St Mary’s Church

In this week’s newsletter details of all of our services over the coming week, including our Service for the Fifth Sunday of Easter that will premiere on our YouTube channel tomorrow, Sunday, at 10.30am.

You’ll also find detail of the new Faith at Home programme

launched by the Church of England for families, plus a link to a critical mental health service set up by KCC for these times – Release the Pressure. Also a link to this week’s ‘Thoughts on a Sunday’ where Rev’d Michael looks at Jesus as the Way to the Father in John 14, and the final part of the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7 as we consider what it means to be church in these very unusual times.

Find the newsletter here.

Morning Prayer at 8.30am and Evening Prayer at 5.00pm.
We invite you to pray at home with the same words at the same time as the vicar, from Monday to Saturday.
You can find the daily Morning and Evening Prayer on the Church of England page here. You can also download the Daily Prayer app on your phone – it’s available for both iOS and Android devices.

You can also find the services of “Prayer during the day” and “Night Prayer (Compline)” if you would find it helpful to pray these prayers as well at a time that suits you.

Every Day
St Mary’s Church building is open every day for private prayer.

Foodbank
This is a “Good News Story”, which are in rather short supply – so thank you to Helen for sharing this one with us….

The Westerham Food Bank opened 5 years ago and, sad though it is, is still needed.

The majority of our volunteers who make the whole operation work are over 70  (a few over 80!).  With the arrival of Covid-19, we were not sure how we were going to be able to continue.  We were pointed to a new Facebook page ‘Westerham – Self isolating assistance’, set up only on Monday to do what it says on the tin.

So we posted a plea for help. Almost instantly there were more than a dozen responses offering help.  And ten new volunteers have turned up to help – and there are more who couldn’t make it but are willing to help in future.  We are now confident that the Food Bank will be able to continue.

There are so many good people around

So please continue to donate food; the basket is in St Mary’s Church building which is open during the day; the need is increasing (2 more referrals this week) and is likely to continue.

Other People
I encourage you to be good neighbours – phone those who might be lonely or need help.   Contact me if you are unable to offer help yourself.

Finally, we pray:

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen. quickly – we will email further details as they are available. Please do also check our website for the latest information.

Revd Kevin, Vicar