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:      

    Wednesday 19 December
       
    7pm          Carol Service                                                   
    Stodmarsh


    Sunday 23 December                        
       
    10.30am     Combined Benefice 
    Communion                   Littlebourne                   

        4pm           Village Carols at Littlebourne War Memorial Hall (outside if fine)    


    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. 

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