Monday, April 29, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

May Parish Newsletter

If you are already on our church email list you should have received a copy of this by email this morning. If you aren't and you would like to receive it by email, along with other occasional bits of news from Seal Church, please email me, putting "subscribe" in the subject line and I will add you to the list.

Friday, April 26, 2013

April Newsletter from US (formerly USPG

The April newsletter for US. (formerly USPG) is here 

Here are some of the headlines from it...
It takes more than mosquito nets to tackle malaria
Mosquito nets are being used as fishing nets. It's not surprising. While families don't want to catch malaria from mosquito bites, it is even more important that they catch fish so they can eat.

In our view, the solution is multi-disciplinary approach that also takes account of a community's income opportunities, food security, education, women's rights, and much more.

Read more.

Anglicans call for action to promote peace in Korea, East Asia and the Pacific
The threat of military escalation in Korea and Japan was one of many topics discussed by the Second Worldwide Anglican Peace Conference, held in Okinawa, Japan.

We were there. Read our report, including comments by Archbishop Justin Welby and the Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church.

Read more.

Seal Fete - Sept 21 - would you like a stall?

We have started planning for the village Fete on Sept 21. 
Notes from the meeting on April 25th are here

We are actively looking for prospective stallholders, so if you have something to sell, or know someone who might, please get in contact.
Pitches are £25 (£35 for a double), but charities are free.

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Over the last three years, the Coalition Government has announced a range of welfare reforms. Each new tax or benefit reform has prompted a great deal of analysis of how many households will be affected and by how much. Yet, little has been done to examine the cumulative impact of the reforms.
By telling the story of two hypothetical households, this paper explores the cumulative impact of welfare reforms on household finances. With some reforms leading to a gain in disposable income and others resulting in a loss, this paper demonstrates the overall effect of welfare reforms. 
This paper is the second of three to be published by Church Urban Fund and the Church of England on welfare reform. The first was a Guide to Welfare Reform that summarises the most significant reforms of recent years. The third paper in this mini-series will look at the broader impact of welfare reform and how explore how churches can best support those affected. 
This paper was co-authored by:
  • Bethany Eckley, Church Urban Fund 
  • Tom Sefton, Mission and Public Affairs Council of the Church of England

Monday, April 15, 2013

Church Urban Fund guide to welfare reforms

The Church Urban Fund have produced the first of three guides to the recent welfare reforms.

They say:
"Since coming to power in 2010, the coalition government has undertaken a radical reform of our welfare system. 
Available to download here is a short guide to the most significant changes made over recent years, many of which will come into effect in April 2013.
This paper is the first of three to be published by Church Urban Fund and the Church of England on welfare reform. The second paper will examine the combined impact of recent reforms on household budgets. The third paper will then look at the broader impact of welfare reform, exploring how policy changes are affecting people’s everyday lives and decisions.  
This guide was co-authored by:
  • Bethany Eckley, Church Urban Fund 
  • Tom Sefton, Church of England"

Meeting at Kippington - Coping with Dementia: Sevenoaks Christian Counselling Service

Workshop at Kippington Parish Centre

Are you living with dementia? Perhaps a parent, partner, neighbour
or friend is suffering from dementia. Or you may be a health
professional - a nurse, counsellor or carer who comes across this
challenging issue? Then this workshop is for you.

and other helpful coping strategies’
Thursday July 11th 2013
10.00 – 16.00

Kippington Parish Centre, Kippington Road
Sevenoaks TN13 2LL

You are invited to an interactive workshop which will highlight some of the main
issues concerning dementia basics, including creativity, communication,
spirituality, and hope for the future.
Strategies for coping and caring will be shared, and there will be some humour.
Why not book a place on this training day and come with an open mind and heart?
Leading the day will be Danuta Lipinska an Accredited Psychotherapist and
independent training consultant. She has worked with older adults with a
wide range of concerns for over twenty years in both the USA and UK.
Her first book Person-Centred Counselling for People with Dementia;
Making Sense of Self is receiving broad acclaim.

The cost is £35.00 to include a sandwich lunch and
all other refreshments.

To reserve a place please send your name, address, telephone number and email address
with a cheque made payable to SCCS, to the address at the bottom of this post.
Please write ’Dementia’ on the back of your cheque.

If you need to withdraw for any reason, your fee will be refunded
providing we have enough notice and your place can be filled.
Your booking fee will be acknowledged and full details sent to you
a few weeks before the workshop.

Sevenoaks Christian Counselling Service
The Bridge, Littlecourt Road,
Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 2JG
Tel: 01732 450118

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sevenoaks Christian Counselling Service
Open Meeting

You are invited to Sevenoaks Christian Counselling Service’s Open Public Meeting on Monday 13th May 2013 at St Nicholas Church Undercroft, Rectory Lane, Sevenoaks TN13 1JA.  The meeting begins at 7.30pm with refreshments and fund raising cake stall, to start formally at 8.00pm and end by 9.30pm.  This is an occasion to celebrate 30 years of the counselling service.

The evening will provide an opportunity to find out more about the work of the counselling service and  to hear our guest speaker – Rt Revd James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, who will speak on the theme People in God’s Image: Created for Community.