Online Worship: 12 July 2020, Fifth Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 12th of July 2020,
the fifth Sunday after Trinity.

Photo by Bob Smith from FreeImages

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week.

This week, our theme and focus comes from another of Jesus’ famous sayings. Or rather this week, we are going to hear one of his famous parables – the ‘parable of the sower’ which is an allegory about the Kingdom of God; just as a planted seed starts to grow, the word of God starts to deepen and grow within a person.

As well as our Bible reading and sermon, you’ll find some hymns to sing and prayers to pray. This week we welcome back Rev Jim Brown, a retired Minister living locally, to give our talk for today. We’re also taking advantage of modern technology to hear from our mission link partners, David and Robin Stearns in Uganda, who share the Bible reading and also bring us an update on their lives and the challenge in Uganda at present, especially from Coronavirus.

Please also take time to look at the notices and the latest news on a number of subjects, including our hopes to re-open for worship before the end of the month.

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

Speak, O Lord

To God be the Glory

All-Age song: Tell me who made all of creation? (Everywhere around me)

Family Worship @ Home

Families seeking to support their children may also like to know about the Diocese of Rochester’s update for this week with resources for children and families. This week the focus is on the same Gospel reading that Jim speaks about from Matthew 13 and the Parable of the Sower. You can download this week’s PDF sheets to use if you wish to do so. (PDF file)

https://www.rochester.anglican.org/under18s/ministryhome/family-worship-in-the-home/

Jim’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:25 the Bible Reading with David & Robin and an update from Uganda, 05:33 onwards the Sermon with Rev Jim.

 

Prayers for today

Prayers of Intercession for Ordinary Time

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ,
let us pray to the Father.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
you promised through your Son Jesus Christ
to hear us when we pray in faith.

Strengthen James and Simon, our bishops, and all your Church in the service of Christ,
that those who confess your name may be united in your truth,
live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority;
and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace;
that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours,
that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us…
[take a moment to pray for family and friends]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit …;
give them courage and hope in their troubles;
and bring them the joy of your salvation.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are unwell]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ …;
according to your promises,
grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
[take a moment to pray for those you know who are grieving]

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in the fellowship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St Michael & All Angels, and all your saints,
we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, 
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

O God, whose love we cannot measure,
nor even number your blessings:
we bless and praise you for all your goodness.
In our weakness, you are our strength,
in our darkness, light,
in our sorrows, comfort and peace,
and from everlasting to everlasting you are God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, world without end.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

Almighty God,
send down upon your Church
the riches of your Spirit,
and kindle in all who minister the gospel
your countless gifts of grace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers: Stewart Betts, Hilda Bodley, Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Pam Hoskins, Robin & Rosemary Law, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Malcolm Scott, Eileen Vickers, Irina Walker, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Bill Bruce, Arthur (Tony) Cook, Christine Johnson and Laura Childs; all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in retail. For creativity, servant-heartedness, economic favour and for their witness at work.
  • Giving thanks for those who have been helping get the church buildings ready once again for worship, and praying for our leadership as they try to consider everyone’s needs and make wise decisions for both our online and offline worship in coming days.
  • Prayers for St Michael’s and the people of Offham.
  • Prayers for Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, confirmed this week as the new Archbishop of York, succeeding John Sentamu who retired earlier this year.
  • For the UK and world authorities political, medical, scientific, civil and religious as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially Syria, Iraq, Turkey, for the Kurdish people, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For David & Robin Stearns, mission link partners in Uganda.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).

Monday Morning – Psalms 98, 99, 101, 1 Samuel 1.1-20, Luke 19.28-40
Monday Evening – Psalm 105, Ezekiel 1.1-14, 2 Corinthians 1.1-14
Tuesday Morning – Psalm 106, 1 Samuel 1.21-2.11, Luke 19.41-end
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 107, Ezekiel 1.15-2.2, 2 Corinthians 1.15-2.4
Wednesday Morning – Psalms 110, 111, 112, 1 Samuel 2.12-26, Luke 20.1-8
Wednesday Evening – Psalm 119.129-152, Ezekiel 2.3-3.11, 2 Corinthians 2.5-end
Thursday Morning – Psalms 113, 115, 1 Samuel 2.27-end, Luke 20.9-19
Thursday Evening – Psalms 114, 116, 117, Ezekiel 3.12-end, 2 Corinthians 3
Friday Morning – Psalm 139, 1 Samuel 3.1-4.1a, Luke 20.20-26
Friday Evening – Psalms 130, 131, 137, Ezekiel 8, 2 Corinthians 4
Saturday Morning – Psalms 120, 121, 122, 1 Samuel 4.1b-end, Luke 20.27-40
Saturday Evening – Psalm 118, Ezekiel 9, 2 Corinthians 5

Online Worship: 5 July 2020, Fourth Sunday after Trinity

This Sunday is the 5th of July 2020,
the fourth Sunday after Trinity.

