Notices, 10 January 2021

Notices, 10 January 2021

Here are the latest notices and relevant information for the Benefice.

Temporary closure of Public Worship

The Prime Minister announced a new lockdown on Monday. Clearly the situation is very serious for our local area and for our nation as a whole. Places of Worship were not formally closed by the Government on Monday but we have sought formal permission from the Bishop of Rochester to close our doors for Public Worship temporarily until the 14th of February. That permission has been granted and all Wednesday and Sunday services are now suspended. You can find out more here.

Christmas online services still available

Just in case you missed either the Carol Service or the Christingle this year or want to catch up with Rev David’s Christmas Day sermon, please note that the recordings of these services continue to be available via our YouTube channel. Visit www.bit.ly/WMOYouTube to watch.

Christmas flowers

Our Flower Arrangers do an amazing job throughout the year and continued their efforts over Christmas even though they knew most people wouldn’t get the chance to enjoy them. So as a thank you to them all, we photographed their arrangements and displays, set it all to music and posted it online. You can watch the video on YouTube here.

Christmas Raffle

Thanks to everyone who bought raffle tickets and who attended the Zoom Christmas Quiz in aid of ‘Relief In Need’, helping those in our local community during these tough times. The two events together raised a fantastic £1,254! Thank you all for your generosity and well done to the winners! Gemma Coupland is in the process of getting prizes distributed asap. If you are a winner you will have received an email notifying you.

New Year Resolutions? Get involved in your church

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.” 1 Cor 12.4-6

To be ‘the Body of Christ’, we need all kinds of gifts and talents. Is there something you could do to build up our body here at St Mary’s and St Michael’s? We know that Covid has affected a lot of these activities but, looking ahead to brighter days, perhaps now is a good time to get ready?

We always need volunteers to help welcome people to church, act as servers at Holy Communion, encourage our children and help out with Sunday School, ring the bells, sing in our choir at St Mary’s, count collections after services, or join the once-a-month teams who clean the church or help keep the churchyard looking beautiful.

Why not speak to Rev David or the Churchwardens about how you can help in 2021?

Volunteer Networks in West Malling and Offham

St Mary’s in West Malling and St Michael’s in Offham are working with the respective Parish Councils, local clubs, other churches, community groups, societies and agencies to provide a network of volunteers who want to help, and link them with people who need help during the Coronavirus pandemic.

In both communities, the networks are being re-started in active service to help those who have to shield and stay at home during this second lockdown. To sign-up to help as a volunteer or to ask for help from the Network, please click the respective button below to find out more about the West Malling Volunteers if you live in West Malling. Or, if you live in Offham, click the button to sign-up to the Offham Community Network.

West Malling   Offham

David’s day off

Rev David’s day off this week will be Saturday the 16th of January. Because of needing to return to ministry early over his Christmas break, David will also take Friday the 15th as a day in lieu.

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