Naomi’s Ordination Service
If you wish, you will be able to watch the Reception into Full Connexion and/or the ordination service (which will be at 4pm on Sunday 27 June) online: see
New Carpet in the worship area
If you have not yet had the opportunity, please do look into the Church when attending the Sunday service and view the new carpet in the worship area.
The carpet, which was laid in time for our 'unlock' has been funded by two members who have covered the whole of the cost between them. We are very grateful for their generosity.
Action for Children
Diane will be in church this Sunday so if you have an Action for Children box, she is able to collect it. She would be most grateful if you could let her have your box by the end of June. As with other charities Action for Children have an increased workload this year and so need more financial help.
Expressions on Zoom
Sylvia has been leading a Dance Zoom every Monday afternoon since December. It is a good way to get together and worship God. Sylvia would like to invite anyone, who is feeling isolated on a Monday afternoon but can use Zoom, to contact her and join in – to participate in whatever way suits them – the only requirement is a worshipful heart. (see Activities>Expressions page for latest, full details).
Family and Pastoral News
We ask God’s blessing, love, comfort and reassurance on:
Revd. Naomi, Luke and baby Rachel Oates
Revd. Dr. Bonni-Belle Pickard, our Minister in Naomi’s absence
Valerie and John Thornewell and those taking part in Sunday morning’s service
Elizabeth Harfleet who is leading the online service on Sunday
Naomi’s Ordination Service on 27th June
Those that mourn and are missing loved ones
All those in our congregation and members of their family who are receiving hospital treatment. Bless any that have been unwell, in pain, admitted to hospital or care homes. Any who are lonely or isolated, awaiting hospital appointments and anxious about their health, worried or affected by Covid-19 especially the new Indian variant.
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: Bell Lane, Betjeman Close, Blacklands, Blackthorn Drive, Blake Drive and Blatchford Close
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 sunshine and rain this week.
John will be preparing the on-line prayers next week. If you have a request for prayer or thank you, his
email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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