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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.
Children and families in West Malling, Offham and Kings Hill are invited to come and participate in the Easter festivities this year with X-plore Easter, ninety minutes of crafts and fun for the family.
On Good Friday at 3.30 p.m., X-plore Easter will be held in West Malling at St Mary’s Church.
Amongst the activities is bookmark making, marbling, Easter cards, egg designs and painting, making chocolate rice crispy cakes Easter nests and tasting some of the things that Jesus ate at his last meal.
Hot cross buns, tea, coffee and soft drinks will be available.
Suggested donation is £2 per child to cover the cost of craft materials with a maximum suggested donation of £5 per family (if you have three or more children). But money is a worry then please be assured everyone is warmly welcome, regardless of your ability to make a donation.
One of our lay Ministers, Margaret Moore, will lead a quiet service of prayer and reflection on Good Friday. Featuring long periods of silence and readings from the story of Jesus’ passion, the hour long service is a chance to sit quietly, pray and reflect once again on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ death on the cross.
On Sunday 31 December, there will be a single service for the Benefice at St Michael’s, Offham at 10.00 a.m. (instead of their usual start time of 9.15 a.m.)
The service will be a joint service for West Malling and Offham which Offham will host. Rev Jim Brown will be presiding and preaching. There will be no services at St Mary’s, West Malling that morning.
In this year’s season of remembrance, a special service will be held to give space for the particular and special grief and mourning which is known by parents who have lost a child, whether through miscarriage, still-birth or in the early years of life.
The quiet, gentle service in the peaceful surroundings of St Michael’s enables everyone present to reflect on their loss and hopes for what might have been and bring God into the middle of all the emotions we feel.
As part of the service, all present will be given a chance to light a candle in memory of the child or children you lost.
The service has been timed for 4.00 p.m. in the afternoon in order to enable children to participate if they wish to do so. While parents may need to grieve the loss of a child, in many such circumstances older brothers and sisters may also need the opportunity too.
Everyone is very welcome.
The Civic Service for Remembrance Sunday will take place at 2.30 p.m. in the afternoon of Sunday 11th November. 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.
The wedding of Michael Metcalf and Melodie Harris will take place on Saturday 16th September 2017 at 2 p.m.
Rev David Green shall be leading the service.
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Please note that THERE IS NO CAR PARKING at the church. Those attending are encouraged to make use of the public car parks in West Malling to park your cars.
Please also note that West Malling High Street has been closed between Water Lane and the church’s drive to repair a collapsed sewer. It is still possible to park in the High Street and then walk to the church, but access to the High Street car parks from the A228 and Kings Hill is not possible at the present time.
A special All-Age Service celebrating Easter Sunday, with Holy Communion.