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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.
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
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!
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.
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
Remembrance Service this year will be a joint service for the whole parish at Mereworth Church with the Bishop of Rochester. The service will start at 10am on Sunday 8th November so that we can finish with the reading of the names and the two minutes silence at the war memorial.
The Rochester Cathedral Voluntary Choir will be singing at an extra special service of Evensong at St. Lawrence’s church on Sunday 17 May, starting at 6.00 pm (please note the correct time is 6pm – a typo meant it was incorrect in the local press). Choral Evensong is one of the most popular services and really brings alive the church. We do not have a regular evening service. So this will be an extra special service. We hope to see you there.
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 … Continue reading
The Church’s successful twitter campaign, #Christmasmeans will be running again this year giving congregations and individuals across the country a chance to show what Christmas means to them, with image, videos and 140 character reflections. Last year more than four million people connected with #Christmasmeans with short videos, pictures from Christmas services and Bible verses. “We are delighted that #Christmasmeans gives us this opportunity for parishes to take the good news of the first Christmas beyond churches and into people’s lives and homes” says the Revd Arun Arora (@RevArun), Director of Communications at the Archbishops’ Council.