Easter events and services 2015

A photo of a chalkboard that reads 'Resurrection is making a comeback'We thought you might like to take note of the Holy Week and Easter events and services taking place in Offham, Kings Hill and West Malling.

Monday 30 March, from 3pm
Easter Experience
(for children and parents)
St Michael’s, Offham

Tuesday 31 March, from 3pm
Easter Experience
(for children and parents)
St Mary’s, West Malling

Wednesday 1 April, 7.30 p.m.
Brett Lecture 2015 with Rev David Green
“In what way, if any, did Christ ‘bear the judgement of God’ at the crucifixion?”

Thursday 2 April, 7.30 p.m.
A Seder Meal to mark Maundy Thursday
Kings Hill Vicarage, 19 Worcester Avenue, Kings Hill

Good Friday, 3 April, 9.15 am
Morning Prayer
St Michael’s, Offham

Good Friday, 3 April, 9.30 am
Morning Prayer
St Gabriel’s, Kings Hill (Discovery School main hall)

Good Friday, 3 April, 11.00 am
Churches Together Good Friday Walk of Witness
Begins at St Thomas More RC Church, Lucks Hill, West Malling

Good Friday, 3 April, 2.00 pm
Quiet Hour
St Mary’s, West Malling

Good Friday, 3 April, 3.30 pm
X-plore Easter – Children’s Easter craft activities
St Mary’s Church Centre, West Malling

Easter Sunday 5 April, 6.15 am
Easter Dawn Service
St Michael’s, Offham

Easter Sunday 5 April, 8.00 am
Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
St Mary’s, West Malling

Easter Sunday 5 April, 9.15 am
Easter Sunday All-Age Holy Communion
St Michael’s, Offham

Easter Sunday 5 April, 9.30 am
Easter Sunday All-Age Holy Communion
St Gabriel’s, Kings Hill (Discovery School)

Easter Sunday 5 April, 11.00 am
Easter Sunday All-Age Holy Communion
St Mary’s, West Malling

Prayer concerning events in France

The Church of England has issued the following prayer in response to the Paris terror attack.

Compassionate God and Father of all,
we are horrified at violence
in so many parts of the world.
It seems that none are safe, and some are terrified.
Hold back the hands that kill and maim;
turn around the hearts that hate.
Grant instead your strong Spirit of Peace –
peace that passes our understanding
but changes lives,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Remembrance Sunday services

A photo of the St Mary's war memorial, taken early morning 2011For each of our three communities, please find below details of the Remembrance Sunday services.

Offham, 9.15 a.m.

The Sunday service at 9.15 a.m. is a Service of Holy Communion. During the service, the Act of Remembrance will be undertaken. The congregation will be invited to join the Minister outside the church at the War Memorial where the names of the dead will be read aloud and the two minute silence held. Rev David Green will be leading the service.

Kings Hill, 10.45 a.m.

A special joint service takes place at 10.45 at the Running Airman Memorial on Gibson Drive with use of the Italian Market for larger crowds. Uniformed organisations will parade at 10.30 a.m. from the Control Tower to the Memorial for the service. More details are available in the Events section of this website. Rev Matt Ross of Kings Hill Christian Fellowship and Rev David Green of the Church of England will be leading the service.

West Malling, 11.00 a.m.

The Sunday service at West Malling begins with the Act of Remembrance and two minutes silence outside at the War Memorial. Please arrive before 11 am so that you are able to participate from the beginning as the chimes mark 11 o’clock. After the Act of Remembrance, the congregation will make their way inside the church for the parish’s Sunday service of Holy Communion. Canon Alan Vousden will be leading the service.

West Malling, 2.30 p.m.

The Civic Service for Remembrance Sunday will take place at 2.30 p.m. in the afternoon. A parade will make its way up the High Street from about 2pm onwards. Please note the High Street will be closed to traffic while the parade is going on.

We are pleased to welcome Rt Rev James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, to speak at the service this year as we mark a special centenary since the start of the First World War. Rev David Green will also be on hand to participate in the service alongside other ecumenical guests.

After the service, wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial while the uniformed organisations present form up in the road. Once again, the High Street will be closed around 3.30 p.m. in order for this to take place. More details are available in the Events section of this website.

 

 

Invitation to remember

A photo of the candle tributes at the Memorial Service 2012On Friday 7 November, our churches play host to our annual All Saints’ Memorial Service in which people gather to remember loved ones who have died.

All Saints’ is a time in the Church year in which we remember those who have gone before us and celebrate the Saints and so it’s a really good time to hold such a memorial service.

