Church Notices 24th January 2021
In light of the latest restrictions and our second lockdown we are unable to worship in church for the time being. However, we can still access the on-line circuit services each Sunday at 10.30am and other opportunities for worship through the week.
For On-line Services and other opportunities for worship - see Services page
If you go into the church premises (other than for the service), please remember the requirement to sign in and out by completing the form pinned up on the noticeboard in the corridor between the hall and the church. (You will need to bring your own pen to do this).
What Bible verse gets you through difficult times?
Several stewards from the Methodist churches in our area met recently to consider how we might commemorate Lent ‘together’ in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. One idea was to put together a set of 40 verses (one for each day of Lent) suggested by our members to share with each other. With six Methodist churches locally (Bearsted, Burham, Eccles, Larkfield, Tonbridge Road, and Union Street), that works out to each church supplying 7-10 verses. This is your opportunity to share something of your faith (don’t leave it to your stewards!). Each entry should consist of a Bible verse (you can choose the translation) followed by 100 words or less telling why that verse is special for you. Please indicate the church where you worship. The verses need to be submitted by 1 Feb to
In Memory of Jean
If you have a special memory of Jean or a photograph that you would like to contribute, please visit the website the family have set up in her memory Jean1937remembrance.com
Jean’s funeral will take place at our church on 9th February at 11.30am. There will be no additional service at the crematorium. There are about 15 members of the family attending which sadly does not leave space for others on this occasion. The family plan to have a service of thanksgiving when that’s possible, maybe waiting until Naomi returns from maternity leave.
The next dial-in services will take place on Thursday 28 January. As always, they will begin with chat and introductions from 10am - 10.10am, followed by a simple act of worship lasting for around half an hour. You'll be able to access these services using the details below:
Step 1: At 10am, dial 020 3481 5237 from a mobile or landline
Step 2: When requested, enter the Meeting ID (885 7391 6601) followed by #
Step 3: When requested, enter the Passcode (870747) followed by #
You do not need a 'Participant ID' - just press #
Team Support Coordinator - Kent Workplace Mission Vacancy
We are looking for a Team Support Coordinator to support the Trustees and Chaplains in continuing the work of Kent Workplace Mission across Kent, Bexley and Bromley.
This administrative post is part-time (15 hours a week). The post is currently based at Larkfield and East Malling Methodist Church, but open to this being a Kent or SE London home-based role.
For an application pack or more details please contact Jacky Trice, the current Team Support Coordinator, by email: email@example.com (Closing date for applications - Friday 19th February)
Kent Workplace Mission is a Christian Charity, a Local Ecumenical Partner of Churches Together in Kent focussing on Mission.
We are convinced that God's love for the world includes where we do our daily work and those with whom we work. We offer chaplaincy support to businesses across Kent, Bexley and Bromley, including Bluewater, Port of Dover, Dungeness Power Station, care homes and a number of town centres. The majority of the chaplains are volunteers.
As some of you will know, Robin and I have sold our house (subject to contract!) and hope to move near to my family in Leicestershire, in probably February next year. The church, therefore, needs to find someone to take on my 2 roles.
Patricia Arnold has very kindly (big thank you, Patricia) agreed to take over being the GIFT AID SECRETARY, and I will be passing everything over to her in January. However, I am looking for someone who would be willing to take over the Cleaning Supervisor’s role – it sounds very grand but it is really straightforward.
We have a good and loyal cleaner in Sue, but we just need someone who will keep Sue informed about what is hap- pening – go and see her when she is cleaning at times (it can be a lonely job), help out if necessary and really being a point of contact in case she has any concerns or is not sure of anything. Dave Raven does a monthly list of the groups using the hall for Sue, and Sue works out her hours accordingly.
If anyone is interested, or wants to know more, I would be very pleased to hear from them. My number is 01732 870747
Thank you, Heather
We all know the words of Wordsworth’s Daffodils, but there are hundreds if not thousands of wonderful poems hiding away in the pages of books, just waiting for the opportunity to be shared.
Enjoy a ZOOM evening of reading and sharing one or more of your favourite poems.
If you would send your choices to
Pam Storr firstname.lastname@example.org
to check for length of poems and any duplication.
The deadline for sending poems will be Sunday 17th January 2021
JOIN US ON
Friday 29thth January 2021 at 7.30pm
To register attendance and receive Zoom link, please contact Pam Storr email@example.com
Cost £5 per person (payment by BAC if possible) AYLESFORD PCC
SORT CODE 40-52-40 A/C 00016954 REF ‘POETRY
The evening will comprise of sharing and reading our favourite poems, an interval for you to refresh with a glass of wine(!) a short quiz identifying famous people from ‘baby photos’ and finishing off with further readings.
Quiz Night by Zoom - Bearsted Methodist Church
On Saturday 20 February 2021 at 7.15 for 7.30pm
Teams of up to 8 people using no more than 4 devices
Tickets £10 each available from firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07946 614 609
Proceeds to be shared between the Church and Kent Workplace Mission
Muffins & More group (Tuesdays) receive reflections and prayers by email. 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).
Churches Together in Malling - full CTiM details for this month are on our new CTiM page.
Prayer for Christian Unity
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will end with a united Zoom service commencing at 4pm on Sunday 24th January 2021. All are welcome to join in worshipping together with other Christians in our local area.
This is the link:
ID: 883 0122 3432 Passcode: 2021
Verse for the month
“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 NIV
Family and Pastoral News
Delphine would like to thank church members for their kind thoughts and very acceptable presents that Valerie brought round to her. She says having the contact makes the isolation a little more tolerable.
We ask God’s blessing, love, comfort and reassurance on:
Revd. Naomi, Luke and baby Rachel Oates
Dr. Bonni-Belle Pickard, our Minister whilst Naomi is on maternity leave
Roger Byard with Helen Hollands who will be leading the Sunday on-line circuit service
Bert, the family, and all Jean’s friends as they mourn her passing
Peggy continuing treatment at Maidstone Hospital
House bound folk and we think especially of Delphine at this time
All those in our congregation and members of their family who have been unwell, in pain, or admitted to hospital. Any who are lonely or isolated, anxious about their health, worried or affected by Covid-19
Children, young people and families coping with home schooling
The doctors, nurses, and all those working for the NHS, carers in homes and those who visit patients at home
Folk living in: Catlyn Close, Carroll Gardens, Chapel Street, Chapman Way, Chatfield Way and Chaucer Way
Our church for growth, in faith and numbers and we also 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 in this place.
We give thanks:
For the Covid-19 vaccine
Lord, we are in awe of our planet and all around us there is beauty and wonder. Yet we also know the daily toll of our 21st century lifestyles on our towns and cities, mountains and beaches and we know that we must change our ways.
Help us to find the wisdom and courage as individuals, as congregations and as nations to take the steps that are needed to save the planet for future generations. Amen.
Lynne Ling, Synod Secretary, Bedfordshire, Essex and Hertfordshire District
Monica will be preparing the on-line prayers next week. If you have a request for prayer or thank you, her email address is: email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
The Methodist website includes a daily Bible study: www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/the-bible/a-word-in-time/
“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.”
“Never forget that God is your friend. And like all friends He longs to hear what’s been happening in your life...”
“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!”
“All shall be well, all shall be well, and All Manner of Things Shall be Well.”
Mother Julian of Norwich