Public Consultation I – January 2018

A photo of the poster advertising the eventOur Priest-in-Charge Rev David Green, the Churchwardens and PCC of St Mary’s, West Malling would like to warmly invite residents of our local community, and those who live further afield with significant ties to the church, to join us on Saturday 27 January between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the first of several Public Consultations which we anticipate will take place during 2018.

The plans will be available to view from 10 a.m. and then a presentation will be given by our Minister, David, at 11 a.m. Questions and Comments will follow with then further time afterward to browse the drawings at your leisure. Tea and Coffee refreshments will also be available.

For some time, it has been evident to many people that our church acutely needs new facilities. The lack of toilets, disabled access, refreshment facilities, and adequate heating and lighting are needs felt not only by our regular worshipping congregations, but also by christening, wedding and funeral guests, our local school-children and their parents, those attending special events held in the church, and those who have attended music concerts and other community events at St Mary’s.

In addressing those needs, a Working Group of the PCC has been working for several years on our plans, liaising with diocesan authorities, heritage bodies and stakeholders, and we have now reached a significant milestone in the project.

We believe that all the needs we have cannot be fully met without providing an extension to St Mary’s. This first Public Consultation gives the Working Group a chance to present the current plans and designs for that extension, providing the public with access to the drawings and giving space for their questions, comments and feedback. In due course, the church will need to apply for Planning Consent. However, before that stage is reached, we are keen to hear what local people think.

As the year progresses, further Consultations will be carried out to look at other aspects of the proposed plans, including potential changes to the main body of the church itself.

We hope you will come and take a look and give us your thoughts.

Benefice Holy Communion, Offham

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 Loving Memory (memorial service for babies & children)

In Loving Memory 2017
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.

Wedding of Michael Metcalf & Melodie Harris

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.

How to find us

If you need directions on how to find us, please click the link.

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.

Cluster Service: Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross are a 14-step devotional reflection that commemorates Jesus Christ’s last day of his natural life. The 14 devotions, or stations, focus on specific events of that last day, with a piece of art provided to guide our thoughts. At each station we recall and meditates on a specific event from Christ’s last day. Specific prayers are recited, then we move to the next station until all 14 are complete.

The Stations provide a different, interactive and reflective way to ponder the journey that took Christ to the cross and offer an opportunity early in Holy Week to consider afresh the journey that we too will take in the immediate days ahead.

Epiphany Cluster Service

The Rt Reverend Brian Castle shall be leading and preaching this special Cluster Service.