Revd David warmly welcomes you to the parish church.
Sunday 29th November
It’s like a man going away. He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back .... If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: ‘Watch!’ (Mark 13.35-7)
Over the centuries there have been many self-styled ‘prophets’ claiming to know when and how the world will end, and frightening many gullible souls into believing that the apocalypse is imminent.
Yet Jesus tells his disciples that even he does not know when this will happen. When he calls us to ‘watch’, to be alert, he is not suggesting that we should be in a permanent state of fear and anxiety, but rather that we should lead our lives in such a way that we need not be ashamed or fearful whenever God may call us - whether at the Last Day or at the time of our own death.
A wonderful old lady I once knew used to say, ‘I’m in no hurry, but I’m ready when he comes for me’. May God grant us such a faith.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches
Last updated: Saturday 28th November
We are awaiting updated guidelines from the CoE with regard to the impact on all our Christmas services after the end of lockdown but going into Tier 3 in Kent.
We are registered with the NHS "Track and Trace", please make use of this if you have downloaded the app to your smartphone.
Sadly, there will be no live services in church (except funerals) until 2 December, We are open for individual private prayer every day.
If you come into church please remember:
"Hands. Face. Space."
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. Please do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
We follow the guidelines issued by the Church of England. If you wish to read these in full, they are available here.
(More information available on the Coronavirus page of our website.)
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:
Due to the Covid lockdown, there is no public worship in church during November but we will resume worship on Sunday 6th December. In the meantime, please make use of the beautiful quiet space in St. George's Church though for individual private prayer whenever you want to; prayer resources are available. If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.
Benefice Services in November:29th Nov: On-line service, 10am (Available from 8am)Followed by coffee and a chat on Zoom at 11am:(Meeting ID: 397 110 2878 Passcode: 658989)Services in December:(Live worship in church!)6th Dec: 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George's; 5pm "Service of Light", St. George'sTues 8th: 10am Mission Church13th Dec: 8am St. George's; 10am St. NicholasTues 15th: 10am Mission Church20th Dec: 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George'sTues 22nd: 10am Mission ChurchMon 21st: 7:30pm "on-line" parish carol service (Link available on the 18th)Christmas Eve: 3pm Nativity service - top of The Green; 11:30pm Communion
Christmas Day: 8am Communion, followed by two short family services, ticketed with numbers restricted to 100, at 9:30am, and at 10:45am. Further details, including how to reserve tickets, in the December Parish Magazine.
27th Dec: 8am St. George's; 10am St. Nicholas
“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