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St Paul’s conversion

Today (Sunday) we celebrate the Conversion of St Paul.  If you would like to learn more about this really important event in the bible, he is a link to a short and entertaining presentation by David Suchet explaining it. https://www.truetube.co.uk/film/pauls-conversion  

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Did you know that there are lots of St. Dunstan’s Churches in the local area?

I was doing some research today for our church website. St. Dunstan is a fairly obscure Saint so I was quite surprised to discover that there are actually quite a few St. Dustan’s churches. It seems especially popular as a name for churches founded in 10th Centurt. Here are some local examples which share the same Saint as our church… St Dunstan in the East Church Garden in RoeHampton (link) – the ruins of a medieval church in London, now a garden. St Dunstan in Mayfield (link) and Cranbrook (link) –  active local Church of England church in our local area. St Dunstan and All Saints in Stepney (link) – one … Continue reading

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What are you watching on Saturday night?

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

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What do anniversaries mean to you?

Today is a big anniversary and the news channels will be full of images to remind us of the tragic events in Dallas 50 years ago…. Anniversaries are very important to people, even if they celebrate events which took place long ago. 2 weeks ago we celebrated Remembrance Sunday at St. Lawrence’s church (Mereworth) and this event has become more (not less important) in recent years despite the passing of the last few survivors who actually remember the 1918 Armistice in recent years. We are about to enter the Christmas season where Christians remember the most important anniversary in History – the day when God choose to join us here … Continue reading

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Another chance for women bishops….

The Synod (the church of England’s ‘parliament’) has another vote on the very difficult and contentious issue of Women bishops coming up. You can read what our vicar (Pat Dickin) wrote on the subject (explaining some of the issues) here.

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Has Spring arrived in West Peckham?

The snows have gone and the sky is blue, bright and clear. It is still cold but you could definitely feel that spring might be on its way as you arrived for today’s service. February is almost upon us and Easter will be soon on the horizon. The church services for February are now posted on the website if you would like to find out what is happening for Ash Wednesday in KingsHill, Mereworth and West Peckham.

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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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Saint Cecilia’s Day

Music plays a very central part in our church life at Mereworth, West Peckham and KingsHill. It forms the backdrop of many of our weekly services and December features some especially magical services with candles and Carols. Today is the day that the church celebrates St Cecilia, the patron saint of Muscians. Like many Saints, she was a Christian matyr in Roman times who met her death around 230 and sang God’s praises as she died. You can find out more about St. Cecilia here, and there is a full list of December services on our website. Even if you never attend church during the rest of the year, you … Continue reading

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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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Remembrance service at Merworth

On sunday, we held our joint memorial service at Mereworth church – which was very full with people from not only Mereworth but also West Peckham and Kings Hill. Many local people have fought and died in the First World War or later Wars, and West Malling was a critical RAF airbase in the battle of Britain. So there are lots of local connections to remind us. The idea of remembering all the victims of war on the Sunday closest to 11th November (the day that World War One ended at 11am) can seem remote to many people. So we were lucky enough to have several local people who are … Continue reading

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