Bexley Team Ministry News for 21st November 2021





Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


21st  November 2021                              Christ the King                                                       Issue 88                               





 St. Mary’s          8.30 am BCP Holy Communion

                            10.00 am Holy Communion

                            Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion

 St James           9.30 am  Holy Communion

                         3.00 pm Forest Church                                                        

St Barnabas      10.45 am Holy Communion

                          12.15 pm Holy Communion with curates from

                         residential training weekend

St John’s            8.00 am Holy Communion

                         10.00 am Holy Communion

                               Friday Livestreamed Communion Service also available to view after.



                  Children’s Church

This is our 31st and final edition of Children's Church.

 We want to say a HUGE thank you to all who have helped over the last year; whether that's been through crafts or prayers, talks or stories, it has been a great offering for our church community and we couldn't have done it without  you.


Saturday 20th November

5.30 pm Nightwatch Zoom Service


Text Box: Saturday 20th November
5.30 pm Nightwatch Zoom Service


Sunday 21st  November

9.00 am Team Zoom

Service today


The Collect Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


















 The Additional Collect: God the Father, help us to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service, whose Kingdom has no end; for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one glory.


Congratulations to Revd Matt and Jen on the arrival of Hope Chloe 2.20 am Friday 12th November weighing 8lb 11 oz. A sister for Zac and Annie.


St Mary’s News The PCC has agreed the provision of a new church boiler and ancillary works. The work will be done as soon as our heating engineers can fit us in. Help needed- flower arranging, bell tolling before services and funerals, please see warden or vicar for further information.


Reverend Ken Holding

We are sad to inform you of the death of Reverend Kenneth Holding aged 94. His funeral will be held in Bedford on 2 December 2021 at 1.45pm. You can watch a livestream of the service by following this link  username dimi3429   passcode 033463

Reverend Holding was Curate of St Mary’s Bexley from 1977 to 1980 and he was the first Minister in Charge of the Conventional District of St Barnabas, prior to it being made a parish in its own right in 1993. He then continued in parish ministry as Rector of Mereworth with West Peckham, and as a priest with permission to Officiate in the Diocese of York up until 2018. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.

                                                                            Forthcoming events


Douze Noëls  Join as to begin Advent in style at St John's  7.00 pm  Saturday 27th November. A  Harp

Recital with new arrangements of Basque carols performed by leading harpist Gwen Mairi. Admission £10 on the door, cash only please. Refreshments included.


 When the Dark Clouds Lift?  A space to reflect on the experience of the pandemic  

The session will give space to reflect on the experience of the pandemic. What do I embrace? What do I need to let go of? What have we learnt?   There will be input, time for reflection and sharing in small groups. on Zoom: 27th of November 10am-12.30  Rev Susanne Carlsson is the Spiritual Adviser for Rochester Diocese and she is a teacher, spiritual director and retreat guide in the UK and Scandinavia. To book contact: 


Event at Rochester Cathedral for ‘ the Global Moment’ on Saturday  27th November – organised by the Mothers’ Union To express our global concern for issues of gender-based violence we are asked to gather for a ‘global moment’  of solidarity and to record the event for sharing with the Central Charity . I invite you to meet me outside the Visitor Centre in Rochester High Street at 12.15pm We will then walk the short distance to the Cathedral and stop outside for prayers and readings led by Rev Jaqueline Littlewood. We hope to lunch at the pub opposite the Cathedral and plan to attend Evensong @3.15pm  Please allow enough time to park and consider travelling by train as it is the Dickens Festival that weekend. Canon Ren


Friends of St Mary’s Christmas Bazaar Saturday 4th December 11.00 am – 2.00  pm St Mary’s Hall, Manor Road. Cakes and preserves, gifts, raffle, tombola, toys, knitted blankets and scarves, refreshments and hot lunches. There is a box at the back of the church (near the choir vestry door) for donations to the Bazaar  or they may be delivered to the Hall on the Friday evening between 4 and 6 pm. 

Christian Stewardship

For St Barnabas Any contributions can be dropped off at the Treasurer’s house or at the Vicarage. Or you can give by BACS transfer.  In all cases, if you are a taxpayer, please ‘Gift Aid’ your giving.  If you have any questions regarding this, please contact David Peters on 01322 529796 or email

For St James, North Cray Contributions can be dropped off at 91 The Grove, or made by BACS transfer, contact Suzy Higgs on 07799072548. Please make cheques payable to St James, North Cray PCC.

For St John’s You can give to the continuing upkeep and ministry of St John’s via our Just Giving

For St Mary’s If you ordinarily make your financial contributions in church, but in the present circumstances wish to contribute by cheque then please make your cheque payable to St Mary’s Bexley PCC and send it,

c/o C Lee 11 Holmesdale Road Bexleyheath DA7 4TJ your continued support is much appreciated.


St John’s Sermons are posted each Sunday at

Social media – engage with us via Facebook (/stjohnsbexley, Twitter (@stjohnsbexley) and Instagram (@stjohnsbexley)

Rev’d Matt is now putting his sermons on a blog which  can be found here

Zoom Services - we are introducing some new songs! If  you would like to hear them visit the St James website  and follow  the link



Team Rector: Rev’d Canon Ren Harding  01322 528923                    07836644782

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam            01322559501             07952468127

Team Vicar: Rev’d Edward Barlow            01322 521786

Team Vicar: Rev’d Clive Wood      01322 270942            07982392809

Team Curate: Rev’d Matt Hodder    07889873125


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