Bexley Team Ministry News for Sunday 3rd April 2022

Bexley Team News

St Barnabas, Joydens Wood

St James, North Cray

St John the Evangelist, Bexley

St Mary the Virgin, Bexley


3rd  April  2022  The Fifth Sunday of Lent   Issue  106



   Team Services

St. Mary’s   8.30 am BCP Holy Communion     

  10.00 am  Holy Communion

   Thursday 10.00 am Lent Course week 5 

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 followed by a Bring and

  Share Lunch in aid of Ukraine

     11.30 Matins

     Wednesday 10.00 am Holy Communion

 Zoom Service  9.00 am (today is the last Sunday Zoom service) 


  For Team Services and Events over Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter please see below


 Bible Readings  Isaiah 43  v 16-21  Philippians 3  v4b- 14  John 12 v1-8


The Collect  Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love to the human race  sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and  to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example  of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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.

The Additional Collect  Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love for the world; lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, 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 5 on Zoom Wednesday 6th  April  8.00 -9.15pm and at St Mary’s Thursday 7th April 10.00 -11.15am

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.


There is a job vacancy at the Christian charity, Thirtyone:Eight, based in Hextable. Details are available at


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

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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.


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.


Text Box:  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


Bexley Team Ministry Churches Services & Events for Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter



8.00 am St John’s Bexley  Said Communion

9.30am  St James North Cray   All Age Service for Palm Sunday

10.00 am  St John’s Bexley  Sung Eucharist with Blessing of Palms

  9.50 am  St Mary’s Bexley    Palm Sunday Liturgy and Palm procession from

  hall to church

10.00 am  St Mary’s Bexley  Holy Communion with Liturgy of the Passion

10.45am  St Barnabas Joydens Wood  All Age Service for Palm Sunday



Monday 11 April   7.00pm  St John’s Bexley   Compline

Tuesday 12 April  7.00pm  St John’s Bexley   Compline

Wednesday 13 April  10.00 am  St Mary’s Bexley   Holy Communion

7.00pm  St John’s Bexley   Compline

                                    8.00pm  Zoom Service for Holy Week  (contact Team Rector for link)


Thursday 14 April   MAUNDY THURSDAY

7.00 pm  St Mary’s Bexley  Bexley Team Communion

  with light meal


Friday 15 April    GOOD FRIDAY

8.30am  St Barnabas Joydens Wood  Reflection

10.00 am  St John’s Bexley  Family Service

10.00 am  St Mary’s Bexley  Service of the Word

10.00 am  St James North Cray  Reflection

2.00 pm Livestreamed   Service (


Saturday 16 April  HOLY SATURDAY

  10.00 am  St John’s Bexley  Children's Easter Garden Activity



8.30am  St Mary’s Bexley  Holy Communion (BCP)

9.30am  St James North Cray  Family Communion

10.00 am  St John’s Bexley  Sung Eucharist

10.00 am  St Mary’s Bexley  Holy Communion

10.45am  St Barnabas, Joydens Wood  Family Communion

 3.00pm St James North Cray  Forest Church for Easter





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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