Thursday 6th May
For the Lord’s sake accept the authority of every human institution, whether of the emperor as supreme, or of governors, as sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. (1 Peter 2.13-14)
We are promised a new exhibition, ‘Nero the man behind the myth’, at the British Museum. It will not be easy to clear his name - Nero is infamous for claiming gold medals for himself in the Olympics, singing while Rome burned and torching Christians to transfer the blame, not to mention having his mother murdered. St Peter was one of those who died in Rome under Nero, yet here is a letter bearing his name which calls for respect for the emperor. How does this read for us or for a citizen of Burma? The principle for a Christian, Peter’s letter says, is to follow Jesus’ example - never to counter evil with further wrong but to face up to injustice with continuing respect . Heaven help us!
David HarmsworthA little bit more normality returns! Assuming there are no further restrictions imposed and the four-stage Government road-map out of Covid continues, we are planning on recommencing the midweek Communion service on the 18th May: 10am, Tuesday's, at the Mission Church, Sandhurst.We are also looking at recommencing "Cakes & Chaos" on the 11th June. (See the Children & Families page for more details.)
Christian Aid Week - 10th to 16th May 2021
Here is a link to this year's fundraising page.https://www.justgiving.com/
fundraising/cawbig?utm_source= Sharethis&utm_medium= fundraising&utm_content= cawbig&utm_campaign=pfp-email& utm_term= 5f87d56c73df487187c842b14d0b35 cb. Please share and help spread the word.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure and any donation is sent directly to Christian Aid.
Our target this year is £3,000 and an article will appear in future editions of the Benenden magazine
Many thanks for your support.
Fundraising for the Weald Family Hub & Benenden Church of England Primary School
Many of you know Lindsay Roberts, the Executive Headteacher at Benenden Primary School.
At the end of May Lindsay is doing a skydive to raise funds for the Weald Family Hub our primary school and Goudhurst & Kilndown Primary School.
To find out more, and to sponsor Lindsay, please take a look at her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lindsay-roberts-3
If you come into church for private prayer please remember: "Hands. Face. Space......and no "mingling"!
Please hand sanitise on entry and exit. Wear a face covering. And maintain 2m social distancing from others not in your household or social bubble at all times....even after the service as you leave....."No mingling!"
And, please, you MUST NOT come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate.
We follow the guidelines issued by the Church of England. If you wish to read these in full, they are available here.
There are prayer resources available as you come into church. (Please take them away with you when you leave if you use them.) If you wish to read some scripture when you come to church for private prayer, please bring your Bible with you.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.
RESOURCES for prayer, bible reading and reflection
Direction Finder : TN17 4DL
“Services” and Prayer:
Please make use of the beautiful quiet space in St. George's Church any day for individual private prayer; prayer resources are available. If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
Services:Public worship, in church, recommenced on Easter Sunday.Services for May are as follows:2nd May: 10 am St. George's - service link9th May: 8am St. George's, 10am St. Nicholas13th May Ascension: 7:30pm St. George's16th May: 8am St. Nicholas, 10 am St. George's23rd May: 8am St. George's, 10am St. Nicholas30th May: 8am St. Nicholas, 10 am St. George's
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now is still a time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we are getting through this.
Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:
A prayer in the morning:
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
A prayer in the evening:
God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light,:we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only what you bless will prosper. To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. God bless you. With love, David