“Where do we go from here?”.

  

"Almighty God, please guide us into selfless humility that may encourage us all, to be mindful of the plight of others, in the nature and example of Jesus Christ.


To consume and take in accordance with needs, not wants, mindful of the plight and longevity of the planet which you have created, and our impermanent status as tenants.


Aware of the truth that God creates and provides, while we evolve through the discovery and development of that fact.


Loving Lord, you have made it clear to us, in many ways, that we must change and rebuild the way we lead our lives, please be with us, our strength and guide, as we attempt the difficulties of that change.


Lord... In your mercy, hear our prayer.”


Roger Davenport


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A Message from Bishop Rose

4 ways to engage with this year's Thy Kingdom Come - Canterbury style

 Dear brothers and sisters, 


Thy Kingdom Come - a global wave of prayer for our friends and family to come to know Jesus - begins this week. Here are five easy ways for you and your church to get involved:

  1. Download this year's beautiful Novena  resources for free - use them for your own quiet time, with those in your household or in an online small group. View the resources and download them here. 
  2. Sign up to receive daily emails with the Novena images and prompts to help you to reflect and go deeper with  God - sign up here. 
  3. Join us for our Diocesan  Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage, 29-30 May. We've re-imagined      it for Lockdown and will be offering an online pilgrimage through everyday items, with contributions from every deanery of our diocese. All  you'll need are some everyday objects and and internet connection - check out the details and  times here - and please spread the word.
  4. Tell us what you hear. Our theme this year is  'Listening on the way' and we want to know what you hear from God during  this time - write or draw your thoughts, take a photo and email the team on prayers@diocant.org to help us to share what God is  saying to us during this season. 


I do hope that you'll be able to participate in some or all of these ways, so that we can all keep well, keep connected and keep praying during this extraordinary time.  

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Lyminge Choir

 A ‘virtual performance’ of the Lord's my Shepherd 

The Bible Society

A message from Bible Society

One of the team has recorded a ten-minute talk based on the Road to Emmaus story, and we would love you to see this film to say thank you to your Church for all support. 


  

For those who don’t know about Open the Book (OtB), this is a project which has been helping local primary school children hear key Bible stories from teams of Christian volunteers from one or several local churches.

One OtB team still wanted to do something for the children while unable to visit their local school. They are helping to fund a project to help children isolated in high-rise flats, or with large families unable to afford resources while isolated, called Grow@Home. This involves giving the families brown paper carrier bags filled with coloured and regular pencils, paper, rubbers and pencil sharpeners and with ideas of things to do and links to websites.


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Notices


Sadly, our Church Buildings are no longer open.

Not even for weddings, baptisms or funerals.


However, there are plenty of ways you can still enjoy worship and fellowship from your own home


On the Internet:

 Rev'ds Stephen and Jane are recording videos of Acts of Worship every week, click on The WORD on Sunday tab above for these, along with the weekly reflections and prayers from members of our Ministry Team.

St Mary and St Radegund, Postling are hosting a Zoom  Holy Communion service on alternate Sundays at 9.30am. The next one is 24th May. Contact Alison Dale (alison-dale@outlook.com) a couple of days before for the link.


  Here are some links for videos of services and further resources from Canterbury Diocese and the Church of England

Canterbury Cathedral 

Canterbury Diocese Parish Support  For some excellent resources and Apps for prayer

Church of England Daily Prayers 

The Lords Prayer 

The cathedral will live stream a midday Eucharist and Evensong at 5.30 p.m. weekdays, and at 3.15 p.m. weekends. Please follow this link to access the live stream on YouTube

A Church Near You 


Follow the Church of England on Twitter


Daily Hope Free phone line: 0800 804 8044

               

Daily Hope offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full  

worship services from the Church of England at the end of a 

telephone line. Options available include materials such 

as Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, 

 from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of 

England weekly national online service. A section called 

Hymn Line offers callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by the Connections group. 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.


For Families

Activity sheet and Colouring 

Prayer Spaces at Home 

at home  


School Assembly…but not as you know it!

