Bexley Team Ministry News for 26th September 2021




Bexley Team News


St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


26th September 2021 Issue 80                                                      Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity


Rev Matt Hodder:  We are looking forward to Rev Matt’s ordination as a Priest on Saturday 25th September at 11.00 am at Rochester Cathedral. The service will be live-streamed and is best accessed by going to the Rochester Diocese website           

You will need to do this shortly before the service and click the link.  

Please continue to pray for Rev Matt, Jen and their children, Zach and Annie, and for the new baby they are expecting in November.

Rev Matt’s first time presiding at Communion will be at North Cray on Sunday 26 September at 9.30am.



*** Please note, our midweek communion is at St James North Cray this week, as it is the fifth Wednesday

St Mary’s        10.00 am Family Service

                        3.30 pm Holy Communion

St James          9.30 am Holy Communion (Rev Matt Presiding)

***Wednesday 10.00 am Midweek Holy Communion                                             

St Barnabas    10.45 am Holy Communion

                        4pm Sunday @ 4 service for all ages. 

This will include an informal communion service, led by Reverend Matt.

St John’s         8.00 am Holy Communion

                        10.00 am Holy Communion

Friday 10.00 am Livestreamed Service of Holy Communion:

Times vary (see St John’s social media in advance) but the service remains available to view after broadcast


Sunday 26th September

9.00 am Zoom Service

Bexley Team Children’s Church

This month for Bexley Team Children's Church, we continue to explore our Old Testament Heroes of the Faith. This month it's the turn of Gideon, the man who used a musical instrument to defeat an entire army (well, sort of anyway!) You can find Gideon's video and all our other Children's Church episodes here....


Saturday 25th September

There is no Nightwatch Zoom Service today


The Collect: Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself,  and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Bible Readings           Numbers 11 v4-6  James 5 v13-20   Mark 9 v38-50  

The Additional Collect for Trinity 17:  Gracious God, you call us to fullness of life: deliver us from unbelief and banish our anxieties with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.


The North Cray community’s Festival of Remembrance is on Sunday 7th November (the weekend before Remembrance Sunday) Programme - 9.30 am BCP Holy Communion at St James. Followed by a parade from the War Memorial to the Scouts’ Geoffrey Hall, Leafield Lane, North Cray where there will be a display of stories and memorabilia. The planning group are currently gathering items and stories for this display from the local community. Please book the date in your diary. See the attached flyer. Let me know if you are interested in taking part and supporting this event and I will pass your details onto the organisers. Rev Ren.


St Mary’s Harvest will be at 10am on Sunday 3 October, followed by a ‘Harvest Fair’ (see below)

St John’s Harvest Family Communion will be at 10am on Sunday 3 October

St James Harvest Festival will be at 9.30am on Sunday 10 October

St Barnabas Harvest Parade will be at 10.45am on Sunday 10 October.

The church will be decorated with Harvest produce and flowers. We will be focussing on ‘Caring for the Created World’.

St John’s will be having a Harvest Evensong and supper at 6pm on Sunday 10 October


Project Bike Rack: Young people (those who consider themselves too old for Children's Church, but too young to have flown the nest) are invited to help make Bike Racks for use at St John's, from 2-4pm on Sunday 26 September in the garden of St John's Vicarage (follow the path behind the church). Please let Edward know if you have a Young Person who would like to attend:


Living in Love and Faith: LLF is an official project of the Church of England, intended to provide resources for Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. Parishes throughout the country are being encouraged to take part in this course and use it as a tool to listen and engage with one another. The Bexley Team is running the 'Living in Love and Faith' (LLF) course over five Wednesdays in September and October. Upcoming dates – 29th Sept, 6th Oct, 13th Oct at St John's Church  7.45pm-9.15pm. If you would like to attend please can you let Rev Matt know. Everyone is very welcome.


St Barnabas Tabletop Sale: Saturday 2 October from 9am until 12.30pm. Please come and support this community event, raising funds for our church building project.


St Mary’s: The church will be open to visitors from 10.00 am-12 midday on all Saturdays in September.  

St Mary’s will be holding ‘Harvest Fair’ in the hall after the 10.00 am Harvest Service on Sunday 3rd October. Drinks, food including hot lunches, Traidcraft & produce stalls. All proceeds to Traidcraft/church funds


Pilgrimage: Clive will be leading a holiday to Austria and Oberammergau including the Passion Play 22-29 June 2022. If you would like to consider joining the group, printed and e-copies of the holiday/pilgrimage brochure are available-  please let Clive know.



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 by 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 page:

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 very much appreciated.


Each week the musicians at St James North Cray offer links to a selection of songs and music for us to enjoy. These can be found on our website

St John’s Sermons are posted each Sunday at fatheredwardbarlow.wordpress.comSocial Media - engage with us via Facebook (/stjohnsbexley), Twitter (@stjohnsbexley) and Instagram (@stjohnsbexley)



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

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam                        01322 55950                  07952 468127

Team Vicar: Rev’d Edward Barlow       01322 521786

Team Vicar: Rev’d Clive Wood                             01322 270942                   07982 392809

Team Curate: Rev’d Matt Hodder                                                          07889873125

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