A Prayer for Advent

The following prayer was written 9 years ago by Revd Gary Homewood, who served in the circuit when it was the Ashford Methodist Circuit rather than the now enlarged South Kent Methodist Circuit.  Shared with his permission.

Heavenly Father,
We thank You that You have once again invited us to embark upon an Advent journey.
“Come to Bethlehem,” You said. “Come to see the Christ-child,” You said. “Come as you are. All are welcome.”
And Bethlehem is far, far away.
And shall we come by sea, or land, or air?
And shall we somehow fit You into our crowded diary?
And shall we hope to miss the rockets and the shells, this Christmastide?
Will we be made welcome, when we arrive, and will we be welcoming, too?
Bethlehem is far, far away.
And shall we come as we are?
Shall we come with our self-satisfying gifts, our wealth, our attitudes?
Shall we bring with us all that we have achieved in two thousand years?
We shall be greatly burdened, if we do.
And Bethlehem is far, far away.
Shall we bring the shepherds with us from those margins of our world, if we deem them fit companions?
Shall we bring the wise men with us, if we accept a wisdom greater than our own?
And shall we bring the heavenly host, too, as it is customary to try to out-do the latest foreign spectacle?
All this to Bethlehem, which is still so far away?
It is remarkable, Father, that You should let us come at all, and come as we are, and still make us welcome, and not chide us.
It is remarkable that You should let us find our own way to a dirty, backstreet stable, and not feel out of place there, among those we have despised.
It is remarkable that there is a place for us, when we have spent so much time travelling away from this place,
Leaving Bethlehem behind us, so very far away.
So we shall come as we are, because we can make nothing else of ourselves without You, and You will make us welcome, because that is what You do best of all.
And we shall find the manger, deep in the shadows of our own forgetfulness, and we shall kneel there, with weeping hearts, desperate for the sound of a new-born baby’s cry.
And we shall hear that sound, because You wish it;
And Your love will pour into our hearts, because You give it;
And we will be changed by that child, because You ask it.
And we shall come home again, ourselves new-born, because You will it,
Suddenly amazed to find how close we are to Bethlehem, no longer so very far away.
In the name of the Christ-Child, Jesus, Messiah-King,
We give thanks to You.
Amen.

Notices Sunday 3rd December 2017

Circuit Advent Service Next Fri at 7pm at Wye.

Carol Concert Hamstreet, 16th Dec.  See poster for details.

 Robin’s Course entitled ‘How we got the church’ continues   on Tuesday evening at 7.30 at Shadoxhurst.

Christmas Cards  we invite people to place a card on the black board  next to the communion table  We have decided to aim to collect £150 to buy 10 goats. If we exceed this figure we can throw in a few chickens!  Please pass your donation to David, making sure he knows it is for the Christmas appeal.

Christmas Eve Morning service only – AAW crib service with children helping with readings and prayers.  Philip asks if people owning cribs can bring them along  (small or large) together with the figures. No evening service.

Notices – Sunday 19th November 2017

Circuit Advent Services Fri 1st Dec at 2.30 at Elham and/or  Fri 8th Dec at 7pm at Wye.  See board for details.

Christmas Concert at Lyminge on Sat 2nd Dec at 7.30pm.  See poster for details.

Quiet Day   at Rye Methodist Church on Thur 30th Nov, starting at 10.30am.  See poster for details.

New Course Robin is leading a course entitled ‘How we got the church’ (details on the notice board),   at Shadoxhurst on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9, It doesn’t matter if you missed the first one- you are still very welcome.  If you need a lift let Robin or Lesley know.

Christmas Card Collection People have shown enthusiasm for a  cow, goats or hens but we shall decide together next week.  To help you there are some suggestions extracted from the three booklet; these are on the table by the coffee queue for you to peruse.

Notices 12th November 2017

Children in Need Jonathan is making cakes to sell next Sunday for Children in Need.   You are also invited to make cakes to sell.  Remember to bring money!

Robin is leading a course entitled ‘How we got the church’ – details are on the notice board.  It will be held at Shadoxhurst on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9, starting this coming Tuesday.  If you need a lift let Robin or Lesley know.

Christmas Card Collection Would people be interested in donating towards a goat, chickens, cow …. as we have done twice before.  Look through the booklets (Christian Aid, Oxfam and All We Can) on the table.  We can make a decision at the AGM.

Pam Read’s funeral is on Mon 20th Nov at 12.30pm at Cade Rd followed by committal at 2pm at Bybrook Cemetery.  There are refreshments at Cade Rd after the service .

Sunday 26th Nov Joint service, here, followed by AGM.  Please make an effort to attend this important meeting.

Notices 5th November 2017

New Course Robin is leading a course entitled ‘How we got the church’.  It will be held at Shadoxhurst on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 to 9, starting 14th Nov.  If you need a lift let Robin or Lesley know.

Christmas Card Collection Would people be interested in donating towards a goat, chickens, cow …. as we have done twice before.  Look through the booklets (Christian Aid and Oxfam) on the table.  We can make a decision at the AGM.

 

Sunday 26th Nov Joint service here followed by AGM.  Please make an effort to attend this important meeting.

Sunday 10th September – Notices

Today                    This morning’s service will be led by Barbara Lunn and the evening service by Jim Wilson.

Next Sunday        The morning service will be at Kennington and is a 10am service.  The evening service will be Holy Communion and led and Rev P Luscombe

Tues mornings     Morning prayers continue at 10am

Fri mornings         Coffee mornings here every Fri.

Harvest Festival  

Sunday 23th September.  The church will be decorated from 4pm on Saturday 24th September, please come along and help if you are able.

Gifts of tinned goods will be received at the Harvest Services to be passed along to Ashford Food Bank and the Women’s Refuge.

There will be a harvest lunch, please book TODAY with Rachel or email her.

JMA Boxes

Please return your JMA boxes to Rachel as soon as possible.  JMA will be celebrated alongside our Harvest Festival.

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Friday 29th September will be the Macmillan Coffee morning here at the church from 10am until 12noon.  All are welcome to come along and support Macmillan with plenty of cakes to buy and eat.

Advance Notice  

The service on Sunday 22nd October will be at the John Wesley School and led by Rev Loraine Mellor the President of the Methodist Conference.

Sunday 20th August 2017

In a change to the planned service on Sunday 20th August, there will no longer be a service at Cade Road United Church at 10:30 am.  The congregation are invited to attend the service at the Kennington United Church at 10 am instead.

Notices 26th March 2017

Today         This morning’s service will be led by Philip and the evening’s service by Paul.

Next Sunday morning’s service will be led by David Smith and the evening service by Colin Pearson.

Action for Children Lenore & Eddie need your collecting boxes now!

Church meeting   Maundy Thursday, 13th April, starting at 7pm and followed by a service and meal (possibly soup).

Easter Day  breakfast here at 9am.  Give your name to Rachel if you want to come.

Easter Day  Sunrise service on Wye Downs at 7am.

Robin’s course on reading the bible forwards will begin on 19th April at Shadoxhurst.  See notice board by the hatch for poster with greater detail.

Advance notice     Easter Offering Dedication Service on 30th April at Wye at 4pm.  Philip is the preacher.

Toilet Twinning  Philip suggested that it would be a good idea to twin the new disabled toilet with one in a developing country at cost of £60.  Philip would like to hear from anybody who would be interested in contributing.