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you.

Welcome to our Online Worship for this week. As we move into July, it’s time for another monthly All-Age service. Our song choices, prayers and talk today are intended to be accessible to children and adults together, and we’ll do our best to draw in some of our All-Age ‘traditions’ into this online environment.

As well as our Bible reading and sermon, you’ll find some hymns to sing and prayers to pray and there’s another monthly Prayer Basket to watch and we hope you’ll take part in the prayer requests everyone makes. This week we take a look at Jesus’ invitation to take his “yoke” upon ourselves, exploring what a yoke is and how this image might help us today.

Please also take time to look at the notices, including a short update about how we continue to engage with the Government’s relaxing of restrictions and the ability to re-open our church buildings.

Notices

There are a number of things to be aware of at the moment. This page will tell you more.

Songs to sing today

My Jesus, my Saviour

Lord, reign in me (Over all the earth)

Speak Your Name

This is a brand new song written this year. We hope you enjoy learning it and singing along.

Family Worship @ Home

Families seeking to support their children may also like to know about the Diocese of Rochester’s update for this week with resources for children and families. This week the focus is on the same Gospel reading that David speaks about from Matthew 11.28-30. You can download this week’s PDF sheets to use if you wish to do so. (PDF file)

https://www.rochester.anglican.org/under18s/ministryhome/family-worship-in-the-home/

David’s video sermon for this Sunday

01:21 the Bible Reading with Lizzie, 01:44 onwards the Sermon with Rev David.

 

Prayers for today

Light a candle online

The Church of England’s official website has a special ‘light a candle’ online prayer page. You can visit the site, follow the brief instructions which guide you, not only on how to use the page, but also how to quiet your heart and mind and say your prayer. Why not give it a go?

The All-Age Prayer Basket

During our offline All-Age services, we’ve developed a little ‘tradition’ of a Prayer Basket. Anyone can write a prayer for themselves, someone they know, someone who is ill, a community, a nation or anything that’s on their mind. We gather them together and read them aloud in the service to guide our prayers. This video is our online equivalent Prayer Basket for this month’s All-Age service.

A prayer about the COVID-19 pandemic

God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right medicines
to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.
Amen.

The Collect for this Sunday

Gracious Father,
by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

Blessing

May the peace of God, 
which passes all understanding,
keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, 
and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

Be at peace. Love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for the week ahead

Prayer pointers

  • Those who have asked for our prayers: Stewart Betts, Hilda Bodley, Valerie Crittenden, Lucy Clifford, Pam Hoskins, Robin & Rosemary Law, Ron Marchant, Cynthia & John Noble, Barbara & Graham Norton, Barbara Pallett, Malcolm Scott, Eileen Vickers, Irina Walker, Janet & John Wincott, and Heather, William, Stephanie and Michael.
  • For the families of Margaret Brooker, Bill Bruce, Arthur (Tony) Cook, Christine Johnson and Laura Childs; all of whom have died recently.
  • For those in our congregation who work in agriculture. For favour with the weather and customers, and for their witness at work.
  • Giving thanks for those who have been helping get the church buildings ready once again for worship, and praying for our leadership as they try to consider everyone’s needs and make wise decisions for both our online and offline worship in coming days.
  • Prayers for St Dunstan’s Church and the people of West Peckham.
  • For the UK and world authorities political, medical, scientific, civil and religious as we respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • For HM Queen and our nation, for the Prime Minister and Government, for loving and respectful discourse, truth and integrity in political life.
  • For unity and reconciliation in our nation following our departure from the European Union.
  • For authorities and emergency services working in areas of war, humanitarian or ecological tragedy including all nations affected by Coronavirus. Especially Syria, Iraq, Turkey, for the Kurdish people, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and the Yemen.
  • For Rev Peeter Kaldur, and our partner churches of St Michael’s, Jõhvi and Pühajõe church in Estonia.