At the service, we will give thanks for the lives of those who have passed away. We will honour their memory during the service and seek God’s comfort in prayer. After the service, there will be some refreshments available if you would like to stay behind and chat.

The centrepiece of the service is a respectful reading out of the names of all those who have died in the last year along with any other names of people that families wish to remember. As names are read, family members light candles and place them on a nave altar (see photo).

Although the service focuses on those who have lost a loved one in the last year, the service is open to all and each year, there are usually people who gather to remember those who have died in the more distant past. Time is no healer and it’s always good to continue to mark that person’s memory and offer to God our feelings as we continue to miss them.

If you would like to come to the service, please phone our church office on 01732 842245 and leave a message or email us via this website to let us know. It would be very useful if you could tell us how many family members you expect to bring with you so that we can ensure we can accommodate everyone.

The Big Promise comes to West Malling

An image of the Big Promise logoIf you are wondering how to mark Valentines Day this year, why not give your other half an early present by bringing them along to St Mary’s Church, West Malling on Saturday 8 February at 5.15 p.m. to take part in a special service called The Big Promise.

To mark the start of Marriage Week in the UK, churches up and down the country are hosting such services to enable married couples to renew their marriage vows.

Whether you’ve been married for six months, six years or sixty years, and whether you got married in church originally or in a civil ceremony, everyone is welcome to come and renew their commitment to their spouse and celebrate their relationship.

The centrepiece of the service is a Church of England liturgy called the Renewal of Vows. Couples get the chance to say the famous old words ‘to have and to hold, from this day forward’ and all the rest of the marriage vows together at the same time, and make a public declaration of their continuing love and commitment.

The service will last around 45 to 50 minutes, so why not book in with one of the restaurants and pubs on the High Street in West Malling and make an evening of it! Come on your own as a couple, or why not invite your family and friends to support you? If they’re married, they could renew their vows too!

Invitation to remember

A photo of the candle tributes at the Memorial Service 2012On Thursday 7 November, our churches play host to our annual All Saints’ Memorial Service in which people gather to remember loved ones who have died.

All Saints’ is a time in the Church year in which we remember those who have gone before us and celebrate the Saints and so it’s a really good time to hold such a memorial service.

At the service, we will give thanks for the lives of those who have passed away. We will honour their memory during the service and seek God’s comfort in prayer. After the service, there will be some refreshments available if you would like to stay behind and chat.

The centrepiece of the service is a respectful reading out of the names of all those who have died in the last year along with any other names of people that families wish to remember. As names are read, family members light candles and place them on a nave altar (see photo).

Although the service focuses on those who have lost a loved one in the last year, the service is open to all and each year, there are usually people who gather to remember those who have died in the more distant past. Time is no healer and it’s always good to continue to mark that person’s memory and offer to God our feelings as we continue to miss them.

If you would like to come to the service, please phone our church office on 01732 842245 and leave a message or email us via this website to let us know. It would be very useful if you could tell us how many family members you expect to bring with you so that we can ensure we can accommodate everyone.

Harvest 2013

A photo of produce from Harvest Festival 2012 at St Mary's, West MallingThis coming Sunday is the Harvest Festival services for West Malling, Offham and Kings Hill. Family services will be taking place at West Malling and Offham with a Communion service at Kings Hill as we celebrate all of God’s goodness to us in the food we eat and all that the earth provides. This page provides some brief details for those interested in joining us for the Harvest celebrations.

Services

  • Offham Harvest Family Service, St Michael’s Church
    Sunday 22 September, 9.15 a.m. till 10.15 a.m.
  • Kings Hill Harvest Holy Communion, Discovery School
    Sunday 22 September, 9.30 a.m. till 10.45 a.m.
  • West Malling Harvest Family Service, St Mary’s Church
    Sunday 22 September, 11.00 a.m. till Noon.

Offerings

As usual, everyone is very welcome to bring a donation of food as part of their act of thanksgiving. This year, the donations will be passed on in equal shares to Pilsdon at Malling, the Kenward Trust in Yalding and the West Malling Churches’ Foodbank who do all fantastic work amongst those in need of extra help.

Non-perishable items are best as donations since they will help these worthy causes to make our gifts last longer.

 

 

Easter events and services 2013

A photo of a chalkboard that reads 'Resurrection is making a comeback'We thought you might like to take note of the Holy Week and Easter events and services taking place in Offham, Kings Hill and West Malling.

