Church Notices 18/10/20

Updated 18/10/20


We welcome you to our church for worship this morning.  Unfortunately, we are unable to serve refreshments after the service due to social distancing.

Please remember to book your place for next Sunday, 25th October, with Dave Raven by text message anytime between 4pm on Wednesday and 6pm on Friday, or phoning Dave between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Mobile number: 07867 884043

In accordance with the church's risk assessment, doors and windows need to remain open during all activities taking place on church premises, to ensure good ventilation. This means it may get a little chilly - so we suggest you bring an extra layer (or two!).

If you have downloaded the NHS COVID-19 app, you can now check in when you arrive at the church by scanning the QR code displayed at the entrances. But if you don't have the app, or a smartphone, don't worry - we'll still be collecting a full list of names and contact details for services and activities on church premises for Test & Trace purposes.

Today’s Service at 10am in the church, hall or both, will be led by David Newell.

Steward: Wendy O’Leary

Welcome Stewards: Tricia Arnold (Car Park), Alan Wood (Welcome Steward), Christine Malins (Escort Steward).

Intercessions Writer: Tony Buddin
Music and Technology: Rob Wilding


For On-line Services information - see Services page

Service next Sunday 25th October at 10am in the church, hall or both will be led by 

Monica Wilding

Steward: Alan Connor

Welcome Steward: Brian Trice, Escort Steward: Jacky Trice

Intercessions Writer: Brian Trice

Music and Technology: Rob Wilding

Meeting of Pastoral Visitors

There will be a socially-distanced meeting in the church hall on Wednesday 28 October at 2pm for Pastoral Visitors. If any pastoral visitor would like to join the meeting via Zoom, please let Naomi know, and she will send you the link.

Harvest gifts and Homeless Care

A big thank you from Homeless Care for the gifts in kind and generous financial contributions toward the recent Food for Thought harvest appeal. A number of carrier bags of food stuffs have been delivered to the Day Centre and over £250 has been passed to the Treasurer. Additional financial contributions were paid directly to the charity.

The Day Centre has re-opened after the lock down and a number of newly homeless people have registered with both the Council and the Day Centre. Food for Thought and Maidstone Day Centre are operating under Covid_19 restrictions out of the same Knightrider St premises but segregated and using separate entrances and exits.

Thank you to you all, Peter

CAP online

The CAP Money Course is a revolutionary money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that really works.

This course will help anyone to get more in control of their finances, so they can save, give and prevent debt. The CAP Money Course is a course devised by the award winning debt counselling charity, Chris- tians Against Poverty.

The course will run over 3 Tuesday evenings in November 2020 on the below dates: 3rd, 10th & 17th November
7:30pm – 9pm

Further details are available at or go to the Prospective students can register via or by contacting

User groups
Girls’ Brigade have resumed meeting on a Monday evening. Contact: Val Burnage 

Expression Dance have resumed meeting Monday afternoon. Contact: Sylvia Ratcliff 

Knitting and Craft Group have resumed meeting Tuesday afternoon. Contact: Sylvia Ratcliff 

Boys’ Brigade have resumed meeting Wednesday evening. Contact: Tracy Lambert 

Huddles - contact Alan Connor if you are interested in joining a Huddle.


Any church groups wishing to resume sessions at the church will need to complete their own risk assessment (for approval by the risk assessment group), setting out how they plan to operate safely, and to sign the guidance for building users (attached). If you are considering resuming sessions at the church and would like to talk through your plans, please don't hesitate to be in touch with Naomi and Dave so that they can support you.

Connexional Weekly Prayer Meeting

Naomi would love you to join her at a new weekly prayer meeting (via Zoom) with friends from across the Methodist Church in Britain, every Tuesday from 12:45 - 1:00pm. So far, there have been up to 150 of us - but you can always keep your camera turned off if you're feeling shy!