Lectionary readings for Daily Prayer

Morning & Evening Prayer in Ordinary Time (i.e. Daily Prayer for Monday on Monday, Tuesday on Tuesday etc).

Monday Morning – Psalms 80, 82, Judges 13.1-24, Luke 17.20-end (Ss Thomas More & John Fisher)
Monday Evening – Psalms 85, 86, Job 33, Romans 14.13-end (Ss Thomas More & John Fisher)
Tuesday Morning – Psalms 87, 89.1-18, Judges 14, Luke 18.1-14
Tuesday Evening – Psalm 89.19-end, Job 38, Romans 15.1-13
Wednesday Morning – Psalm 119.105-128, Judges 15.1-16.3, Luke 18.15-30
Wednesday Evening – Psalms 91, 93, Job 39, Romans 15.14-21
Thursday Morning – Psalms 90, 92, Judges 16.4-end, Luke 18.31-end
Thursday Evening – Psalm 94, Job 40, Romans 15.22-end
Friday Morning – Psalm 88, Judges 17, Luke 19.1-10
Friday Evening – Psalm 102, Job 41, Romans 16.1-16
Saturday Morning – Psalms 96, 97, 100, Judges 18.1-20, 27-end, Luke 19.11-27 (St Benedict)
Saturday Evening – Psalm 104, Job 42, Romans 16.17-end (St Benedict)

“Walking in the way of the Cross”; doing Holy Week online

Walking in the way of the Cross

A guide to resources in order to pray your way through Holy Week

This Holy Week will be one like no other. With our church buildings unavailable to us, we’re having to be a little more creative in how we choose to mark the run-up to Easter Sunday.

Here in West Malling and Offham, the grid below will fill out day-by-day with clickable links so that you can choose how you wish to walk this year ‘in the way of the Cross’.

Monday
A service for Monday of Holy Week
from Rochester Cathedral
Tuesday
A service for Tuesday of Holy Week
from Rochester Cathedral
Wednesday
A service for Wednesday of Holy Week
from Rochester Cathedral

Maundy Thursday

 

Seder

Using a Zoom conference call, Rev David will host a live act of prayer
on Thursday at 6.00 p.m. BST adapted from both the Jewish Seder and the Christian Agape liturgies. If you would like to take part, please contact Rev David and he will send you details of all you need to prepare via email.

 

Tenebrae

Rev David has recorded an adaptation of a Tenebrae service.
“Tenebrae” is a Latin word for “shadows”. In this service we use increasing darkness to dramatize the increasing sadness of Holy Week.
Premieres ‘as live’ on Maundy Thursday at 8.15 p.m. BST.

Good Friday

 

The Walk of Witness

We cannot gather to do the physical Walk of Witness this year.
However, the service book is available to download (pdf file) so that you can use it at home, or to accompany your daily exercise.

Quiet Hour

Rev David has recorded a special version of the Good Friday Quiet Hour
via SoundCloud. Mixing Gospel readings, silence, prayer,
the Good Friday anthems and music.

 

Holy Saturday

All will be quiet on Holy Saturday. No services and no provision made
Heaven is silent. Jesus is dead. The tomb is sealed shut.
 

Easter Sunday

 

Dawn Service ‘as live’ stream

Because of technical difficulties, we are not able to live stream from the church in Offham on Sunday. However, Rev David has recorded an adaptation of the service which premieres ‘as live’ on Easter Sunday at 6.30 a.m. BST.

The liturgy is available to download if you want to follow along.

 

Online Worship

As we have done in recent weeks, there will be hymns to sing, written prayers, notices and a video sermon from David. It will be available to encourage you in worship from 7.30 a.m. BST this Sunday.

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Remembrance 2019

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, 10.00 a.m.

The Sunday service starts at the slightly later than usual time of 10.00 a.m. and will follow the pattern for Churches Together services of remembrance. Rev Jim Brown will be leading.

After the service, just before 11.00 a.m. we will make our way outside to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and the two minutes silence.

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 wreaths laid.

West Malling, 10.00 a.m.

The Sunday service at West Malling will be a simply service of Remembrance, led by Rev David Green. Following the service, the congregation will make its way outside to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and to observe two minutes silence at 11 o’clock.

Kings Hill, 10.30 a.m.

