Church Notices

17th October 2021

Updated 16/10/21


For On-line Services and other opportunities for worship - see Services page

Harvest Festival

Our Harvest Thanksgiving Service last Sunday was thoughtfully led by Monica Wilding. The service was held in the church hall which had been previously decorated by the Muffins group. Peter Cox gave a brief talk on Homeless Care in Maidstone.

'A HUGE THANK YOU from the 'Food for Thought' food bank run by Homeless Care. A total of £239.30 was donated in response to the Harvest service appeal, an additional £25 will be collected through Gift Aid, well done and thank you, Peter'.

Harvest Donations

Naomi reported that on Wednesday, 20 children from Dawn to Dusk Nursery came to visit the church and to drop off their Harvest donations for Maidstone Homeless Care. They sang songs, said prayers of thanksgiving, and learned some sign language. Apparently, it was the nursery's first outing for almost two years!

Afternoon Tea at the Manse

Remember to let Naomi know if you will be joining her, Luke and Rachel on Sunday 17th October from 3.30 to 5.30pm for afternoon tea at the Manse, 45 Garner Drive, East Malling. Naomi’s email address:

Church Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Church Council is on Tuesday 26th October at 7.30pm.


It will be led by Revd. Naomi Oates and will be a Zoom meeting.

Reports for this meeting should reach as soon as possible, please.

Craft Group 

Tuesday 2.00 – 3.30 in the church sanctuary as a trial.  See Activities/Craft

Chuckles Fellowship Group

Chuckles recommenced on Thursday, 14th October from 2-3.30pm in the church hall. Cold drinks, tea or coffee will be provided.


Please let me know if you are planning to join us.

Worship Leader’s Course

Interested in Training as a Worship Leader in your Church?

Do you enjoy assisting in the leading of worship, and would like to join some training sessions to become a Worship Leader?

Then join others for a three-session course, based on the requirements for Worship Leader training in the Methodist Church and the North Kent Circuit.

Session 1: Worship: Foundations

This session provides an introduction to worship and worship leading, the elements of worship and the basics of putting together an order of worship. We will explore the

role of the WL and the requirements for recognition in your church as a Worship Leader.

Session 2: Encountering God in Worship

This session will be based on Module 2 of Worship, Leading and Preaching. It will offer an introduction to the Bible and its authority as the Word of God. We will study examples of different types of prayer and how and where they may be used in a service of worship.

Session 3: A Rainbow of themes and styles of Worship

Methodist worship embraces a wide range of styles of worship. It aims to be inclusive, encouraging and enabling. We look at a miscellany of creative ideas and practical ways to develop your gifts and skills to enable others to worship God in truth and love.


Saturday mornings, 10am to 12.30pm

Dates: 6 November, 4 December, 8 January

Venue: Larkfield Methodist Church,

To book your place, or for more information, please contact Monica Wilding, Phone: 01732 840024,


Memory Cafe - East Malling Community Centre

2nd Thursday of the month at 2pm

East Malling Centre, Chapman Way, East Malling, ME19 6SD 01732 667198

Fashion Show
Save the date: Saturday 23rd October.

Diane Dann is gradually collecting items for a fashion show for church funds. Good quality clothes (nearly new) would be most welcome to add to these. She will shortly be looking for some models, so if this is something you think you would like to do, please let Diane know. Further details later nearer the time.

Pastoral Team Meeting

There will be a meeting of the pastoral visitors on Wednesday 20th October at 3.00pm in the church.

Girls’ Brigade are meeting face-to-face every Monday during term time.  (see Girls Brigade page for latest, full details). 

Boys’ Brigade are meeting face-to-face every Wednesday during term time, starting 22nd September.  (see Boys Brigade page for latest, full details). 

Little Larks Toddlers’ Club

Little Larks Toddlers’ Club is meeting in the Church Hall on Wednesday afternoons, from 1 to 3 pm. £1 per family.


Please contact Monica Wilding for details.


For full details of Crossover, look at our Crossover page

Expressions Dance

Expressions Worship Dance—Expressions continues to be on Zoom on a Monday afternoon please contact Sylvia for precise details and times.


