Message from our Vicar: 24th September 2020

Dear Friends 

Lord of creation,
whose glory is around and within us:
open our eyes to your wonders,
that we may serve you with reverence
and know your peace at our lives’ end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Although Harvest this year will look a bit different we give thanks to God for all his goodness and for the many community leaders, NHS staff and other support groups and their relentless work during these difficult times. 

FEAST has been a significant element of the Parish’s work over many months and well supported by parishioners. They are in need of supplies for what is now a Food Larder and we would encourage you to bring such items to our services on Harvest Sunday 4 October (11 October at St Andrews).  To find out what they need please follow this link

Our revised service pattern

I mentioned last week the new services starting at St Philip (booking via and St Andrew. We will be producing some cards with our revised pattern of services for you to have and also to invite others to join us.

Harvest workers

We are very grateful for the offers of help received following our request last week and we will be in direct touch. Offers of help and support are always welcome as are any good news stories.

We are well into planning for Advent, Remembrance and Christmas and will let you have news as soon as practicable.  Do please hold all these preparations in your prayers.

 Yours in Christ


Dates for your diaries

Harvest celebrations on Sunday 4th October across our various services with special attention to our Outdoors service for families with children.

Confirmation service with Holy Communion  with the Bishop of Tonbridge, at St Peter & St Paul, 6.30pm, 4th October

APCM, Monday 12th October, 8.00pm at St Peter & St Paul

Praise and Prayer meeting, Monday 19th October, 7.30pm at St Peter & St Paul (and on-line)


Sunday 27th September (16th after Trinity)

8.30am         Holy Communion St Saviour    Sally Musson & Revd Deryck Charnock                          

10.00am      On-line Morning Service        Revd Wendy Carr & Andy Kirkpatrick
11.00am     Morning Service St Peter & St Paul        Revd Canon Mark Brown & Revd Wendy Carr 

11.00am      Morning service St Andrew                     Jenny Macpherson & team
4.00pm        Family Service St Philip                              Revd Wendy Carr & team                

6.30pm        Evening Service St Peter & St Paul and online  Revd Wendy Carr & Sally Musson
Morning preachers will be speaking from Matthew 25: 14-30 on Christian stewardship of relationships

Really pleased to have two new services this Sunday

Message 10th September: 

Dear Friends
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

The Harvest is plentiful

Join us for a wonderful Harvest celebration on October 4th at all our services. We are excited about a special open air celebration that morning for families and others, weather permitting, in our spacious churchyard at the Parish Church.  This will be a great way to gather safely (following government guidelines) and to have some fun in our act of worship.

I am pleased to be able to let you know that, from September 27th , there will be a service at St Philip’s Church at 4pm. All are welcome but a booking system will apply for this service.  We will let you have more information about that in a separate communication.  We will also be holding services at St Andrew’s Church every fortnight starting on 27th September, 11am.

The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few

Your church needs you! Can you spare an hour to be part of our welcome team at one of our Sunday services? Our committed team could do with some extra volunteers. Do please send us an email if you can help even if occasionally. We are so encouraged that our buildings are now open and increasingly more people want to come into church.

May I also remind you the importance of following government guidelines . Therefore as we leave our church building following an act of worship please do not gather outside the church main entrance but move to the church yard or other open spaces and remember no more than 6 people should be in a group.

The Harvest is plentiful but the workers are few: Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers into his Harvest field

It is so encouraging to be sending Victoria Lawrence forward this Sunday, as she starts her training for ordained ministry at Ridley College, Cambridge, to hear of our Alpha course going so well and to have visitors to each of our church services. Please do send and share news of our social media postings and on-line services because this is one way of spreading the word and sending encouragement far and wide.

 Yours in Christ with my gratitude for your support and prayers.


Dates for your diary

Confirmation service with Holy Communion*  with the Bishop of Tonbridge, at St Peter & St Paul, 6.30pm, 4th October

APCM, Monday 12th October, 8.00pm at St Peter & St Paul

Prayer meeting, Monday 19th October, 7.30pm at St Peter & St Paul (and on-line)

*This will be the first Holy Communion service at St Peter & St Paul since lockdown.


Sunday 20th September (15th after Trinity)

 8.30am Holy Communion St Saviour                     
      10.00am Online Morning Service

Revd Wendy Carr & Sally Musson                           
      Revd Canon Mark Brown & James Brown

11.00am Morning service St Peter & St Paul       
         6.30pm Evening Service St Peter & St Paul and online

Revd Wendy Carr & Revd Canon Mark Brown     
        Sally Musson  & Revd Canon Mark Brown

 Morning preachers will be speaking from 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15 on the subject of financial resources
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Mark's letter 10th September:

Dear Friends

 Almighty God, 
whose only Son has opened for us
a new and living way into your presence:
give us pure hearts and steadfast wills
to worship you in spirit and in truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Our important APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) will be on Monday 12th October at 8pm. We are currently planning to hold it in St Peter & St Paul and will also be available on our YouTube channel for those who are not able to attend.

Other dates and information on the church diary for you to note are:
Prayer meeting on Monday 19th October, 7.30pm at St Peter & St Paul (will  also be available on our YouTube channel for those that cannot physically attend).

We are pleased to welcome the Bishop of Tonbridge, The Rt Revd Simon Burton-Jones, to preach at our evening service on Sunday 4th October, 6.30pm at St Peter & St Paul.

Monthly Parish News from Mark and the staff team are available now from our website follow the link

After yesterday’s government announcement on re-imposition of restrictions we are pleased so say that our church services will continue as currently planned following guidance from the Church of England. We will endeavour to inform you of any future changes. Do check or website for updates

Finally, may I commend to your prayers the Alpha course that started on Wednesday 9th September.  Please pray for those taking part and those leading the course. 

Yours in Christ,