A special joint service takes place at 10.30 at the Running Airman Memorial on Gibson Drive with use of the Italian Market for larger crowds. Uniformed organisations will parade from the Control Tower to the Memorial for the service. Rev Matt Ross of Kings Hill Christian Fellowship and Rev Mark Montgomery of the Church of England 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.

This year we welcome Ven Julie Conalty, the Archdeacon of Tonbridge as our guest speaker. Rev David Green will also be on hand to lead the service alongside other ecumenical guests.

After the service, wreaths will be laid at the War Memorial while the uniformed organisations 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.

 

 

Harvest 2019

A photo of produce from Harvest Festival 2012 at St Mary's, West MallingOctober means it is Harvest Festival season for West Malling and Offham.

All-Age services will be taking place at West Malling and Offham 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 All-Age Service, St Michael’s Church
    Sunday 6 October, 9.15 a.m. till 10.15 a.m.
  • West Malling Harvest All-Age Service, St Mary’s Church
    Sunday 13 October, 10.00 a.m. till 11.00 a.m.

Offerings

As usual, everyone is very welcome to bring a donation of food as part of their act of thanksgiving. Dried and tinned goods with a ‘best before’ date a good way into the future are ideal, but all and any gifts are welcome. 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 (based at Pilsdon). All do fantastic work amongst those in need of extra help.

 

 

Remembrance Sunday 2018

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, 10.00 a.m.

The Sunday service starts at the slightly later than usual time of 10.00 a.m. and will follow the pattern for Churches Together services of remembrance. Rev Jim and Rev David will both be on hand to take part in the serviec.

After the service, just before 11.00 a.m. we will make our way outside to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and the two minutes silence.

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 wreaths laid.

West Malling, 10.00 a.m.

The Sunday service at West Malling will be a service of Holy Communion, led by Canon Alan Vousden. Following the service, the congregation will make its way outside to the War Memorial for the Act of Remembrance and to observe two minutes silence at 11 o’clock.

Kings Hill, 10.30 a.m.

A special joint service takes place at 10.30 at the Running Airman Memorial on Gibson Drive with use of the Italian Market for larger crowds. Uniformed organisations will parade from the Control Tower to the Memorial for the service. Rev Matt Ross of Kings Hill Christian Fellowship and Rev Mark Montgomery of the Church of England 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.

This year we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, and also the centenary of the beginning of the RAF with our local links to RAF West Malling. 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 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. This year, Rev Dave Baxter of West Malling Baptist and Rev David of St Mary’s will re-dedicate the memorial following the renovations that took place this year. In so doing, they will mirror what took place in 1921 when their predecessors first unveiled and dedicated the memorial for the people of West Malling.

More details are available in the Events section of this website.

 

 

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

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.

 

 

David Green to be licensed as our new ‘Vicar’

A photo of Rev David Green, summer 2011

Rev David Green

The Licensing and Installation of Rev’d David Green as our new Priest-in-Charge will take place on Monday 19th September at St Mary’s West Malling at 7:30 pm.

Everyone is invited to join us for this special service as we welcome David to our benefice and the beginning of his ministry here. The Rt Rev’d Brian Castle, Bishop of Tonbridge will be present to institute David whilst the Archdeacon of Tonbridge, Clive Mansell, and our Rural Dean Jim Brown will all take part in the service.

The service will be followed by a reception in the Church Centre to which all are warmly invited.

This service marks the beginning of David’s ministry amongst us. His first services will be on Sunday 25th September.

If you are thinking of coming, please note that there will be lots of people in attendance and parking is very limited near St Mary’s Church.  We recommend that if you can walk to the church, that you please do so.

If you are coming by car there is a car park behind Tesco’s, the entrance is next to The Farmhouse restaurant.  There is also another car park at the other end of the High Street, near to The Green and directly opposite The Bull public house.

Vicar or Priest-in-Charge. What’s the difference?Unlike his predecessor Canon Brian Stevenson, David’s technical title is ‘Priest-in-Charge’ rather than ‘Vicar’. The difference is nothing to do with David but to do with our parish. Because of the developing nature of Kings Hill, some parish boundaries don’t match well against the changing nature of our communities and appointing David as ‘Priest-in-Charge’ means those changes will be easier to make in the coming days. In practical terms, there are very few differences and David will effectively be our ‘Vicar’ in the things that he does and how he leads the church.