Larkfield and East Malling
Larkfield and East Malling
Called to Love and Praise
We are a friendly, welcoming Church, of all ages with a membership of around 80, and many more in our wider Church family.
Our Church family comes mainly from the villages of Larkfield, East and West Malling, Kings Hill, Addington, Leybourne, Ditton and Aylesford, all of which are just west of the County town of Maidstone in Kent.
We enjoy worship in a variety of styles from traditional to modern, and our congregations usually include a wide variety of ages, from toddlers to octogenarians.
See our Services page for full details of in-person and on-line services and opportunities for worship.
Some of you have already signed up for the training taking place this Saturday, and on Saturday 16 July, for anyone involved in planning and leading Local Arrangements. I was working on the programme yesterday, while spending time at the wonderful St Benedict's Centre in West Malling. The Director, the Revd Jane Williams, asked what I was up to. She shared with me a very simple model, offered to her by a friend (after the vicar rang on Saturday evening to say he couldn't take the service the following day!). 'Read the Bible passage for the day. Ask yourself: what is God trying to say to me? Then ask yourself: what am I going to do about it?'
I was struck by this simple, but powerful, approach to reading passages from the Bible. This week, why not dip into the daily Bible readings on the Methodist Church website, and ask yourself: what is God trying to say to me? And what am I going to do about it?
Some news and updates for the coming week:
Known & Loved evaluation and reflection evening - Wednesday 6 July 7.30pm
As you know, at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 July, there will be an opportunity to meet via Zoom with friends from Churches Together in Malling to reflect on the 'Known & Loved' Mission Week. The meeting is open to everyone.
Here are the Zoom details:
ID: 811 9509 5648
If you would like to share your reflections and K&L experiences by email, please contact David McKie on firstname.lastname@example.org
This year's meeting of the Methodist Conference, the governing body of the Methodist Church in Britain, draws to a close today. If you'd like to see what you missed, you can catch up on previous sessions here, watch an ordination service here, and read addresses from the President and Vice-President of the Conference here.
Seeking a NKMC Youth Pastor
Please find attached a job advert for a new Youth Pastor for the circuit. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested (particularly if they speak English and Cantonese) - but noting that the deadline for applications is tomorrow!
And now for something completely different...
I know that some of you have visited the island of Iona, with its wonderful worshipping community and rich history of Celtic spirituality. The team on Iona currently has a few short-term volunteer spaces for specific roles at the Abbey this summer. The Abbey team welcomes guests from many countries to Iona each week to explore issues of common concern, including the environment, peace-building, poverty & inequality, racism, refugees, inclusion & diversity, and interfaith dialogue. The team works and worships together, and shares meals as part of its common life. The details can be found here or you can contact VolunteerApplications@iona.org.uk
Spreading the Word
2/7/22 Mobile website phone / email updates
19/06/22 New Gallery page added, for pictorial record of life at church - but I need your pictures!
Last month (June)
38 new visitor spent an average of 7 minutes looking at the website.
5 visitor returned to the site and spent an average of 11 minutes looking at the website.
Services(13 unique visitors) and Activities(11) pages were most popular.
Mobiles phones viewed the website 124 times compared with only 60 desktops.
The figures are in for 2021, when 418 people visited the website 605 times for an average of 5 minutes 4 seconds.
Visitors were from all parts of the UK, with multiple visits from Canada (8), US (8), Ireland (5), New Zealand (3) and India (3).
Popular pages visited were:
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