The first Oak National Academy assembly was led by Archbishop Justin Welby and the

Rt Hon.Gavin Williamson MP. This went live at 10.00am on 30th April – more details are available here.


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Assistance during Isolation

Alison Dale and some of the churchwardens (see below, marked with *) have a list of contacts who can help or provide a service to everyone in the Group, from walking a dog to supplying take-away meals. Please get in touch if you would like to find out more, or wish to make an offer of assistance to others.


ELHAM VALLEY GROUP OF CHURCHES CONTACTS:

Priest-in-Charge Rev’d Jane Weeks: 01303 840219 (Monday to Thursday. Jane is not available on Thursday evenings and all-day Friday) revweeks@hotmail.com

Associate Priest Rev’d Stephen Dougal: 07764775507 stephendougal@btinternet.com

Pastoral Team Leader Paul Jarvis: teeboon19@btinternet.com

*Benefice Administrator: Alison Dale: 07985025381 (Thu-Fri 9-11am)

alison-dale@outlook.com

Churchwardens:

Elham *Peter Swain 01303 840408 - *Graham Ernest-Jones 01303 840645

Acrise*Simon Smith 01303 892162 - Martin Bradley 01303 864289

Denton & Wootton Sue Clough 01303 844324.

Lyminge *Phil Hawken 01303 862151

Stanford *Sara Myers 01303 814183 - *Paul Smallwood 01303 813198

Postling Peter Le Feuvre plefandsem@doctors.org.uk - Chris Reynolds chris.r@thepent.co.uk

Paddlesworth Celia Mosley 01303 893609 - *Lindsey Smith lsmith665@googlemail.com



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the story of self

Conclusion

 Almighty God our Father, history and experience have given us many evidences of Your guidance to nations and individuals, that we should not doubt your power or willingness to direct us.

Give us the faith to believe that when God wants us to do or not to do any particular thing, God finds away of letting us know it.

May we not make it more difficult for that guidance from God, but be willing to submit to His leading, that, “Thy will may be done”, in us and through us for the good of mankind and ourselves.

This we ask in the power of Jesus name. Amen

Thanks to Peter Marshall (November 1949).

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ways we can continue to worship together in spirit

  

At 8am every morning, the Ministry Team will be saying morning prayer - do join us in spirit!


And every Sunday at 10am, Rev'd Jane will be doing a service of Holy Communion (BCP Common Worship Order 2) - please contact Alison Dale for a copy of the words!



  

Here are some links for further resources from Canterbury Diocese and the Church of England:

   

  

NEW: For Easter  and beyond-  https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org


 https://canterburydiocese.org/parishsupport/coronavirus/prayer-worship-during-coronavirus/- some excellent resources and Apps for prayer


CHANGING LIVES PRAYER NETWORK

https://www.canterburydiocese.org/strategy/prayer/

 

A Service of Daily Prayer

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer


The Lord's Prayer... 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgN0s2xmCuM

 

Virtual Church of England service

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/archbishop-canterbury-lead-first-national-virtual-church-england-service


The cathedral will live stream a midday Eucharist and Evensong at 5.30 p.m. weekdays, and at 3.15 p.m. weekends. Please follow this link to access the live stream on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x1i7znmokE 


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the patch of blue

A poem by Father Andrew of the Society of Divine Compassion

The Patch of Blue

A small book 4 x 3 inches sits on my shelf. It was written by Father Andrew of the Society of Divine Compassion in 1942. He was a priest friar whose church in London was bombed twice and yet, busy as he was, took time to write this little book of poems. His desire was to lift the spirits of the British people, much as we need now, during this current crisis. Inside the cover is the name of the original owner, James H Trench, along with his service number and base address. The following poem may lift flagging spirits today, as it did then, and is Father Andrew’s gift of love.


The sky was grey and, so it seemed to me, 

The kind of grey that hovers threateningly

Above the world with all its fear and hate,

A lid to shut men down, not heaven’s gate.

