Special retirement service for Clive Mansell

There will b a special retirement service for Ven. Clive Mansell on Sunday 19th March at 9.30am at Mereworth.

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Prayer for Valentine’s Day

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 quietly bought herself flowers yesterday. Let her kids be kind today. Let teenagers tidy their bedrooms. And if that’s a miracle too far (we realise you’ve got a lot on in the Middle East right now) could they at least initiate a hug at bedtime. And, Lord, let those daffodils last longer and shine brighter than the overpriced bouquet of red roses which also caught her eye in the supermarket.
Finally we ask you to look upon the elderly gentleman gazing today at a fading sepia photograph in a silver frame of a wedding in another time. Look at him and look with him and be with him in the remembering.
King of Love come comfort the unlovely and the unloving parts of our world and of ourselves today.
Song of Songs inspire a surprising turn of phrase, a thoughtful act to rekindle a little romance in marriages mired in the mundane. Melt our tiny, tinny expensive chocolate hearts.
And forgive us today we pray for this cheap, gaudy, hysterical, isolating thing we have sometimes somehow tried to make of you. Amen.

courtesy of Pete Craig

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More details on the Lenten prayer Group

As promised, we now have details of our Lent Course which this year, will be based around the film “Les Miserables”.

“Invite your friends to watch the film ahead of the course starting. Each week will focus on one of the characters in the film, and together we will reflect on our own lives as Christians following a calling to be more truly ourselves. In the past years, those attending have found the sessions to be relaxed open spaces, with great opportunities for discussion. There is a book to accompany the Lent course that will be pre-ordered for you.

If you would like to host a session and have room for around 10 people around a TV (with DVD player), please contact Rev’d Pat Dickin 01622 814568 or pat.dickin@kmwchurches.org”

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Retreat for Lent (based around the film “les Miserables”)

The Lent Course this year will be based around the film “Les Miserables”.
The course starts on Tuesday 28 February, and runs for 5 weeks every Tuesday 10am. There is a book to accompany the Lent course that will be pre-ordered for you.
Please register with Rev’d Pat Dickin (01622 814568) or by email pat.dickin@kmwchurches.org

Invite your friends to watch the film ahead of the course starting. Each week will focus on one of the characters in the film, and together we will reflect on our own lives as Christians following a calling to be more truly ourselves.

In the past years, those attending have found the sessions to be relaxed open spaces, with great opportunities for discussion. There will be 5 Sessions, starting on Tuesday 28 February at 10am, and taking place every Tuesday until March 28th. There is a book to accompany the sessions.

If you would like to host a session and have room for around 10 people around a TV (with DVD player), please contact Rev’d Pat Dickin (01622 814568)

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Your chance to tell us what you would like from West Peckham church in 2017?

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!!

You can print this out and send us this. Or you can download the Document as a PDF West Peckham proposals 2017 as well.

Proposed changes to services in 2017 and a community consultation.
In the following pages you will find the PCC’s proposals to have an experimental period of trialling different services, and a consultation on how the church in West Peckham, YOUR CHURCH – OUR CHURCH, can be a place where you come more often, where your children feel at home, where you come for meditation, reflection, seeking calm and the grace of God. In a world of hi-tech demands on our every breathing moment, where our phones are rarely put down or switched off, where our constant searching through remote contacts on facebook, twitter, snapchat looking for conversations with strangers we rarely – if ever- meet face to face, we have forgotten the art of nourishing our soul, spirit and mind. Through prayer, reflection, contemplation and meditation, through moments of silence and seeking peace, Christianity seeks to build a relationship that goes deeper than just a swipe of a screen.

Do read the enclosed carefully – keep for yourself the information about the experimental period of services as a reminder, and send us your comments and thoughts.

New trial timetable for services at West Peckham
In the first six months of 2017, we will be exploring different types of service, and we would like to invite you to come to these and give us your feedback.
First Sunday of each month 8am short said Holy Communion (traditional language)
Second Sunday of each month 11am Monthly Communion (modern language with upbeat music)
Third Sunday of each month 8am short said Holy Communion (traditional language)
Fourth Sunday of each month 11am Sunday 45’ (modern language, not communion, family focused, lasting 45 minutes)
Fifth Sunday (29 Jan, 30 April) 6pm Evening Service, traditional feel, quiet and contemplative, with some music/singing.
Additionally: the FIRST Wednesday of each month, 10am, a mid-week short service, followed by tea and coffee

The purpose of the church is to serve the needs of the local community, to comfort the hurting, to bring solace to the dispirited, and to bring the light of Christ into a world that is often consumed by darkness – depression, anxiety, loneliness, sadness.
This does not mean that we only serve the community on Sundays, but every day of the week. For many people, Sunday morning services simply don’t work, because of pressure from school, sports clubs, or work shift patterns. As the world changes, the way in which we serve has to change as well.
In order to better serve this community, we would like to ask your thoughts on these questions. Feel free to write to us with other suggestions and ideas. We will read everything you send us, and even if we can’t act on it immediately, we will reply to you and give it serious consideration (please leave your contact details if you would like a reply).

Some Questions of what you would like from West Peckham church?

– What type of service are you most likely to attend?

– What type of service would you and your family like to see in the church?

– If you have children, what day and time would be best for them to be able to participate?

– If there was a children’s club or Sunday school, what frequency would you prefer?

– What have you seen other churches do that you think we could try in West Peckham?

– What can the church do outside of services to better serve the needs of the local community?

– Would food play a big part in your decision to participate? Monthly breakfasts? Men’s breakfasts? Community lunches?

– Anything else?

How to give us your feedback

Send your comments to pat.dickin@kmwchurches.org or drop them off at
The Rectory, The Street, Mereworth, ME18 5NA

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What is the Empty Chair service at Mereworth on Wednesday 21st December?

A special service for people missing someone this Christmas…

Wednesday 21 December 6pm at Mereworth Church

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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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Christmas Details

Christmas preparations are well underway for your local churches – here is a the official details so you can plan your holiday. We try to offer a complete range of modern and traditional events to suit all ages and tastes. We hope you find something for you.

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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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Special October Victoria Cross Service at Mereworth

Did you know that the very first VC was given to someone from Mereworth?

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