Littlebourne Benefice


    Littlebourne      Ickham    Wickhambreaux    Stodmarsh
      

    Welcome to the website for the churches of Littlebourne, Ickham, Wickhambreaux and Stodmarsh.

    We are a group of four churches close to Canterbury.  As Church of England parish churches for our villages we are there for everyone. Whoever you are, you'll find a warm welcome at our services and activities.   

    Enquiries about baptisms, weddings or special services are always welcome, whether or not you already attend church. Home communions can be arranged upon request. 

    A Confirmation course runs regularly - usually beginning in early summer. Participants can choose whether to proceed to confirmation or not - but are welcome to take part in the course.

    Regular services are continuing, with visiting priests.


    Pastoral Update on the Reverend Chris Brewer

    Saturday 3 November

    For parishes in the Canonry and Littlebourne Benefice

     

    First to say on behalf of Chris thank you all for your prayerful support of her and her husband Peter during what continues to be a very challenging time for them.

     Very sadly on Friday Chris and Peter received the news that, after considerable testing had been done, it has been established that her Leukaemia is not treatable.  Still with very active hospital care they have been referred for hospice support.  Chris is able to be at home now and she and Peter hope that she can be there for as long as is possible.

    You will all appreciate the shock and deep sadness for Chris and Peter.

    I am aware also of the sadness of the many who have appreciated Chris’s priestly ministry, collegiality and friendship. 

    Bishop Trevor and I are offering support to Chris and Peter.  Please be assured of our support for you also in the way ahead.

    One very practical way we can all support right now is a meal rota.  Small meals for two or soups.  Your Wardens will be coordinating this – thank you if you can help. 

     Thank you also for your ongoing prayers.

    A prayer for Chris and Peter:

    God of the present moment,

    God who in Jesus stills the storm

    and soothes the frantic heart;

    bring hope and courage to Chris and Peter.    

    Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead.

    Bring courage to face what cannot be avoided,

    for your love is stronger than death and your promise is life eternal.

    You are God, and we need you.

    Amen.

     Jo Kelly-Moore, Archdeacon


    For particular church enquiries - please go to the page for the relevant church and use the link to e-mail the Churchwarden. 

    Service pew sheet - please email notices or updates by the end of Thursday, before the Sunday on which the notice is wanted.

      

    Next Services:      

    Sunday 16 December
       9.30am     Matins                                                              
    Ickham
       11am        Parish Communion                                          
    Littlebourne
       4pm          Carols on the Green                                        
    Wickhambreaux


    Please note that the "Compline & Hot Chocolate Event advertised in Church & Village will not take place - apologies.

    Check out the 'What's On' page to find the latest details of events or special services. It's updated regularly so that you can always find out what's happening. Also gives details of the Christmas Tree Festival at  St Vincent’s Church from 8th - 15th December 2018. Trees are being decorated by local groups, local businesses, uniformed groups, music groups as well as individuals.  Please support our local community by coming along. 


    Some photos from the event "A Commemoration of World War 1" link


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