Attending Church Safely

Even though St Dunstan’s is open for Sunday services there are still restrictions in place.

If you wish to attend a service please inform the Vicar, Rev Gary Townsend at gary.rev@outlook.com or 01622 813178.

Booking for attending the Joint Benefice Service on the 30th of May at St John the Baptist, Wateringbury can be done by emailing office@wateringburychurch.org.uk or by calling the churchwarden, Mrs. Liz Gummer on 01622 813852.

Face masks are still to be worn, social distancing is to be maintained in the building, communion is in one kind only (bread) and there is no singing.

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Sunday Services Across the Benefice for May 2021

DateDay & Bible ReadingsServices (St Lawrence, Mereworth, St John the Baptist, Wateringbury and St Dunstan, West Peckham)
23rd MayPentecost
Acts 1: 15 – 17, 21 – 26
John 17:6 – 19
St Lawrence at 09:30 Morning Prayer
St John the Baptist at 10:00 Holy Communion
St Dunstan at 11:15 Sunday 45 followed by AVM & APCM
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
30th MayTrinity Sunday
Isaiah 6: 1 – 8
John 3: 1 – 17
Joint Benefice Holy Communion Service, 10:00 at St John the Baptist
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
For more information about our services please contact the Vicar, Revd Gary Townsend at gary.rev@outlook.com or 01622 813178
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Safeguarding

We take the care of all God’s people seriously at St Dunstan’s.
St Dunstan’s is committed to implementing the House of Bishops’ safeguarding policies  and good practice guidance, and Safeguarding is a regular item on our PCC Meetings. We follow the guidance from the Diocese of Rochester, and national church and, in line with the guidance, all people working with children, young people or vulnerable adults are safely recruited, have undergone appropriate training and are DBS checked.
Safeguarding information is displayed in our church, where all worship and activities take place, and on this page.

Safeguarding procedures have changed over time, and we now have robust procedures to address behaviours that were never acceptable and are still unacceptable. if you believe that you have been the victim, even if it was years ago, please report it. this is called “historic allegation of abuse”. If it involves a member of the clergy (a priest, Vicar, Rector or Deacon), please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding officer – Mrs Janice Keen or Mr Greg Barry – by phone (01634 56000) or email (Janice.keen@rochester.anglican.org)

If you, or someone you are concerned about is in immediate danger, please call 999 now.

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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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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 day.

Many charities are still involved in Haiti and the recovery work, and their representatives will be present at the service.  There will be a short update from one of these charities on the current situation in Haiti from someone who travels over often to oversee work there.  

In the course of the service we will be lighting a candle to remember all those who died in the earthquake and in its aftermath, and to say prayers for the families left behind.

There will be a collection taken up that day but it will be given in its entirety to the charities represented, and whose work is close to the Wooldridge family and West Peckham as a village. 

If you are unable to attend the service but would like to contribute to this cause, please leave your donations with Liz Edwards in an envelope marked “Haiti 5th Anniversary”.  If you leave your contact details with your donations, the charities will be able to contact you to make a gift-aid registration to accompany your donation (this ensures the government uses some of your already paid tax to add to the donation you make).

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