Dear God, forgive me! That were never true, -

I looked again and saw a patch of blue.


One little patch of blue, but oh, so pure,

Where the grey parted, just to make me sure

The blue was there behind the shrouding grey.

That patch of blue gave courage to my day.

Friend of my heart, I pass the thought to you,

In your grey sky there’s still a patch of blue.


Grey days of duty and grey days of pain,

Grey days of weariness, again, again!

Yea, well I know it, but faith, hope, and love

Abide unconquered, and you yet shall prove

The sky holds still somewhere its patch of blue.

Here I have seen it: you shall see it too.


‘Tis grey to us maybe and wearily

We toil along; but we have had bright days;

While others wept we sang our songs of praise.

If now we only see a leaden hue,

Another’s eyes have spied a patch of blue.


Even when Christ our Lord for you and me

Breathed His last sigh of death on Calvary,

In all that darkness Love was still enthroned

And, though with bramble, royally was crowned.

Then came Ascension Day, when He passed through,

And skies for ever since have kept their blue!

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Message from Rev'd Stephen Dougal

We have received advice from our Bishop that all acts of public worship are suspended for the foreseeable future. We have therefore moved into a whole new way of doing Church for the present, which means no meetings, even with two or three gathered in the Lords name, as per Matthew 18. 


Jesus commanded us to love God and to love our neighbours, with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength. Loving our neighbour doesn’t just mean being nice to one another, it means actively looking after and safeguarding one another, as we would do to ourselves. This virus is a wretched one, which has the potential to affect each one of us, with someone close even dying from it, let alone all those thousands already around the world who have died. Look how it has already transmitted itself from one person in China to millions around the world through personal contact in a matter of months. It is a very serious and deadly thing. The Government, with the support of most politicians, have very sensibly been increasing the response in our country in a measured way and we have a Christian duty to follow that advice. This means no unnecessary gatherings, including Church services, home communions and other parish meetings. 


There are a few practical things we can do to help our community but one of the best things we can do is to pray, and it really doesn’t matter if we are praying alone at home, because God hears everything we ask wherever we may be. It doesn’t matter that we are not the two or three gathered together in one place – we are actually many more, praying in different places, and God hears us regardless. Pray especially for those who have been directly affected, and for those in our communities who are at most risk: For those who have no choice but to place themselves at risk, those who must continue to work; like our doctors, nurses, first responders, public transport workers, supermarket workers, shop keepers and others. Pray for anyone who has a job that brings them close to other people, as they are at risk. We must also pray for those who have lost or will lose their jobs because of this. The economic fallout from this is going to be huge, with many companies (including large ones) failing or having to downsize to survive. We must also pray for those who have lost love ones, for whom this is a most difficult time beyond any inconvenience of not being able to carry on the usual timetable of their daily lives. Every human life is precious, and God is very mindful of our emotions in such times. Jesus himself wept at the grave of Lazarus his friend, and God weeps with us, and those who have lost loved ones. 


Finally, while we hope and pray that this emergency will soon be over, we should always remember that God is with us throughout these dark times. It is certainly going to be tough, but the virus will eventually go, and then in God’s good time we can all get back to our normal lives. 

Please do stay safe and stay away from any unnecessary gatherings. 

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Blessings

Stephen

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Live stream services from canterbury cathedral

The cathedral will live stream a midday Eucharist and Evensong at 5.30 p.m. weekdays, and at 3.15 p.m. weekends. Please follow this link to access the live stream on YouTube:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x1i7znmokE 


And as Bishop Rose said... Let's:

Keep people well

Keep people praying

Keep connected


   

Heavenly Father,
your Son Jesus Christ knew loneliness when his friends departed from him,
strengthen this day we pray all those who find themselves alone for safety’s sake.
Teach those isolated from their communities new ways of life,
open up new possibilities for those who feel without hope,
and help us all to know that you are always with us,
as our guardian, and our guide, and our friend,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Love and prayers

Jane

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a family activity

A Game based on the Books of the Bible

  

Books of the bible games

This memory game with illustrated Books of the Bible Cards helps players become more familiar with the various books of the Bible. You can also use this game to introduce the different sections of the Bible.  Ages: 6 and above Group Size: 2 or more

Supplies: Books of the Bible Cards (see separate document)

Preparation

Download, print and cut up 2 sets of the Books of the Bible Cards.
There are 66 cards in each set, corresponding to the 66 Books of the Bible.

