Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 27th February 2022

Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley 

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


27th February  2022                        The  Sunday before Lent                                   Issue 101


While facemasks are no longer compulsory, for everyone’s protection, we do encourage you to wear one when attending worship


                                        Team Services

St. Mary’s     10.00 am  Family Service

St James                9.30 am Holy Communion

                  Ash Wednesday - 7.30 pm Holy Communion with ashing            

St Barnabas         10.45 am  Holy Communion

    3.00 pm Exploring confirmation 

    4.00 pm Sunday @4 

St John’s              8.00 am  Holy Communion                                                                        

  10.00 am Holy  Communion

    Ash  Wednesday - 10.00 am Holy Communion with ashing     






Bible Readings  Exodus 34 v29-35     2 Corinthians 3 v12- 4 v2     Luke 9 v28-36

The Collect  Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty  before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory,  that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of  the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Additional Collect Holy God, you know the disorder of our sinful lives: set straight our crooked hearts, and bend our wills to love your goodness and your glory in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Zoom services As we move into the warmer months, and as Covid numbers locally have been reducing week on week we have been reviewing our Zoom provision, recognising that it is not sustainable indefinitely, especially as we move into the holiday season.

 Therefore it has been decided that Saturday Nightwatch will come to an end as Lent begins, with the final session being on Saturday 26th  February. Attendees are encouraged to connect with the Team Lent Course (The Prayers of Jesus) which will be delivered on Zoom each Wednesday evening, starting on Wednesday 9th  March at 8.00 pm (as well as being offered in-person on a Thursday morning.)


The Sunday Zoom Service will continue through Lent, with the final session being on Sunday 3 April.  You are then encouraged, if you are able, to attend in-person worship on Palm Sunday and Easter Day, or if you prefer a smaller congregation, at our midweek Communion service on a Wednesday morning. For online provision, however we will offer a Holy Week midweek Zoom service on Wednesday 13th  April at 8.00 pm and thereafter each Wednesday evening at 8.00 pm.  Details of other online material can be found in the Bexley Team News.


L@@K - Lent Course 2022.  Join us this Lent as we explore ‘The Prayers of Jesus’. 

On Zoom Wednesdays from 8.00 -9.15pm, starting on the 9th March. Course dates: 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March, and 6th April.

 Or in person at St Mary’s  Thursdays from 10.00 -11.15am, starting on the 10th March. Course dates: 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st March, and 7th April.

 All are welcome to join us as we journey together towards Holy Week. To let us know which course you are planning to attend, or if you have any queries, contact Rev Matt on - 07889873125 or let any of the Team Clergy know.

St David’s Day Bothy Coffee Shop Tuesday 1st March 2.00 pm-4.00 pm at

The Bothy, St James Churchyard. Drop in for coffee, cake and fellowship. 

There will be a raffle in  aid of church funds.


St Mary’s Bexley and St Barnabas Joydens Wood Mothers’ Union Branch 

Fish & Chip Supper on the evening of Friday 18th  March – booking necessary. New programme of events now available and also  on the notice board of each of the Team churches. All are welcome to attend meetings as a guest.


Friends of St Mary’s Quiz Night Saturday 26th February at 7.00 pm in the Church Hall, Manor Rd. Tickets £5 per person to include tea/coffee/biscuits. Tables of 6. Contact Sheila Thompson or Barbara Graham email: tel 0208 308 0872


Friends of St Mary’s diary dates- 22nd April an outing to Pashley Manor Tulip Festival £30 per person to include coach travel, entry and gratuities. 30th April at 7.00 pm a talk on the History of St Mary’s by Dr Cindy Wood. £5 to include light refreshments. Further details of these events to follow.  

Bexley Winter Shelter: The Winter Shelter is now open for the 2022 Season. To refer a rough sleeper to the Winter Shelter please contact Guest Case Worker Steve Wise on 07305102730 or Please note that unlike pre-pandemic seasons, referrals are welcome from both male and female guests.



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’s  sermons are on a blog which  can be found here



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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