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The new School at Kings Hill

With the announcement of the decision on new school at Kings Hill, the church has put out this statement: “The Rochester Diocesan Board of Education is disappointed not to have been chosen by the Department of Education as the preferred sponsor for a new primary academy in Kings Hill, West Malling. The Diocese believes that it put forward a credible proposal to run a new primary academy which would have served local families and provided much need facilities on behalf of the local community. Director of Education, Alex Tear said, “This is a disappointing decision by ministers who I believe have failed to recognise the strength of the Diocesan bid … Continue reading

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Full list of Christmas activities and services at West Malling, Mereworth, and West Peckham

It is almost December and before we know it we will be into the Christmas season…. We have a lot of exciting activities and services over Christmas. So here is a full list of what is on – we will be providing updates and reminders during December. (**) indicates activities specially suited for children The Children’s Community Church Choir rehearses every Wednesday until Christmas, 18.30-19.30 at Mereworth Church and welcomes any local (or not-so local) children.   1 December – Advent starts 8am Holy Communion, West Peckham No service at St Gabriel’s (School Christmas Fair ) 10am Mattins, Mereworth (Junior Church for Children) 5pm Advent Service.  Mereworth.  Welcome in the season … Continue reading

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Can you think of a good name for the Parish magazine?

What would be a good name for the West Malling, Offham and Kings Hill Parish Magazine? Even in this ‘electronic age’, the Parish magazine still provides a vital link and source of information for the local community. It is very hard to come up with a snappy name which is both clear and short. So we thought we should ask. If you go to the West Malling website, you will see a list of some ideas and how many votes for each one. Anyone can vote and the more people who join in the better. You can download the current edition to see if it gives you any ideas. Or … Continue reading

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Happy Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day, the day on which the church celebrates the return of Jesus to Heaven and the end of his ministry on Earth. After his death on the cross on Good Friday, he rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and then appeared to many of his followers before finally returning to heaven. To celebrate this special day there will be a joint service at 19.30 St Mary’s, West Malling The 5 local Church of England Congregations will come together to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord in a joint service. Anyone is welcome so come along, even if you do not regularly attend church – you will … Continue reading

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St Gabriel’s

The Vote closed and after those who chose to had their say, a new name has been chosen for the Church of England on Kings Hill: St Gabriel’s The angel who brought the Good News, let’s pray that this marks a new season for the christian community on Kings Hill. A few formalities need to be completed (the Bishop’s official permission needs to be sort), but it looks like we will be known as St Gabriel’s on Kings Hill. Good News?

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Preparing for Christmas in Mereworth, West Peckham, and KingsHill

I took this photo in picturesque Brussels this week. Preparations are in hand for the holidays and in the centre of it is a small stable. The best services of the year take place at Christmas and you can see all the times here.

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Women Bishops

Because the outcome of the vote hurts too much, I post here the facts as reported by the BBC news service.  You may know that a few years ago the Synod of the Church of England accepted the consecration of women to become bishops, but a code of practise (how it would work) needed to be agreed before this could become a reality.  Today’s vote in the General Synod was not as to whether there could or could not be women bishops in the church of England, but it was about how those who objected to it would be catered for. As you will see, the measure that has taken … Continue reading

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“Church of England on Kings Hill”?

It is quite a mouthful to identify the congregation of the CHurch of England on Kings Hill in that way.  Bishop James, Bishop of Rochester, has given us permission to seek a name for the Church of England on Kings Hill.  It is unusual, as usually a congregation only takes a name when there is a church building, but, because having a building does not depend on the people of the congregation and community but on the whims of the Developers and the pressure of the council, we have ben given permission to decide a name to identify ourselves as a community.  Instead of being authoritarian, we have opened it … Continue reading

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Remembrance service for Mereworth and West Peckham

In 1918, at 11.00am on  the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the First World War came to an end. Most of the war was fought in dug-out trenches across Belgium and France. Perhaps as many as 9 million soldiers died, there were about 27 million were wounded – many permanently disabled. Then at 11.00am, the fighting stopped everywhere, six hours after the Armistice was signed in a railway carriage in Compiègne, northern France. The Joint remembrance service for Mereworth and West Peckham will take place at St Lawrence’s Church, Mereworth, on Sunday 11 November 2012 starting at 10am, and finishing with the 2 minutes … Continue reading

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“Only a day acceptable to God?”

I do a lot of reading as a priest, some of it is religious, but a lot of it has to do with matters of social or political interest. Today I read this, from LICC (London Institute of Contemporary Christianity www.licc.org.uk). Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? Isaiah 58:5 The sacred-secular divide is nothing new. In Isaiah’s time too, God was interested in what his people did every day. … Continue reading

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