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The Rochester Cathedral Voluntary Choir will be singing at an extra special service of Evensong at St. Lawrence’s church on Sunday 17 May, starting at 6.00 pm (please note the correct time is 6pm – a typo meant it was incorrect in the local press). Choral Evensong is one of the most popular services and really brings alive the church. We do not have a regular evening service. So this will be an extra special service. We hope to see you there.
Easter is celebrated this week, and we have a whole range of special services (traditional and modern, early and late) in West Peckham, Mereworth and KingsHill. If you think a church service is just a formal event in a church you will be very surprised to see the range of activities and locations… Maundy Thursday 10am Holy Communion and Stripping of the Altar, Mereworth 19.30 SEDER Meal (please book in advance with Pat Dickin), Kings Hill Vicarage Good Friday 9.15am Morning Prayer, Discovery School 9.30am Morning Prayer, West Peckham 11-1 Walk of Witness, West Malling, starting at the Roman Catholic Church, finishing at St Mary’s (CofE) 2pm Meditations on … Continue reading
The tragic Haiti Earthquake in 2010 has a special and very personal significance for West Peckham as we lost one of our own, Frederick Woolridge. He was working for the United Nations mission in Haiti and died when the United Nations building collapsed. His funeral at St. Dunstan’s was a very emotional and moving event, and we laid him to rest in St Dunstan’s churchyard. So the Sunday service will be a special service to remember Frederick and all the other victims of the Earthquake. Haiti is still scarred by the disaster, with many people still living without home or shelter, and many living with physical disabilities as a consequence of that fateful … Continue reading
The Church’s successful twitter campaign, #Christmasmeans will be running again this year giving congregations and individuals across the country a chance to show what Christmas means to them, with image, videos and 140 character reflections. Last year more than four million people connected with #Christmasmeans with short videos, pictures from Christmas services and Bible verses. “We are delighted that #Christmasmeans gives us this opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas beyond churches and into people’s lives and homes” says the Revd Arun Arora (@RevArun), Director of Communications at the Archbishops’ Council.
Each year we hold a Comfort and Bereavement Service for our parish. This is a special service aimed at anyone who has lost someone in the few years. It is a chance to reflect, remember and pray. You do not need to be a regular church-goer or even religious to attend – everyone is welcome. This year we are very pleased that Jennifer Rees Larcombe has agreed to do a talk at our service. Jennifer may be a familiar face to many as she also regularly visits West Peckham church on her walks through the area. Jennifer is an author, international speaker, a trained bereavement counsellor and has recently opened up her … Continue reading
As well as the usual church services, we have 2 special services in March…. On Wednesday 5th March (better known as Ash Wednesday) at 19.30 Ash Wednesday there is a special Church service to mark the beginning of Lent. Bishop Brian Castle will be speaking and presiding. The service takes place at St Mary’s West Malling, On Sunday 30th March (remember the clocks go back overnight!) there is a special Mothering Day service at Mereworth featuring the Sunday and Children’s choir. We hope you can join us for an inspiring and moving hour. Easter will be in April so 2 other dates for your diary…. Advance Dates for your Diary: … Continue reading
Christmas week offers you Carol services, Christingles, midnight masses and a whole selection of modern and traditional services. Discover the true meaning of Christmas and escape the distractions and stresses of the modern life in the serenity of your local churches. Saturday 21 December 4pm, Children’s’ Carol Concert Service with the newly formed Mereworth Community Children’s Choir. Come and join with the carols you remember from your childhood Sunday 22 December 8 am Holy Communion, Mereworth 9.30 Holy Communion, Kings Hill (Sunday School for children) 9.30 Family service & Nativity. Young children are invited to come dressed as a figure from the Nativity and take part in the living Tableau. If you don’t … Continue reading
A highlight for many people is the Candlelit Carol Service at West Peckham. Arrive early as the service is always very popular… 15 December 8 am Holy Communion, West Peckham 9.30 Family Service, Kings Hill 10am Holy Communion, Mereworth (Junior Church for Children) 5pm Christmas Carol Service, West Peckham
On saturday night, a major new television series starts on Channel 5 called ‘The Bible’ at 9pm. Over the next 5 weeks, it will bring to life major stories from the Old and New Testament. Christians believe the Bible is the word of God and that it is packed with help and advice on how to live your life. The Bible is also a History of the Jews and the early Christian Church so it is packed with stories. All human experience is in there – life, dead, love, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, murder…. It should certainly make gripping television! So if you want to learn more about the Bible in … Continue reading