Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 6th March 2022

Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley 

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


    6th March 2022                           The  First Sunday of Lent                                       Issue 102


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 at this very difficult time


                                        Team Services

St. Mary’s              8.30 am BCP Holy Communion     

     10.00 am Holy Communion

     12.15 pm Holy Communion with IME Curates

     Wednesday  10.00 am Holy Communion

     Thursday 10.00 am Lent Course week 1    

St James                9.30 am Holy Communion

St Barnabas          10.45 am  Holy Communion

St John’s                8.00 am  Holy Communion                                                                        

    10.00 am Family  Communion

    11.00  am Matins

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


 Bible Readings  Deuteronomy 26 v1-11   Romans 10  v8b-13     Luke 4 v1-13


The Collect  Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; 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 forever. 

The Additional Collect Heavenly Father, your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert: help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer that we may witness to your saving love in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

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

On Zoom Wednesday 9th March 8.00 -9.15pm,  (then 16th, 23rd, 30th March, and 6th April.)

 At St Mary’s  Thursday 10th  March 10.00 -11.15am, ( then 17th, 24th, 31st March, and 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. 


A lovely David’s Day social afternoon was held at The Bothy at St James North Cray on Tuesday afternoon. The Bothy looked beautiful decorated with bunting and vases of daffodils, and it is an ideal venue for a small party.  A huge THANK YOU to all who made the afternoon possible. It was great to see every church in the Bexley Team represented, as well as local residents and friends. A magnificent total of £300 was raised towards the St James Save Our Spire fund. If you would like to donate to this fund, we would be very grateful for cash or cheques made payable to St James North Cray PCC, through Rev Ren.

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


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 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 Medieval 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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