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Newsletter for 1st November 2020

‘For I know the plans I have for you’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future...You will seek me and you will find me when you
seek me with all your heart’. Jeremiah Chap.29 v11-13

Dear Friends,

October Harvest Thanksgiving Services 

Thank you to all who contributed to our celebration of harvest. The gifts of food stuffs were welcomed by Catching Lives. Porchlight was not able to receive gifts of foodstuffs. Financial donations were sent to Porchlight and Child of Hope, in Uganda.



A heart-felt thank you to Chris and Garth for helping us so faithfully through the last few months during the interregnum. They both willingly took on the challenge of Chrisadapting to zoom and broadcasting from home during lockdown. We will continue to call on their services, though perhaps a little less when Rev. Louise Vincer is in post.        garth


A poem by John Field which he read as part of the Harvest Celebration:



As I wandered with my head hung down
Reflecting on sadness inside
The sun disappeared behind dark clouds
And the rain rolled in like the tide.

The heavens opened and the water dropped
‘Til the land could handle no more,
And lakes and puddles appeared in the woods
Which once had dark earth at their core.

As I wandered with my head hung down
Reflecting on sadness inside
Sun reappeared, shining on water
Reflecting the sky and white clouds.
Then hope rolled in like the tide.


Photo of Chartham Hatch Nature Reserve

taken by Genny Spencer


Saturday Cafe St. Mary’s 9.45 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. Opening now postponed until after lockdown

From Steve Dungay & Ruth Harling10 Newsletter
BBC Children in Need Appeal
In past years, St Mary's Ladies' Group has organised a ramble to raise money for this appeal. This year, because of Photo taken by Genny Spencer the Covid-19 regulations, instead of one walk we offered five walks for groups of 6, led by Steve Dungay, Gill Buss and Ruth Harling. Our walks ranged widely from Blean church to Tyler Hill, the cycle path to Canterbury, Chartham Hatch  Nature Reserve and the North Downs Way, St. Augustine's estate and stunning views over the Downs. This last walk ended up in Kathy Trim's courtyard garden for a welcome socially-distanced cup of tea. The autumn colours were superb and despite a generally wet October we were very lucky with the weather. The total sum raised from the walkers' generous donations was £200.

Photo taken by Genny Spencer


Online services: Email invitations are sent out for online services usually the day before. For an invitation contact Robin. These services can also be joined by telephone.

Services in the church building: please book in advance by phone or email as numbers are strictly limited (contact details at the end).

Under data protection law we need your consent to email you.
You can give consent by registering on our website. Go to the website and select the "Register" link in the top-right corner.

Mobility scooter Needs a new home Very little used. Contact Cathy Arnold for further details.

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Our new site allows for donations & regular giving to be paid directly to the church through: St Mary's online donations. If you have any difficulty using the online giving contact our treasurer, Tim Kidd by emailing
Please don't hesitate to be in touch with us if you have any questions. 

Keep safe & God bless you all

Robin Slowe Tel 01227 732431
Cathy Arnold Tel: 01227 731960
Cathy Arnold, 02/11/2020
Hello and welcome to our church. If you are a new visitor, we have a page for you to get to know us and learn more about planning a visit.
Click here to see more.

Planning your Visit

A Warm Welcome 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at St.Mary's (details below) for our Sunday Service starting at 10am. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits afterward. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Plan your journey: 

Open Google Maps

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 10am with a warm welcome..
Visit our This Sunday page for more information


Getting Connected

Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team

Get in touch with us to plan your visit
If you would like to come and visit the church beforehand you are more than welcome! Get in touch and we can arrange a time that suits you.
Email Address:
Comments / Questions or anything you would like to say?

Next, we will contact you by email to say hello and help arrange anything necessary for your visit.
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.

Best Wishes