Mon 25 March, 7.30 pm
A Service of Wholeness and Healing (including Holy Communion)
St Michael’s, Offham

Tue 26 March, 7.30 pm
Stations of the Cross
Cluster service taking place at St Lawrence’s, Mereworth

Wed 27 March, 7.30 pm
Service of Holy Communion with the Ministry of Reconciliation (Confession)
Cluster service taking place at St Dunstan’s, West Peckham

Thu 28 March, 8.00 pm
Maundy Thursday Holy Communion (with washing of feet and stripping the altar)
Pilsdon Barn Chapel, West Malling

Good Friday, 29 March, 9.15 am
Morning Prayer
St Michael’s, Offham

Good Friday, 29 March, 9.30 am
Morning Prayer
St Gabriel’s, Kings Hill (Discovery School main hall)

Good Friday, 29 March, 11.00 am
Churches Together Good Friday Walk of Witness
Begins at St Thomas More RC Church, Lucks Hill, West Malling

Good Friday, 29 March, 2.00 pm
Quiet Hour
St Mary’s, West Malling

Good Friday, 29 March, 3.30 pm
X-plore Easter – Children’s Easter craft activities
St Mary’s Church Centre, West Malling

Holy Saturday, 30 March, 10.30 am
X-plore Easter – Children’s Easter craft activities
St Gabriel’s, Kings Hill (Discovery School)

Holy Saturday, 30 March, 8.00 pm
Easter Vigil and Service of Light
Pilsdon Barn Chapel, West Malling

Sun 31 Mar, 6.30 am
Easter Dawn Service
St Michael’s, Offham

Sun 31 Mar, 8.00 am
Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
St Mary’s, West Malling

Sun 31 Mar, 9.15 am
Easter Sunday Holy Communion
St Michael’s, Offham

Sun 31 Mar, 9.30 am
Easter Sunday Family Holy Communion
St Gabriel’s, Kings Hill (Discovery School)

Sun 31 Mar, 11.00 am
Easter Sunday Family Holy Communion
St Mary’s, West Malling

Baptism Evening

A child clapping after his baptism at St Mary's

If you are interested in seeking a baptism for yourself or for one of your children, we host regular Baptism Evenings at the church in West Malling. (find us).

Whether you live in Kings Hill, Offham or West Malling and whether you wish to have the baptism performed at St Gabriel’s, St Michael’s or St Mary’s, please do come along to find out more about baptism and what option you would like to pursue.

Our Priest-in-Charge, David Green will be on hand to explain what baptism (and its alternative Thanksgiving) are all about, answer your questions and then help individuals and couples to fill out the necessary forms and seek to set a date.

David is willing to set dates there and then but please be patient at the end of the session if a number of couples are also looking to arrange services. It may take a little while to handle everyone’s wishes.

If you intend to come to the Baptism Evening, please do let us know (if you can) for catering arrangements. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Making the most of what you’ve got

A photo of Frances at work for the RSCMThe Malling Cluster is delighted to host Making the Most of What You’ve Got on Saturday 2 February at St Lawrence’s Church in Mereworth between 10 am and 2 pm. There is a cost of £5 per person to attend.

Frances Novillo, Regional Music Adviser for the Royal School of Church Music, will be leading the training day and encouraging churches to develop music in their church of all kinds and involving musicians of all abilities.

If you are musical and play an instrument, or if you can’t play an instrument but like to sing, Frances promises a day of interesting training looking at ‘treasures old and new’ and encouraging churches to think about how they might make more of the musical resources amongst them.

Amongst the topics to look at will be developing music in your church, involving musicians of all abilities and those who like to sing, arranging and adapting familiar music, discovering old treasures, introducing new songs and more… a day for choirs, clergy, singers, music groups, congregations, instrumentalists, and non-musicians who like church music!

A photo of Frances Novillo

Frances Novillo, RSCM Regional Adviser

Frances said about the day:

“It’s really genuinely about Making the Most of What You’ve Got, so if we have all children, that’s what we’ll make the most of, and if it’s all over-70s, we’ll take a different approach. Different marvellous things will emerge, but again towards the same aim – making the most of what you’ve got!  Same applies if it’s all singers, or people who think they can’t sing but are willing to give it a go, or 27 guitars … any combination is great.”

Musicians are invited to bring their instruments and a music stand, and all are welcome to attend – clergy, musicians, singers, congregation members. It will be held at St Lawrence, Mereworth and costs £5 for the day (bring your own lunch).

Enquiries should be directed, in the first instance, to Sue Moore at the RSCM via email or phone 0208 859 6997.

Please note that for both events, participants aged 18 or under must bring a signed parental consent form (downloadable from the RSCM Rochester website) with them.

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