Christ is Risen! – Come and celebrate with us on Easter Sunday

There are services of Holy Communion in all three of the churches in our benefice on Easter Sunday

St Lawrence: 09:30

St John the Baptist: 10:00 

St Dunstan: 11:15

Because of the continuing need to keep people as safe as possible in our buildings there are limits to the number of places available in each church so you must let us know if you wish to attend. Please contact:

St Lawrence  – Mrs Viv Bennet: mereworthpccsecretary@gmail.com

St John the Baptist – Mrs Liz Gummer: office@wateringburychurch.org.uk

St Dunstan’s – Rev Gary Townsend: gary.rev@outlook.com

Please also see our church website for guidance on safely attending the church.

https://kmwchurches.org/

There will also be an opportunity at St Dunstan’s for members of the St Dunstan’s Singers to join the service via live stream and then, together with the West Peckham Singers, come to church for an Easter Egg at 12:00.

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Resumption of Sunday Services in the Parish of West Peckham

The Vicar and PCC are pleased to announce that Sunday services will resume at St Dunstan’s on the 21st of March at 11:15 – please note the new time. This will be our usual Sunday 45 service.

Later in the year, when we can meet without restrictions, there will be a special service to meet and greet Gary and Sharon Townsend.

As we are still in the grip of a pandemic restrictions on how we use the building and what we can do in it are still in place. In the interests of keeping everyone as safe as possible the Vicar asks you to observe the following:

  • You must inform the Vicar, Gary Townsend, if you wish to attend the service – 01622 813178 or: gary.rev@outlook.com
  • If you think you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend the service
  • St Dunstan’s is open for private prayer during the week so be aware that the building is being used more than on Sundays
  • A face covering must be worn whilst in the building
  • On entering and exiting the building you are to sanitize your hands with the hand sanitizer provided
  • Follow the directed pathway in the isles
  • You are to sit only in a place where you see a service sheet set out
  • In the pew you will see an NHS Test & Trace Form which you must complete and leave in the pew
  • Social distancing rules are to be observed at all times
  • Do not mingle with anyone outside your household or support bubble
  • At the end of the service do not mingle in the building with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
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Wateringbury Church of England Primary School is seeking a new Foundation Governor

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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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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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Thy Kingdom Come

This week we are praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and joining in a 24/7 prayer week across the whole nation.

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In Mereworth & West Peckham parishes we are praying Monday night 22.00-23.00, Tuesday night 23.00-midnight, and Wednesday night 23.00-midnight.

if you can’t make those hours, choose one hour a day, set it apart and do intentional praying.  For ideas of how you can do it, and more information

http://thykingdom.co.uk

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Annual Rogation walk around the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham

The annual Rogation walk take place this weekend. It starts at 10am at Mereworth Church, walking through the farms and paths that make up the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham.
Well-behaved pets  (on leads only) welcomed.  Some physical agility needed as not all the walk is on paths.    We finish at West Peckham Church, at approximately 12noon, for a short communion service.

Everyone welcome!

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Finding your Voice?

We have a special course running this year for Lent…

Finding your voice

Finding your voice

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Have you seen Mereworth Church?

Adam again has outdone himself with the church lights.

Send us your best picture of the Church lit up this year, and we’ll share it on the website.

Thank you to Kevin for these pictures taken 11 December 2015.IMG_0942 IMG_0943

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