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A View from the Pews …

Greetings from St George’s Church, Weald!

As a new feature of St George’s Church website, this is an occasional blog from your webmaster, aiming to keep you posted about what’s going on at St George’s from month to month.

Wednesday 27 April 2016 – A Vision for St George’s

It was a weekend of great fellowship at St George’s, with the fun-filled party on Saturday evening to mark St George’s Day, followed by the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday morning. We were glad to welcome Moya Grady as our new Church Warden and to thank Malcolm Hook for his staunch work as Warden over the past five years. At the end of the meeting, our Vicar, Mandy, delivered a report which gave a fascinating insight of a newcomer to the church and included an exciting vision for the future. The report is now available to download here; do take a look, and let’s all get on board!

Friday 27 November 2015 – Christmas Charity Lunch

Just a reminder that St George’s Church Christmas Charity Lunch is tomorrow – Saturday 28 November – in the Church Hall, from 12.00 noon to 2.00 pm. Do try and come if you can, for an opportunity to buy charity Christmas cards and wrapping paper, Advent calendars, home-made cakes, and a wide variety of high quality hand-made craft items. Father Christmas will be putting in an appearance, and there will be a raffle and a silent auction. Whilst you’re shopping, you can enjoy a hot dog made from speciality sausages with a selection of home-made relishes, or perhaps some soup and a roll, followed by mince pies and tea or coffee. The proceeds from this special annual event will go to the Bridge Trust, supporting the homeless locally, and Canon Andrew White’s charity supporting refugees in Iraq and the Middle East. There’s always a real buzz at this wonderful community get-together – come and experience it for yourself!

Tuesday 1 September 2015 – Welcoming Mandy!

There’s less than a week to go until Revd Mandy Carr’s induction as our new Vicar on Monday 7 September at 7.00 pm, and preparations for this special occasion are well under way. Meanwhile, you might like to read an interview with Mandy from this week’s Sevenoaks Chronicle, by following this link.

Thursday 20 November 2014 – The Labyrinth at St George’s

Just a quick reminder that this Sunday, 23 November, is All-Day Labyrinth day! If you haven’t ever attended The Labyrinth at St George’s, do give it a try. It will be open from 8.30 am until 12.30 pm inclusive and then from 3.00 pm to 6.30 pm inclusive. As part of our preparations for Advent, which begins on 30 November, the Labyrinth will also be open from Monday to Wednesday at the following times:

Monday 24 November: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm inclusive.

Tuesday 25 November: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm inclusive.

Wednesday 26 November: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

On Sunday morning, in order to avoid the log-jam which will be caused by many people arriving simultaneously, you can reserve an allocated time of arrival by contacting us here. Meanwhile, you can drop in at any time during the week (within the above shown times), and stay as long as you wish. Hope to see you there!

Friday 19 September 2014 – One More Step Along the World …

Many congratulations to our Vicar, Serena, on her appointment to the post of Chaplain at Christ’s School, Richmond, who are fortunate indeed to be welcoming her into Christian ministry in their community. I just know that Serena is going to be a real blessing to the school, as she has been to us in Weald over the past eight years.

Eight years? Can it really be eight years? The time has flown by, and now the time has come to say goodbye, which is inevitably a cause for much sadness. But let’s keep praying for Serena and her family as they move forward into a new and exciting chapter of their lives, and let’s also pray for our church and community during the forthcoming interregnum. In her letter to the Parish, Serena speaks of the Holy Spirit leading St George’s on to great things, “with a great Vicar leading you – God’s person”. Amen to that, and may the Lord bless you and keep you, Serena.

Tuesday 27 May 2014 – Rejoicing on Ascension Day!