The next Expressions Dance in Person will be on Monday 1st November 1.30 – 3.30 pm

See Activities>Expressions page for latest, full details.

Christmas Craft Fair 

Saturday 13th November 

10:00 - 4:00


Fairly traded 

Craft, Homeware, Food, Gifts & Christmas cards 

Contactless card payments accepted 


Refreshments served 

Lunch, Tea, Coffee & Cake 


St Andrews Church 

Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DZ

plenty of parking available


Covid safety measures will be in place 

Muffins & More group

​Muffins & More now meet in the Church on Tuesdays at 10.30am.  If you wish to join with the group in prayer and quiet time, contact Gwen Bartley who will add your email address to her Muffins group. 

 (see Activities>Muffins page for latest, full details).

Family and Pastoral News

We ask God’s blessing, love, comfort and reassurance on:

  • Revd. Naomi Oates, Luke and Rachel​

  • Revd. Gareth West leading our service on Sunday

  • Roger Byard leading the circuit on-line service this Sunday

  • Brenda as she continues her treatment

  • Margaret Davis recuperating following her operation in a convalescent home in Edenbridge


  • Bless any that have been unwell, in pain, admitted to hospital, care homes or awaiting hospital appointments.

  • Those that mourn and we think especially of the family and friends of Jack Fissenden who will be attending Jack’s funeral on Monday

  • House bound folk and we think especially of Delphine at this time

  • The doctors, nurses, and all those working for the NHS, carers in homes and those who visit patients at home

  • Folk living in: Partridge Avenue, Pine Close, Plover Road, Priestley Drive, Raven Close, Redwing Close and Reeves Court

  • Our church for growth, in faith and numbers and we ask God’s blessing on each and everyone of us, that we might fulfil our calling to be the people of God working for Him.

We give thanks and welcome back Naomi.

The funeral of Jack Fissenden will take place at 1.30pm on Monday 18th October at

Medway Crematorium, Blue Bell Hill.

James will be preparing the on-line prayers next week. If you have a request for prayer or thank you, his

email address is:

If you wish for a prayer in an emergency, you can telephone Christine Malins to put your request on the Prayer Wheel: 01732 842647 mob: 07934 384 974 email:


Some of you have asked how to donate to the foodbank at Maidstone Homeless Care's day centre, which is seeing unprecedented demand in these times when so many people's income has been affected by the virus. Naomi is currently visiting the day centre once or twice a week, so if you have food you'd like to donate, you can drop it off at the manse (45 Garner Drive) on your 'daily exercise,' or let her know if you'd like it collected from your doorstep, or contact Zofia (the day centre manager) to arrange a time when you can drop it off yourself at the centre in Knightrider Street.

Archbishop of Canterbury free dial-in worship phone line during coronavirus lockdown

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has launched a free national phone line as a simple new way to bring worship and prayer into people’s homes while church buildings are closed because of the coronavirus.

Daily Hope, which is available from today, offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.

The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind.

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop before being able to choose from a range of options, including hymns, prayers, reflections and advice on COVID-19.

Helping Vulnerable People

Gill Fox at Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council has set up a Community Hub to provide assistance to the most vulnerable local people (some of whom may not be on the lists being provided by GP’s). She would really appreciate any assistance in identifying these vulnerable people, as well as trying to find healthy volunteers who can assist in reaching them at this time (especially volunteers who are already DBS checked). You can contact Gill on


Oasis UK (founded by Rev. Steve Chalke) have set up a Friendship Line. If you are feeling isolated, worried, or simply could use a chat call them on 020 7921 4272. Calls are charged at the standard rate but are completely free over the internet!

Singing the Faith

website includes service sheets for worshipping at home and links to church services that can be live-streamed: see

Bible Study

The Methodist website includes a daily Bible study:

Inspirational quotes:

Out of all the relationships and friendships we have on this earth. There is one that trumps them all and that’s our friendship with God.” 

Melissa Tumino

Never forget that God is your friend. And like all friends He longs to hear what’s been happening in your life...” 

Nicholas Sparks

If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning. Face it, friend, He is crazy about you!” 

Max Lucado

All shall be well, all shall be well, and All Manner of Things Shall be Well.” 

Mother Julian of Norwich