What is the Empty Chair service at Mereworth on Wednesday 21st December?

A special service for people missing someone this Christmas…

Wednesday 21 December 6pm at Mereworth Church

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What is the parish share?

As part of the church of England, your three local churches are part of a local region (or diocese). In our case we are part of Rochester. A popular misconception is that this is all paid for by the government – if only…

We contribute towards the costs of running the church in a system called church share and this is really nicely explained in a video. Click here to watch.

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Christmas Details

Christmas preparations are well underway for your local churches – here is a the official details so you can plan your holiday. We try to offer a complete range of modern and traditional events to suit all ages and tastes. We hope you find something for you.

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West Peckham Flower festival in pictures

The first weekend in October saw the very successful Flower Festival at St. Dunstans’ church. A stream of people descended on the West Peckham church to enjoy the displays (beautifully illuminated by our new lights), followed by refreshments at the village hall.

Here is are some pictures of what the church looked like….

 

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Special October Victoria Cross Service at Mereworth

Did you know that the very first VC was given to someone from Mereworth?

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Read the leaflet

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Jazz comes to West Peckham in October…

In October, St. Dunstans will host the Flower Festival. The church will be open all weekend with lots of events and activities.

As part of the festival, we have a special treat for you with a Saturday night Jazz Concert, featuring The Goin’ Home Jazz Band. Tickets are available now (and cheaper to buy in advance) and there will be drink and nibbles.

Make a date in your diary now for the First weekend in October….

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Statement from Archbishop Justin Welby following the murder of Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen

Archbishop Justin and the other five Presidents of Churches Together in England released a statement today following the killing yesterday of Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen, France.

After news of the attack broke yesterday, Archbishop Justin tweeted: “Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, is defeated through Jesus Christ. We pray for France, for the victims and for their communities.”

“Le mal attaque les plus faibles, nie toute vérité et amour, est vaincu par Jésus. Prions pour la France, ses victimes et ses communautés.”

Read the full statement here:  http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5743/cte-presidents-release-statement-following-france-church-attack

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photos from the Rogation walk

on Sunday 1 May we had our annual Rogation Walk between the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham.  Despite a forecast of rain, glorious sunshine accompanied us the whole way.   As we prayed for farmers and farmworkers, for changing needs and seasons, we witnessed the changing times and seasons as the new vineyard was planted replacing the old apple trees.  a glorious day.  why not join us next year?DSCF1540 DSCF1506 DSCF1486 DSCF1484 DSCF1474

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Thy Kingdom Come

This week we are praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and joining in a 24/7 prayer week across the whole nation.

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In Mereworth & West Peckham parishes we are praying Monday night 22.00-23.00, Tuesday night 23.00-midnight, and Wednesday night 23.00-midnight.

if you can’t make those hours, choose one hour a day, set it apart and do intentional praying.  For ideas of how you can do it, and more information

http://thykingdom.co.uk

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Annual Rogation walk around the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham

The annual Rogation walk take place this weekend. It starts at 10am at Mereworth Church, walking through the farms and paths that make up the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham.
Well-behaved pets  (on leads only) welcomed.  Some physical agility needed as not all the walk is on paths.    We finish at West Peckham Church, at approximately 12noon, for a short communion service.

Everyone welcome!

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