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  • Revd David warmly welcomes you to the parish church.

    Friday 30th October

    Daily Scripture

    I cry aloud to the Lord; to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before him and tell him of my trouble. (Psalm 142:1&2)

    Daily Reflection

    Once again the psalmist is being completely open with God; telling Him exactly how he feels. The psalmist is obviously going through a bad time. He may have had no one else to speak to, so he pours out his troubles to God…..he complains to God…..he cries out to God. And he asks God (“I make my supplication”); but what does he ask for? That comes later in the psalm: he acknowledges God as his refuge, and asks Him to save him and to set him free. Complete honesty with God with how he is feeling. Were his prayers answered? We aren’t told. But if we don’t pray, our prayers can never be answered. Please do not give up. Be honest. Keep praying. God is still there even when we don’t hear the answer we want, when we want.

    Revd David

    All Souls' Day:

    This year our All Souls’ Day service will take place at 7:30pm on Monday 2nd November at St. George’s Church. The service will have a familiar format, but will also be slightly different. (i.e. no congregational singing unfortunately; and regrettably no time of fellowship before or after the service.) If you would like the name of a loved one remembered at the service, please email Cathy at benendenchurch@gmail.com

    Remembrance:

    This year the way we mark Remembrance Sunday will also be different. We will hold a short service in St. George’s Church starting at 10am; this year conducted by Revd Rosemary. Numbers will be severely restricted: 80 people in church - well down on the usual attendance for our Remembrance Day service – and will be ticketed. There will be a sign-up form in the church porch from Sunday 25th October. If you wish to attend the Remembrance Sunday service please come up to church and put your name down, and then come to the Rectory to collect your ticket(s). Once the allocated numbers have been reached, we will be unable to admit any more people to the 10 o’clock service on the 8th November. Sorry.

    However, the Act of Remembrance – with Roll of Honour, Last Post, Two-Minutes Silence, and Reveille - will take place down at the village war memorial; this will start at 10:55am on Sunday 8th. If you can’t get to church, please come to this commemoration. Please remember: no groups of more than 6 people; and maintain social distancing between groups at all times.

    Armistice Day will be marked in the village, with an act of remembrance at the war memorial starting just before 11am on Wednesday the 11th November.

    Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for churches

    Last updated: Sunday 27th September at 06:30

    We are registered with the NHS "Track and Trace", please make use of this if you have downloaded the app to your smartphone.

    We are open for worship on Sunday and individual private prayer every day.

    If you come into church please remember:

    "Hands. Face. Space."

    Please hand sanitise on entry and exit. Wear a face covering. And maintain 2m social distancing from others not in your household or social bubble. Please do not come to church if you have Covid-19 symptoms.

    We follow the guidelines issued by the Church of England. If you wish to read these in full, they are available here.

    (More information available on the Coronaviraus page of our website.)

     

    There are prayer resources available as you come into church. (Please take them away with you when you leave if you use them.) If you wish to read some scripture when you come to church for private prayer, please bring your Bible with you.

     

    I will continue the Daily Office of Morning Prayer, at 8 o'clock, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at St. George's. (Tuesday at the Mission Church.) You are very welcome to join me if you wish. If there is something or someone you would like prayer for, then please call or email me.

    Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.

    Revd David

     

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  • “Services” and Prayer:

    St. George's Church is open every day for individual private prayer. Please make use of the beautiful space for some quiet time with God.

    If there is something particular you would like prayer for, please send me an email or give me a call.

    Benefice Services in October:

    25th 10am St. Nicholas - video of service

    Benefice Services in November:

    1st 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George's
    Mon 2nd 7:30pm St. George's, All Souls' Day
    8th Remembrance Sunday
    8am St. George's; 10am St. George's, followed by Act of Remembrance at 10:55am
    (Sandhurst: 10:50am Act of Remembrance, followed by service at St. Nicholas at 11:30am)
    15th 8am St. Nicholas; 10am St. George's
    22nd 8am St. George's; 10am St. Nicholas
    29th 8am St. George's; 10am St. Nicholas; 5pm St. George's "Advent Service"

    Care:

    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength . . . Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
    Now is still a time to care for your neighbour. Please, pick up the phone, speak to them. We are a strong community, a caring community. Together we are getting through this.

     

    Finally, I encourage you to use these prayers when you get up and when you go to bed:

    A prayer in the morning:

    Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
    Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
    Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.

    A prayer in the evening:

    God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:
    we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
    knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
    To your love and protection we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Keep safe. Keep well. Keep praying. And God bless you.

    With love, David

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