These next few weeks provides us with times when people outside the church want to connect with us. The battle therefore is half won, the job is therefore with prayer and care to signpost people to what we and the team do.
Social media sharing, handing out a card, making a phone call can all be done. So for All Souls tide, the Light Party, Remembrance and Advent we can all fulfil our Lord's words to be witnesses.
When you smile, the world smiles with you!
As autumn falls and winter is coming, under normal circumstances these seasons can be for some a lonely and difficult time. So, this year we need more than ever to be able to share hope with one another. We will continue to strengthen the callers system and develop a new initiative to grow together in faith. Please do let us know if you would like to be involved and always carry a smile of hope in your words, your heart and your eyes!
Sally: Ministry to the isolated
Call-out: expect the unexpected!
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the hospital chaplaincy volunteers have been unable to undertake their normal ward duties since mid-March. Even those on the on-call rota were only doing telephone support. So, it was a great relief when I was finally cleared to be able to go to the hospital in person if called out. It can be a challenge – you never know when to expect a call – recently this has ranged from evening, morning to even 3.00am! And one could be ministering at a still birth, end of life or something in between. But a real privilege to be able to serve
The Admin team: our volunteers
Welcome to the welcomers!
We have 52 welcomers across the parish and counting. The cross-parish support for Open for Prayer (now stopped as we move into November) and for welcoming at our services is so encouraging. On Sundays now, rather than being attached to one building, we’re increasingly open to new methods, new times, places and services. How great that fluidity is for our fellowship, and how good it is to see fresh friendly welcomers from all across the parish.
Dare we mention December? It’s going to be an exciting challenge to the community of welcomers – we will be tackling this soon! Do contact the parish office to be included.
: Sunday 8th November: Each of our services will have a moment of remembrance; our 11am service will include a livestream from the Memorial Gardens in Tonbridge, where the Rt. Rev Simon Burton-Jones, Bishop of Tonbridge, will be leading.
Robin Dunn should be home from hospital now (expected home weekend of 1st Nov); Gill would like to thank everyone for their immense support; they have felt upheld in prayer. Robin's heart surgery was done safely on 24th Oct.
Mission Action Group have some lively news from October in Japan, East Africa and other projects. Their webpage is updated regularly: see it here