From July, we will be moving the date of Newspoint
back by a week, to the 7th of each month. I know you all wait with
baited breath for it to come out, but you'll have an extra week to
wait. The reason for the move is to tie in with news from Churches
Together in England.
the Nepal earthquake Disaster through Christian Aid. Click
on this link to donate. Maybe consider acting together
as the churches in your area. Christian Aid week is coming up: 10th
-16th May. There is still time to order resources for your event.
contact the Kent rep for Christian Aid, David
Muir or go straight to the
climate change slipping down the political agenda in this country,
the Act Now
for Climate Justice campaign was launched at the
Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland on 22nd April. The
campaign involves churches, religious organizations and civil
society around the world in raising awareness of climate change
effects, especially in their effects on the most poor and
Gathering" is a festival of faith, hosted at Canterbury
Cathedral. ON Friday 15th May, join the Archbishop of Canterbury to
explore the theology of cooking. On Saturday 16th, delve deep with
indepth bible teaching, creative crafts, drama and music. Or you
can pause and share in healing with the Living Well or walk the
Youth and Children's Workers. If you're
like me, as a local minister, this wasn't covered in theological
college but many end up in a management role. A 'how to' training
day is put on by KEYCOG, the youth specialists of the churches
involved in Churches Together in Kent.The training is on Tuesday
2nd June, 10am-4pm, at Larkfield Methodist Church. The cost is £30
including lunch and training materials. For more info contact Sarah
Cabella at email@example.com.
events have been organized by Local Churches Together groups up and
down the county of Kent. In many places comments have been heard
that our events are the best organized and most well attended.
Please pray for wisdom for those voting on Thursday. There is a
prayer vigil in Parliament Square on Wednesday 6th May. If you
would like a seat on the bus that is going up, please contact
Norman Burnett from Prayer Adventures on 07905 560614. Or maybe
conisder gathering to pray in your own location...
Searchlight theatre company with Adrian Plass are performing
“Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend” on Friday 5th of
June at All Saints’ Loose 7:15pm. Contact
Ben for more info and for tickets.
is my neighbour: Some ecumenical reflections.
Last month I mentioned that Bishop Brian Castle is joining the
county's ecumenical officers for lunch and then leading us in a
seminar, sharing his reflections on ecumenism. Just let me
know if you'd like to attend so we can get in enough
lunch (all free). Thursday 9th July, 12noon - 2pm, Salvation Army
Divisional Headquarters. Enterprise Road Maidstone.
this date in your diary. March 5th 2016 is the AGM of Churches
Together in Kent. It is more than just a business meeting. It is
the one time where we express our life together across the county.
it is the gathering of the Denominational Leaders, the Chaplaincy
and Church Planting groups, the Local Churches Together groups and
single congregation LEPs, the media & youth work. Please do
join us if you can. More details to follow, but for now just put
the date in your diaries. Many thanks.
denominational leaders would be delighted to come and speak at
Local Churches Together events. If you have a date in mind, contact
Chris, the County Ecumenical Officer, who will find one
of the leaders to speak.
Do send me information about what your Local Churches Together Groups
are doing over the summer. A celebration in the local park? A walking
pilgrimage? Pictures would be great.
Your servant in Christ,
County Ecumenical Officer