Notices, 25 April 2021

Notices, 25 April 2021

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

Annual Parochial Meetings – results

Our Annual Parochial Church Meetings took place last week. If you still haven’t caught up with the Annual Reports and the audited Accounts for 2020, they are still available in church and online for you to study.

In Offham, St Michael’s re-elected Stephen Betts and Jane Jordan as Churchwardens. Sarah Marshall, Mike Rowe and Hamish Urquhart were elected for new terms as PCC members. At St Mary’s in West Malling, Clare Innes and John Musker were re-elected as Churchwardens. John Denny and Stephen Crowder were elected to PCC. Clare Trewartha and Jill Rutland stepped down and we thank them for their service over these last few years. Our thanks to all those involved for their willingness to serve our churches and communities in this way.

St Mary’s now has a vacancy for a PCC Secretary as well as having five other vacant spots. Anyone who would be interested in joining PCC and helping to carry out these vital tasks, and being part of key decisions for the future of our church, should speak to Rev David.

New project launch for music at St Mary’s

At St Mary’s, Rev David and our Director of Music, Richard Hammond-Hall, have launched a new scheme for Choir and Organ Scholars who we hope to recruit later this year. Right now, we are hoping that the St Mary’s congregation would like to be part of our fundraising for the project.

You can find out more about the scheme on our website and watch a video which David and Richard have recorded to tell you all about our plans!

CAP Money Course dates

Our friends at West Malling Baptist Church have been supporters of CAP (Christians against Poverty) for many years. CAP provides free debt help and local community groups across the UK. Their free services, run with local churches, provide practical and emotional support and show people that there is always hope.

The CAP Money Course is a free course that teaches budgeting skills and a simple, cash-based system that works. In just a few weeks, it helps people get to grips with your finances so you can budget, save and prevent debt (or deal with debts you already have).

All the below courses will be run on Zoom, and it may be possible to run courses at Abbey View House on Swan Street, West Malling, when Covid restrictions permit. The courses will run from 1930hrs – 2100hrs on Tuesday evenings and the proposed dates are:

Course 1: 20th, 27th April & 4th May
Course 2: 15th, 22nd & 29th June
Course 3: 14th, 21st & 28th September
Course 4: 9th, 16th & 23rd November

To find out more, get in touch and we’ll link you up with the local organisers.

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 actively serving those who have to shield and stay at home during this current 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

School Governance opportunity

Our friends at St John’s, Wateringbury have asked us to advertise that there is a vacancy for a Foundation Governor at Wateringbury CE Primary School. To find out more, please contact Rev Gary Townsend or the Clerk of Governors by emailing governors@wateringbury.kent.sch.uk.

David’s day off

Rev David’s day off this week will be Friday the 30th of April. During the last year, David often rested on Saturdays as the most sensible way to use his time. With Weddings and other Saturday duties now really starting to take off again, he will be going back to his pre-Coronavirus pattern and most commonly taking Fridays as his rest day going forward.

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