Notices, 10 October 2021
Here are the latest notices and relevant information for the Benefice.
Changes to church services in Stage 4 out of Lockdown now in effect
Both of our churches have now agreed some changes to our practice with England moving to Stage 4 out of Lockdown. You can find out more about the changes on our website by following this link here. The changes have now been implemented and are in effect.
A thank you from David and Kerry
David and Kerry would like to offer their sincere thanks to everyone at St Mary’s and St Michael’s for their generosity and kind words and encouragements to mark the 10th anniversary of David’s licensing as our Vicar. It was a lovely occasion last Sunday and our thanks to all who helped organise and prepare the morning’s celebrations. They’re now pondering how to spend the kind financial gift in a way that David, Kerry and the three children can all benefit.
Harvest Festival thanks from Offham
Thank you to everyone who donated food for Harvest Festival. The gifts have now been distributed to the Pilsdon at Malling Community and the Kenward Trust in Yalding. Our thanks also to everyone who donated or contributed dishes of various kinds to the Harvest Lunch. Thanks also to those who helped set-up, wash-up and clear up.
Harvest Festival this Sunday in West Malling
Our All-Age Service today in West Malling St Mary’s Harvest Festival and will be live-streamed via YouTube at 10 o’clock on Sunday. Please do bring food donations (preferably dried or tinned goods) to church for our distribution to Pilsdon and the Kenward Trust in Yalding. If you forgot to bring anything with you or can’t make the service in-person, you can always drop it into church tomorrow or the day after.
Ride and Stride thank you
Thanks to everyone’s efforts, £800 was raised for Ride & Stride this year at St Mary’s in West Malling, half of which comes back to St Mary’s Church and the rest goes to support Kent’s churches through the Friends of Kent Churches.
Our sincere thanks to all those who cycled or walked between churches and raised sponsorship for their efforts. Our thanks also to those who stayed at St Mary’s to welcome the riders and striders from other churches who visited us. A good effort all round. We hope to announce the total for St Michael’s, Offham in due course.
Help for Afghans – thanks
Thank you to everyone who donated to our collection for the charity Welcome Churches, an organisation who help Afghan refugees arriving in the UK to find support. We have transferred a grand total of £760.00 to them this last week.
Alan’s Christmas Cards at St Mary’s
Alan Vousden will be selling Christmas Cards with Christian themes again this year. £2.50 per pack and all the funds raised will go towards the Choral Scholar Fund at St Mary’s. On sale from the first Sunday in October.
Remembrance Sunday, 14 November
Remembrance Sunday this year is the 14th of November. We will be having our regular service including the Act of Remembrance that day at 9.15 a.m. in Offham and 10 o’clock in West Malling. The West Malling Civic Service will be taking place at 2.30 p.m.
Christmas Floral Demonstration, West Malling
West Malling Flowers are hosting an evening of floral festivities at St Mary’s on Thursday the 25th of November, 7pm – 9pm. Tickets are £15 and available from West Malling Flowers or online at westmallingflowers.co.uk.
Prayer list prune at St Mary’s!
We are always very happy to intercede and pray for anyone who needs prayer. However, sometimes our prayer list can grow to a size that’s unwieldy because people often ask to go on the list, but sometimes forget to ask to come off the list again!
If you are on the list (or have a family member on the list), please can you ask Rev David to keep you on the list sometime in the next fortnight? On the 10th of October, we will reset the list to zero to help address this issue. But please, please do ask if you would like your name (or a friend’s name) to stay on the list. We’re always glad to pray.
David’s day off
Rev David’s day off this week will be Friday the 15th of October.