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Church notices for the
Sundays of 2nd & 9th October

Harvest Festival: we are collecting food for Chartham Pantry – a list of the most helpful items is on the church website on our This Sunday page. Please give generously.
Holy Communion – new guidance
In the summer the church of England advised that “Holy Communion should be administered in both kinds unless there is a clear and objective reason why there would be a significant risk in doing so, such as local public health warnings relating to coronavirus levels in your area. Because of ongoing potential risks to health, an individual communicant may choose to receive only in the form of bread even if consecrated wine is being distributed. Intinction by the communicant is not recommended.”
Noting that there is no compulsion to receive communion in both kinds, because of the church’s teaching that the sacrament of holy communion is received in its entirety when received in one kind only, the PCC has agreed that Holy Communion will now be administered in both kinds through sharing the common cup.

Neil Campbell’s funeral service will be held here on Weds 5th Oct at 2pm after a private cremation. Everyone is welcome.

Drivers giving lifts: To minimise traffic in the churchyard please park in the village hall car park with your passenger if they are mobile, rather than driving to the church door to drop them off. Your help in keeping the churchyard largely traffic-free will be appreciated. Drivers with mobility issues are of course still welcome to continue to park near the church door.

Future dates:
  • Harvest Supper: Monday 3rd October.
  • Coffee and Cake Concert: 15th October (coffee from 10:15, concert: 11-12)
  • Children and Young People activities review meeting on Monday 17th October at 5pm. Please contact one of the church wardens if you would like to attend as a new helper.
  • Christmas Market on Saturday 26th November – there is lots to do: please talk to Bronny about how you may be able to help.
  • Burns Night: We are planning a Burns Supper on 21st Jan 2023 in the Village Hall starting at 7pm. We need people to help set the event, provide a haggis shepherd pie, help with serving and washing up. Please contact Jane.
  • Quiz Night & Auction of Promises: We are also intending to organize a Quiz Night and An Auction of Promises next Summer. If you are interested in being involved, please let Jane Arnott know either at the Morning Service on Sundays or via email or phone 07870102579
Diocesan Roadshow is coming to our deanery on 26th October at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Chilham. Archdeacon Will, Stephen Taylor (the Diocesan Secretary) and someone from the finance department will talk about what the Diocese is doing, finances and parish share. This is so that everyone has an opportunity to ask any questions about how the parish share has been worked out and what it is spent on. It is particularly aimed at Treasurers, Churchwardens and PCC members but anyone who is interested or who has questions is encouraged to come along.

The Collect for the 17th after Trinity (9th October)
Almighty God,
you have made us for yourself,
and our hearts are restless
till they find their rest in you:
pour your love into our hearts
and draw us to yourself,
and so bring us at last to your heavenly city
where we shall see you face to face;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Collect for the 18th after Trinity (16th October)
Almighty and everlasting God,
increase in us your gift of faith
that, forsaking what lies behind
and reaching out to that which is before,
we may run the way of your commandments
and win the crown of everlasting joy;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Sunday 9th Oct Baptism at 12 noon: Rosie Roberts

Readings for upcoming services:
October 9th                  Holy Communion            2 Tim 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19
October 16th                Morning Service              2 Tim 3:14-4:5 Luke 18:1-8

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: 

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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.
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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