How to Play

You may want to play this game on the floor as a fairly large playing area is required. Alternatively, if there are space constraints, consider the variations below.

Shuffle both sets of Books of the Bible Cards together and place them all facing down.

The youngest player starts and turns over two cards.
If the two cards match, he/she keeps the cards and turns over another two cards.
If the cards don’t match, he/she turns them back face down and the turn passes to the next player. Continue playing until all the cards have been collected.

The player with the most matching pairs wins.

Variation 1: Play with Fewer Cards

Playing with the full 2 sets of 66 cards can be challenging and perhaps discouraging for some players.

Consider playing with Old Testament and New Testament cards separately:
In one session, you can play with only the Old Testament cards (2 sets of 39 cards).
In another separate session, play with only the New Testament cards (2 sets of 27 cards).

Variation 2: Play with Even Fewer Cards

For younger children, you may like to play with even fewer cards.
For each session of play, you can play with cards belonging to only one or more of these sections of the Bible:
1. Old Testament: Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy)
2. Old Testament: History (Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther)
3. Old Testament: Poetry (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs)
4. Old Testament: Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel)
5. Old Testament: Minor Prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi)
6. New Testament: Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John)
7. New Testament: History (Acts)
8. New Testament: Letters from Paul (Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon)
9. New Testament: General Letters (Hebrews, James, 1 and 2 Peter, 1, 2 and 3 John and Jude)
10. New Testament: Prophecy (Revelation)

Variation 3: Match Cards Belonging to the Same Section of the Bible

Instead of matching two identical cards, allow the matching of any two cards as long as they belong to the same section of the Bible.

For example, you can match “Genesis” with any card from the Old Testament Law Section, i.e. “Genesis”, “Exodus”, “Leviticus”, “Numbers” or “Deuteronomy”.

You can play this variation with the full 2 sets of 66 cards, or with fewer cards as in Variations 1 and 2 above.

Bible Lesson – Books of the Bible

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Was it easy to match the Books of the Bible Cards?

Say
The Bible is not one single book, but a collection of 66 smaller books that tell one unified story.
These 66 books of the Bible are organized into sections.
Being familiar with how the Bible is organized helps us quickly find specific passages in the Bible.

Discuss
3. The Bible is divided into two main parts. What are the names of these parts?
4. What are some differences between the Old Testament and the New Testament?

5. How are the 39 books of the Old Testament organized?
6. What are the 5 sections of the Old Testament called?
7. How would you describe each of these 5 sections?

8. How are the 27 books of the New Testament organized?
9. What are these 5 sections called?
10. How would you describe each of these 5 sections?

11. How important is it for us to know the organization of the Bible into the various sections that we have just discussed?

Conclude
Being familiar with the 66 books of the Bible and how they are organized helps us more quickly locate specific passages in the Bible. More importantly, knowing which section of the Bible a passage is taken from gives us an idea of its genre and helps us understand the passage better.

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Events and Messages

Messages from our ministry team and notices of events

March

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED! Lent Fellowship Evenings

6.30pm - 8pm

March

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED! Lent Fellowship Evenings

  "Live simply, live."  Ignatian spiritual exercises for every day. “Time for God - time for reflection” on Mondays in March;  2nd at St Mar...

6.30pm - 8pm

Events

May

Week of Accompanied Prayer

9.30am - 10.30am

St Mary's, Elham

May

Week of Accompanied Prayer


TO BE CONFIRMED DUE TO THE HEALTH CRISIS                                                                                                    ...

9.30am - 10.30am

St Mary's, Elham