Sunday Services Across the Benefice for September 2021

DateSundayServices (St Lawrence, Mereworth, St John the Baptist, Wateringbury and St Dunstan, West Peckham)
5th September14th After Trinity
St Lawrence – 09:30 HC CW
St John the Baptist – 10:00 Matins
St Dunstan – 11:15 HC CW
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
12th September15th After TrinitySt Lawrence – 09:30 MP
St John the Baptist – 10:00 HC CW
St Dunstan – 11:15 Sunday 45
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
19th September16th After TrinitySt Lawrence – 09:30 HC BCP
St John the Baptist – 10:00 Baptism
St Dunstan – 11:15 HC CW
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
26th September17th After TrinitySt Lawrence – 09:30 MP
St John the Baptist – 10:00 HC CW
St Dunstan – 11:15 Sunday 45
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline

Key: BCP = Book of Common Prayer; CW = Common Worship; HC = Holy Communion;
MP = Morning Prayer

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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Attending Church Safely

Even though restrictions have been lifted the Vicar asks that we still be mindful of the risks of spreading Covid-19 through attending the services in the church.

The North Isle Pews have been set aside as an area where the social distancing rules and wearing of masks are still in place. Please respect this if you sit in that area.

Booking for attending the Joint Benefice Service on the 29th of August at St Lawrence’s, Mereworth is essential and can be done by emailing the Mereworth PCC Secretary, Mrs Viv Bennet at:

mereworthpccsecretary@gmail.com

or by telephoning Viv at: 01732 872892 .

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Sunday Services Across the Benefice for August 2021

DateSundayServices (St Lawrence, Mereworth, St John the Baptist, Wateringbury and St Dunstan, West Peckham)
1st August9th After Trinity
St Lawrence – 09:30 HC CW
St John the Baptist – 10:00 Morning Praise
St Dunstan – 11:15 HC CW
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
8th August10th After TrinitySt Lawrence – 09:30 MP
St John the Baptist – 10:00 HC CW
St Dunstan – 11:15 Sunday 45
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
15th August 11th After TrinitySt Lawrence – 09:30 HC BCP
St John the Baptist – 10:00 Morning Praise
St Dunstan – 11:15 HC CW
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
22nd August12th After TrinitySt Lawrence – 09:30 MP
St John the Baptist – 10:00 HC CW
St Dunstan – 11:15 Sunday 45
Zoom at 19:00 Evening Office of Compline
29th August13th After TrinityJoint Benefice Service – 10:00 at St Lawrence
(Please book in for this service)
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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