Individual PCC dates 2017

Friday 24th  Nov         Benefice & Individual PCC meetings


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Thank you for your support.


 Children's Church Smile

If you have any friends whose children may like to join our Children's Church at Steeple Bumpstead please invite them along.

Children's Church takes place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month during term times at 11.00am. The area for the children to access books etc is available each service. The service on the 1st Sunday of the month at 11.00am is suitable for all the family.


Bell Ringers

We have a team of 5 ringers now (mostly new) and if there are any ringers who would like to join us or anyone from 11 years old who wish to learn, they would be most welcome to join us at Ridgewell Church on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm. We also have a practice ring at Ashen usually on the first Tuesday of the month.


Ashen Church Yard

We now have areas set aside to encourage the wild flora and fauna. If anyone is interested in helping with the identification of the flowers and plants please conact Maureen Rigg on 01440 788678.


If anyone has any items for the Church Newsletter or diary, please contact: 

 Nancy Hatch  01440 730836     email: administrator@tworiversbenefice.org.uk