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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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New Priest appointed for KingsHill

We are very pleased and excited that we can now reveal the new Priest who will be moving into KingsHill and working hard to build the church there. He will be based at KingsHill and joins the team of Pat Dickin (based in Mereworth) and David Green (from West Malling). Your local bishop has very exciting plans for growing the church in the local area, and the critical first step has been to find the right person to be the new priest for KingsHill. About Mark Montgomery…. Mark currently holds a Bishop’s Licence as Youth Officer for the Diocese of Chester and, for the last 18 months, has worked as a self-supporting Pioneer … Continue reading

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The well is deep – A week of Prayer for Christian Unity in your local churches

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Updates on third minister for KingsHill…

Following interviews on 13/14 November, the interview panel decided that the suitable candidate was not among those interviewed. Following a week of prayer and reflection, the conversation on what the next steps might be will resume in the week commencing 24 November. We are grateful for all those who took time out of work in order to represent their communities and the Cluster on the interview panel: Stephen Betts (Offham and West Malling), Paul Spensley (West Peckham & Mereworth), Andrew Grannick and Karen Webber (Kings Hill). Pray with us for guidance for the way ahead.

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Christmas services at your local churches

Christmas services are always a special time at KingsHill, Mereworth and West Peckham churches. There is always a wide range of services with something for everyone, old and young, modern or traditional, noisy or quiet and contemplative. So here are some dates for your diary to plan your Christmas. Before Christmas: 29 November,11am-2pm Christmas Fayre  30 November, Advent Sunday, 5pm, Mereworth Church “Advent Service of Words and Music” 14 December, 3pm, Messy Church, Mereworth Church 14 December, 5pm, Carol service, West Peckham 20 December, 5pm, Children’s Choir Christmas Concert, Mereworth Church 21 December, 9.30am, Christmas Family and GB Parade Service, Discovery School, Kings Hill 21 December, 4pm, Christingle, Discovery School, … Continue reading

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The new School at Kings Hill

With the announcement of the decision on new school at Kings Hill, the church has put out this statement: “The Rochester Diocesan Board of Education is disappointed not to have been chosen by the Department of Education as the preferred sponsor for a new primary academy in Kings Hill, West Malling. The Diocese believes that it put forward a credible proposal to run a new primary academy which would have served local families and provided much need facilities on behalf of the local community. Director of Education, Alex Tear said, “This is a disappointing decision by ministers who I believe have failed to recognise the strength of the Diocesan bid … Continue reading

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Full list of Christmas activities and services at West Malling, Mereworth, and West Peckham

It is almost December and before we know it we will be into the Christmas season…. We have a lot of exciting activities and services over Christmas. So here is a full list of what is on – we will be providing updates and reminders during December. (**) indicates activities specially suited for children The Children’s Community Church Choir rehearses every Wednesday until Christmas, 18.30-19.30 at Mereworth Church and welcomes any local (or not-so local) children.   1 December – Advent starts 8am Holy Communion, West Peckham No service at St Gabriel’s (School Christmas Fair ) 10am Mattins, Mereworth (Junior Church for Children) 5pm Advent Service.  Mereworth.  Welcome in the season … Continue reading

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Can you think of a good name for the Parish magazine?

What would be a good name for the West Malling, Offham and Kings Hill Parish Magazine? Even in this ‘electronic age’, the Parish magazine still provides a vital link and source of information for the local community. It is very hard to come up with a snappy name which is both clear and short. So we thought we should ask. If you go to the West Malling website, you will see a list of some ideas and how many votes for each one. Anyone can vote and the more people who join in the better. You can download the current edition to see if it gives you any ideas. Or … Continue reading

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Happy Ascension Day

Today is Ascension Day, the day on which the church celebrates the return of Jesus to Heaven and the end of his ministry on Earth. After his death on the cross on Good Friday, he rose from the dead on Easter Sunday and then appeared to many of his followers before finally returning to heaven. To celebrate this special day there will be a joint service at 19.30 St Mary’s, West Malling The 5 local Church of England Congregations will come together to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord in a joint service. Anyone is welcome so come along, even if you do not regularly attend church – you will … Continue reading

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St Gabriel’s

The Vote closed and after those who chose to had their say, a new name has been chosen for the Church of England on Kings Hill: St Gabriel’s The angel who brought the Good News, let’s pray that this marks a new season for the christian community on Kings Hill. A few formalities need to be completed (the Bishop’s official permission needs to be sort), but it looks like we will be known as St Gabriel’s on Kings Hill. Good News?

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