Bexley Team Ministry News for August 22nd 2021




Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


22nd  August 2021 Issue 75                                                                  Twelfth Sunday after Trinity


St Mary’s          10.00 am Holy Communion

 Wednesday  10.00 am Holy Communion

St James            9.30 am  Holy Communion

St Barnabas      10.45 am Holy Communion


St John’s           10.00 am Holy Communion

Friday 10.00 am  Livestreamed Service of  Holy Communion: may vary (see St John’s social media in advance) but the service remains available to view after broadcast


Sunday 22nd August

No Sunday Zoom Service today.

Bexley Team Children’s Church

We are looking this month at ‘Friendship’

For other resources and ideas please visit Diocese of Rochester | Family Worship in the Home (



Saturday 21st  August  at 5.30 pm                       Nightwatch Zoom Service



The Collect: Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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  Joshua 24 v1-2a, 14-18   Ephesians 6 v10 – 20   John 6 v56-69     

The Additional Collect for Trinity 12: God of constant mercy, who sent your Son to save us; remind us of your goodness, increase your grace within us, that our thankfulness may grow, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Revd 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. I know that Matt’s ministry has been very much appreciated, and we are delighted to see that ministry develop as he works across the Team churches. As we have come to expect, numbers attending the Cathedral in person will be strictly limited.  If you would like the opportunity to attend, please let me know, and we will do our very best to allocate the available tickets fairly. The whole service will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.  Please continue to pray for Rev Matt and for his wife Jen in these exciting days. Please also pray for their children, Zach and Annie, and for the new baby they are expecting in November.

Living in Love and Faith

The Bexley Team is going to be running the 'Living in Love and Faith' (LLF) course in September and October. 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. We will be running the 5 week course on the following Wednesday evenings (15th, 22nd, 29th Sept, and the 6th and 13th October) at St John's Church from 7.45pm-9.15pm. If you would like to attend the course please can you let Rev Matt know. Everyone is very welcome. ( or 07889873125)


Zoom Services in August. Please note there will be no Zoom service on  Saturday 28th August.  


St Mary’s  The church will be open for visitors from 10.00 am to midday Sat 21st and 28th August and Sat 4th September.

Chris Thomas will be taking part in ‘Ride and Stride’ again this year raising funds for Friends of Kent Churches and St Mary’s. Sponsor Chris by signing up in church.

St Mary’s will be holding ‘Harvest Fair’ in the hall after the 10.00 am Harvest Service on Sunday 3rd October. Post service drinks, food including hot lunches, produce stalls etc. All proceeds to 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          01322 528923             07836644782

Associate Priest: Rev’d Sue Twynam            01322 559501             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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