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    BEXLEY TEAM MINISTRY: 

    St Barnabas, Joydens Wood,

    St James, North Cray,

    St John’s, Bexley, and St Mary’s, Bexley

     

    Contributions to St James Church North Cray can be made in person, by cheque or by bank transfer 

    Please See here for details of how you can donate!

    Church Spire Fundraising

    The ancient parish church of St James, North Cray has been here as a focal point for the community through many lifetimes. We are facing a number of significant challenges with the church building, the most pressing of these is our lovely church spire. If you value your parish church, and the part it plays in your community, please do consider making a donation to this work.

    Please See here for details of how you can donate!

    OR

    Link to our new online giving page: https://givealittle.co/campaigns/569e4fec-3e77-4d90-8a0a-94d0726a8974  Or use QR code.

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    Please note that, with the changed Covid regulations it is now no longer mandatory to wear facemasks in church. However, for everyone’s protection, we do encourage you to wear one when attending worship

    Last Updated August 13th  2022

    We continue to make worship available online, on Zoom, or via a phone-in link on Zoom. Details are emailed out each week.

    Please contact the Team Rector or a member of the clergy team to be included on the emailing list or see our website for further information.

    Also, do contact any of our clergy team if you are concerned, or if you would simply like a chat, or prayer.

    For further details see the Bexley Team News

     

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  • Revd. Ren Harding

    "Welcome to St James Church, - the Church of England parish church serving North Cray.
    The church building is situated on the North Cray Road on the edge of the beautiful Footscray Meadows. There has been a place of worship on this site for many centuries, although much of the original building was restored in the nineteenth century. The church is well-loved in the North Cray community. For a map of the immediate area, please click here

    There is one service each Sunday morning at 9.30am lasting about an hour. This is usually a service of Holy Communion, with hymns, bible readings and a talk which leads us into the sharing of the bread and wine of communion. On the second Sunday of each month there is an All-Age service at 9.30am, suitable for all ages with lively singing and a rather more informal atmosphere.

    In August 2018, St James Church, North Cray became part of the Bexley Team partnering with the parish churches of St John's, Bexley, St Mary's, Bexley and St Barnabas, Joydens Wood.

    Please do explore our website and visit our church here in North Cray where I know you will be given a warm welcome" 

    Revd. Ren Harding

    Team Rector

    To contact the Reverend Ren Harding Tel: 01322 528923.

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  • Parish Safeguarding - Statement

    Like all Church of England churches, safeguarding and safer recruitment are paramount.  The PCC are committed to ensuring that our Church and Bothy Hall are safe places for all who use them. For more detailed information and guidance click the Parish Safeguarding Handbook  for details of our Safeguarding Officer please see Safeguarding at St James and  for further information visit   https://www.rochester.anglican.org  and click on safeguarding. Produced by the National Safeguarding Team, it is a comprehensive guide, summarising the key areas a parish needs to address with regards to safeguarding. However, if you or someone you are concerned about is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999”

     

    Parish Safeguarding - Past Review

    If you are concerned about something you have experienced in a church, now or in the past, or you are worried  about another person - perhaps a vulnerable adult or a child – there are people you can talk to and you will be taken seriously. You can contact the Diocese of Rochester’s Safeguarding team on 01634 560 000 or visit their webpage Click to read more

     

    One of the Sacred Spaces created by the congregation at St James

    See more sacred spaces....

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  • Rev’d Canon Ren writes-

    Team Rector’s Letter August 2022

    As I come to the end of my time as Team Rector of the Bexley Team, and vicar of North Cray, I have been reflecting on the past.

    I began my time at North Cray at the end of 2015. My task was to look after St James Church in addition to my existing responsibilities for St Barnabas Church in Joydens Wood, where I had been Vicar since 2011. In 2018 St James and St Barnabas joined with St John’s Bexley, and St Mary’s Bexley to form one Team, with myself having oversight of all four, working with other clergy. After I leave this month, a new Team Rector will be appointed and there may be some changes in the way the clergy are deployed.  For the moment, our extremely capable Associate Priest, Reverend Sue Twynam will manage the day-to-day business of the church, alongside our curate, Reverend Matt Hodder.

    I want to thank all those who have worked with me over the last seven years.

    First, my warmest thanks go to church members and those who regularly attend our beautiful parish church. Your love and encouragement has been wonderful. There are many tasks that need to be done to keep the church and grounds in good shape, and I am grateful to all those who contribute in practical ways. It has been a pleasure to get to know residents of the local community, representatives of the local uniformed organisations, and the Royal British Legion. And there are many with whom I have had the privilege to walk at life’s turning points, baptisms, marriages, funerals. 

    Each one of you has a special place in my heart, and I pray that God will bring you his comfort and peace in whatever the future may hold.

    Reverend Ren Harding (Team Rector)

    The Vicarage, 6 Tile Kiln Lane, Joydens Wood, Bexley, DA5 2BB

    01322-528923        renharding@hotmail.co.uk

     

    THE BEXLEY TEAM CLERGY

    Associate Priest: 

    Rev’d Sue Twynam setwynam@gmail.com 01322559501 07952468127

    Team Curate: 

    Rev’d Matt Hodder matthodder10@gmail.com 07889873125

     

    Team Vicar: 

    Rev’d Clive Wood revclivewood@gmail.com 01322 270942 

    07982392809

    Team Vicar: 

    Rev’d Edward Barlow fr.edwardbarlow@gmail.com 01322 521786

    Team Rector’s Letter July 2022

    Ren and Steve’s Leaving Arrangements

    Thank you all for your good wishes following the announcement of our leaving the Bexley Team . My ‘official’ last day, for diocesan and Cof E purposes is 31st  August, but it has been agreed that as I have some leave owing, we will be moving our goods and chattels out of the Vicarage on Wednesday 17th  August. My last service at St James North Cray will be the 9.30 am service on Sunday 31st  July. There will be the opportunity for coffee and chat afterwards. My last service at St Barnabas, Joydens Wood will be at 10.45 am on Sunday 7th August, and a ‘Bring & Share’ Lunch is being arranged.

    Everybody is welcome to any of these events, and with a spread of dates, hopefully everyone will be able to make at least one event, to send us on our way! Ren

     

    Reverend Ren Harding (Team Rector)

    The Vicarage, 6 Tile Kiln Lane, Joydens Wood, Bexley, DA5 2BB

    01322-528923   renharding@hotmail.co.uk

     

     

     

     

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  • Please refer to the Church Magazine for Services and Events in August 2022

    Church Magazine Link

    Please contact the Team Rector or a member of the clergy team to be included on the emailing list or see our website for further information.

    Also, do contact any of our clergy team if you are concerned, or if you would simply like a chat, or prayer.








     

     

    There will be music on this link www.stjamesnorthcray.org.uk/welcome/music/

    We hope you find the music helpful and inspiring.

     

    Zoom  details are emailed out each week.

    Please contact the Team Rector or a member of the clergy team to be included on the emailing list or see our website for further information.

     

    Also, do contact any of our clergy team if you are concerned, or if you would simply like a chat, or prayer.

    For further details see the Bexley Team News

    Bexley Team Ministry - Clergy Contact Details.

    View them here.....

     

    Bexley Team Children's Church

    This year we want to offer our families a weekly Bexley Team Children's Church.

    The link to the material can be viewed here.......

     

    We invite everyone in our nation to pause, as we reflect on the enormity of this pandemic. Read the Archbishops' letter here 

    A virtual visit to St James Church .

    Revd Ren visited St James, during the first  period of lockdown, and recorded this video clip.

     

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