Priest in Charge, Little Stour Benefice
A newly formed single benefice, we are seeking a priest to lead us, encourage us, equip us and pray with us. We’re mobilising our ministry teams in discerning God’s work in our growing community. We offer you experienced lay partnership in shaping our worship, evangelism and pastoral care. Join us and help us grow in understanding and acceptance of the challenges facing the rural church and us locally. This is a 0.6 of full-time post, deeply satisfying and challenging, with a vicarage set in the village of Littlebourne, five miles from the centre of Canterbury.
Our five churches are:
The closing date for applications is 17th September 2021 and interviews are on 6th October 2021
This post is subject to a DBS check
Applications and questions to: Jo Manser, PA to the Archdeacon of Canterbury. Email: email@example.com Tel: 01227 86523
Church and village
As you may know, our monthly “Church and Village” ceased publication during the Lockdown. Very sadly we also lost its retiring editor, Tony Harris, who had done such a wonderful job for so long on behalf of us all in both church and village.
The Ringlemere Ensemble...
... will be hold a concert in Wingham Church on Sunday 24th October at 3pm. More information here.
OCTOBER CHURCH SERVICES
The Pew Sheet for this week's services is here.
Sunday 3rd October (18th Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Ickham, Harvest Festival Communion.
11.00am Wingham, Harvest All-Age Worship.
11.00am Littlebourne, Harvest Festival Communion.
6.00pm Stodmarsh, Harvest Festival.
Sunday 10th October (19th Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Wickhambreaux, Holy Communion.
11.00am Littlebourne, Family Praise
11.00am Wingham, Holy Communion for Healing and Wholeness
Sunday 17th October (20th Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Ickham, Sung Matins.
11.00am Littlebourne, Parish Communion.
11.00am Wingham, Morning Worship.
6.00pm Stodmarsh, Evening Prayer and Communion.
Sunday 24th October (21st Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Wickhambreaux, Holy Communion.
11.00am Littlebourne, Holy Communion.
11.00am Wingham, Holy Communion.
3.00pm Littlebourne, Annual Memorial Service of the Departed (Benefice).
October Message from Prebendary Gillean Craig
SEASON OF MISTS ...
One of the consequences of being a priest is that you go through life with people, charmingly, doing their very best to tell you what they think you will want to hear rather than they what they actually think – or opening the unfamiliar door to that part of their life they think of as holy, assuming that you’ll feel jolly uncomfortable anywhere else. And so, over the many decades when I have taken school Harvest services – my Pavlovian response to the word ‘October’ – when I ask the children what harvest is really all about, I get the lovely answers of its being about thinking of other people who don’t have enough to eat, or about collecting food and money for them. These are excellent, admirable sentiments – but not at all the first thing.
The first thought that should spring to mind when we push the button marked ‘Harvest’ is: Thanksgiving. And this is true whether or not we are troubled by religion. The great theme at this time of the year, here in the northern hemisphere, is giving thanks: thanks for what we eat and drink; thanks for those whose unremitting labours – whether farmers, food industry, wholesale or retail – ensure that our fridges are full; thanks (if we’re so lucky) for the fruit and veg that we actually grow ourselves. And, by extension, for the harvest that we are able to produce personally, not of food or drink but of the work of our hands and minds and imaginations, whether it is valued enough by other people from them to pay us for it, or whether its value is entirely personal to us, of making our lives worthwhile and creative without external recompense (like me producing this column).
Giving thanks is an entirely rewarding process, reminding us that we are not – despite every contemporary exhortation – utterly independent self-contained separate entities, lords of our own destiny – but (to be technical) contingent beings, dependant for the gifts, talents and goods that make our lives worthwhile, even possible, on others; perhaps to our parents that begat us: perhaps even God.
Prebendary Gillean Craig
- Morning Prayer: by 10.30am each day
- Evening Reflection: paused until 12th April
- Choral Evensong: Live stream at 5.30pm each day
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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.
If you are not sure who to contact, ring Nick Henwood (01227 721791) who will help.
A prayer for the evening for all those affected by the virus
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.