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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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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 service at West Peckham to commemorate Fifth Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

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

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Doing anything special for Valentine’s Day?

We wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year in a special way, and also make it relevant to everyone in the parish. So have decided to put on a special service for the  Renewal of Wedding Vows at 5pm in St. Dunstans church on Sunday 16th February. We want it to be a special service where as many of our local families as possible can come and renew their wedding vows, to reflect, and remind their spouses how much they are loved, cherished and appreciated (you can never say I love you too often!). We hope you would like to come along to participate (and bring your friends and family). … Continue reading

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Did you know that there are lots of St. Dunstan’s Churches in the local area?

I was doing some research today for our church website. St. Dunstan is a fairly obscure Saint so I was quite surprised to discover that there are actually quite a few St. Dustan’s churches. It seems especially popular as a name for churches founded in 10th Centurt. Here are some local examples which share the same Saint as our church… St Dunstan in the East Church Garden in RoeHampton (link) – the ruins of a medieval church in London, now a garden. St Dunstan in Mayfield (link) and Cranbrook (link) –  active local Church of England church in our local area. St Dunstan and All Saints in Stepney (link) – one … Continue reading

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Has Spring arrived in West Peckham?

The snows have gone and the sky is blue, bright and clear. It is still cold but you could definitely feel that spring might be on its way as you arrived for today’s service. February is almost upon us and Easter will be soon on the horizon. The church services for February are now posted on the website if you would like to find out what is happening for Ash Wednesday in KingsHill, Mereworth and West Peckham.

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Christingle service lights up St Dunstan’s church

This afternoon was the West Peckham Christingle service at St. Dunstan’s church. Here are some pictures if you were  unlucky enough to miss the service. There is still a Christmas Day service tomorrow at 10am if you would like to make a West Peckham service part of your Christmas. It was fantastic to see the church lit up and to be able to raise money for the children’s service.

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West Peckham Church gets a new noticeboard

There are lots of exciting new things happening at West Peckham church, but the noticeboard has always been a little tucked away (and hard to see from the path running past the church). So we have moved the noticeboard so that it is easy to see as you walk past the church. You will also be able to see that it is now being regularly updated – there are the times of church services, contact details and forthcoming events. There is even some notices about Christmas services! We want it to be very easy to find out what is going on at West Peckham church from the local village Magazine … Continue reading

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Autumn has arrived at West Peckham Church

Arriving for the family service this morning at West Peckham church you can definitely feel that Autumn in the air. It is bright and clear but colder and the shadows cast by sun are much longer. By Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year in West Peckham. We have the Bonfire night approaching (which usually sees a big fire and a big crowd on the villange Green) and the preparations for Christmas are all starting up. And there is the local Kent beer and a warm log fire in the Swan for those dark nights… What do you like most about Autumn?  

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West Peckham church working party

Every so often the churchyard can get a bit overgrown – and in need of some TLC. So on saturday, we had a ‘working party’ to cut the bushes down to size and put the ivy back in its place. It was a warm, sunny Autumn day and the volunteers arrived during the morning to help tackle ‘the jungle’. Tools and refreshments were provided. Thanks to all those who attended (and also seemed to have a great time), the West Peckham churchyard looks much better. If you were not able to attend our resident photographer was able to take some snapshots and there will be another one soon!    

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