It will be Ascension Day on Thursday (29 May) and I am reminded of schooldays, when our Head Teacher would always devote Ascension Day morning to the whole school attending one of the local churches for a special service to mark this triumphal day. In ‘crocodile’ formation, we used to walk to and from the church and there we would sing Charles Wesley’s great hymn ‘Hail the day that sees Him rise, glorious to His native skies’ and ‘The head that once was crowned with thorns is crowned with glory now’ by Thomas Kelly – great memories. If you wish to mark Ascension Day this year, there will be services at a number of local churches – for example, St Nicholas in Sevenoaks has a service at 12.30 pm, St Luke’s Sevenoaks will hold a Sung Eucharist at 8.00 pm, and Bishop James is due to attend the Shoreham Deanery Ascension Day Service at Kemsing, also at 8.00 pm. Alternatively, ‘A Celebration for Ascension Day’ is being broadcast live on Radio 4 at 8.00 pm from the church of St Martin-in-the-Fields in central London.

Tuesday 25 February 2014 – Prayer Shawl Ministry News

Calling all knitters and crocheters! A Prayer Shawl Ministry is getting started at St George’s, and the first meeting will be on Sunday 16 March 2014 at 3.30 pm in the Church Rooms. The idea is to get together on a regular basis for a fellowship of shawl making. As each shawl is knitted or crocheted, we will be praying for the person who will receive it. Sometimes we might know who that person is, and so we can pray for them specifically, but also we would hope to make some shawls that will be ready for whenever one might be needed. You don’t have to be an accomplished knitter or crocheter to take part, as the instructions are very simple, and if you are a person who has always wanted to learn how to knit or crochet, please do come along and we’ll help you get started. There will be refreshments for everyone, and age/gender is no barrier!

If you’d like to know more about Prayer Shawl Ministry, here is a link to a helpful website. Alternatively, and if you have any questions about the upcoming meeting, you can always get in touch via the Contact Us page.

Sunday 16 February 2014 – A Busy Week Ahead

Just a reminder that even though it’s half-term this week, there is plenty going on at St George’s. On Thursday (20 February) at 8.00 pm there will be a choir practice in the church rooms, when music for Sunday morning’s service will be rehearsed. For more information, check out our Choir page. You don’t need to be a regular member of the choir to join in, and we always have a lot of fun; do give it a try – you’ll receive a warm welcome.

Meanwhile, Friday evening (21 February) at 7.30 pm is Uganda Evening at St George’s Church, when there will be a meal to share and an opportunity to discover more about projects in Uganda supported by St Georges in the past, present and future. It’s not too late to sign up for this event – please contact Rebecca Johnson or Julia Downing for further details, or send an email via the Contact Us page.

Lastly, don’t forget this month’s Coffee Morning, which is being held this Saturday (22 February), from 10.00 to 12 noon in the Church Rooms – there are always all sorts of home-made goodies to buy, plus the chance to have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee, so it’s well worth popping in.

Sunday 9 February 2014 – Sailing on the ‘Morning Star’

Back in October 2013, some intrepid adventurers from the church and village spent the weekend sailing from Chatham to Burnham and Harty Ferry and back.  Some photographs of their exploits have now been added to the Photo Gallery – do take a look.  There is also an article about the sailing weekend in the February edition of the Parish Magazine (available from the church and on subscription). If you would like to know more about ‘Morning Star’, here is a link to the Morning Star Trust’s web page:

Adam Davis, who organised the trip, is planning another one for 2014 and if you would like more information about this, please send him a message via the Contact Us page.

Sunday 2 February 2014 – ‘Change a Nation’

At this morning’s Family Service we heard some exciting news about a new venture for St George’s – we are twinning with a church in Uganda for three years to help lead through a process of equipping people and overcoming poverty.  New Wine and Tearfund, two organisations which have good reputations and experience in this area, have partnered together to work on ‘Change a Nation’, and this morning we watched a video which told us more about this project.  If you would like to see the video (or watch it again), please follow this link:

Meanwhile, a number of fundraising events are already scheduled for the coming months – why not come along to the Uganda Evening on 21 February at 7.30 pm in the Church Rooms and find out more about it?

 Sunday 2 February 2014 – The Beatitudes

Our Bible reading, and Phil’s sermon this morning, were about The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12), and as part of this, we watched a YouTube presentation.  If you would like to see this for yourself, or maybe watch it again, here is a link which will take you to the YouTube page:

It’s well worth a look.