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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 … Continue reading
This week we are praying ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and joining in a 24/7 prayer week across the whole nation. 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
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.
Today Saturday 12 December, 2pm, “Explore Christmas” at Mereworth Church. The story of Christmas re-told with the children. Craft and messiness for all ages. Specifically aimed at primary aged children and their siblings (older and younger) Refreshments served at the end. Finish at 4pm.
Today, 29 November, 5pm. Celebrate the start of Advent with a Traditional Advent Carol Service. Mereworth Church 5pm. followed by seasonal refreshments.
Wednesdays during Advent 10.30am Followed by tea and cake and Bible Study Come for the Holy Communion, and stay if you can to the Bible study and prayer to truly prepare your heart for Christmas Mereworth Church, 10.30am Wednesday 2, 9, 16, 23 December
Having packed our bags, we head south. We visit Caesarea Maritima, what used to be a bustling port city where Paul was imprisoned and held by the Roman Authorities while he waited to ship off to Rome. It sits on the shores of Israel, with the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea licking the shores. From there, we continue south along the Mediterranean, to the town of Jaffa, then called Joppa. We have lunch there, before going to the airport in Tel Aviv. We’re homeward bound. The last 8 days have given me a new insight into the smells, sights and sounds of Jesus’ earthly ministry. I have felt Closer … Continue reading
Galilee! Today we visit many of the places that stand as silent witnesses to Jesus’ loving ministry. The calling of His first. Disciples. The house of Peter’s mother in law where he healed her. Capernaum. Breakfast on the lakeside with Jesus cooking the fish for His friends. The feeding of the thousands. The Sermon on the Mount. We ended the day on a boat on Lake Galilee. This is no small lake that Jesus walked across! Its clear waters let you see deeply into the depth where thousands of fish live. Beautiful Galilee! You can read about my previous day here.
Today we leave Jerusalem, and head out to Nazareth in Galilee. A busy town, noisy and bustling, where Jesus spent his chikdhood and adolescence. We visit Sephoris, one of the more recent archaelogical finds, and the capital of Galilee in Jesus’ time. The discovery of Sephoris has rocked what was known or assumed about the time of Jesus. Sephoris has shown that the culture affecting Jesus was far more sophisticated and urban than previously thought possible. You can read about my previous day here.
PENTECOST! I pray you all had a fabtastic celebration. We started early, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem where we witnessed worship by the Ethiopian church, the Coptic, the Roman Catholic, and then the Greek Orthodox churches, each celebrating Pentecost in their own traditions. After breakfast we went to the Anglican Cathedral of Jerusalem to celebrate with them. We were then invited to stay on to the free community meal they offer every Pentecost. There were over 300 people eating together, and the Dean of the Cathedral together with several other clergy took out their musical instruments and played music while we enjoyed the community meal. After … Continue reading