Notices, 29 May 2022

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

Proposed Pastoral Reorganisation for West Malling and Offham

A notice giving the objects of proposed pastoral reorganisation affecting this parish has been displayed on the main door, on the noticeboard and on both our website and the Church of England website. The Notice includes the last date by which representations regarding the proposed reorganisation may be made to the Church Commissioners.

Rev David is in the process of organising an opportunity for our congregations to understand the plans and answer any questions people may have. A date will be announced soon.

Road closure in West Malling, Sunday 29 May

Please note that the area of the High Street near St Mary’s will be closed on Sunday 29 May due to roadworks.

Westminster Abbey parish passes

We have acquired two new annual parish passes for Offham and West Malling. If you are visiting the Abbey, you can borrow the passes to get up to four people into the Abbey free of charge.

Events in Ukraine

A devastating conflict and humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Ukraine, forcing over a million people to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring countries. Our online donations provider SumUp are helping many churches to raise money for the Red Cross to support those whose lives have been torn apart. If you’d also like to show your support, SumUp has pledged to match any donations made in March, until they reach their goal of €1 million.

You can either donate directly at https://pay.sumup.io/b2c/Q1ZYNRD8 or pay the money into our Offham PCC account, by bank transfer or the card reader. Ken will collect monies received into Offham PCC account and send it to SumUp after Sunday 20th March.

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at St Michael’s

There will be a Children’s Tea Party in Church Road on Sunday 5th June from 1.35 pm. There will also be music, drinks, BBQ and picnics on Village Green and Rev David is leading prayers at 5.00 p.m.

Love your Burial Ground week, 4 to 12 June

Next week (4 to 12 June) is ‘Love your Burial Ground week’. As part of it, our team working on the Wildflower Meadow at St Mary’s are offering to show people around after each service that day.

So if you’d like a tour with Min and the team, please gather at 8.30, 11 o’clock or 7.15 after our services today to go for a look around.

Choral Evensong at St Mary’s, Sunday 5 June, 6pm

Please join us for a service of Choral Evensong celebrating Pentecost

Village Service at St Michael’s to mark the Jubilee, Sunday 12 June, 6pm

The St Michael’s Annual Village Service takes place on Sunday the 12th of June at 6.00 p.m.. This year our theme is the Platinum Jubilee and the service will be a service of thanksgiving for the reign of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Please do come and join us to mark this special service for the village each year. Refreshments in the Churchyard after if the weather is kind.

Scholars’ Showcase Recital at St Mary’s, Saturday 25 June, 6pm

Please join us on Saturday the 25th of June for a recital showcasing our wonderful Music Scholars. Free entry with a retiring collection in aid of our scholarship fund.

Choral Scholars at West Malling, September 2022 – August 2023

We are now recruiting for next year’s Choral Scholars: one soprano, one alto, one tenor, and one bass. If you know of a young person between 16 and 25 who loves to sing, do let them know about this exciting opportunity. Each scholarship comes with a stipend of £1,300 and a generous individual tuition fund.

To request an application pack please visit the dedicated page here on our website.

Changes in David’s day off routine

Following David’s return from Sabbatical, he is making a change to his routine. From now on, his day off will be on a Monday.
In part, this is to facilitate the arrival of Kelly Parsons as our Curate who is keen to have Friday as her day off. It will also align David’s time off with his wife Kerry who also now has Mondays off! In the usual way with Clergy days off, unless it’s an emergency, David will not be available on Mondays.