Littlebourne Benefice


    WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE  FOR THE CHURCHES OF ICKHAM, LITTLEBOURNE, STODMARSH, WICKHAMBREAUX 

    AND WINGHAM


    Impact of the second lockdown

    The second period of lockdown runs for one month from 5th November. Some points still require clarification but the main impact of our churches is as follows.

    Remembrance Sunday

    General worship in church is suspended. There will be no services open to the public during the lockdown period.

    Churches remain open for personal prayer at the published times. 

    Weddings are not allowed except in the most exceptional circumstances.

    Funerals are allowed, subject to specific restriction.

    There are other specific conditions relating to use which do not obviously apply to our churches but thechurch wardens will be available to advise if necessary.

    Some Remembrance Services took place on Sunday, November 8th (photo shows the service at St Vincents, Littlebourne). For further details see the Remembrance Sunday page.

    If vulnerability to infection makes you reluctant to come; do visit the Virtual Church page where services will be published.


    Online worship

    Daily HopeDAILY HOPE offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line.


    The line, available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044, has been set up with those unable to join online church services in mind. For more information click here.

    The Virtual Church page has all the details of our online worship programme. An information sheet with further details can be downloaded from here.

    Everything we plan is of course provisional, in a fast-changing situation. Do let us know if what we do sustains and nourishes your faith and discipleship (or otherwise) in these very challenging days.  And I want to record my thanks to those who make all this possible – Nick Henwood, Organist Adrian Bawtree, and our Website Manager Tony Garrett.

    With my prayers and best wishes,

    GilleanRevd Prebendary Gillean Craig

    Interim Priest-in-Charge, Littlebourne Benefice and Wingham


    Bringing together the five churches

    The Church Commissioners have recently published a consultation paper about the bringing together of the five churches of Ickham, Littlebourne, Stodmarsh, Wickhambreaux and Wingham into a new ‘Little Stour Benefice’. The paper explaining how  the various changes by which this would be achieved can be seen in full here.


    HOW TO MAKE CONTACT

    If you need to make contact please telephone one of the churchwardens – they will be only too pleased to help. That includes putting you in touch with a priest, if that is your need.

     Ickham

     Hendrik Viljoen

     01227 722202

     Email 

     Littlebourne

     Mike Gallagher

     Karen Mount

     01227 722476

     01227 721908

     Email

     Email 

     Stodmarsh

     Bobbie O'Sullivan

     James Holdstock

     

     Email 

     

     Wickhambreaux

     Peter Terrill

     Tina Burton

     01227 728243

     01227 728664

     Email

     Email

     Wingham

     Stephen Sheath

     01227 720734

     

     

    BACKSTOP CONTACT

    If you are not sure who to contact, ring Nick Henwood (01227 721791) who will help.


    CHURCH AND VILLAGE

    Publication of Church and Village has now recommenced with the September issue.

    This is a developing situation and we shall continue to put further advice and ideas on this website to enable us, during this crisis, to follow Christ’s teaching to love one another. 


    A prayer for this troubled time:

    Keep us, good Lord,
    under the shadow of your mercy.
    Sustain and support the anxious,
    be with those who care for the sick,
    and lift up all who are brought low;
    that we may find comfort
    knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
    In Christ Jesus our Lord


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