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Your chance to tell us what you would like from West Peckham church in 2017?

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!! You can print this out and send us this. Or you can download the Document as a PDF West Peckham proposals 2017 as well. Proposed changes to services in 2017 and a community consultation. In the following pages you will find the PCC’s proposals to have an experimental period of trialling different services, and a consultation on how the church in West Peckham, YOUR CHURCH – OUR CHURCH, can be a place where you come more often, where your children feel at home, where you come for meditation, reflection, seeking calm and the grace of God. In a world of hi-tech demands on our every … Continue reading

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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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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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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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‘Tsunami’ hits West Peckham church

Ivy was ripped off the walls (to reveal long covered memorials), trees were cut down, moss stripped off the memorial, and the whole churchyard tidied up. St. Dunstan’s churchyard was transformed today… The activity was done by a large working party (I counted 20 people at one point) who spent some or all of saturday morning chopping, cutting, carrying, sweeping. We did also has some time for a drink, a chat and the famous Liz Edwards lemon drizzle cake…. Here are some pictures of the event… Both St Dunstan’s and St. Lawrence’s rely heavily on local volunteers to maintain them (there are similar events occurring in Mereworth). So, a big thank-you to … Continue reading

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Special service at West Peckham to commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

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

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Doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

We wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in a special way, and also make it relevant to everyone in the parish. So have decided to put on a special service for the  Renewal of Wedding Vows at 5pm in St. Dunstans church on Sunday 16th February. We want it to be a special service where as many of our local families as possible can come and renew their wedding vows, to reflect, and remind their spouses how much they are loved, cherished and appreciated (you can never say I love you too often!). We hope you would like to come along to participate (and bring your friends and family). … Continue reading

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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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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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Christingle service lights up St Dunstan’s church

This afternoon was the West Peckham Christingle service at St. Dunstan’s church. Here are some pictures if you were  unlucky enough to miss the service. There is still a Christmas Day service tomorrow at 10am if you would like to make a West Peckham service part of your Christmas. It was fantastic to see the church lit up and to be able to raise money for the children’s service.

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