St Mary’s Church

Michael Barlow, 1940 – 2020 We were saddened to announce the death of our director of music, Michael Barlow, in our service last Sunday. Michael led our choir, played our organ and was well-known and well-loved by so many people in Westerham and beyond.

For those unable to join us in person, the service will be live streamed to Facebook – you can find the link in the newsletter – and will be available on our YouTube channel later in the day.

Also some helpful resources from Mind, the mental health charity, about managing emotions and anxieties as lockdown begins to ease.

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.

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