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.
SEPTEMBER CHURCH SERVICES
The Pew Sheet for this week's services is here.
Sunday 5th September (14th Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Ickham, Holy Communion and Baptism.
11.00am Littlebourne, Parish Communion.
6.00pm Stodmarsh, Holy Communion.
Sunday 12th September (15th Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Wickhambreaux, Holy Communion.
11.00am Littlebourne, Family Praise
11.00am Wingham, Holy Communion for Healing and Wholeness
Sunday 19th September (16th Sunday after Trinity)
9.30am Ickham, Sung Matins
11.00am Littlebourne, Parish Communion and Baptism.
11.00am Wingham, Morning Worship
6.00pm Stodmarsh, Evening Prayer
Sunday 26th September (17th Sunday after Trinity)
10.15am Wickhambreaux, Harvest Procession
11.00am Wickhambreaux, Harvest Festival Service.
11.00am Littlebourne, Parish Communion
11.00am Wingham, Holy Communion (with Baptism)
September Message from Prebendary Gillean Craig
BACK TO SKOOL!
As I write this, the news is full of record A-level and GCSE results; by the time you read it we will be in the middle of the return to school. For many of us this is a moment for wallowing in nostalgia – Ah! Those dear lost days of long ago, surrounded by the excitement of seeing our best friends again after the summer break, and making new ones! For those of us who actually have school-aged children, not to mention the pupils themselves, the reality may be somewhat different – an occasion which for some creates deep anxiety: will anyone like me? Will I fit in? Will I be able to do the work? Do I really have to say farewell to the familiarities of home? This year the pressure will be even greater as the assumption is that the terrible disruption of Covid will, as far as education is concerned, have been largely assimilated and mainly overcome. Children have become so used to the exceptional being the norm that to have to return to ‘normality’ might be a terrible jol
The pattern of life for many generations has been that the trials and indignities of school – above having to leave behind each year the familiar and comforting, and launch out into an unknown and alarming new situation, bristling with challenges – is something which, sooner or later, we can with a sigh of relief put behind us, choosing just to remember the good bits (of which of course there are very, very many). As adults we can order our lives and choose what we know and like. But it doesn’t have to be like that. The elderly people who seem to me to live the richest life are those who never put education behind them, who find day by day some new challenge, a cocoon of comfort to break out of, something new to learn, something unfamiliar to get to grips with (religion, especially the Christianity most familiar to me, might have something to say about this). People for whom every day is, if you like, Back To Skool.
Prebendary Gillean Craig
Ickham Church Coffee Morning, Saturday, September 4th, 10am to noon. More information here.
- Morning Prayer: by 10.30am each day
- Evening Reflection: paused until 12th April
- Choral Evensong: Live stream at 5.30pm each day
- Sunday Eucharist: Live stream at 10.30am
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Cathedral website: https://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/
Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/
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.