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Music Director: St. George’s, Benenden.

Our Church Community

We are a 14th Century parish church in a rural setting: the village of Benenden, in the heart of The Weald in Kent. The village population is around 1800 people; the church Electoral Roll has 140 members.

Our vision

Is to grow our church family numerically and spiritually, by seeking God’s will, and joining in with his mission in this place. We seek to share the love of Jesus Christ with everyone in the community.

Who we are looking for

A musician with a personal commitment to church worship, who is a Christian, and will take responsibility for the musical life at St. George’s. Someone who will maintain and develop our choir, work with the leaders of services and on the choice of hymns, including introducing us to new music, and play the organ or piano for some services. Continue reading Music Director: St. George’s, Benenden.

Rector’s Letter October 2015

Community Service

Last month we were all privileged to witness a piece of history for our country: on the ninth of September 2015, when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the longest serving monarch in British history. Whether you are a royalist or not, that is quite an amazing milestone for someone to reach; there are not many people who can say they’ve served in a role for 63 years. Continue reading Rector’s Letter October 2015

Northiam concert

On Saturday 18 October, Northiam Chamber Orchestra will be joined by visiting soloists to perform Haydn’s Creation in the Village Hall. Tickets are £10, available from Mervyn & Lynn at Rose Cottage, 253443, with proceeds to St Mary’s Restoration Fund.

Rector’s Letter (November 2013)

There’s a lovely piece of prose written by Paul to the church in Galatia many, many years ago about Fruits of the Spirit. The characteristics he speaks of make for a wonderful, enhanced, inclusive society whether you are a Christian or not; whether you have any belief in God or not. Whatever your position or stance on faith, on religion or on God, they should be universal characteristics that we all strive for. This is what Paul wrote,

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

(Galatians 5:22&23)

As we have just celebrated gathering in the harvest, and the blessings of all the harvest this year, it seems appropriate to be thinking about these Fruits. Thinking about which of them we individually might have in abundance, and those which we think, or know, we need more of.

The first fruit listed is love. Love is a strange, wonderful thing isn’t it? And we use the word in so many different ways in the English language. We can fallin love; we can fall out of love. We can carry out a labour of love. We say that love is blind. When we don’t want to do something we won’t do it for love or money. If two people dislike one another, we saythere’s no love lost between them. We say things like, “I love football / cricket / golf / sewing / bridge”;whatever your passion is, we often catch ourselves saying, “I love……..such and such”.

So many of our playwrights, our poets, and our songwriters over the years have scribed so many, many words about love. I’m sure we can all think of a favourite expression, passage, song or poem about love. Just after Helen and I first met, Leo Sayer (remember him?!), was singing, “When I need love, I hold out my hands and I touch love”. Love is something that we all feel better for receiving, and something that we all feel better for giving. If you know someone on their own, please remember that a simple touch, or smile, or word from you may be the sign of love that they need to feel. And when you connect with another person through that touch, or smile, or gentle word, then the fruit that Paul spoke of will be shared and will grow.

By the time you read this, Helen and I will have been in the benefice of Benenden and Sandhurst for six weeks. We can honestly say that we love being here. And, so importantly to us, we have felt so much love from many people. So thank you for that feeling of love that we have both felt and received. The first fruit of the Spirit is love.

We pray that you will allow us to share the fruit of love with many of you over the years, and that we see it grow together.

David Commander