St Martin-in-Herne with St Peter's, Greenhill Autumn News letter 2009 by p0mk8

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									     St Martin-in-Herne with St Peter’s, Greenhill
              Autumn News letter 2009
         NEWS!!
                            It is a delight to welcome a student ordinand who
                            will worship with us during most of her first year of
                            academic studies. Julie Khovacs, who lives in
                            Canterbury, will be training at Wescott House in
                            Cambridge where she will live during the week.
                            St Martin’s will provide her with a worshipping
                            base, practice, and will also widen her experience
                            of church.
She will be joining various rotas and I know that you will give Julie a very warm
welcome and enable her to feel at home here among us, in what will be quite a
fragmented life, so do say hello over coffee.

Week of Accompanied Prayer....What Now?
This was attended by 20 participants who movingly laid symbols of their week’s
journey with God during the final service. When asked the question, “What now?”
requests were for reflective services such as Taize, (25/10).a quiet morning or a
reflective prayer/home group. So, keep a careful watch in the weekly sheet as we
plan for continuing the journey we have started.
     Fear not I have redeemed you, I have summoned you by name you are mine
                   You are precious and honoured in my sight. Is 43.

Confirmation. We currently have groups of adults and young people exploring faith
and possibly confirmation. This is wonderful. Please may you pray that each one
grows in faith and God’s love? It would be great for the congregation to come along
and support our brothers and sisters in Christ. So, please make a note in your dairies
that confirmation is at ..6.pm on 31st October 2009 at Christ Church.

              2010, 700 years as a parish! Plans are gathering pace so
do             please keep up to date by looking at the committee meeting
               minutes and the blue draft programme at the back of our
               churches. We will have a few low key fund raising events to
              cover costs. If you can, do support the Flower Lady’s Nosh and
Knowledge at the Institute Hall on the 7th November. Let‘s make up some tables!
Tickets from Pauline Ison 375758.

Flower Festival. We will have a concluding flower festival (+ grand Fete/ concert etc)
on the last weekend 2/3/4th July. Flower arrangements will use the theme of hymns
and we need your help! We are asking each of you to choose your favourite hymn.
The most popular hymns will be used for flower displays. Entry forms are at the back
of church.
    Back to Church                Harvest Thank you to everyone who
                                  came, and supported Scrine, Poverty and
          Sunday                  Hope or Fair Trade. Scrine were delighted
   saw 162 people in our          with the gifts, please pray for them as they
  churches, and it was a          try to continue despite KCC pulling out of
 delight to welcome some          grant support. We hope to have a Fair
   new and old friends.           Trade stall from time to time after church.
                                  Would anyone like to co-ordinate that?
Thank you Geoff, all who
                                  Thank you to all 50 people who came to
   asked, welcomed and
                                  the Harvest lunch, and Angie and her team
 nourished everyone with          who helped set up and wash up. It was fun
 love and refreshments!           and a delight to be at St Peter’s.



The Pastoral Team are now out in teams visiting and
taking Holy Communion to some people in residential care
and their own homes. It is wonderful to extend our
worship and community with people unable to attend
church, or to bring people to us on Sundays. It has also
been so good to welcome residents of Strode Park to our
Sunday Services. Please do stay for coffee and chat with
them if you can. Thank you also to all of you, not on teams, who quietly visit and
support others. Please pray for our parish pastoral care.

 Emergency Prayer Chain. From time to time people in our congregations or
 community may be urgently in need of prayer. At such times it would be very useful
 to quickly mobilise a chain of people to pray. (Each person rings next
 person on chain) Would you consider being such a person? You don’t
 have to be “good” at praying, just willing to hold someone up to God as
 you go about your daily business or quietly as you prefer. Confidentiality
 will be maintained and only the minimum of information will be passed as agreed by
 the person concerned. It is part of our life as a church community that we love and
 pray for each other especially in times of acute need. Please do consider this and
 contact Elaine 370256 for more info.


 Lead thieves have visited St
 Martin’s !
 The police have
 apprehended one local lad,
 but the problem will not necessarily
 go away. Just when the organ was                                                finally
 mended and we were planning to                                                  start
on woodworm treatment, we have to give attention to repairing and
finding a long term solution to burglar proofing our large north Aisle
lead roof!
    Not easy!

 N.B. PCC minutes are always at the back of the church if you
 would like to see what your representatives are planning.



                   Events for next few months....

 Normal Services
St Martin’s                                                        St Peter’s
Sundays 8am BCP Holy Communion,                              11am Refreshments
              9.45 am Holy Communion, and S. School                   for
.......but 1st Sunday is                                    11.15, All Age Service
..............All Age Family Service 9.45 and
                                                                except 3rd Sunday
.............11.15 sung BCP Holy Communion.
                                                                Holy Communion
Refreshments are served after 9.45am service.
Wednesday Holy Communion at 10 am.
Morning and evening prayer 8.30am and 5pm
(not Thursdays, am Friday 8.15)

Other events;
TaizeSService:..Sun,25thOctober..6.30pm..St Martin’s
Alternative Halloween Schools Out. Friday 30th October St Pauls 5.30- 7pm
Confirmation; Saturday..31st October 6pm Christ Church
All Souls; St Martin’s Sunday November 1st 3pm. Names of loved ones
  may be read during service. List at Back of churches.
Remembrance Sunday Parade services
St Martin’s at 9.45 am, St Peters at 10.50 am .
Both services have an Act of Remembrance at 11 am.

Christingle Advent Sunday 29th November 4pm
 Christmas Bazaar Saturday 5th December 2pm, Institute Hall.
            Each church group is invited to run a stall for this
              church family fund raising event. Info Priscilla
Bereavement Carols ; December 6th 3pm + Lighting of Christmas tree.
Yew Tree Carols; Friday 11th December 7.30pm
                  with band / mulled wine.
Carol Service; Sunday 20th December 6.30pm


Vicar;.Elaine.Richardson,01227.370256....elaine.longview@virgin.net

								
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