Worship 'in person' - Sunday at 10am
It was a joy to be with you to worship in the hall last week - as Alan pointed out, it was my first service at Larkfield in 203 days! I sincerely hope not to take so long to return. In the meantime, this week's service at church will be led by the Revd Dr Bonni-Belle Pickard.
My thanks go, as always, to all those working behind the scenes to ensure the building is clean, safe, set up and ready for our worship on Sunday.
Service on Sunday 4th October at 10am in the Church, Hall or both, is our Harvest Thanksgiving and
will be led by Revd. Naomi Oates Steward: Dave Raven
Welcome Stewards: Christine Malins (Car Park), Peter Cox (Welcome Steward) Margaret Cox (Escort to seat)
Music and Technology: Rob Wilding
Don't forget that, if you're planning to join us, you'll need to book your space, as our seating capacity is limited. Each week, if you're planning to join us for worship, we ask that you contact Dave on 07867 884043 in order to book your place for the coming Sunday, either by:
sending Dave a text message anytime between 4pm on Wednesday and 6pm on Friday, or
phoning Dave between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.
We'd be delighted to see you for worship this Sunday. If you'd like a reminder of the hygiene and social distancing measures in place, my reopening letter can be found here and Claire and Alan's brilliant video can be found here. Of course, no-one should feel under any pressure to return to worship at church before they feel safe and ready to do so. Opportunities to worship from home, either online or by phone, are outlined below.
NKMC online service - Sunday at 10.30am
This week's circuit service will be led by Julien Myles.
All the information you need to join the service, including the link for Sunday morning, can be found here: https://www.nkmethodists.org.uk/news/invitation-to-worship-from-home.html
Those without the Internet can dial in and listen to Sunday's service using the following instructions:
Step 2: When requested, enter the Meeting ID (7429588134) followed by #
You don't need a 'Participant ID' - just press #
Coffee after the service - Sunday at 11:30
Whether you choose to worship at home or at church on Sunday, we'd love to see you for virtual coffee at 11.30. Zoom has recently updated its security settings, meaning that although the link remains the same, you may need to enter a passcode to join us. Here are the details:
Meeting ID: 850 7820 0322
Dial-in service - Thursday 9th October at 10am
You are warmly invited to join us for our next dial-in service at 10am on Thursday 9th October. As usual, we'll open the phone lines for chat and introductions from 10.00 to 10.10, to be followed by a simple act of worship lasting for around half an hour, led by a small team gathered from across the churches. These services are offered especially for those without the Internet, but all are welcome. Here's a reminder of the details for dialling in, which are the same as usual:
Step 1: At 10am (or just before) dial 020 3481 5237 from a mobile or landline
Step 2: When requested, enter the Meeting ID (826 1364 7836) followed by #
You do not need a 'Participant ID' - just press #
Harvest Festival - But not quite as we know it...
As you know, our plans for Harvest necessarily look a little different this year - but we're delighted that they still include opportunities for worship and to support local worthy causes.
On Sunday 4 October, I will be leading a Harvest-themed act of thanksgiving at our 'in person' church service. On the same day, the Revd Dr Bonni-Belle will be hosting the circuit online service, which will be a Harvest Festival, and will include photographs from across the circuit. If you choose to join us in person, why not watch the circuit service later on catch-up?
You are invited, this year, to support the incredible work of Maidstone Homeless Care and the Food for Thought programme. Please find attached some further information explaining the challenges they have faced during the pandemic, how they are currently responding, and their need for support. If possible, please make a financial donation to support their work (the details are in the attached) - but if you would prefer to donate non-perishable food items, please bring these to the service on 4 October and they will be 'quarantined' before delivery.