BEXLEY TEAM MINISTRY: St Barnabas, Joydens Wood, St James, North Cray, St John’s, Bexley, St Mary’s, Bexley
Due to the changes announced on the 19/12/20 regarding the new Government restrictions, following the development of the Covid virus in the area of SE London and Kent, all Services at St James Church have been suspended until further notice.
Updated 01 January2020
The Team Rector, the Team clergy, and the PCC’s of the Parish churches in the Bexley Team have been extremely concerned about the figures for Covid infections in this area. We are mindful of our responsibility for the safety and well-being of those attending worship in our church buildings.
We have therefore, in accordance with Canon Law, sought the permission of the Bishop of Rochester to suspend public worship for the time being.
This permission has been granted until 1 February 2021.
We will continue to circulate worship material via email, and also make worship available online, on Zoom, or via a phone-in link on Zoom.
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.
May God bless you all at this difficult and worrying time.
Saturday 5.30pm Zoom Nightwatch Service. A quiet service of reflection on the week that is past
Sunday 10am Zoom Worship including a bible-based talk.
"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
To contact the Reverend Ren Harding Tel: 01322 528923.
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 hall are safe places for all who use them. For more detailed information and guidance click the Parish Safeguarding Handbook or 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.
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
Rev’d Ren writes-
I am pleased (and slightly shocked!) to have been invited by Bishop James to accept appointment as an Honorary Canon at Rochester Cathedral, one of four others appointed in the present round.Read the full article here
Team Rector’s Letter December 2020
Bexley Womens Aid - We were happy to help out with donations at Christmas
In December we had our usual Toy service where we collected donations for Bexley Womens Aid. It wasn’t our usual service due to Covid restrictions but as usual the people of North Cray came up trumps!
We contacted Womens Aid before the service, and asked if they had any particular requests for the children this year. They asked for chocolate selection boxes and sweets and small toys. The word soon went around and we had many generous donations.
Comment from one of the Residents: “Such kindness and thoughtfulness of strangers to give so much, it has restored my faith in people and made Christmas magical for my children for the first time in years!”
Bexley Team Ministry - Clergy Contact Details.
Bexley Team Children's Church
This year we want to offer our families a weekly Bexley Team Children's Church.
A virtual visit to St James Church .
Revd Ren visited St James, during the first period of lockdown, and recorded this video clip.
David’s reflection on 1 Samuel chapters 1 to 3 for Sunday 17th January 2021
David Stevens, the Lay Reader at St James North Cray, offers us a reflection Read More
A little elf knocked on my front door the other day…
Revd Ren's Reflection for Sunday 20th December 2020 Read More
This week's Music choice for Sunday 17th January 2021
Amazing Grace - From 50 different countries Read More
This week's Music Choice for Sunday 10th January 2021
The UK Blessing by a combined performance of 65 churches across the UK Read More
This week's Music choice for Sunday 20th December 2020
Two Songs from Graham Kendrick, and A Christmas Hallelujah by the LSQ Read More