Message from our Vicar: 26th November

Dear Friends

Advent Sunday

Advent is an exciting season looking forward to the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and Advent Sunday formally marks the start of the Church’s year! We could be forgiven for having many other things on our mind, for example, concern about the nature of the post lockdown restrictions. But festivals in the Church’s year can provide us with anchors for our soul and reassurances for our lives in an ever changing world.

We have made some extra effort with our online broadcasts 10.00 am and 6.30 pm this coming Sunday to inspire us all and bring some cheer at the start of Advent.

Prayer and worship times on Sunday 29 November are:
Private prayer time 8.30 to 9.00am at St Saviour’s Church and 4.00-5.00pm at St Peter & St Paul.

10.00am Online Advent Service – Mark will be bringing God’s word
3.00 pm Online Christingle Service – led by Andy Page and Emily Speed
6.30pm Online Special Songs of prayers – Mark will bring God’s word
We trust you will enjoy these and that they will provide a spiritual tonic and springboard to motivate us for all that lies ahead. Thank you to the remarkable team for going the extra mile again.

 Some pointers for prayer 
  • Teams preparing for Experience Christmas and our online and physical services.
  • Increasing numbers of children and young people to feel connected and involved in our Parish’s work.
  • Living Stones and Life Giving Questions – may these initiatives connect and develop our Parish’s work and see new people committing to moving  them forward
  • Pastoral work. Pray for those in hospital, care homes and those in their families and friendship circle who care for them.
Thank you for your support for the PCC, wardens and staff team during this time of change in our Parish family.

 Yours in Christ


And here some dates and events coming up for your diaries and prayers:

Sunday 6th December:            Churches will we hope be open for public worship and we will resume the following services:

8.30am Holy Communion at St Saviour’s,
11.00am Morning Service
6.30pm Evening Service at St Peter & St Paul (see information below on ‘Light up a Life’).

Mark will be leading and preaching at 11.00am at St Andrew’s.

There will be no 4pm service at St Philip’s until further notice.

Sunday 13th December STOP PRESS – 10.00am Parish church with seating and live broadcast.

 This will be Mark and Allie’s farewell Sunday.

We are amalgamating our 10.00am and 11.00am services that morning.  There will, therefore, be one morning service at 10.00am so that we all can share in Mark and Allie’s farewell either at home or by coming into the church.  We have done this so that all the Parish can join together because, with social distancing, numbers in the church will be limited.   Our Associate Vicar, Revd Wendy Carr, will be leading the service and Mark will be preaching. Do join in whichever way you are comfortable either at home via our YouTube channel or in church.

Light Up A Life – Hospice in the Weald 

Over recent years our Parish has hosted an annual Light Up A Life service in St Peter & St Paul giving local families the opportunity to come together to remember their departed loved ones. Inevitably this year is different and we would really like to encourage you to join the Hospice in the Weald’s own Light Up A Life online service available from 5.30pm on the afternoon of Saturday 5th December: .
Our 6.30pm livestream service on Sunday 6th December will reflect our special connection with the Hospice in the Weald.  The Revd Penny Stephens, Chaplain at the Hospice, will take part in this service, together with Gen Goodall, a member of our fellowship and an Ambassador for the Hospice.  The theme of the reflection at this service will be “His light shines in our hearts”, there will be music to enjoy and, importantly, a time of reflection in memory of loved ones no longer with us.  All are most welcome to join us, virtually or in person (restrictions permitting) for this special time together. .

A number of you will remember the Revd Francis Willoughby who was a much-loved curate in the Parish from 1983 - 1986 and subsequently the Vicar of Sutton-at-Hone.  He died peacefully on Sunday 22nd November aged 82 after a long illness.

 The Revd Canon Mark Brown

Vicar of Tonbridge Parish Church