Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 27th March 2022

Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley 

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


    27th March 2022            The Fourth Sunday of Lent  / Mothering Sunday                   Issue 105                                   


British Summer Time starts   Sunday 27th  March. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour. 


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


Please pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia and for the countries receiving refugees


                                        Team Services

St. Mary’s     10.00 am  Mothering Sunday Family Service

     Thursday 10.00 am Lent Course week 4    

St James                9.30 am Holy Communion

    Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion

St Barnabas         10.45 am Holy Communion

                  4.00 pm Sunday @ 4

St John’s              8.00 am Holy Communion                                                                        

    10.00 am Holy Communion

 Zoom Service     9.00 am (the last Sunday Zoom service is on 3rd April)  


 Bible Readings  Joshua 5  v 9-12   2 Corinthians 5  v16- 21     Luke 15 v1-3, 11b- 32 


The Collect  Merciful Lord, absolve your people from their offences, that through your bountiful goodness we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins which by our frailty we have committed; grant this, heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God, now and for ever. 

The Additional Collect Merciful Lord, you know our struggle to serve you: when sin spoils our lives and overshadows our hearts, come to our aid and turn us back to you again; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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

Week 1 - The Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:5-15)  Week 2 - The Raising of Lazarus (John 11)

Week 3 - Jesus' Hour (John 12:20-36)  Week 4 - The Farewell Prayer (John 17)

Week 5 - In the Garden of Gethsemane and On The Cross (Matthew 26:36-46 & Matthew 27:45-54)


Week 4 on Zoom Wednesday 30th  March 8.00 -9.15pm (then week 5 on 6th April.)

Week 4 at St Mary’s Thursday 31st  March 10.00 -11.15am, (then week 5 on 7th April.)

All are welcome to join us as we journey together towards Holy Week. If you have any queries, contact Rev Matt on - 07889873125 or any of the Team Clergy. 


Good Friday: Children and Young People from across the Team Ministry are invited to read and present symbols of the Good Friday Story at the 10.00 am Good Friday Family Service at St John's on 15th April. For more details please email Edward on



Each of the Team Churches have in the past had a branch of the Mothers’ Union and still have the banners!

“St Mary’s with St Barnabas Branch” is still going strong, and at their last branch AGM, it was suggested that the branch might become “Bexley Team Ministry Branch”. We will be discussing this with the Diocesan MU President.  

All are welcome to attend the monthly Mothers’ Union meetings on a Thursday afternoon at St Barnabas as a guest. Programmes of events are available or speak to Rev Ren for more information.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 31 March at 2.30pm, when we will be looking at Easter Customs across the World.

Friends of St Mary’s events

 - 22nd April an outing to Pashley Manor Tulip Festival together with Joydens Wood Active Retirement Association (JOYARA). Departures 9.30/9.45 am return by 5.30 pm. £30 per person to include coach travel, entry and gratuities. Bookings / further information from Christine Rawlinson contact  or 01322 525818 

 - 30th April at 7.00 pm in the church a talk on Medieval St Mary’s and Medieval Bexley by Dr Cindy Wood, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Winchester University.  Tickets £5 (inc. refreshments) from Sheila Thompson (01322 522071 or Barbara Graham 020 8308 0872  

St James Save Our Spire fund. If you would like to donate to the St James Save Our Spire fund, we would be very grateful for cash or cheques made payable to  James North Cray PCC, through Rev Ren.

Link to our new online giving page:  Or use QR code.


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.

The Oberammergau Passion Play and an escorted holiday in Austria

22nd – 29th June 2022 staying in  3* hotel in Imst, western Tyrol with one night in the village of Oberammergau and entry to the Passion Play. Fly Heathrow -> Munich. £1755 per person. For further details/ brochure please contact Clive  

 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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