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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
Baptism of Aurora! This Sunday we gather to joyfully celebrate Aurora’s arrival and to baptise her into the Christian church. Join us at 11am in the beautiful church of West Peckham, as we gather around the font that has stood in this church for centuries.
Dear Wedding couples, due to inclement and deteriorating weather in this area, we have postponed the Marriage Preparation course due to start tonight. the first session will be on Thursday 8 March. Stay warm, stay safe and see you next week.
We are delighted to welcome Bishop Ian Brackley, former Bishop of Dorking, to the service at 6pm on Trinity Sunday, 11 June, at Mereworth Church. Bishop Ian was suffragan of Guildford Diocese for 20 years, and served under 3 different Diocesan Bishops. Bishop Ian is about to take over the role as Chair of the Retired Clergy Association. Rev’d Pat Dickin adds, “He was also a key part in my selection for training and ordination, and I very much look forwards to welcoming him to Mereworth.” Photo and short biography on the link below. Come Mereworth 11 June, 6pm to hear more from Bishop Ian. Bishop Ian bio
Pray with us for healing in heart and body for the wounded and traumatised; for comfort for the grieving; pray for those still missing to be found. Give thanks for the NHS and the medical care everyone will receive for free, regardless of their social status, gender, culture, faith or language. You may want to use this prayer: OH LORD OUR GOD, SOURCE OF ALL GOODNESS AND LOVE, ACCEPT THE FERVENT PRAYERS OF YOUR PEOPLE; IN THE MULTITUDE OF YOUR MERCIES LOOK WITH COMPASSION UPON ALL WHO TURN TO YOU FOR HELP; FOR YOU ARE GRACIOUS, O LOVER OF SOULS, AND TO YOU WE GIVE GLORY, FATHER, SON AND HOLY … Continue reading
Fr Ted eagerly awaits the arrival of MereBunny and her groom for their wedding, with children from Mereworth school
We pray today for those in love, those off love and those in between. We remember especially those who find themselves a little bit lonelier than normal. We do not pray today for loved-up couples, exchanging overpriced flowers and foil wrapped hearts, leaking pheromones like diesel fumes at candlelit dinners. We are pretty sure, Lord, they will be OK for now. Instead we hereby dedicate this happy-crappy day to all the brave teenagers who dared to send a card (hoping in vain with every fibre of their beings for something back.) Let them be a little bit more OK because we prayed. We think of the mother, coping alone, who … Continue reading
Archbishop Justin and the other five Presidents of Churches Together in England released a statement today following the killing yesterday of Father Jacques Hamel in Rouen, France. After news of the attack broke yesterday, Archbishop Justin tweeted: “Evil attacks the weakest, denies truth and love, is defeated through Jesus Christ. We pray for France, for the victims and for their communities.” “Le mal attaque les plus faibles, nie toute vérité et amour, est vaincu par Jésus. Prions pour la France, ses victimes et ses communautés.” Read the full statement here: http://www.archbishopofcanterbury.org/articles.php/5743/cte-presidents-release-statement-following-france-church-attack
on Sunday 1 May we had our annual Rogation Walk between the parishes of Mereworth and West Peckham. Despite a forecast of rain, glorious sunshine accompanied us the whole way. As we prayed for farmers and farmworkers, for changing needs and seasons, we witnessed the changing times and seasons as the new vineyard was planted replacing the old apple trees. a glorious day. why not join us next year?
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