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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 June 18th 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  May 2022

    1 May is ‘MAYDAY’

    What do we understand by that word?

    Traditionally, 1 May is celebrated as an ancient spring festival, reaching back to pre-Christian times. In the past, to have survived winter at all was a cause for thanksgiving, and after the hardships of winter to see the rebirth of the created world as the warmth of longer days brought growth. Dances round the may-pole, singing, and cake are usually part of the Mayday festivities.

    In 1889, May Day was chosen by socialists as the date for International Workers Day, celebrating the dignity of human work. In some countries it is known as Labour Day. Clearly this is a very different celebration from the traditional May Day.

    Finally, the international distress signal is “Mayday” calling for help, for rescue.

    So this mayday:

    We celebrate the God of creation, in the beauty of nature.

    We recognise the God of justice in the dignity of every human being.

    We call out to the God of rescue, when we are feeling vulnerable, and lost, helpless and afraid.

     

    Happy Mayday!

     

    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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  • St James, North Cray, Services and Events May 2022

    Sunday 1st May, Third Sunday of Easter 

    9.30am Holy Communion 

    Wednesday 4th May 

    8pm Team Zoom

    Sunday 8th May, Fourth Sunday of Easter 

    9.30am All Age Worship 

    Wednesday 11th May 

    8pm Team Zoom 

    Sunday 15th May, Fifth Sunday of Easter 

    9.30am Holy Communion 

    3pm Forest Church 

    Wednesday 18th May 

    8pm Team Zoom 

    Sunday 22nd May, Sixth Sunday of Easter 

    9.30am Act of Worship 

    APCM following the service 

    Wednesday 25th May 

    8pm Team Zoom 

    Thursday 26th May, Ascension Day 

    Sun 29th May, Seventh Sunday of Easter 

    9.30am Holy Communion

     

     

    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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