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Church of England has a new leader

The next Archbishop of Canturbury is going to be the current Bishop of Durham (Justin Welby). In some ways, the Archbishop has little impact on us in Mereworth, West Peckham and KingsHill. The hierarchy of the church can seem far removed from the ‘real world’ on our doorsteps. But he is actually critical to setting the overall direction of the church. He needs to hold together a very ‘broad’ spectrum of faith facing increasing challenges both in the UK and oversees (especially Africa and Asia). And his views on key issues such as divorce, women bishops, the moral vacuum exposed by the final crisis of the last 5 years, marriage … 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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Autumn has arrived at West Peckham Church

Arriving for the family service this morning at West Peckham church you can definitely feel that Autumn in the air. It is bright and clear but colder and the shadows cast by sun are much longer. By Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year in West Peckham. We have the Bonfire night approaching (which usually sees a big fire and a big crowd on the villange Green) and the preparations for Christmas are all starting up. And there is the local Kent beer and a warm log fire in the Swan for those dark nights… What do you like most about Autumn?  

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A real leap of faith at the Paralympics

Over the summer, the Olympics and Paralympics took place in London. They were very easy to attend from Kings Hill, Mereworth and West Peckham so many of our parish went up to watch or volunteered to help. The highlight of my trip up was the blind long jump. The competitors cannot see, so their coach provides a sound queue for them to run towards. It takes real trust and belief to sprint when you cannot see where you are going. Is your faith this strong? Click here to watch it on youtube.  

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Walking on Water

Jesus walking on water.  Heard of it? Peter asks to walk on water as well, and he does so until he doubts; he looks at the waves, the deep water, and his mind tells him “you can’t possibly be doing this!” and he begins to sink.  Jesus reaches out and rescues him. (Mt 14.22-33) Sunday at 9.30 we will be baptising James Weston, welcoming him into the family of the Church.  In Baptism we promise to keep our eyes on Jesus (like Peter did) and we pray not to doubt (like Peter did) because then we would sink (like Peter did). At a Baptism people promise to pray and look … Continue reading

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West Peckham church working party

Every so often the churchyard can get a bit overgrown – and in need of some TLC. So on saturday, we had a ‘working party’ to cut the bushes down to size and put the ivy back in its place. It was a warm, sunny Autumn day and the volunteers arrived during the morning to help tackle ‘the jungle’. Tools and refreshments were provided. Thanks to all those who attended (and also seemed to have a great time), the West Peckham churchyard looks much better. If you were not able to attend our resident photographer was able to take some snapshots and there will be another one soon!    

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Welcome to the new website for the Anglican churches in Kings Hill, Mereworth and West Peckham

We will be setting up the new website over the next few weeks. There will be separate sections for the churches in West Peckham and Mereworth along with a section for Kings Hill and lots of shared material. If you are online, we want to be able to find and be kept updated. But the church is about more than buildings and services so it will also have items on the community, related events and what is going on. We would also welcome anything you would like to contribute. There is also a twitter feed at https://twitter.com/kmwchurches where we will also keep you updated. Stay tuned…

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