All normal services are suspended this week and, instead, we have one special Cluster service for all of our churches together. The reason is that we are pleased to welcome Rt Rev James Langstaff, the Bishop of Rochester, who will be leading and preaching for the first ever Sunday morning Cluster service.
The service starts at 10 a.m. and will take place at St Gabriel’s, who meet at the Discovery School, Discovery Drive, Kings Hill. The sung worship will be led by St Mary’s Music Group, and supported by the Mereworth Children’s Choir.
Please don’t go to Offham or West Malling (there’s no service there). Everyone’s welcome to join us at Kings Hill for this special joint service.
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 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.
Our next Cluster Service shall be taking place on Sunday 11th June at St Lawrence’s, Mereworth. Please see the flyer for full details.