You can register for the prayer meetings over the rest of this connexional year here: meeting/register/tJIocuuorTgqGtKiDOy-HII7hUICGSIaxMEz

Service of Remembering - Sunday 1 November at 4pm

As many churches in our circuit are not yet open for worship, the circuit has decided to offer an online service of remembering via Zoom on Sunday 1 November at 4pm, led by the Revd Dr Bonni-Belle Pickard.

During the service, there will be an opportunity for all those joining via Zoom or by phone to say something about their loved one who has died and to light a candle in their own home. You are invited, if you wish, also to bring a picture or a small object that reminds you of your loved one.

Naomi will be sending invitations to a number of those in our church family - if there is someone you think would appreciate receiving a letter of invitation, please let Naomi know.

If you have any questions about the service, please contact Bonni-Belle on bonni- or 0759056447.

Here are the details for service:

Meeting ID: 839 9109 5174 Passcode: 224821

Or dial 020 3481 5237 from a mobile or landline and enter the Meeting ID and Passcode when requested, followed by #


Crossover service with Zoom Thursdays at 7pm. — You are invited to come and share a time of worship, which includes a time of Sharing the Word. Over the last couple of months, the Word has been given by preachers from different parts of the UK, as well as having Pastors and lay preachers from, Brazil, Republic of Congo and Fiji. For those who would like to have the opportunity to discuss, or listen to others discussing, what has been said, and share in some spiritual conversation, a second session will follow straight afterwards.

Come and join us, you would be more than welcome to dip in and out of these times. 


Meeting ID: 260 631 405

Muffins & More group 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. The activity next week will be favourite music. The following is this week’s reflection:

A Prayer of Creation

Begin at the beginning With darkness and light With earth and water With silence and beauty But no sounds.

No running feet, no flapping wings No joyous splashes.
So God created
Two- legged and four-legged

Fish in the deep
And birds in the air
And God gave them voice Gave them word and song Movement and dance
Order and harmony
And God said ‘It is good’! Love one another
Respect everything that lives Cherish my world,
Live in harmony
Be at peace
So it began and so it shall be.

Operation Christmas Child 

There will be boxes available to take in the church this Sunday onwards to pack and return by 12th November. The Boxes are untouched since last year so please take the top one. It is possible to donate on line and also pack an online box as well if you don't want to take a box. The web site is http:// and go to the Operation Christmas Child pages. I know times are hard and difficult but the boxes mean more than ever this Christmas.

QUIZ NIGHT for All We Can - Wednesday 28 October 7.30pm

The Methodist churches in Burham, Eccles, Larkfield & East Malling and Tonbridge Road will be holding a quiz night via Zoom to raise money for All We Can's Harvest appeal. This year, All We Can are using bicycles to break the cycle of poverty - you can watch a video about the impact a bike can have on the All We Can website.

You can register as an individual (in which case, you'll be allocated to a friendly team) or as a team of up to six.


Just get in touch with Christine or Naomi by Sunday 25 October if you'd like to take part. The suggested donation per entrant is £5, and you can donate here:

Just Work - Recovering the Dignity of Work

On 20th October 10am to 1pm Kent Workplace Mission is hosting a free online seminar with Nathan Mladin, a senior researcher at Theos Think Tank, exploring a Christian perspective on Employment and the Economy. 


For enquiries and registration please contact:

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

Church Council - Date for your Diary

The next Larkfield Church Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 2nd March at 7.30pm.

Family and Pastoral News


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

  • Revd. Naomi Oates, our Minister;

  • Revd. Naomi Oates, our Minister, who will be leading the on-line circuit service this week;

  • David Newell who is leading our service at church this Sunday;

  • Jean & Bert;

  • Peggy;

  • Delphine and other house bound folk;

  • 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;

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

  • The Brigades and their leaders;

  • 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 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.

Lord Jesus Christ, as Andrew and Peter, and James and John answered your call and left their nets to be your disciples, so give us the faith to leave behind all that would hinder us from following you.

Let us never be afraid to go where you would go, or to serve all who you would serve, for you are our servant king. Amen.

Claire 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: 


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:

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